50 years of playing, studying, teaching/coaching the game of tennis. It is a wonderful life time sport not as injury prone as some of the contact sports are.
I have 3 sons who played high school tennis in Naperville, 2 played college tennis, one who achieved an ATP pro doubles ranking, and now a grandaughter playing college tennis. Being a part of those developmental processes has resulted in me being involved in years of lessons, some at a very high level.
Assisting coaching high school boys and girls tennis teams at Neuqua Valley, Naperville North, and Downers Grove South has also been a privelege I have enjoyed.
I teach fundamentals for you build your game upon and match play tactics as you advance.
Teaching involves explanations that are understandable, breaking the task down into smaller parts to enable learning, demonstrations of the correct way, critique and feedback, and praise when there is success. Learning to play tennis requires a lot of repetitions, training the muscle memory system to execute the many different shots in a good players repertoire. And then there is building the tennis IQ as the player achieves success in executing the various shots. It is a fun process.
It is very important that you choose an instructor that will help you achieve your goals. Not all are capable of doing that. The worst thing you or your child can do is to get off to a bad start. Learning the correct fundamentals is critical.
It is certainly possible you don't know enough about tennis to make an accurate judgement, but I suggest you sit thru the first couple of lessons, observe and ask questions. Then you will be better able to judge the quality of the instruction.
I really enjoy seeing the progress my students make. It is rewarding for both of us!
Let's do it!
Thanks John, for everything! You're an amazing Coach, so grateful for your help. Mia not only made the team, she's leading the team which is fabulous!!!! Mia's Mother
Coach John coached my son during his High School career and he went on to play Division 1 Tennis at University of Iowa. John knows the game of tennis very well, is a great motivator, knows how to be successful and what it takes to be a champion. I would highly recommend Coach John to any one interested in wanting to improve their tennis. Jim L.
Coach John coached my son during his High School career and went on to play Division 1 Tennis at University of Iowa. John knows the game of tennis very well, is a great motivator, knows how to be successful and what it takes to be a champion. I would highly recommend Coach John to anyone interested in wanting to improve their tennis.
Coach John is great at seeing the big picture and the little details at the same time. He can help you come up with strategies to play different types of players as well as fine tune small problems in your strokes. He has lots of tennis experience and also keeps up with the current pros. And he has lots of different drills for all the various kinds of players out there! He is very upbeat and happy to work with and you can tell he enjoys being on the court!
We'll discuss your current level of play and then your goals' That will determine our starting point and our future on court activities.
I spend a lot of time on the court and have observed some very poor instruction. If you are new to the game, it is difficult to separate the good from the bad. The worse part, besides wasting some money, is getting off to a bad start. Once habits are formed, correcting them is a difficult process. Be aware, as in most things, the cheapest is not always the best value.
I work with beginners, intermediates, and a select few advanced players.