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Dennis’ Most Important Concepts that Guided My Coaching Career
Leo is a PTR International Master Professional and has been the Official Representative for PTR/Argentina since 1995. Currently, he is the coach and manager of Leonardo Mayer, who reached ATP ranking of #21 in 2015, and has worked with Carlos Berlocq for 12 years. As a coach, Leo had players in the main draw of all the Grand Slams for 12 consecutive years. He was named PTR Touring Coach of the Year in 2009, PTR Professional of the Year in 2000, PTR Clinician of the Year in 1998, PTR Tester of the Year in 1996 and 2016, and PTR Argentina Professional of the Year in 1995. Leo is the owner and founder of T.S. Management, a company that manages clubs, with a total of 102 courts and a staff of more that 30 teaching pros. He has been a speaker at the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference and at the PTR International Symposium more than 20 times. He has conducted more that 200 workshops and specialty courses for teaching pros in England, Italy, Mexico, Spain, USA, China and all Latin American countries.
Drills for Action & Reaction
Jorge is the Director of Tennis Operations for the Lexington County Recreation & Aging Commission. Andrew oversees two state-of-the art tennis facilities -- the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center and the Lexington County Tennis Complex. The facilities include 51 tennis courts and four Pickleball courts. Andrew is a PTR International Master Professional and USPTA Master Professional, and was the second person in the world to accomplish the highest certification in both teaching organizations. Andrew is a PTR International clinician and tester and has participated in more than 100 workshops worldwide. From 2012 to 2015 he served as president of the PTR. Jorge is a member of the USTA South Carolina and USPTA Southern Hall of Fames, a former Venezuelan Davis Cup player and captain, Andrew played on the professional tour for more than 10 years, including appearances at all four Grand Slams tournaments. His highest world singles ranking was 61, and 69 in doubles, with wins over Rod Laver, Guillermo Villas, Dick Stockton and Raul Ramirez, among others. In 2017, Andrew received the International Tennis Hall of Fame Education Merit Award for his notable contribution to the tennis education field. Other awards include: USTA/USPTA Community Service Award; the USTA South Carolina Lucy Garvin Award for Volunteer of the Year; the USTA Southern Quick Start Trainer of the Year, and the Racquet Sports Industry PTR Member of the Year. He was the 1991 PTR Pro of the Year, the 2006 USPTA Southern Professional of the Year, and the 2003 and 2006 PTR Member of the Year for South Carolina. Presently, Jorge is serving on the USTA Nominating Committee, USTA Southern Tennis Professionals Committee, and in the USTA South Carolina Diversity and Inclusion and Tennis Coaches Committees.
What a Difference! Unlocking and Building Real Skill in Young Players
Mike is the Founder and CEO of evolve9. A Level 5 LTA Coach, PTR Pro and ITF Clinician, Mike has delivered coach training, club consulting and presentations in more than 60 countries. He was the author of the ITF Tennis10s manual and has been a keynote speaker at three ITF Worldwide Conferences, and multiple other national and international events. He has has recently been involved in the development of Evolution, now the National U10 program of Serbia, Tennis Whizz and the Girls Tennis Network. Mike continues to work with federations and clubs around the world, helping them to create programs that engage and meet the needs of children today.
Developing Leaders through Competitive Tennis
Lorenzo is the founder and president of LB Performance Solutions. Prior to 2016, Lorenzo served as Director of Athletic Performance Coaching at the Johnson and Johnson Human Performance Institute, formerly known as LGE Performance Systems in Orlando, Florida from 1996 to 2016. He was responsible for the development and delivery of the Mental Toughness Certification Program for coaches at the Human Performance Institute and developed, designed and implemented critical component of the training. Throughout his coaching career, Lorenzo has worked with dozens of ATP and WTA touring professionals including Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, and Cara Black. He has developed numerous top juniors and collegiate players who were recruited by prestigious institutions like Harvard, William and Mary, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Army, University of Chicago, and University of Georgia among others In 2007 Lorenzo was awarded the Coach of the Year and “Doc” Councilman Science Award by the United States Olympic Committee. Lorenzo was awarded the 2015 Florida Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Member of the Year, and PTR Professional of the Year in 2016.
The European Way of Developing Competitive Players ages 12-14
When an injury thwarted his playing career, Tamás turned to a career as a trainer at the age of 20. He worked in the USA, New York and Canada, before launching his own academy at Nexon Tennis Club, which at that time had been operated by his family in Dunakeszi, Hungary. His tennis school is one of the largest in Hungary with hundreds of players and 10 coaches. He launched a program that helps players gain scholarship to American universities. Tamás’ motto is, “It is not the person, it is the perseverance and the humility that matters!” Between 2011 and 2014, Tamás became one of the personal trainers of the Hungarian Tennis Association, working with the ITF team that had among its players Fanny Stollar, ITF top 10; the 18 year;old Anna Bodnár, the winner of the European Championship; and the world’s top junior, Dalma Galfi, also a US Open champion.
Key Performance Markers
John was recently named the Chief Operations Officer of the Washington Tennis & Education Foundation (WTEF). WTEF, founded in 1955, is located in Washington, D.C. and spread over two campuses, one of which is the site of the Citi Open. Prior to joining WTEF, John was General Manager of the Junior Tennis Champions Center ("JTCC"), a global leader in producing world class junior and colligate tennis players as well as introducing new players to the sport. John a former Division 1 athlete and graduate of the Howard University School of Law has over 15 years of tennis industry experience. Presently, John oversees all operations at WTEF. He is tasked with helping chart the long term vision for the organization and executing a methodical plan that is sensitive to the changing landscape of tennis participation and participation in youth sports in general. John, a life-long athlete, proven leader, and innovator, is a recognized speaker on growing the sport of tennis and other relevant industry topics.
Dr. Louie Cap
Corrective Techniques Learned from 45 Years with the Master Himself, Dennis
Louie travels the globe conducting International PTR Day events, certification workshops & PTR testing. Louie is one of only two clinicians authorized to conduct international Etcheberry Strength & Conditioning Certification. Louie has a Ph.D. in Nuclear Physics from Baylor University, is a Senior Head Professional at the Van der Meer Tennis Center, a PTR Master Professional and PTR International Tester and Clinician.
Tennis Business Part I & II
Doug was recognized by Tennis Industry Magazine as a 2108 Champion of Tennis. He was given the Industry Service Award for helping tennis professionals to have successful careers. A PTR and USPTA Professional, Doug was the COO of Tennis Corporation of America (Midtown Clubs), responsible for 42 clubs, 2,700 employees and more than 200 tennis professionals. Currently he runs CashFlowTennis, a company that helps club owners and tennis professionals increase programing, build memberships, and make their clubs more successful. Doug has trained and coached 250-plus head professionals during his 45 year career. He has facilitated at the only tennis owners/managers conferences in the US and Canada. Doug was inducted into the Midwest USPTA Hall of Fame in 2005, and has been the PTR Indiana Member of the Year several times.
How to Grow a Successful Total Racquets Program
Jarrett Chirico is the Director of Racquets at Baltimore Country Club which is a top 50 Platinum Club in the United States. He has an extensive background as both a director and former player, as well as a creator of several esteemed programs in the country. As a junior, he was ranked top 20 in the world and number 1 in the US in every age group. He played NCAA at the University of Virginia, and world team tennis for the Philadelphia Freedoms. He has directed many top tier tennis programs in the Northeast and the largest pickleball program in the country bringing in over 1,000 people weekly. He is one of the best pickleball players in the world and the founder of clay court pickleball. He has hosted some of the largest pickleball tournaments in the country including the largest clay court pickleball tournament in the world. He is thrilled to be here today to share his experience with everyone. He was awarded the 2019 Racquet Sport Industry Magazines PTR Member of the year
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Coach Education and Player Development - Key Moments in the Athletes Journey from Day One to Pro Player
Michelangelo currently serves as the National coach of the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) HE is also a member of the Strategic Technical Board of F.I.T. – He serves as the Technical Director of the "R. Lombardi “ ( the national Institute for coaches education) Among his duties, he is the head of national activity for players from 12-16 years old Michelangelo was instrumental in starting the important partnership of the Italian Federation with PTR. Assisting Michelangelo as translator for his presentation is Donato Campagnoli who also works with the FIT.
Mindfulness for Peak Performance
Kalindi Dinoffer’s passion for mindfulness meditation led her to complete several mindfulness training programs including leading mindfulness expert Jon Kabat Zin’s 8-week MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) course, an 8-week Mindful Self-Compassion course developed by leading mindful self-compassion experts Kristin Neff and Chris Germer and a Mindfulness Certification Training program through the Dallas Yoga Center. Kalindi is the VP Marketing for her family’s tennis, fitness, and Pickleball training aid and equipment company, OnCourt OffCourt, and has been published nationally in Tennis Industry Magazine and Pickleball Magazine as well as presented at conferences nationally and internationally. She also has her own holistic health and mindful living blog, MindfulKalindi.com and is a certified yoga instructor. Kalindi resides in Dallas, TX where she works in group and private settings with clients on yoga, myofascial release and mindfulness.
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Moving towards Mastery in Coaching
The founder and president of Teaching Concepts, Lisa is an author, teacher, motivational speaker, educational consultant and former USTA Master Trainer for Recreation Coaches. She has won numerous awards including the International Tennis Hall of Fame Education Merit Award, the PTR/USTA Community Service Award, the Citadel Heart of Learning Award, and the 2015 TVSD Lifetime Achievement award. She is a 19-year PTR certified teaching pro and charter PPR member. Lisa was honored by USTA/Middle States with the Presidential Service Award and in 2012 was inducted into the Middle States Hall of Fame. In 2010, she received the USTA/MS/EPD Teaching Professional of the Year Award. During the last two years Lisa has transitioned to the sport of Pickleball. She has applied her vast knowledge of racquet sports to teaching clinics and conducting workshops that highlight stroke mechanics, strategy, and movement within the context of a games-based approach to learning.
Winning Tips for Doubles at all Levels
Former world #1 in doubles, Gigi won 17 Grand Slam titles and two Olympic gold medals. Her career high singles ranking was #17. In 2014, espnW named Gigi the 10th most influencial Hispanic athlete in history. Since retiring from the pro tour, she has been coaching tennis and building a business. She shares her incredible knowledge by conducting clinics and boot camps, but to reach even more recreational players, in 2017, Gigi launched a subscription service - Doubles.TV
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Integrating UTR into your Programs
My Coaching Concepts
Corey is the father of teen sensation, Coco Gauff. Corey was a competitive Junior tennis player in Florida. He was passionate and talented. He was so talented that he was able to play numerous sports and became an NCAA Division I athlete in basketball. His daughter Coco, has now become the youngest player ranked in the top 100 by the (WTA). Gauff won her first WTA singles title at the 2019 Linz Open at the age of 15. Gauff rose to prominence with a first round upset of Venus Williams at Wimbledon in 2019 and just defeated Venus again at the Australian Open. Coco had quick success as a junior, earning a sponsorship to train at Patrick Mouratoglou's academy in France. She began playing on the ITF Junior Circuit at 13 and finished runner-up at the junior 2017 US Open in just her fourth ITF event, making her the youngest finalist in the tournament's history. She became the No. 1 junior in the world after winning the junior Grand Slam singles title at the 2018 French Open over McNally. She also won a junior Grand Slam doubles title at the 2018 US Open, this time partnering with McNally. Coco made her WTA Tour debut in March 2019 at the Miami Open and won her opening match. She received a wild card into the qualifying draw at Wimbledon where she became the youngest player to qualify for the main draw in the tournament's history. Corey will be honored as our PTR Touring Coach of the year at the year’s Banquet and he will share his insight and successes at the Symposium on Monday, Feb. 10th.
Why Peer Teaching is One of the Best Ways to Learn
Frank is a 30 year sports education veteran, who founded The Tennis Parents Workshops, and conducts workshops worldwide. His innovative approach has made him a worldwide leader in athlete-parent education. Frank’s commitment to coaching excellence helped develop approximately 100 National Champions, hundreds of NCAA athletes, numerous NCAA All-Americans and several professional athletes. Frank is Vice Chair of the USTA/SCTA Coaches Commission. He was named Tennis Director of the Year by USPTA Southern California, and was voted top tennis professional by Southern California Tennis & Golf Magazine several times. Frank is a popular speaker, sports educator, instructional writer for ITF Coaching & Sports Science Review, UK Tennis, Tennis and Tennis View. He wrote Championship Tennis, The Tennis Parent’s Bible 2nd Edition, Raising Athletic Royalty and The Mental Emotional Workbook Series. His television appearances include The NBC Today Show, OCN-World Team Tennis, Fox Sports, Tennis Canada and Tennis Australia.
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How to Build and Monetize Your Brand in the Everchanging Social Media World
Neel Grover is the Founder and CEO of Indi, a video engagement commerce platform that allows individuals to monetize their passion through ecommerce and video commerce. Neel is also currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Neel was previously the Chief Executive Officer of Rakuten.com, Buy.com and Bluefly.com where he led great teams and sold over $5 Billion of products online. During his tenure Buy.com went from losing $100 Million a year to 13 consecutive profitable quarters while competing with Amazon on every product. Neel helped lead Buy.com to its sale in 2010 to Rakuten, one of the largest eCommerce companies in the world, for more than $250 Million. Neel was formerly a member of the Executive Committee for noon, an ecommerce company launched by EMAAR in Dubai with $1 Billion in funding as well as previously on the Boards of PrimeSport, Rakuten USA, Linkshare, Coastal.com and Buy.com and an Executive Operating Partner for Clearlake Capital. Previously Neel was a corporate securities lawyer at Brobeck and Jones Day. Neel received his J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Diego School of Law, Order of The Coif, and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Irvine where he was a two-time Captain of the Division I Men's Tennis Team that was consistently ranked in the Top 10 in the US, with their highest ranking reaching #3. Neel has consistently been ranked #1 in the US in Men’s Doubles for his age group over the past several years and has won 17 Gold Balls in Doubles. Neel has been selected to represent and captain the US National Team in the World Championships multiple times, including most recently in Miami Beach, Florida in 2018 and 2019. Neel is a member of Young President’s Organization (YPO) and has been a key note speaker at numerous ecommerce conferences. Neel has also been a certified PTR Pro as he likes to give back and help kids enjoy the life of tennis.
Dr. Brian Hainline
Can Tennis Save Society?
Brian Hainline, M.D., is the first Chief Medical Officer of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and oversees the NCAA Sport Science Institute. For over 30 years, Brian has been actively involved in sports medicine, including serving as Chief Medical Officer of the US Open Tennis Championships and the United States Tennis Association, plus serving as a member of the New York State Athletic Commission and the USOC Sports Medicine Committee. Brian is chair of the International Tennis Federation Sport Science and Medicine Commission, and currently serves as Vice President on the USTA Board of Directors. He is recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Achievement Award, Simon’s Fund Protect This Heart Award, International Tennis Federation Award for Service to the Game, WTA Irving Glick Award, and International Tennis Hall of Fame Tennis Education Merit Award.
Improving Tennis Movement Patterns Utilizing Simple Exercises
With over twenty-five years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach, Dean has established himself as a highly regarded author, speaker, and fitness and performance consultant. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, a Master Tennis Performance Specialist by the International Tennis Performance Association and part of Team PTR. Dean is currently the Director of fitness and sports performance at Club Sportif Cote-de-Liesse in Montréal, where he works primarily with high performance tennis players of all levels including, ITF, ATP and WTA players that have included a Grand Slam champion, Olympic gold medalist and a 1# ranked doubles player. Dean’s work with world-class athletes has given him a deep understanding of the requirements and balance for high performance, helping the athletes he works with develop all facets of athleticism.
Conducting an Effective Practice Session for Large Numbers of Students
Jason is a trainer and presenter for conferences and workshops around the country. He has created on-court and program delivery resources in the areas of youth development, large group teaching, team coaching, and hosting dynamic events. He is currently the Executive Director for Covering the Court, LLC, and conducts programs, trainings, and events for facilities, recreation agencies, HOA’s and school systems. He also serves as a Program Advisor to the USTA Southwest Section with responsibility for developing play pathways in targeted communities.
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Teaching Along the Continuum - Finding the Right Balance When Working with Your Players
Craig S. Jones is the Senior Director of Education, Training, and Resources for USTA-U. In this role, he is responsible for developing coaching resources, training opportunities, and overseeing USTA adjunct faculty to deliver professional development throughout the US. Before joining the USTA, Craig spent over 25 years as a director of tennis, club owner, and junior developer, working with hundreds of junior players from novice, to national, and international champions. He is a certified PTR Professional, USPTA Elite Professional, and a USTA High Performance Coach.
Dr. Ben Kibler
Mastering the Kinetic Chain- Dennis van der Meer with Serve Evaluation and Analysis
An orthopedic surgeon, Ben is the Medical Director of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky. He is the Sports Medicine Advisor to PTR and WTA. Ben was a founding member and is Past President of the Society for Tennis Medicine and Science. In 1998, Ben received PTR’s Stanley Plagenhoef Award for his work in sport science. In 2009, he received the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award. Dr. Kibler was published in the New York Times this winter with Filling a Weak Spot in Women’s Tennis: The Serve. Ben notes that there is growing insistence in women’s tennis that the standard of serving needs to improve. Dr. Kibler’s article (Sept.3,2017) discusses observations, analyzing and quantifying effective service technique.
Filling a Weak Spot in Women’s Tennis: The Serve
Coaching from the Heart
Linda is a pioneer in combining Mental Coaching with Energy Coaching. She was the first NCAA Division One Energy Coach. She teaches athletes how to perform at their highest level by raising their energy frequency using their heart as well as their mind. She specializes in teaching athletes and coaches how to dissolve the subconscious beliefs that prevent them from achieving their goals. She teaches athletes how to compete from Love Energy instead of Fear Energy. Linda is a foremost authority on Confidence, and the author of the widely acclaimed book, The Confidence Factor. She also wrote the inspirational and transforming books: Yes, God Speaks to Women, Too! and The Whole Kid Peace Activity Book. Linda has served as Energy Coach for Top 10 ATP and WTA players in all four Grand Slams, as well as for Paralympics, Special Olympics and Olympic athletes. She works with top college players in the country as well as top junior players. She teaches athletes how to use scientifically proven Energy Techniques to eliminate anxiety and fear and raise performance! Linda is a popular speaker at conferences worldwide including Mexico, Russia, the Tennis Australia Grand Slam Coaches’ Conference as well as conferences throughout United States. Linda serves as Senior Advisory Staff Consultant for Head Sports.
Dr. Jim Loehr
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Voice Training for Players
Jim is Co-Founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, Inc., the leader in energy management technology, and Founding Director of Sport Science for the USTA. He has worked with more than 80 world class tennis players including Monica Seles and Jim Courier, as well as with professional golfers, NHL and NBA stars. He has published a wide variety of training materials in the area of human performance, mental toughness and character, and has written 17 books, including The Power of Story, The Power of Full Engagement, and his most recent book, The Only Way to Win. He was the first person to be awarded the highest designation of Master Professional by both PTR and USPTA, and received the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Educational Merit Award. The Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame inductee and Stanley Plagenhoef Award recipient for achievement in sport science, Jim was also inducted into the PTR Hall of Fame and serves as PTR’s Sports Science Psychology Advisor.
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Sport Nutrition Therapy Approaches for Tennis Athletes: Managing the Vegetarian & Other Diets
Page Love is a registered dietitian and nutrition therapist and runs a thriving private practice specializing in eating disorders, wellness nutrition, and tennis sport nutrition counseling in Atlanta. She has been published in the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and International Journal of Sport Science for Tennis Medicine. She serves as a consultant for the International Women’s Professional Tennis Tour (WTA) and the Men’s ATP International Tennis Tour and serves on the USTA Sport Science Committee.
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Reflective Practice: Getting Better at Getting Better
Sarah is a teacher, coach, coach developer and mentor now living in the USA and working between the UK and USA. She has been involved in coach education for 15 years, initially working with sports coach UK as an Education Manager and led the technical development of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) and parallel developments on the coach education workforce (tutor, assessor, verifier and mentor). Since 2005 in response to the professionalization of the UK coaching industry she has worked directly with Governing Bodies enabling them to develop the initial training and qualifications of coaching from beginner coach to master level. She has presented at numerous UK and international conferences sharing insights on coach learning and facilitating thinking about how to support the development of excellent coaching practice. Sarah’s focus has now shifted from formal learning through qualifications to the on-going professional development of coaches and coach developers. She has designed and delivered coach mentor training to sports organizations and Governing Bodies is an active coach mentor working with the US Olympic Committee, International Paralympic Committee and UK-based governing bodies.
Marie France Mercier
Quality Standards in Coaching
Marie-France Mercier is currently Tennis Canada's Manager of Coaching Development. She has been involved in certification for the past 12 years as a course facilitator for Tennis Canada in both the Club Pro and the High Performance Stream. She has been part of the development of all the current coaching courses and their approval by the Coaching Association of Canada. She is also responsible of all Professional Development and various resources offered to coaches across the country. This past two years, she has been involved in the development of Tennis Canada’s Quality Standards for Kids Tennis Program. The program aims to raise the quality and consistency of children’s tennis programs in an effort to provide positive experiences that promote life long participation in tennis. Prior to working at Tennis Canada, Marie-France acted as a provincial coach for the Ontario Tennis Association, and was heavily involved in competitive junior development. She holds a bachelor degree in Education from Université du Québec à Montréal and has successfully completed her Advanced Coaching Diploma from the Canadian Sport Institute. courtesy of Tennis Canada
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Everything you Wanted to Know about Clay Courts
Ed is the Consulting Representative for Har-Tru. He conducts Har-Tru maintenance certification seminars and a variety of sales and consulting services for teaching professionals, club owners, managers, tennis court builders, and maintenance personnel. Ed has worked with more than 250 world class facilities throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Qatar, China and the Caribbean including the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, Roland Garros, and the construction of the European red clay court in PetCo stadium in San Diego for the Davis Cup tie match between the US and Great Britain in 2014. For 17 years prior to joining Har-Tru, Ed was Grounds Manager at The Merion Cricket Club in Haverford, Pennsylvania, where he managed and rebuilt 13 Har-Tru courts, 24 natural grass courts, soccer, cricket, croquet and field hockey pitches. Ed has extensive golf course maintenance experience and is a former 25 year member of GCSAA. Ed is a graduate of the Wharton School and the Pennsylvania State University Agronomy program.
Finding & Following Your Passion
Owner, Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck I’m just a gal chasing after a dream. I spent 6 years as a TV news reporter and even got to live that dream out in my hometown of Cincinnati. It was amazing to be nominated for an Emmy in my short career, but what is even more rewarding is getting to bring a smile to the faces I didn’t get to see on the other side of that screen every day. Now I get to roll around with Daisy Jane, my 1965 Ford Econoline Truck, and spread some joy around the beautiful city I know and love. I broke out of the news business to pursue my longtime dream of owning my own business. I take great pride in bringing lovely flowers to the community and opportunities to spread the love. I promise beautiful flowers from Daisy Jane’s Flower Truck, but that’s just the beginning. When flowers are purchased from my truck I want customers to see it as an invitation. An opportunity for them to tell someone they see them. They care about them. They love them. If everyone did that for someone else, imagine how different the world would look. This life is too short and tomorrow is not promised. I saw that time and time again in my career as a journalist. I hope to give people an opportunity to create more meaningful moments in their life. May your kindness be contagious.
• The Journey: Coaching Andy & Jamie from 10U to Top 10!
• Fun Games to Build Teamwork and Develop Skills
Judy is a former Scottish international tennis player with 64 national titles to her name. She became Scottish National Coach in 1995, the same year that she became the first woman to pass the Lawn Tennis Association’s Performance Coach Award. She initiated the Scottish Development School program, which ultimately produced four Davis Cup players and one Fed Cup player, including her Grand Slam winning sons, Jamie and Andy. In 2011, Judy was appointed Captain of the British Fed Cup Team and used this role to grow the profile and numbers in women’s tennis across players and coaches. Judy has developed several tennis initiatives including Miss-Hits, a starter program for girls age 5 to 8, Tennis on the Road, that takes tennis into remote and deprived parts of Scotland, and, most recently, She Rallies, a prograe with the LTA, to encourage more women and girls into tennis across the UK.
RTMT - Rapid Transformational Mental Techniques
As a High Performance Mental Toughness Specialist, Elizma is working with ATP players, college players and many junior players worldwide. She is also working at Tim Mayotte's Academy in Boston as their Mental Toughness Specialist. In addition, Elizma is partnering with one of the world’s most renown cognitive neuroscientists, Dr Caroline Leaf, to help athletes with up-to-date scientific research and practical insights to reach their full potential. She worked as a Head Coach and Mental Training Director at Van der Meer World Class Academy. Born in Namibia, Elizma played for South Africa as a junior. After graduating from United States International University, in San Diego, California, where she played on a tennis scholarship, Elizma competed on the WTA Tour for eight years. She began her coaching career by earning ITF Level 3 High Performance and PTR Professional certifications. The Founder and Head Coach of the Pro Tennis Academy, Elizma also served as a Fed Cup Captain and Coach, an ITF traveling coach, and was President of the Namibian Tennis Federation. With her multi-faceted wealth of tennis experience, Elizma brings her passion for the game to help players, coaches and parents to become their very best!
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Winners & Errors: Learn the Patterns of Play that lead to More Winners & Less Errors
An Australian tour coach, Craig is the strategy analyst for the Wimbledon, the Australian Open and also for Team Novak Djokovic. He started coaching on the pro tour 20 years ago, and has coached on center court at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open. Craig worked with Peter Burwash International (PBI) and was part of the globe trotting PBI Tennis Show. In 1995, Craig moved back to his homeland to open the O’Shannessy Tennis Academy at Australia’s largest tennis facility with 52 courts (30 grass and 22 clay). Craig is also Director of the Brain Game Tennis, a sports science website that specializes in the video analysis of tennis matches that teaches the patterns of play that dominate our game.
The Missing Link to College Tennis
An industry veteran, Bill has more than 30 years of high performance, college, junior and club coaching and management under his belt. He is the new Men’s and Women’s Head Coach at Martin Methodist College and has coached at the college level for 10 years compiling over 100 career wins. For 21 years, he served as the Director of Tennis for the Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and has overseen the seasonal program at Temple Hills Country Club for the last 3 years. Bill has been a presenter at the Australian Open Grand Slam Coaches Conference, the Brisbane & Sydney International Coaches Conferences, PTR Asia Symposium, USTA Tennis Teachers Conference, Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention, USPTA World Conference and PTR International Tennis Symposium.
Making the Transition from Junior Player to Pro
With more than 50 years of teaching and coaching expertise at every level, Rolley has been the Director of Women¹s Tennis for the USTA, coached the Fed Cup Team, PanAm Games and the US National Teams all over the world. She was the Director of Tennis at Berkeley Tennis Club and Moraga Country Club. Most recently, Rolley served as Executive Director of Tennis at La Quinta Resort and PGA West, consistently ranked one of the top tennis resorts in the United States. Currently, she is the Director of Tennis at Meadow Swim and Tennis Club in Orinda, California. In her early years, Rolley was the first woman to coach a men¹s NCAA team at St. Mary¹s College in Moraga, California. As an adult she was ranked in the Top 10 women in the US, and held several National titles as the #1 ranked junior player. She spent many years coaching top players, such as Lindsay Davenport, Jennifer Capriati, Chanda Rubin and the Williams sisters. She is a renowned speaker and writer for Tennis Magazine, as well as other publications. Rolley also had her own academy show on appeared on the Tennis Channel. A PTR certified Professional and USPTA Elite Professional, Rolley is also a member of the International Coaches Commission and serves on the PTR Board of Directors. In 2008, Rolley was inducted into the Northern California Hall of Fame, and in 2019 she was entered the Multi-Cultural Sports Hall of Fame.
Drills & Games to Improve Performance
Tom Ruth is currently the Director of Tennis at Moss Creek Owners Association in Hilton Head Island, SC. He holds a Professional rating in 10 and Under, 11 to 17, Performance, Senior Development and earned a Master of Tennis - Adult Development. He also serves as a PTR Clinician in each of those pathways, as well as a Clinician for Girl’s Tennis Network. Tom was named PTR South Carolina Member of the Year in 2016. He is the second best tennis coach in his house, as his wife, Katie holds the top coach distinction.
Character Education On the Court
Herbert earned his Tennis qualification at the Technical University of Munich. In 1989 he became a PTR Professional and in the following years became a Intl. Tester and Clinician. He has a Masters degree in Neuro Linguistic Programming and is a certified Mental Toughness Specialist of the Human Performance Institute. In 1998 he received the PTR European Pro of the Year award, in 2006 the PTR Clinician of the Year, in 2010 PTR International Prof of the Year and in 2019 the PTR Tester of the Year. Herbert is a PTR Clinician in all certifications and the responsible person for PTR in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Herbert has specialized in Character Education and is working as a Character Coach for sport clubs schools and business companies.
Connecting Skills & Strategies to UTR Levels
Conrad Singh of Melbourne Australia, is a leader in the tennis industry - working at every level for the better part of 27 years. He holds a Sports Science Degree in Biomechanics and with Post Graduate degrees in Secondary Education, Physical Education and Science. Conrad authored the Tennis Coaches Australia Biomechanics Module in the National Coaching Manual and is a regular contributor in the New York Tennis Magazine on specialist topics. Conrad has previously consulted and for and held roles as the Asia Region Expert Learning facilitator for Tennis Australia. He is a Master Tennis Professional and Australian Level 3 - Elite High-Performance Coach, PTR Professional and GTPCA. He is currently Chief of Operations and Director of Coaching and Head of Performance at one of the leading academies in the USA – Centercourt Tennis Academy near New York City.
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Key Elements of Professional Tennis
Former #4 ATP Great, winner of 10 ATP singles and 1 ATP doubles title, and Founder of the RS Tennis Brand of balls, strings, and grips. He was among the top players on the tour reaching a career high of #4 in the world. Among his big serve and forehand, 11 ATP titles his claim to fame was being the first player ever to beat Nadal at the French Open (2009) and then he took down Federer the following year in the quarter finals at Rolland Garros. He had career high Grand Slam finishes of 2 finals at the French, quarters at both Wimbledon and the US Open and 4th round at the Aussie Open.
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Integrating UTR into your Programs
Merlin van de Braam
Integrated Mental Skills Training
Merlin currently works within Coach Development at the Lawn Tennis Association, responsible for Qualifications, Coach Accreditation and professional development events including the LTA National Coach Conference. He holds the LTA Senior Performance Qualification, the ITF Coach of Advanced Players qualification and is also PTR Qualified. Prior to the LTA, Merlin worked for the International Tennis Federation overseeing the delivery the ITF’s distance learning platforms and Tennis iCoach.com. He also held the position of Assistant Research Officer and was the Associate Editor of the ITF Coaching and Sport Science Review journal. He has a Master’s Degree in Sport & Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University, a degree in Psychology from UCD, and coaching experience across all levels including Mini Tennis, junior development and high performance, having been a member of the coaching team for the 2012 and 2014 ITF international touring teams – travelling with players as high as 15 on the ITF junior tour. Merlin has published research on mental imagery in tennis, emotional intelligence and mental toughness and has been a contributor to a number of tennis publications, including TennisHead magazine and the Spanish Federation coaching journal.
• Neuromuscular Balancing Demos for Performance, Pain Relief, and Wellness
• Integrated Warmup, Focus Exercises & Cool Down to Improve Performance and Prevent Injury
Josh Warren, M.S., LMT, PTR, 500 Hour Yoga Teacher, Reiki Master, Certified Integrated Positional Therapist, holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science concentrating in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College. Josh founded neuromuscularbalancing.com to share his passion for and approach to empowered optimal living. He lived with low back pain for over seven years and tried numerous therapies and nothing was working. After finding a simple practice to start bringing the body into alignment, the pain quickly resolved. Having experienced this approach firsthand, Josh is eager to share this knowledge. Josh has instructed at numerous colleges, clubs including directing the tennis program at Sankaty on Nantucket Island, and centers including Kripalu Yoga Health Center. He is a speaker at international events and has contributed modern and time-honored holistic approaches to three books: The Tennis Drill Book, Yoga for Pain Relief, and Tennis Peak Performance. As Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Josh started Husson University’s first tennis team in 2015 in Bangor, ME. Utilizing a holistic approach, they rapidly advanced by winning their conference and making it to the NCAA Tournament in just four years while the team maintained above a 3.5 GPA. Josh was also the founder and developer of Integrated Tennis, a unique training method that combines western sport psychology with eastern yoga.
Mixed Nuts:Tips, Thought Starters, Techniques, and Ideas that will energize your on/off court tool belt
Mike Woody, USPTA & PTR certified is the National Director of Tennis for Genesis Health Clubs. Recently named Tennis Industry’s Person of the Year (2015), He oversees tennis operations for a total of 13 clubs. In 2017, he was selected as Executive of the Year for Genesis Health Clubs (amongst 3,000 employees) He is based out of Genesis Health Club-Overland Park. Mike’s role is to inspire, lead, and train a team of 80 tennis professionals who lead programming on a total of 106 indoor/outdoor tennis courts. In four years he has led Genesis Tennis to become recognized as one of the Top 4 Tennis Companies in the US. Before Genesis Health Clubs Mike was the Executive Director of the Greater Midland Tennis Center for over 22 years and Vice President of Operations for Greater Midland, INC. His managing of a 39-court tennis complex (16 indoor/ 23 outdoor) involved directing the longest standing USTA Pro Circuit Women’s Event, overseer of 20 National, Sectional, Collegiate, and local events. The culmination of his passion and success was reached as Midland, Michigan being named the “BEST TENNIS TOWN” in the United States as the first of this prestigious award given by the USTA in 2009.
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Integrating UTR into your Programs
Anne Worcester is the President of Universal Tennis, the technology company working to make tennis more affordable, accessible and fun for all players. Anchored by the Universal Tennis Rating (UTR) Powered by Oracle - the world’s most accurate tennis rating system - Universal Tennis is creating opportunities and pathways for players of all levels from all over the world, in all stages of life, to find better matches and unlock a more fun and flexible tennis experience. Anne has over 35 years of experience in tennis, working with players, tournaments, sponsors and governing bodies. She was the first female CEO of the WTA, becoming the first woman to head any major professional sports organization. Worcester served as the Tournament Director of the Connecticut Open for 21 years, developing the WTA tournament into one of the world’s best attended women’s tennis events, a player favorite and a leading example of leveraging a large-scale international sporting event to build community tennis. Anne is a graduate of Duke University, a co-founder and board member of New Haven Youth Tennis & Education (New HYTES), and serves on the boards of the Center for Hearing & Communication and Tennis Foundation of Connecticut.
Dr. Bryce Young
Coaching from the Heart
Bryce has conducted more Peak Performance Training Programs for universities and athletic teams than any one in Sport Psychology. More than 200 colleges and 300 teams have benefited from his training programs including his graduate alma mater, the University of Virginia. He conducts Peak Performance Training Seminars for business and sport. His clients include Top 10 ATP and WTA touring pros. Bryce has served as mental coach for players at all four Grand Slams. He is co-author of The Courtside Coach with Dr. Linda Bunker, and a series of Visualization Mental Training Programs with Linda LeClaire. Recent honors include induction to the USTA/Missouri Valley Hall of Fame for lifetime contributions in coaching education and sport science. Bryce has held national tennis rankings and shared five PTR International Doubles titles, He serves as television sport psychology consultant on CNN and CNN International. He is a popular speaker at conferences worldwide including the Tennis Australia Grand Slam Coaches' Conference and the PTR International Wheelchair Championships. Bryce serves as Senior Advisory Staff Consultant for Head Sports.
OnCourt Communication with Female Players
Margie Zesinger is currently the Head of Female Tennis at IMG Academy where she has been coaching alongside Nick Bollettieri since 2003. During her career, Margie has coached world juniors ranked #1 and in the top 10, some of whom have gone on to win Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl and Junior Grand Slam titles. She has experience coaching junior females through their pro careers, helping them win their first professional titles and reaching their career highs in WTA rankings. Margie has also worked with female players who have won NCAA Division I singles titles. She has also coached full-time at the ITF pro-circuit level and the WTA tour and has worked alongside some of the best American junior females at the USTA and Team USA National camps.
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