The Tennis Files Podcast

Tennis Files LLC/Tennis Channel Podcast Network

Mehrban Iranshad from Tennis Files (tennisfiles.com) is committed to helping you improve your tennis game. He will uncover the best strategies, training methods, mental attitudes, and techniques that will enable you to reach your tennis potential. Mehrban will interview the top minds in tennis on The Tennis Files Podcast, including professional

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On Episode 164 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed elite coach Edgar Giffenig about how to play smarter singles matches. Edgar is the founder of Giffenig Tennis and is an International Consultant for TennisGate. He was a National Coach for the USA, Germany, and Mexico. He is also a frequent speaker in coaching workshops throughout the world including my previous Tennis Summits. Edgar has 30 years of experience coaching players of all ages and levels. With his long-term tennis experiences, Edgar wrote two books entitled, “Play Tennis with Passion” and “Developing High Performance Tennis Players”. On the show, you’ll learn why you should think about tennis strategy like gambling, the laws of first and second serves, how to figure out the best playing style for your game, our observations about singles strategy from the U.S. Open, pre and post-match strategy tips, winning tactics for USTA League players, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Edgar! Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight into your inbox! LINKS: Tennisgate.com Giffenig Tennis YouTube Page Edgargiffenig.com Tennisfiles.com/edgar BOOKS: Play Tennis with Passion Developing High Performance Players Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 16

91 min

On Episode 163 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’re going to learn 8 ways to generate massive topspin. Topspin is an extremely important part of tennis, and I’ve heard from many players that they want to hit with more topspin on their strokes. Topspin helps you avoid errors, hit higher over the net, and makes life tougher for your opponents. My topspin groundstrokes are a huge weapon for me, so I figured I would share my knowledge with you about how you can generate more topspin by making 8 technical and equipment adjustments. You may be surprised with some of the suggestions! I hope you enjoy this episode! Let me know what you think about it in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight into your inbox! Racquets Pure Aero 16x19 Wilson Blade 16x19 Pure Aero VS 16x20 Yonex EZONE 100 16x19 Strings RPM Blast RPM Blast Rough Solinco Tour Bite Volkyl Cyclone Resources Tennis Files YouTube Channel Thread on Strings and Spin Most Spin-Friendly Racquets Video (Tennis Warehouse) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 9

27 min

On Episode 162 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with French tennis coach Jean-Pierre Jounier about the most important factors you need to consider when choosing a tennis racquet. A lot of tennis players make the costly mistake of picking a racquet based on their favorite player, what their friends use, or even worse, how the racquet looks. Luckily for you, on this episode Jean-Pierre and I will show you exactly how to choose the optimal racquet for your game. Jean-Pierre has two YouTube channels, Team-Tennis.FR and Team-Tennis [English], geared towards helping players with strategy, technique, and tennis equipment. He has done a lot of in-depth reviews on the latest tennis racquets, and so I brought him on the podcast to help us with this area of the game that so many players both enjoy and struggle mastering. Jean-Pierre is also a great player and has been a practice partner for several tennis pros. On the show, you’ll learn the different types of racquets, the main factors to consider when choosing between them, common mistakes players make when testing racquets, the most popular racquets among different levels, the impact of strings when testing racquets, tips to improve your tennis game, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Jean-Pierre! Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight into your inbox! team-tennis.fr Team-Tennis Youtube Channel (English) Team-Tennis Youtube Channel (French) Team-Tennis Facebook Page The Building Blocks of Tennis Success eBook (Free Download!) Inner Game of Tennis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Sep 2

92 min

On Episode 161 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed elite tennis coach Jorge Capestany about how you can develop a stronger mindset to help you win more tennis matches. Jorge is one of only eleven people worldwide that has earned the distinction of Master Professional with the USPTA and International Master Professional with the PTR. He is a certified Mental Toughness Specialist through the Human Performance Institute and holds a USTA Sports Science certification. Jorge is also a 6 time Michigan Pro of the Year and 2 time Midwest Pro of the Year and a member of the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame. On the show, you’ll learn the top mental mistakes amateur players routinely make, exercises you can do on and off the court to become a mentally tougher player, Jorge’s simple system for knowing what to work on next in your game, how to become a more clutch player, strategies to close out matches and start them stronger, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Jorge! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Inner Game of Tennis CapestanyTennis.com - Free Mental Toughness Video Course + eBook! TennisDrills.TV Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 26

91 min

On Episode 160 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I discuss 7 key do’s and don’ts for doubles players. I played mostly singles as a junior player. So I really had no idea about what the fundamentals of doubles were, how to move, and even how to volley very well because I spent just about every minute on the court hugging the baseline unless I got a short ball. After law school, I started playing a lot of USTA league tennis, which was a ton of doubles. I gradually picked up a few more doubles strategies, and then my doubles game really picked up when I started Tennis Files around 2015, because I got to interview a ton of expert coaches on the subject. I then developed this deep hunger to really learn the top strategies from the best coaches in the world. So for this episode, I put together a list of doubles mistakes I’ve made and learned to correct through experience, and winning strategies, to share with you to help you improve your doubles game. I hope you enjoy this episode! Let me know what you think about it in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS Youtube Tennis Files Channel Apple Podcasts  Google Podcasts Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 19

34 min

On Episode 159 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’re going to learn 7 key do’s and don’ts in your singles matches. Strategy, unlike technique, is something that you can implement immediately that will make a big impact in your matches. With technique, while the benefits are huge, and you should absolutely work on it, strategy doesn’t need 10s or 100s of hours before you can effectively use it in a tennis match. Lately I’ve been watching points of amateur players on Youtube, and I found myself recognizing several key strategic mistakes, as well as things the players did quite well. And on this episode, you’ll learn exactly what to do and not to do on the singles court. There will also be a video on Youtube of me analyzing and critiquing 5 points from a 4.5 singles match by the time this episode is published. If you want to watch this singles points analysis video, you can go to tennisfiles.com/youtube! I hope you enjoy this episode! Let me know what you think about this episode in the comments below. And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS Tennis Files Youtube Channel Apple Podcasts  Google Podcasts Spotify Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 12

27 min

On Episode 158 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed Jibran Mohammadi, former ATP Pro and current tennis coach, about how to compete against the world's best tennis players. Jibran achieved a ranking on the ATP Tour, played Davis Cup for Pakistan, and has played with many legends of the sport, like Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, the Bryan Brothers, Stephanos Tsitsipas, Denis Shapovalov, and David Nalbandian. He is currently a Tennis Coach in Toronto at the Granite Club where he teaches tennis players of all ages how to level up their tennis games. He’s also got a fantastic Instagram page with a lot of awesome tennis tips and trick shots that you should check out! On the show, you’ll learn about Jibran’s amazing experiences playing with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Denis Shapovalov, and many other pros, his fortuitous Davis Cup career with Pakistan, Jirban’s journey from the juniors to the pro tour, what he’s learned throughout his career, tips to improve your tennis game, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Jibran! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS Dynamic Warm-Up Routine - Free PDF! Jibran’s Instagram Page Jibran’s YouTube Channel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Aug 5

112 min

On Episode 157 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I am going to walk you through a simple stretch routine that will increase your flexibility and help you recover faster from your tennis matches and training. Playing tennis and training increases muscle tightness and actually reduces your flexibility, so we need to put in the time to rectify this situation. You will gain huge life changing benefits for just a few minutes of stretching each day. Stretching increases your range of movement of your joints, increases stretch tolerance of the muscles, reduces your risk of injury, and reduces muscle soreness! On this episode, I’ll cover the negative effects that I’ve experienced from not devoting time to stretching, nine of the best stretches you can do anywhere, the proper technique and benefits of these stretches, which areas of the body they affect, critical tips to help you stretch properly, and much more! To get a free PDF of this exact stretch routine, go to tennisfiles.com/stretch! And if you want to watch this full stretch routine on video (it’ll be up within a few days of this podcast episode), go to the Tennis Files Youtube channel at tennisfiles.com/youtube and click the subscribe button and notification bell so that you’ll get an email when the video is up! I hope you enjoy this episode! Let me know what you think about this episode in the comments below. And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS Stretch Routine PDF - Download for Free! Tennis Files Youtube Channel Complete Conditioning for Tennis  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 29

29 min

On Episode 156 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with elite coach from Web Tennis, Brent Abel, about winning gold balls on the senior tour. Brent has won 9 USTA National Gold Balls. He was also the 70s age group Captain of the 2018 and 2019 USA Senior World Cup Teams. Brent founded Web Tennis, and his youtube channel has gotten over 10 million views and has helped many thousands of tennis players improve their games all around the world. Brent has been featured on my Tennis Summits as well to share his wisdom about the game with our massive audience. On the show, you’ll learn how senior players can thrive in tournaments and prolong their careers, Brent's favorite singles and doubles match strategies, playing tournaments all around the world, Brent's unforgettable experiences winning gold balls (a LOT of them!), and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Brent! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS Web Tennis Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 22

77 min

On Episode 155 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I walk you through a simple lower body workout routine that will increase your strength, balance, and coordination to help you play better tennis. Consistent strength training is absolutely critical to increase your performance and lower your risk of injuries. Your game will transform when you feel stronger on the court and have the confidence that your body isn't going to break down easily. One of the most important things I've learned over the years of interviewing hundreds of top tennis pros and coaches, studying tons of resources about tennis fitness, and even getting certified by tennis fitness organizations, is that you need to have strong legs to level up your tennis game. I am going to describe this routine as detailed as I can on the podcast, and if you need a visual, check out my YouTube Channel at tennisfiles.com/youtube and click the subscribe button and notification bell so that you’ll receive an email as soon as I publish a video of this exact workout (a few days after this podcast goes up!). I hope you enjoy this episode! Let me know what you think about this episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS: Workout Plan PDF Dynamic Warm-Up Plan PDF Tennis Files Youtube Channel Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 15

24 min

On Episode 154 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I am going to walk you through a complete dynamic warm-up routine with no equipment that will help you perform your best on the tennis court and stay healthy. Performing a dynamic warm up that is specific to tennis movement is going to give you the best preparation to play well and prevent injuries, according to many studies, the science, and top tennis fitness experts. There are obviously a ton of other warm-up exercises, variations, and levels of difficulty, but I find that this is a simple one that just about anyone can do to get ready for a great practice or match session. Remember to perform this dynamic warm-up routine before your matches and training, and let me know how it works for you. If you want to watch this full dynamic warm-up routine on video (it’ll be up within a few days of this podcast episode), go to the Tennis Files Youtube channel at tennisfiles.com/youtube and click the subscribe button and notification bell so that you’ll receive an email as soon as I publish the video!   I hope you enjoy this episode! Let me know what you think about this episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS: Warm-Up Routine - Free Download! Tennis Files YouTube Channel Books: Dynamic Stretching - Dr. Mark Kovacs Study on Dynamic vs Static Stretching and Activity Specific Warm-ups Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 8

31 min

On Episode 153 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed elite tennis coach John Craig about the five areas of your game you need to develop to have a solid tennis foundation. John is a USPTA professional and a RacquetFit certified coach with over 35 years of tennis coaching experience. He is also the founder of Performance Plus Tennis. John has appeared on my Tennis Summits on multiple occasions to share his fantastic lessons and wisdom about improving your tennis game. On the show, you’ll learn about the principles of the tennis foundation, the reasons why you need to develop this foundation, its game changing benefits, how to create it, how to use it to reach your true tennis potential, what to avoid when building your tennis foundation, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with John! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS Performance Plus Tennis The Best Tennis of Your Life: 50 Mental Strategies for Fearless Performance - Jeff Greenwald Inner Game of Tennis - Timothy Gallwey Secrets of a True Tennis Master - Welby Van Horn Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jul 1

85 min

On Episode 152 of The Tennis Files Podcast, Mehrban is going to present his five-step process for how to get back on the court and start improving your game again. Many of you have been unable to play for many weeks or months and are just starting or soon will be getting back onto the tennis courts. But without the proper approach (pun intended :) ), you are way more likely to get frustrated, or worse, injured. On the show, you’ll learn how to regain and exceed your level of play before your long break from the courts, how to make goals and plan your training, the importance of taking care of your health and fitness while off court, how to be safe while playing, and much more! I hope you enjoy this episode! Let me know what you think about this episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Resources tennisfiles.com The Building Blocks of Tennis Success eBook  Tennis Fitness Workout Plan The Tennis Files Podcast  Tennis Files Membership - email me at mehrban@tennisfiles.com Practice Journal Tennis Safety USTA Safety for COVID19 - Player Tips and Recommendations  ITF Return to Tennis Guidelines USTA Tennis Safety for Facilities and Programming Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 24

52 min

On Episode 151 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed elite tennis coach and speaker, Emma Doyle, about how to unleash your tennis potential. Emma is an expert instructor, communicator, and mentor, and has helped several professional tennis players reach top WTA rankings. She is also a Tennis Australia High Performance Coach and travels the world as a professional speaker specializing in helping people to maximize and live their potential through tennis. Emma has been on four of my Tennis Summit as well, and I have brought her back each year because of the fantastic content that she consistently produces to help tennis players improve their skills. On the show, you’ll learn about how you can increase your confidence, find your inner motivation to improve your game, communicate better with your partners, transform your mindset, achieve your true tennis potential, learn the secrets and habits of the pros, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Emma! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Books:  Atomic Habits - James Clear Resources: www.acecoach.com.au info@emmadoyle.com.au Personality Playing Styles Emma’s TEDx Talk – Unleashing Female Potential Emma’s YouTube Channel EM & M SHOW YouTube Channel Emma’s Demo Reel Social Media: Facebook Twitter Instagram Linkedin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 17

93 min

On Episode 150 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed coach Gregg Le Sueur from Online Tennis Instruction about how to level up your volley and serve technique. Gregg is currently the lead instructor at OTI where he has helped thousands of tennis players improve their strategy, technique, mental game and fitness. He has also competed at an extremely high level and achieved an ATP ranking while playing in futures tour events. Gregg has been featured on my Tennis Summits the past couple years and continues to impress me every time he shares his knowledge about the game. On the show, you’ll learn how to hit more efficient volleys, how to increase your serve power and spin production, the fundamentals to becoming a better tennis player, Gregg's competitive tennis journey, his experience earning his first ATP point on the pro tour, proven tips and strategies to improve your tennis game, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Gregg! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! RESOURCES onlinetennisinstruction.com Dr. Jim Loehr’s 16-second Cure (4 Stages) BOOKS Vic Braden - Tennis 2000 Inner Game of Tennis Winning Ugly  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 10

95 min

On Episode 149 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed Marc Sophoulis, Head Coach at Melbourne International Tennis School, about how you can become a complete player. Marc has coached many pros, including Anastasia Rodionova, Arina Rodionova, Dane Propoggia, and Victor Hanescu. He has also been a part of the Bryan Brothers team for 6 years at the Australian Open. Marc has spoken at conferences around the world, has been a commentator for professional tennis matches, and has also been featured in my Tennis Summits each year. He is one of the co-founders of the Tennis Menu, an awesome new instructional tennis site which you should definitely check out (link below).   On the show, you’ll learn the essential skills you must develop to become a well-rounded tennis player, proven tips and strategies to level up your game, important lessons Marc learned while working with the Bryan Brothers, how tennis coaches can maximize their impact, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Marc! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS: thetennismenu.com The Tennis Menu Facebook Marc Sophoulis Twitter Marc Sophoulis Instagram EQUIPMENT: Theraband Medicine Ball BOOKS: Range: Why Generalists Triumph in a Specialized World Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jun 3

91 min

On Episode 148 of The Tennis Files Podcast I spoke with Danielle Lao, top 200 WTA pro, about the mindset, preparation, and resilience you need to become an elite-level tennis player. What’s pretty amazing about Danielle’s path to the pro tour that you’ll hear on this episode is that she was basically locked into a normal desk job after college. But something deep inside told her that she needed to pursue her dream of making it on the WTA Tour. Danielle is a former USC standout and has reached as high as 152 in the world. She has played in the main draw of the US Open multiple times and has even co-authored a book called The Invaluable Experience that takes readers through her college tennis journey and why playing sports in college is an invaluable decision  I am a big fan of Danielle and especially love that she gives us a rare insight into a professional tennis player’s career through her blog at thelittlegiant.net and on her social media platforms. On the show, you’ll learn about Danielle’s biggest ups and downs in her career and how she overcame them, how she prepares for matches, her morning routine, how she almost took a desk job and what inspired her to choose the WTA Tour instead, what she needs to do to reach the top 100 and beyond, her mental game secrets, unique tips to improve your tennis game, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Danielle! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS thelittlegiant.net thelittlegiantblog.wordpress.com twitter.com/thelittlegiant instagram.com/thelittlegiant Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 27

96 min

On Episode 147 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with 17-time Grand Slam champion Gigi Fernandez about how you can develop a strong mindset and play confidently against your competition. Gigi is a former world #1 doubles and #17 singles player and is now widely considered to be one of the best doubles players of all time. She is a Hall of Famer and she won 2 Olympic Gold Medals with Mary Joe Fernandez. In 2000, Gigi was named Puerto Rican Athlete of the Century. She now spends her time coaching adult players how to excel at doubles and developed the Gigi Method of doubles. On the show, you’ll learn how to develop your mental and emotional skills, simple pre-match routines that will help you stay calm during matches, the mindset you need to have before a match, how to create your roadmap to mental dominance, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Gigi! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Links: The Roadmap to Mental Dominance (+ Gigi Method Free!) - Limited Time Only! Gigi’s Facebook Gigi’s Twitter GIgi’s Instagram Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 20

54 min

On Episode 146 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I reveal my top 10 strategy, technique, mental, and fitness takeaways from Tennis Summit 2020 with my good friend Peter Freeman from Crunch Time Coaching. We recorded this live episode at the end of my annual online tennis conference, which was a smashing success with 13,778 registrants! On the show, you’ll learn why you should use more of your back leg during the loading stage of the serve, the importance of practicing serves under pressure, how to improve your serve returns, the three main elements of watching the ball, how to prepare optimally before your matches, and much more! I hope you enjoy this episode! Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 13

64 min

On Episode 145 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with world renowned sports science and fitness expert, Dr. Mark Kovacs, about the release and loading stages of the tennis serve. Mark is a performance physiologist, researcher, professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background in training and researching elite athletes. He is the Senior Director of Sports Science for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the founder of The International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA) of which I am a proud member. He is also the founder of the Kovacs Institute which is based in Atlanta, GA. Mark has trained numerous top professional tennis players, including John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Sam Querrey, Donald Youngm and Melanie Oudin. On the show, you’ll learn how to improve your serving motion, how to toss the ball in the right location consistently, the causes of poor racquet drop and how to fix it, exercises to improve your loading phase of the serve, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Mark! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

May 6

24 min

On Episode 144 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Babolat sales representative Allan Iverson about equipment trends and tennis gear. Allan was awarded Tennis Industry Sales Rep of the Year in 2014. He was Babolat's National Salesperson of the Year in 2012. He is also a USPTA P-1 with more than two decades of teaching experience. Allan has appeared on several Tennis Summits over the years to talk all things tennis gear gear and equipment. On the show, you’ll learn the latest equipment trends and how they can help your game, what to look for when searching for a new racquet, the different types of shoes and which ones are best for you, stringing patterns and the effect of each type on your tennis game, how to choose the right strings, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Allan! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 29

46 min

On Episode 143 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with one of the most legendary tennis coaches of all time, Rick Macci, about critical singles strategy principles to level up your game. Rick Macci has coached hundreds of world class tennis professionals including world number one players Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati, Andy Roddick, and Maria Sharapova. His players have won over 247 USTA National Championships since 1985. Rick is the founder of Rick Macci Tennis Academy, and is also a highly sought out motivational speaker, clinician, and author. On the show, you’ll learn how to plan effectively for your matches, how to perform under pressure in a new environment, how Sofia Kenin won her first Grand Slam, what tennis players can do at home to build their mental toughness, how visualization can help you improve your game, some helpful guidelines for imitating the pros, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Rick! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Tennis Summit 2020 Rick Macci Tennis Academy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 22

40 min

On Episode 142 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Dr. Larry Lauer, a mental skills specialist for USTA Player Development, about how to become a more resilient competitor. Dr. Lauer earned a PhD in science, exercise, and sports psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. He was previously the Director of Coaching Education and Development at the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports (ISYS) at Michigan State University. Dr. Lauer also was an assistant coach and mental coach for Michigan State Men’s Tennis, helping the team reach the 2013 NCAA tournament. Dr. Lauer was a sports psychologist consultant for USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. He currently co-hosts the Compete Like a Champion Podcast with Johnny Parkes. On the show, you’ll learn how to become a more resilient competitor, a step by step process for improving your on-court performance, how to deal with pre-match nerves, mental training that you can do while stuck at home, how players at USTA’s National Tennis Center in Orlando train their mental game, excellent books for your mind, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Larry! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Resources Compete Like a Champion Podcast USTA Player Development Net Generation Books: Can’t Hurt Me - David Goggins Mind Gym: An Athlete’s Guide to Inner Excellence - Gary Mack The Obstacle is the Way Mindset: The New Psychology of Success In Pursuit of Excellence - Terry Orlick Social: Dr. Lauer’s Twitter Page Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 15

69 min

On Episode 141 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I reveal nine proven secrets that I’ve learned from interviewing and studying the best tennis coaches, pros, and experts on the planet over the years.  These secrets are from my newest eBook, the Tennis Secrets Playbook, which you can download for free at tennisfiles.com/playbook! I created the eBook by analyzing hundreds of my interviews from the podcast and summits I’ve hosted, picking the best advice I could find from over 35 top coaches and pros, and using it to create the Tennis Secrets Playbook. On the show, you’ll learn why we need a game plan to maximize success, the importance of scheduling your practice and workouts, the three parameters of footwork, how to fix your technique, why we should take care of our fitness, and much more! If you liked the advice from these amazing coaches and pros, then go to tennisfiles.com/playbook to download the Tennis Secrets Playbook for free! Tennis Summit 2020, an online tennis conference to help you level up your tennis game with lessons from 30+ world class coaches, is happening less than 2 weeks from today! Register for free today at tennisfilessummit.com! LINKS: Tennis Secrets Playbook Tennis Summit 2020 Podcast Episodes James Blake Paul Annacone Michael Russell Nick Bollettieri Taylor Dent Dr. Mark Kovacs  Emilio Sanchez Gigi Fernandez Todd Widom Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 8

37 min

On Episode 140 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with world-renowned coach and doubles expert Louis Cayer about world-class doubles strategy. Louis has coached and mentored six #1 ranked doubles specialists, including Jamie Murray, and 26 who have reached the ATP top 50. He also served as Davis Cup Captain for both Great Britain and Canada. Louis currently works with the Lawn and Tennis Association. On the show, you’ll learn the skills needed to become a great doubles player, effective strategies against different types of teams, positional strategies to give you a leg up on the competition, what singles players need to know to play better doubles, how to use disruptive plays effectively, and much more! This interview is part of a masterclass I recorded with Louis for Tennis Summit 2020!   If you want to watch Louis’s full interview in video format, along with over 30 other on-court lessons and presentations on singles and doubles strategy, technique, fitness, and the mental game, for FREE, click the link below: Tennis Summit 2020 - Click Here to Register Tennis Summit 2020, which is an online tennis conference from April 20-25, will be the fourth year I am hosting the event. There are going to be more on-court lessons, point analysis, and masterclass presentations this year than ever before! I hope you enjoy my interview with Louis! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! LINKS Tennis Summit 2020 - Click the link to sign up for free today! Join the world’s biggest online tennis conference, hosted by yours truly! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Apr 1

43 min

On Episode 139 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I discuss the huge impact that the coronavirus (COVID-19) has had on the tennis world, and how we can still improve our tennis games while isolated at home. On the show, you’ll learn exercises you can do at home to stay in tennis shape, how COVID-19 has affected USTA Leagues, the ATP and WTA tours, how to have a great workout with no equipment, why you don’t need a tennis ball (or even a racquet) to keep improving, a sneak peek about an awesome online tennis conference that you should look out for in a few weeks, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you found it helpful, let me know in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Exercises: Clamshells Seated 90-90 More Hip Mobility Exercises Madison Keys Workout on Instagram Books: Inner Game of Tennis Open - Andre Agassi Complete Conditioning for Tennis Winning Ugly - Brad Gilbert Equipment: Theragun Jump Rope Exercise Bands Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 25

40 min

On Episode 138 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with sports science expert, Tim Roberts, about athlete monitoring, workload and recovery. Tim is the Director of Sports Science at Theragun. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science, Sport and Exercise Science and achieved a Master’s Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science. Tim was a Senior Sports Scientist at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. While there, he combined his expertise in sports nutrition/exercise performance and sports science data to develop innovative strategies for athletes and organizations to reach their potential. Tim also founded Scientific-Athlete, and is considered a world leading expert in sports science for golf. On the show, you’ll learn the benefits of athlete monitoring, a simple and easy way to track your workload, how to recovery properly from your workouts and tennis matches, the best devices for monitoring your exercise, sleep and tennis, the fundamentals of proper nutrition, fitness resources for competitive tennis players and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Tim! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Buy Theragun tennisfiles.com/theragun - Special TF Member Pricing!  Free PDF Downloads Wellness Screen Session Rating of Perceived Exertion (sRPE) Scale Websites / Articles  https://performancepartner.gatorade.com/athlete-tools/detail/internal-and-external-load-monitoring-the-science-and-the-practice Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 18

72 min

On Episode 137 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with tennis technology expert Alex Johansson about the best tech and equipment you can use to level up your game. Alex, aka The Tennis Techie, is the founder of Coachnect LLC and the Director of the New England Tennis Academy. He has worked with Texas A&M as their video analyst, analysis provider and tech advisor. Alex received the Touring Coach of the Year award from USPTA Texas in 2016 for his work and fantastic results with competitive junior players. He also created a video analysis service called tennisfilm.com and the Hoplu app for player skill building, communication, motivation and tracking. Alex created Tennis Techie, the first online forum dedicated to tennis technology. On the show, you’ll learn how technology can improve your game, essential apps that will help you analyze your strengths and weaknesses, the easiest way to record yourself playing and video equipment you’ll need (it’s not much!), resources for analyzing your tennis practices and matches, the best wearables and tennis sensors on the market today, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Alex! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 11

54 min

On Episode 136 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with legendary strength and conditioning and functional training coach, Mike Boyle, about the critical principles you need to know to get better results with your tennis fitness training. Mike co-founded Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in 1996, where he provides performance enhancement training for athletes of all levels. He has served as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Boston University for 15 years and became the Boston Red Sox strength and conditioning coach in 2013 that won the World Series. From 1991-1999, Boyle served for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League. He also was the Strength and Conditioning coach for the 1998 US Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, Gold Medalists in Nagano and 2014 Silver medalists in Sochi. On the show, you’ll learn how the average competitive tennis player should structure their weekly fitness training sessions, what areas of the body tennis players need to concentrate on training the most (the answer might surprise you!), how to increase your mobility, why not warming up is the biggest mistake you can make as a competitive athlete, how tennis players can prevent injuries, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Mike! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mar 4

56 min

On Episode 135 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn my 5-step framework for improving your tennis game and fulfilling your career goals. On the show, you'll learn the importance of defining your career goals, why evaluating your tennis game is crucial to making progress, examples of the 5-step framework as it applies to different types of players, why you need to track your progress, how I’ve used this framework to improve my own tennis game, and much more! And if you want to learn the latest strategies, techniques, fitness and mental game principles to level up your tennis skills, be on the lookout for Tennis Summit 2020 in late April!  To get notified when the summit becomes available, go to tennisfiles.com and sign up for my email list. Then I will give you a heads up when registration opens for the summit! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you found it helpful, let me know in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 26

30 min

On Episode 134 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I put together a special mega compilation of the best fitness advice ever given on the show. I went through all of my previous episodes and hand-selected clips from 10 previous interviews with many of the top tennis fitness experts in the world.  On the show you’ll learn about strength and conditioning, explosive power, plyometrics, the most common injuries and how to prevent them, working out on the road, why your range of motion makes a huge impact on your technique, the best exercises for tennis players in the gym, how to protect your rotator cuff, important recovery tips, the biggest mistakes when training, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you found it helpful, let me know in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Link to Full Interviews: TFP 033: Strength and Conditioning for Tennis Players with Dr. Mark Kovacs TFP 039: Injury Prevention and Recovery with Dr. Todd Ellenbecker TFP 048: Optimizing Your Strength and Conditioning Workouts with Dominic King TFP 056: Speed, Power, and Plyometrics with Dean Hollingworth TFP 069: Strength and Conditioning on the Road with Johnny Fraser TFP 078: Strength and Conditioning for Junior Athletes with Aaron Patterson TFP 079: Injury Prevention and Movement Mechanics with David Grant TFP 082: RacquetFit and the Body-Tennis Connection with Dr. Sean Drake TFP 101: How to Reach Peak Athletic Performance with Dr. Greg Rose TFP 119: Tennis Fitness Fundamentals with Nathan Martin Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 19

155 min

On Episode 133 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn about every single piece of gear that's currently in my racquet bag. I was inspired to do this episode after going to Orlando to attend the Racquet and Paddle show, where I saw a lot of new and innovative products. There have been times where I've forgotten to bring certain pieces of equipment and it's made a substantial impact on my performance, especially in a game like tennis which is often decided by razor-thin margins.  On the show, you’ll learn the essential types of gear you need to be fully prepared for your practices and matches, the type of racquets and strings that I use, what each piece of gear can do for your game, new equipment that can help you recover faster, the snacks and drinks that fuel me while playing, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you found it helpful, let me know in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Links to all the gear mentioned in the episode: Babolat Pure Aero VS Babolat Pure Strike 18x20 Babolat Pure Strike 16x19 Volkl Cyclone Tour 17g Hyper G String 17g Signum Pro X-Perience String Gamma Head Tape Penn Tennis Balls Banana Boat Sunscreen Adidas Climacool Hat Wilson Pro Overgrip Tournagrip Babolat Overgrip Yonex Supergrap Overgrip Tape Measure Precision Hydration - use code TENNISFILES for 15% off your first order Hydroflask Under Armour Jug Stretchbands Resistance Bands Lacrosse Ball Slinger Bag Practice and Match Journal  Theragun - email me at mehrban@tennisfiles.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 12

30 min

On Episode 132 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Peter Freeman, the founder of Crunch Time Coaching, about the key strategies and tactics the pros used at this year’s Australian Open. Pete has coached division 1 college players and has produced state level and national champions. He has been awarded the honor of USTA Georgia Pro of the Year. He has also coached under Tony Palafox, who was John McEnroe’s former coach, and Frank Brennan former Stanford University Coach who won 10 national titles. Peter has a huge passion for tennis and will do whatever it takes to get your game to the next level. On the show, you’ll learn the big differences between Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, and Rafael Nadal’s styles of play, the pros’ pre and post match routines at the Australian Open, Sam Querrey’s take on why the Big 3 are so much better than their competition, the most impressive players at this year’s tournament, what Pete’s students needed to improve on the most at his Aussie Open camp, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Pete! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feb 5

72 min

On Episode 131 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with certified mental performance consultant, Zoran Stojkovic, about how to unlock your mind for peak performance. Zoran is a high-performance tennis coach and has two MSc degrees in Sport and Exercise Psychology. He is also the founder of Kizo Performance. His love for coaching and human performance development led him to study how elite performers prepare for competition. Zoran’s mission is to empower people to unlock peak performance and personal satisfaction by training their mind with evidence-based mental tools and techniques.  On the show you’ll learn effective techniques to achieve peak performance, how to eliminate distractions and increase your focus, how visualization can help unlock your mind, common misconceptions about the mental game, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Zoran! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 29

77 min

On Episode 130 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with sports-scientist Andy Blow about how to properly hydrate and prevent cramping. Andy graduated with a degree in Sports and Exercise Science at the University of Bath and he is currently the CEO and co-founder of Precision Hydration. He was an elite level triathlete and experienced his own struggles with cramps and hydration that led him to specialize in electrolyte replenishment and eventually co-found Precision Hydration. He is also an adviser to the Porsche Human Performance Centre.  On the show, you’ll learn how far in advance you need to start hydrating, how much water and electrolytes you need before competition, what to do to recover from cramps as quickly as possible, the actual effectiveness of several common cramping solutions (think pickle juice and mustard packets), how different climates affect your hydration needs, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Andy! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 22

65 min

On Episode 129 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with former ATP Top 10 singles and doubles player and Grand Slam Champion, Spanish pro Emilio Sanchez, about how to develop a more aggressive tennis game. Emilio achieved career high rankings of #7 in the world in singles in 1990 and #1 in doubles in 1989. He won 3 Grand Slam Doubles titles (two French Opens and one US Open) and a silver medal in the 1988 Olympic games in men’s doubles. During his tennis career, he won 15 singles titles and 50 doubles and made over $5 million in prize money.  Emilio has both played for and captained Spain’s Davis Cup Team to a championship title in 2008. He is the co-founder of the Sanchez-Casal Academy (Academia Sanchez-Casal) where he helps all types of tennis players achieve their true potential. On the show, you’ll learn how to become a more aggressive player and why it is important to your long term success, how to become a better thinker on the court, Emilio’s top returning strategies, how Emilio reached the top 10 in the world in both singles and doubles, what it was like to both play Davis Cup and captain Spain to a championship title, footwork and movement tips, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Emilio! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 15

67 min

On Episode 128 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with former ATP pro, Taylor Dent, about how you can develop a solid serve and volley game that will put your opponents on the defensive. Taylor achieved a career high ranking of #21 in the world on the ATP Tour and won four singles titles. He reached the 4th round of Wimbledon and the US Open. He also placed 4th in the 2004 Olympics. Taylor has defeated numerous tennis legends such as Andy Roddick, Novak Djokovic, James Blake, Lleyton Hewitt, Marat Safin, and many other unbelievable players with his huge serve and volley game. His parents, half-brother, godfather, and wife also played tennis professionally. Taylor is a coach and co-founder of the Dent Tennis Academy at The Birch Racquet and Lawn Club in Keller, Texas. On the show, you’ll learn how to think like a professional serve and volleyer, the right tactics to use when you are at net, drills you can perform to become a better serve and volleyer, Taylor’s toughest battles in his tennis career, the secret to hitting a 149mph serve, the big change Taylor made to his game early on to succeed on the pro tour, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Taylor! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 8

93 min

On Episode 127 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn 13 tips to achieve your tennis goals in 2020.  With the new year upon us comes excitement for great successes and achievements ahead. But without the proper planning, preparation, and the right habits in place, we don’t stand a chance at achieving our goals, especially with all the distractions in today’s society. That’s why I put together this episode, based on my successes, failures, and principles learned from my podcast guests, to give you the strategies you need to ensure your consistency, motivation, and attitude stays at the level you need to conquer your goals. What are your goals for 2020? Are you planning to improve your forehand, backhand, footwork, serve, mental game, or fitness? Do you want to become a professional tennis player? Or maybe you want to increase your NTRP or UTR rating, or start a coaching career.  This episode will help you achieve any goals you desire for 2020 and beyond. I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you learned something useful from it, let me know in the comments below. And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox. I also want to wish you a very Happy New Year!  May this year be filled with prosperity and a fantastic year of tennis! :) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Jan 1

39 min

On Episode 126 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with professional wheelchair tennis player, Kaitlyn Verfuerth, about how she overcame a devastating accident to become an elite athlete through the power of positivity and determination. Kaitlyn is a three-time Paralympian for Team USA. She participated in Rio 2016, Beijing 2008, and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games. She won a bronze medal in the 2014 Copa Americas Cup, gold medals in both singles and doubles at the Rio 2007 Parapan American games, and was awarded the 2002 USTA Most Improved Female Player of the Year. To help adults and children with disabilities to participate in sports, Kaitlyn founded a non-profit organization called Parasport Flagstaff. She is also the head coach of the girl’s tennis team at Flagstaff High School. On the show, you’ll learn how Kaitlyn recovered from a life-changing incident as a child, how she rose up the ranks of the wheelchair tennis circuit, the differences between wheelchair tennis and the ATP/WTA tour, the ins and outs of using a wheelchair for sport, Kaitlyn’s training regimen, her pre-match routine, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Kaitlyn! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 2019

71 min

On Episode 125 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Dean Hollingworth, about movement, strength and explosive power. Dean has established himself as a highly regarded author, speaker, and fitness and performance consultant throughout his 25+ years of experience as a strength and conditioning coach. He has worked with all levels of tennis players including ITF, ATP, and WTA players. Throughout the years of working with world-class athletes, including tennis players, Dean has gained a deep understanding of the requirements for the development of high performance players’ athleticism, balance, explosive power, mobility, flexibility, and bringing out the best in his students. He also created the fantastic Baselinepower video series to supercharge your movement skills. Dean is currently the Director of Fitness and sports performance at Club Sportif Cote-de-Liesse in Montréal. On the show, you’ll learn how to properly train your tennis fitness and where to start, how to develop explosive power from the ground up, some simple exercises that any competitive tennis player can do to improve their movement, fitness and endurance training tips, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Dean! Let us know what you think about it in the comments below. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 2019

87 min

On Episode 124 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll hear clips of my interviews with several world class mental experts and tennis players about how to break through mental barriers and achieve your potential. This episode features Dr. Peter Scales, Jeff Salzenstein, Jeff Greenwald, Michael Russell, Fazal Syed, and yours truly. Special thanks to all my fantastic guests for sharing their knowledge and expertise about the mental game on the podcast. On the show, you’ll learn why removing your ego is essential for progress, how to make the right choice regardless of your past, mindset and character development tips, the importance of knowing your why’s, how to stay disciplined, why having a great mentor is crucial to a great career, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you like the format, let me know in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 2019

102 min

On Episode 123 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with former ATP Pro Fazal Syed about what it takes to make it as a professional and have a long and successful career on tour. Fazal was ranked in the top 400 in singles, top 200 in doubles, and played Davis Cup for India. He was also a Bronze Medalist at the Asian Games and the #1 ranked junior in India. Fazal is a top notch instructor as well: he previously coached Mahesh Bhupathi and Martin Damm, who are both grand slam champions, and was awarded the USTA Middle States Pro of the Year.  Currently, he is the director of Level7Tennis and a faculty member at Tennis Congress.   On the show, you’ll learn how Fazal’s sheer determination and grit drove him to the upper echelons of the game, his transition from tennis in India to the US, how he managed to make the pro tour despite consistently training with players way below his level, his biggest takeaways from the pro tour, his thoughts on how to become a great tennis coach and much more! I hope you enjoyed my interview with Fazal! Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Dec 2019

69 min

On Episode 122 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with a former Division 1 college tennis player, academy owner, and founding and managing member of Arrowbar, Andrew Golub. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science Degree with a focus on Business Management from the University of Miami. He played tennis for 4 years at Miami after a stellar junior career ranked in the top 20 in the nation. After graduating, he started Golub Tennis, and more than 120 students in his program have received scholarships to different universities across the country.   Andrew co-founded Arrowbar which is a gluten-free and all-natural, high-performance energy bar. Tennis pros such as John Isner, Steve Johnson, and former podcast guests James Blake and Michael Russell are just a few big names that are ambassadors of Arrowbar.  I have also tried and really enjoy eating it before exercising! On the show, you’ll learn how Andrew started his tennis career, how he became one of the best junior players in the country, how he managed to balance tennis and his studies in school, what inspired him to create his own training center, the ins and outs of creating Arrowbar, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Andrew!  Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

80 min

On Episode 121 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Michael Russell, former ATP Pro and current tennis coach, about the grittiest player in history. Michael reached a career-high of 60 in the world in August 2007. He has also coached many well-known tennis pros, including Frances Tiafoe, Ryan Harrison, Sam Querrey, Taylor Fritz, and Mackenzie McDonald through USTA Player Development. Michael played on tour for 17 years and retired after the US Open in 2015. He currently owns a private tennis coaching business, Michael Russell Tennis, in Houston. On the show, you’ll learn about Michael's unrelenting commitment to fitness, his stellar career as a junior, how he gained his first ATP point, his recovery routine after matches, key tips to improve your game, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Michael! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

53 min

On Episode 120 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn the 21 habits of winning tennis players. I have struggled for a long period of time with building the right habits, and this has motivated me to find out which ones are the most important from the top experts, professional players, and coaches on the planet and how to develop them. On the show, you’ll learn the importance of setting your intention before practice, self-discipline, continually challenging yourself through competition, understanding strategies that work best for your game, and much more. This episode will help you have a better understanding of the keys to being a successful tennis player (and person), and the most important habits you need to implement in your life.  I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you like the format, let me know in the comments below! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

49 min

On Episode 119 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with fitness expert Nathan Martin about the fundamentals of tennis fitness.  Nathan Martin has worked on the ATP and WTA circuits since 1999, including as a head tennis trainer at the renowned Sanchez Casal tennis academy in Barcelona. He specializes in strengthening and conditioning tennis players. Together with his wife, Giselle Martin, they have successfully created a unique tennis fitness system at tennisfitness.com called the Martin Method. Nathan and Giselle have also developed a deep knowledge of how to produce elite female athletes through their partnership with the WTCA (Women Tennis Coaching Association). They have trained numerous legendary ATP and WTA pros such as Lleyton Hewitt, Martina Navratilova, Sam Stosur, Monica Seles, and Jennifer Capriati, while also developing new programs to improve amateur players' tennis fitness and empowering the next group of young players. On the show, you’ll learn the most important principles to level up your tennis fitness, the biggest mistakes tennis players make in the gym, the right set and rep scheme for power and strength workouts, the huge benefits of practicing yoga, the Martin Method, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Nathan! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Nov 2019

64 min

On Episode 118 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with South Korea’s Daniel Yoo, a former ATP Pro, about how his commitment to discipline and work ethic unlocked his dreams of becoming a professional tennis player. Daniel achieved career highs of 326 in singles and 425 in doubles in 2011. He was coached by Pierre Arnold, one of the top developmental coaches in the world. Daniel has won numerous pro titles and played against many of the game’s elite players on tour. On the show, you’ll learn about Daniel’s extreme dedication to tennis at a young age in Korea, his supernational tournament win as a junior, his experiences as a tennis pro, how he ended up practicing with Roger Federer for two weeks in Dubai, how entering the army affected his tennis career, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Daniel! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

79 min

On Episode 117 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I am back to answering questions that I received from our fellow tennis players about playing against serve and volleyers and counterpunchers, maintaining fitness and improving movement, controlling power on our strokes, hitting faster serves and more! I routinely receive emails and messages on my social media accounts asking questions about how to level up, and I picked out eight of them to answer on the podcast today. I really enjoy receiving emails from the Tennis Files community and do my best to answer them all (even if it takes a little while!). I really appreciate all your questions because they will help a lot of passionate tennis players like you and me improve our games. Thanks again to every single one of you who has contacted me with your excellent questions! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you like the format, let me know in the comments below so that I can do more Q&A episodes in the future! And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files below to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your inbox! Questions on today’s show: How to play against serve and volleyers - Dan How to play against counterpunchers - Dave (4.5) I have difficulty hitting a good forehand on the far right corner of the court after hitting a backhand from the left corner of the court. Is there a technique on how i should hold the racquet while I am running from the left corner to right corner to be able to hit the good forehand? Davy - 4.0 My strokes are great but my movement needs to be faster as I'm overweight. Other than slimming down, what can I do to get faster moving around the court and to get into ready position? Lots of times my opponents hit hard to the corner and I miss it since I can't run that fast. Thanks. - Danielle 4.0 Power with control - If i hit with power, then the ball goes out. - Anonymous Dear Mehrban - My son plays tennis U14. His problem is that he is afraid and loses focus and control especially in critical moments and situations. For example by Deuce and Advantage. He can not control his Game and loses the Game or the Set. How to strengthen the shoulders to get stronger and more power and therefore have stronger hits (Forehand, Backhand and Volley). Thanx - Osama Being an effective volleyer. - Dennis , 3.0 Power, form, and strength on my serve - Emma - 3.5 Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

45 min

On Episode 116 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with the founder of Crunch Time Coaching, Peter Freeman, about how to break bad habits that are limiting you from reaching your true tennis potential. Pete has coached Division 1 college players, produced state level and national champions and been awarded the honor of USTA Georgia Pro of the year. He has coached under Tony Palafox, who was John McEnroe’s former coach, and Frank Brennan former Stanford University Coach who won 10 national titles. Pete is hosting an annual online tennis conference this October called Tennis Con 3! This awesome and free event features many of the best tennis coaches and names in the business (including yours truly!) that will teach you how to break bad habits so you can level up your tennis game. On the show, you’ll learn the keys to breaking bad tennis habits, our list of the biggest habits you need to fix in your game, the all-star list of coaches on Tennis Con 3, details about how and when you can sign up for free to watch the event, and much more! I hope you enjoy my interview with Peter Freeman! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below and be sure to join us for Tennis Con 3! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

40 min

On Episode 115 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with former ATP Pro and current tennis coach, Todd Widom, about how he has been able to develop elite junior players in a non-academy setting. Todd is a former Top 200 ATP Professional and 18-and under Super National champion. At the University of Miami, he became a two-time All-American, and now he is the owner of TW Tennis, which is South Florida’s top small group/private tennis training that is geared exclusively for high performance tennis players. On the show, you’ll learn what type of environment Todd trained in as a junior, what traits and skills he developed to become a top junior and professional player, his biggest accomplishments in his tennis career, the keys to training top juniors in a non academy setting, his personal advice to help you improve your game, and much more. I hope you enjoy my interview with Todd! Let us know what you think about the episode in the comments below. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Oct 2019

111 min

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