#15: Mark Kovacs – Implementing Sport Science in Your Daily Practice
Mark Kovacs (@mkovacsphd) Mark is the Michael Jordan of Sport Science & World Class at translating very complex science into applied information that coaches, players & parents can use. In this episode you’ll get to know: How to conduct training sessions simulating match situations Why you should always look at groundstrokes & the serve from the ground up How you can learn from everyone if they meet 2 criteria Get to know more about Mark at wwww.mark-kovacs.com & the iTPA at www.itpa-tennis.org Enjoy the show! The post #15: Mark Kovacs – Implementing Sport Science in Your Daily Practice appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
29 Dec 2015
#19: Merlin Van de Braam – Demystifying Mental Toughness
In this episode you are going to listen to Merlin Van De Braam. Merlin is excellent at demystifying Sport Psychology. He is currenty working for the LTA, has earlier been traveling as a coach on the ITF International Touring Team & as he holds a Masters Degree in Sports & Exercise Psychology Merlin is not just guessing when he guides us through the mental part of tennis. In this episode you’ll get to know: Where you start as a coach when you want to work on a players mental toughness The Four C’s of Sportpsychology (control of emotions, confidence, commitment, concentration) Merlin’s opinion on doing outbursts Get to know more about Merlin by going to TennisIcoach where you can read the published articles he has made. Enjoy the show! The post #19: Merlin Van de Braam – Demystifying Mental Toughness appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
19 Jan 2016
#8: Steve Johnson Sr. – USTA High Performance Tennis Coach & father of a Professional Tennis Player
In this episode you’ll get to know: How a football is an essential part of learning the serve Why staying in college was the most difficult thing for Steve Johnson Jr. to do What being the “Big dog” means & how to do it Make sure to visit www.sjtennis.com to get to know more about Steve & current coaching opportunities. Enjoy the show! 01:30 Being a Parent & Coach 4:10 College 5:30 What Steve got out of college 07:15 What it takes to be on the Tour 08:30 How tennis builds character 10:30 How a football teaches the serve 11:30 How Steve Sr’s role changed when Jr was 16 13:30 Peter Smith 17:36 Being a big dog 26:10 Tennis must go in the calendar first 29:30 What do you need to sacrifice as a family 32:15 The importance of loosing 35:30 How to manage the disappointment of losses 39:15 Number 1 skillset for a parent 40:50 Defining roles 42:15 Most valuable lesson learned 44:30 How it is dealig with losses today for Steve Sr 47:40 How things would change if rankings was like in golf 49:10 What Steve believes that everyone else think is crazy 49:45 Quality over quantity 50:45 How hard it is to be on tour 52:45 The reasons of the many routines 56:15 Advice to the coaches The post #8: Steve Johnson Sr. – USTA High Performance Tennis Coach & father of a Professional Tennis Player appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
10 Nov 2015
#14: Jared Donaldson – The Story Of The Top Ranked American Teenager
Jared is finishing 2015 as the top ranked American Teenager on the ATP Rankings & in this episode you’ll get to know: Why he choose to go to Argentina at the age of 14 What it was like training with Roger Federer How Jared cope with the up’s & down’s as a tennis player Follow Jared’s progress on Instagram @jared_donaldson Enjoy the show! The post #14: Jared Donaldson – The Story Of The Top Ranked American Teenager appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
22 Dec 2015
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#44: Diego Moyano – The USTA Player Development
In this episode you are going to listen to Diego Moyano, Diego was a professional player himself with a career high of #130 in Singles. He has previously coached players such as Guillermo Coria, Fernando Gonzalez, Paul Capdeville & Carlos Berlocq. In 2010 Diego joined the USTA player development & is currently the Lead National Coach. In this episode you’ll get to know: – About USTA Player Development – How they challenge the players & develop responsibility – How to develop problem solving Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 The Development program at USTA 06:20 What the USTA are looking at 09:33 Challenging the players 15:43 You have to earn it 19:40 It’s a marathon 22:30 Responsibility 26:54 Problem solving 31:30 How fast the best players pick up things 33:30 You have to earn it 34:33 Keep moving 42:52 When parents loose the ability to be parents The post #44: Diego Moyano – The USTA Player Development appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
27 Dec 2016
#55: Kris Soutar – Fostering Smart & Happy Players
Today you are going to listen to Kris Soutar, Kris has worked as a full time professional for the past 25 years. He has coached everything from Scottish & British National Champions to Tennis Europe, ITF ATP & WTA Ranked Players. He has worked as a consultant in USA, presented at UK national Coaches Conference & won multiple awards for his coaching & furthermore been working with Judy Murray to build bigger & better coaching workforce in Scotland & surrounding areas. You’ll get to know: – The difference between a High Performance Coach & being high Performing as a coach – How to foster smart players who love tennis – The effectiveness of giving tips Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 Genius game 03:30 Davis Cup 07:52 What makes people tick 09:37 Remote coaching 11:16 What true high performance is 14:13 High performance vs high performing 15:40 Personality test 18:15 Values 20:40 Remote coaching 24:30 Goal setting 29:00 High level without good coaching 32:05 Smart players who love tennis 36:30 It all starts at the match court 41:00 The importance of working with someone 45:30 Needs vs Wants 49:00 Play sight 51:15 Playing always comes first 55:00 Get uncomfortable as a coach 58:20 The people not the tennis 59:30 Ban Coaching for a year 1:03:00 Volunteers managing professionals 1:09:36 Giving tips 1:09:35 + 5 min 1:11:15 Changed my mind about 1:12:16 Givning tips 1:15:15 Working with likeminded people 1:17:16 Start with the competiton program 1:25:00 Get to know more about Kris The post #55: Kris Soutar – Fostering Smart & Happy Players appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
23 May 2017
#7: Andrew Moss – How to determine Mental Strength by a number
01:37 Reason to start cleaning the lines 04:07 The clutch index 08:07 Isner, Raonic & Karlovic 08:52 Bautista Agut 09:52 Fognini 11:07 Berdych 13:37 How you can use the clutch index 15:22 Mistaken close with lucky 21:27 Break through age 28:07 Allocation of prize money 32:07 Grand Slam seedings 37:27 What needs to change in order for the trend to change 40:32 Does it benefit the sport with the big stars? 43:07 What Andrew has changed his mind about in the last couple of years 44:57 IPTL 47:27 What has become more important for Andrew 50:51 What needs to change in order for more data to be available Website Cleaning the lines blog The post #7: Andrew Moss – How to determine Mental Strength by a number appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
3 Nov 2015
#49: Mark Tennant – Learning How to Play the Piano
In this episode you’re going to listen to Mark Tennant, Mark has been a Coaches educator for as many years as I haved lived. He has worked with the LTA, Tennis Europe & the International Tennis. Mark was further more listed by the New Zealand sports organisation CoachSeek as one of the top 50 most influential coaches in the world. You’ll get to know: – How to navigate through the jungle of information – The importance of mentoring – The best Tennis Book you have never heard about before Enjoy the show! Timestamps: 01:30 Have we become too well educated? 04:20 The piano 06:00 How to play the piano 07:50 How being a Tennis Coach has evolved 16:00 The myth of the ATP or the WTA Forehand 18:40 Drill vs Live ball 21:15 Integrity 23:10 Mentoring 30:30 Extremely privileged 31:30 The want of a player & a coach 35:30 Legacy 38:30 Book recommendation 40:30 The most important person 41:30 No purpose 42:34 Coach should work equally hard as the player 47:46 A lot of listening 47:37 Get in contact with Mark The post #49: Mark Tennant – Learning How to Play the Piano appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
28 Feb 2017
#45: David Wilson – Marginal Gains
In this episode you are going to listen to David Wilson, David is a Performance Coach from Ireland and is a Ph.D graduate from Trinity College Dublin, in the field of Education. David has spoken at several conferences, including Tennis Coach Ireland National events as well the Tennis Europe & the ITF Worldwide Conference. In this episode you’ll get to know: – The marginal gains tennis coaches can adapt from outside of our sport – The importance of having an emergency plan – The difference between being a Tennis Expert & being a Great tennis coach Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 Emergency plan 03:25 Identify what might go wrong 04:21 Marginal Gains 05:53 The Importance of Stability in teams 07:14 The Transition period 08:30 Pareto’s principle 10:00 Discpline & standards 11:15 Ownership & responsibility 13:10 Tennis Expert vs a Great Coach 13:40 Scope for improvement 14:51 Overcomplicated communication 16:30 Accountability 19:10 The grey area 20:26 The constant questioning of our selves 23:30 Building Relationships 24:25 Getting feedback as a Tennis Coach 26:36 An open mind 29:35 The players perspective 30:00 Watch matches 33:00 David’s Inspirations 39:00 Inefficient coaches education 42:15 Be adventures The post #45: David Wilson – Marginal Gains appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
3 Jan 2017
#64: Allistair McCaw – Championminded
This is a round 2 with Allistair McCaw which many of you have requested. Allistair barely needs another introduction on the podcast, but shortly he is a Sports Performance Specialist with more than 20 years of experience. He has trained a host of world champion athletes including Grand Slam Tennis champions, PGA Golfers and Olympians. Further more Allistair has written the book called “7 keys to being a great coach” and on this very date October the 7th his latest book “Championminded” is published world wide. In this episode you’ll get to know: – What Champion Minded means – How Kevin Anderson changed his self talk – Why you need to seek out though leaders not cheer leaders Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 Championminded 04:00 Communication of the young generation 06:05 Average- vs champion minded 14:40 How Kevin Anderson changed his self-talk 18:20 Confident or cocky? 20:00 How to act on Social Media as a tennis player 22:40 Being comfortable being uncomfortable 24:15 Though leaders not cheerleaders 26:30 Being Championminded is a choice The post #64: Allistair McCaw – Championminded appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
7 Oct 2017
#34: Jeff Coetzee – The difference on a Good & Great Doubles Player
In this episode you are going to listen to Jeff Coetzee, Jeff is a former professional player himself reaching a career high of #12 in doubles & #184 in singles. He represented South Africa in Davis Cup for 10 years & participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Jeff has worked at the Schuetler-Waske Tennis University & has coached singles players like Andrea Petkovic, Cedric Marcel Stebe & Angelique Kerber. Jeff is currently the coach of the two doubles teams consisting of Cabal & Farah and Klaasen & Ram. In this conversation you’ll get to know: – The difference on a Good doubles player & a Great one – How players often neglect the basics of doubles & what the basics are – What makes the Bryan Brothers the best Doubles Team ever. Enjoy the show! The post #34: Jeff Coetzee – The difference on a Good & Great Doubles Player appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
18 Oct 2016
#60: Alon Moritz – Developing a Match Strategy
Alon Moritz is what he himself calls a high performance advisor to CEO’s of Tennis & CEO’s of businesses. He has previously been a national coach for Israel & helped players such as Marinko Matosevic & Marcel Granollers develop strategies in life & on the court. Currently Alon is working with Ivan Dodig. You’ll get to know: – The steps of creating a Match Strategy – How & why to train Defined Concentration – Why Bresnik & Cahill are such good coaches Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 Wimbledon Final: Cilic vs Federer 03:50 Creating a strategy 05:46 Business to tennis 07:20 Developing a match strategy with a tennis player 09:30 Defined Concentration 12:00 Calming yourself down in high pressure situations 14:15 Mikael Tilström & Magnus Norman 15:50 Gunther Bresnik & Darren Cahill 17:40 No model fits all 18:30 If you stop playing you stop tinkering 21:15 Ice baths doesn’t work 22:15 Minimize injuries, optimize power 23:30 Be who you are 24:35 Alon’s Advice The post #60: Alon Moritz – Developing a Match Strategy appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
1 Aug 2017
#41: Edgar Giffenig – Developing Stroke Flexibility
In this episode you are going to listen to Edgar Giffenig, Edgar has been a National Coach in Mexico, Germany & the States. In 2013 he published the book “Developing High Performance Tennis Players” & he is currently the partner of the online Tennis Education platform Tennisgate.com. In this episode you’ll get to know: – What stroke flexibility is & how to develop it – How Women oftentimes hit harder than they run – The story of the Magic Wand Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 Lessons from 3 different National Federations 06:59 Biggest takeaway with a small budget 09:11 Capitalizing on great players 12:23 The downside of having large funds 13:43 Stroke flexibility 20:14 Dealing with competitive pressure 22:39 Process vs resultorientation 24:47 How Edgar organized his thoughts 29:42 How women hit faster than they run 33:02 Why Edgar would never go fulltime on tour as a coach 35:10 Teach yourself 37:42 Antroprometric streotypes in tennis 40:32 Every coach is not good for every player 42:01 Why you learn a lot from newly started coaches 43:33 Edgar’s favourite books 45:10 Different players, different approaches 46:10 Why Edgar is NOT huge on statistics 47:32 The truth is always in the middle 51:07 How the culture has changed 53:26 Over organized practice schedules 56:37 It’s all about the player 57:35 The Magic Wand story 58:21 Get to know more about Edgar The post #41: Edgar Giffenig – Developing Stroke Flexibility appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
6 Dec 2016
#30: Alberto Castellani – The Tennis Paradox
In this episode you are going to listen to Alberto Castellani, Alberto has been on the Professional Circuit for more than 30 years coaching a bunch of top 100 players & to name a few he has coached: Janko Tipsarevic, Rainer Schuettler, Ivo Karlovic, Marc Rosset & Hicham Arazi. Alberto is recoqnized by the ATP as one of the only 50 coaches World Wide as an international Tennis Coach where the conditions to be accepted is to continously bring or work with players in the top 100 on the ATP-Tour. Further more Alberto is the president of the GPTCA (The Global Professional Tennis Coaches Association) which has the only ATP Certified Coaches Education in the world. In this episode you’ll get to know: – What the Tennis Paradox is – How Coaches & players often do not know what concentration is – Why training the Mental aspect of tennis is like training the Technical one. Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 The tennis Paradox 04:14 Why a lot of players are mentally weak 05:56 What does concentration mean 07:58 How to train concentration 13:34 Bioenergetica 16:10 Level of activation 19:36 Mental aspect when coming back from injury 26:38 No guarantee for success 28:22 Human > tennis player 34:18 Autoritarian coaching 37:18 Empathy & intelligence 39:04 Learning 40:48 The story of a former top 30 ATP Player 43:39 Why Alberto doesn’t like the “Australian” 45:16 Lack of time spent on mental training 45:44 To rest well is as important as to practice well 47:14 Alberto’s advise The post #30: Alberto Castellani – The Tennis Paradox appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
20 Sep 2016
#22: Claudio “The Tailor” Pistolesi – 10 players to the top 100
In this episode you are going to listen to Claudio Pistolesi. Claudio (@cpistolesi) is a former Junior World Champion & top 100 singles player. He has brought 10 players from the outside of top 100 to the inside & worked with players like Söderling, Hantuchova & Bolleli In this episode you’ll get to know: The mentality of a professional tennis player When it’s time to move on from a coaching relation How Claudio keeps updated every year Get to know more about Claudio by visiting www.claudiopistolesienterprise.com, give a shout out on Twitter @cpistolesi or be one of more than a thousand people to follow Claudio Pistolesi Enterprise on Facebook. Enjoy the show! The post #22: Claudio “The Tailor” Pistolesi – 10 players to the top 100 appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
4 Mar 2016
#36: Simon Wheatley – Common Issues & Solutions in the Tennis Serve
In this episode you are going to listen to Simon Wheathley, Simon has been a Performance Coach for more than 10 years working in Great Britain. He has written 3 resources on mini tennis, authored the ‘Developing the serve resource for 10 & under’. Further more “The biomechanics of the serve” with age and gender guidelines for the LTA In this conversation you’ll get to know: – How the development pathway at the LTA works including the Tennis Passport – Common mistakes in the serve & how to correct them – How & why Simon often uses the phrase “Just find 10 percent more” Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 The development pathway in the LTA 05:30 The need for a tennis passport 08:02 The passport 09:54 Why LTA seperates boys & girls 11:00 Why having more female coaches in tennis is important 13:06 Female Coaching Community 15:20 National Camps at LTA 17:03 The tennis serve 21:40 Common problems in the tennis serve 24:13 Developing the tennis serve 25:23 What to do before using video 29:03 Coaching Feedback 31:42 Why supervision is essential for every tennis coach 32:52 What players remember you for 34:12 What is a successful Tennis Coach 35:14 The opportunity of a tennis coach 36:23 Commitment more important than motivation 38:40 Difference on younger & older players 40:25 Coaching the performer & then the player 41:48 Raise your level with 10 percent 42:52 Planning & reviewing 45:46 Louis Cayer 46:38 The power of coaching 48:01 Engaging the parents 51:27 Parent’s must not feel like being on the outside 53:09 The mental part is not 80 % of tennis 57:01 Coaching foot work 58:07 Rally, attack & defence 60:28 Don’t settle for mediocrity The post #36: Simon Wheatley – Common Issues & Solutions in the Tennis Serve appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
1 Nov 2016
#56: Liam Smith – Managing Successful Junior Players
Liam Smith has experience from working as the National Head Coach at Tennis Australia as well as various Tennis Academies. He is a former coach of Zarina Diyas & Richard Berankis & was a part of the coaching team bringing back Justine Henin for her comeback in 2010. Currently Liam is coaching moldavian Radu Albot You’ll get to know: – How to manage succesfull Junior Players – How to go about over & under respecting your opponents – What Liam’s definition of luck is Timestamps 01:30 Managing the transition from successful junior going into seniors 05:20 Managing the schedule 08:30 Scheduling & self-confidence 09:40 Doing a roadmap 11:00 Over & under respecting opponents 13:15 What’s going on within the score 16:00 Justine Henin & Carlos Rodriques 18:45 Why Carlos Rodriques is a great coach 20:30 Different academies, different strategies 23:00 Patience & process 26:00 What Liam is excited about 28:15 Nextgen 30:55 How Liam gets better 33:10 Liam’s inspirations 37:10 The realities of tennis 39:30 Anything is possible. 41:30 Practicing without a purpose 43:15 How you judge how a player works 44:30 Holistic approach 46:30 Build the person & the player 47:00 Definition of luck The post #56: Liam Smith – Managing Successful Junior Players appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
6 Jun 2017
#13: Chris Cagle – Being a Team in an Indivdual Sport
Chris is Head of Women’s Tennis at Penn State University. He has coached players to 3 out of the 4 Junior Slams & 2 players to Senior Slams. He has coached both men’s & women’s teams in Division 1 College Tennis & in 2009 he became the No. 1 ranked 30 year old singles player in America despite the fact that he wasn’t able to qualify for a single nationals as a junior. In this episode you’ll get to know: Why he choose to go into college tennis as a volunteer coach What’s it like to be on a team in an individual sport + the 4 core values at Penn State The differences between working with a men’s & a women’s college team Follow pennstate on Instagram or go check out http://www.gopsusports.com to learn more about the men’s & the women’s program. Enjoy the show! The post #13: Chris Cagle – Being a Team in an Indivdual Sport appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
15 Dec 2015
#33: Antonio VanGrichen – The Man who Coached Azarenka from age 15 to WTA Top 10
In this episode you are going to listen to Antonio Van Grichen, Antonio is a former player himself representing Portugal in Davis Cup. He then went to the Harry Hopmann Tennis Academy as a Coach & has worked his way up ever since. Antonio has been the coach of players such as Jarmila Wolfe former Gajdošová Tamira Paszek, Vera Zvonereva, Ana Ivanovic, Monica Puig, Marcos Baghdatis & was the Coach of Victoria Azarenka from when she was 15 & World Number 1 Junior all the way to Top 10 WTA singles & Doubles when she was 20. In this Episode you’ll get to know: – About the journey he had together with Azarenka – The dialogue going on in his head when he is considering to start working with a new player – Why you need to be a little bit crazy to succeed within tennis Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 How Antonio got into coaching 03:38 How Antonio only picked up a racquet to coach from 16-19 04:46 Going to the Harry Hopman Tennis Academy 07:52 The Initiating a coaching relation with a player 10:13 Long term projects 11:04 Some coaches just want to go on the tour 12:05 Delusional players 20 she was 6 in singles (7 in doubles) 15:34 What correction that was made to Azarenka’s forehand 17:33 The changes Azarenka made on her forehand 19:03 Coaching Marcos Baghdatis 22:06 Why Antonio is not on the tour at the moment 23:20 Being selfish kept me sain 24:26 Ultimately it is about human beings 26:32 Willingness to suffer 27:48 Importance of being a great communicator 29:00 Common sense 30:21 Observation 31:40 The monk that sold his Ferrari 33:01 Most important values 34:00 The fine line bewteen succes & failure 35:18 You need to be little bit crazy to succed 37:27 Health & time 38:34 Every player is a different person 40:33 Get in contact with Antonio The post #33: Antonio VanGrichen – The Man who Coached Azarenka from age 15 to WTA Top 10 appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
11 Oct 2016
#37: Jose Antonio Fernandez – Develop potential before you think about Results
Jose Antonio Fernandez played on the ATP Tour for 12 years reaching a career-high ranking of 202 in 1991. He represented Chile in Davis Cup from 1986-1992. He coached Steffi Graf & has been the coach of a winning German Bundesliga team. At last Jose was recently selected to act as Official Agent for the Rafa Nadal Academy by Movistar In this episode you’ll get to know: – How Jose became the coach of Steffi Graff – The core values of the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy – Why it is essential to always develop potential before you start thinking about results Enjoy the show! Timestamps 01:30 How Jose became the coach of Steffi Graff 03:52 From Graff to playing on the ATP Tour 05:21 BASAF TC 08:35 Developing the spirit at the club team 10:46 Main Cultural differences 12:06 The Job of a Tennis Agent Going to tournaments Spreading the words & the values 13:23 The values of Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy 14:55 What made Jose write his first book 18:41 The reason Jose wrote his first book 20:03 Why you should build your identity around strenghts 21:30 The importance of awareness 25:51 The importance of belief 27:27 José’s advice to his younger self 31:25 The real objective in tennis 33:11 The most important characteristic in a tennis player 34:54 Why we as coaches needs to take a look in the mirror 36:22 Jose’s influencers 38:46 Pato Alvares 40:26 Cultural differences from South America to Europe 41:59 The balance between internal & external goals 43:40 Why you need always need a purpose 44:47 The tour picks you 45:55 Develop potential before you start thinking about results 46:24 Jose’s Advice 52:41 How to get in contact with Jose The post #37: Jose Antonio Fernandez – Develop potential before you think about Results appeared first on AdamBlicher.com.
8 Nov 2016