In Conversation with Rob Brandsma
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by Hleb Maslau
1w ago
Hleb: Can you please introduce yourself and give a bit of an overview of your background? Rob: Tennis has been a central part of my life since I serendipitously started lessons at nine. From that moment, I was hooked, spending every possible minute on the court. However, at 17, I encountered persistent injuries that hindered my progress. Despite consultations with doctors and physiotherapists, the causes remained elusive, and some even suggested my body might not be suited for high-performance tennis. This was a devastating blow for a young athlete with dreams of greatness, but it sparked my ..read more
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Behind the Championship Line: Exclusive Insights from Thomas Hipp.
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by Hleb Maslau
1y ago
I had the privilege of competing against Barry University in my college time ages ago and I always thought that they were an extremely well-coached team. Now, all these years later, I am using their facility to train with Amanda Anisimova, and I have spent a lot of time hitting with their head coach Thomas. Below is a conversation I had with Thomas on various subjects, and I sincerely hope any tennis player, parent, or coach can find it valuable. Hleb: Congratulations on your team's national championship win! Can you describe the journey that led to this victory? What were some of the key fac ..read more
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Get out there and play!
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by Hleb Maslau
2y ago
In this post, I want to stress the value of still playing the game and why that is important. Not only playing tennis an excellent thing for our health physically and mentally, but moreover, it helps us with developing the ever-important skill of empathy. Competing at any level helps with understanding and sharing the feelings of our players. For all of the tennis parents and coaches out there, please consider these things that I have been guilty of in the past: 1. Only working on strokes ( when we play ourselves it comes as a reminder that shot selection is often more important) 2.Perfection ..read more
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Learning from a pro coach and former Top ATP professional Christopher Kas
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by Hleb Maslau
2y ago
I had the great pleasure of meeting Christopher while coaching and playing prize money tournaments in Germany. While working with his player at the time, top WTA pro Mona Barthel, Christopher occasionally needed to give her confidence by beating up on someone and he called me. That beating was a start of our relationship and soon he enjoyed beating up on me himself with his ridiculous angle shots. During that time, between my lessons on court I was happy to learn many things from Christopher, namely what it is like to bring energy and enthusiasm to every session. Christopher took the time to ..read more
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Interview with NCAA D1 National Champion Yuval Solomon
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by Hleb Maslau
2y ago
Yuval Solomon is an incoming senior on Wake Forest's men's tennis team. He is a 2018 National Champion and currently is training in South Florida, anticipating a return on campus shortly. Yuval was kind to answer some questions for me that I believe bring value to those out there coaching junior players or players themselves. What misconceptions do you see juniors have about college tennis? You know, I think some think that it gets easier once you get to college, but time management is really crucial. Moreover, for those that homeschooled this is no longer an option, you have to attend class ..read more
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First post of 2020
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by Hleb Maslau
2y ago
Hello tennis world, it is 2020, which means a new and exciting year ahead. For Junior Ore, a New Year's wish came true when he received an invitation to practice with current world #1 Robert Farah and multiple Grand Slam Champion Julien Rojer. Indeed impressive how well the top doubles players return serve, how stable their reaction volleys are, how fast they get to the net after their serve. Junior is looking forward to making his ATP Challenger tour season a success ..read more
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Adam Almighty. Short interview with Head Men’s Tennis Coach Adam Schaechterle
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by Hleb Maslau
2y ago
I first met Adam during my time at UNF. He came into the locker room and I immediately realized he was unlike any other coach I had in the past. Soft-spoken, respectful yet passionate, and firm. He worked hard for the players and for that, they worked hard for him. Adam inherited great talented players at UNF, but he was able to add more talent and preside over some of the best seasons of the program‘s history. Today, he is running a very successful program at Pepperdine over the last three years. In the 2020/2021 season, Adam led the team to a conference title, the team's first since 2013. T ..read more
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Coaches Corner with Gary Kushnirovich
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by Hleb Maslau
2y ago
One day at the 2014 US Open Playoffs, I just won my first round against Clemson's Difazio and I was walking by the courts at the USTA National Center in Flushing Meadows, when I saw a guy who was locked in the battle fighting like I have never seen anyone fight before. Little did I know, but I would then follow to play this guy for 3 hours 7/6 in the third in the semis. This match started a long New York rivalry and friendship. Gary is one of the hardest working people I know, and has a unique perspective that I am grateful to share with all of you. You can find Gary at https://www.tenniswithg ..read more
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Conversation with an Ivy League tennis great Ilia Shatashvili.
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by Hleb Maslau
2y ago
You had quite an outstanding junior career with an extremely difficult school schedule, how did you manage both? The truth is that time management was always a challenge that I considered to be a privilege. I was lucky enough in my youth to have the opportunity to participate in several activities; primarily tennis, chess, and the piano along with my academic curriculum. Although this busy schedule required sacrifices in certain areas such as my social life or a less rigorous tennis training schedule, it allowed me to develop more broadly in my skill sets and I always found creative ways ..read more
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Traveling with tournament players
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by Hleb Maslau
2y ago
This post revolves around what it takes to be a traveling coach. Some of the roles of a coach on the road include: Driver, psychologist, surrogate parent, travel agent, hitting partner, medical consultant, organizer, and, most importantly, disciplinarian and friend. The coach must devote their attention to the player's needs and attend to them as required during the tournament. During matches, the players often are looking for support and positive reinforcement from their coach. Nick Kyrgios, after beating Karen Kachanov in five sets last night at the AO 2020, credited his team with much-need ..read more
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