Tennis For Life
USPTR Certified Instructor.
Makes learning fun. Familiar with Quickstart format for progressive learning.
Focus is on correct technique and fitness so you can enjoy tennis for a lifetime of fun.
Over 30 years' playing and competition experience. Continues to learn and keep up to date with latest techniques and strategies.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
Every player is unique. We all have strengths and weaknesses. My approach is to carefully study not only the player's level of skill, but also their athletic ability and game sense.
I develop a custom development plan that builds on the player's specific strengths and overcome their weaknesses. This includes skill and physical development keeping in mind their general physical health and other factors.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
To be effective, learning has to go beyond instruction. It is more about experience and discovery. As a USPTR certified instructor who stays up to date with latest techniques and sport science, I am able to draw on my knowledge and experience to help people connect with their inner player, discover their potential and achieve it.
How did you get started teaching?
Quite accidentally. Except for some early coaching, much of my game was self taught, using resources available to me that I kept carefully. As my game developed and advanced, I received requests from acquaintances to informally teach them, off and on since early 90s. In 2011, I came to know of the direction Junior tennis was taking in the US and across the world. I was fortunate to get the opportunity to train under USTA sanctioned trainers and work with youth. I found a great sense of fulfillment in teaching and have since never stopped.
What types of students have you worked with?
My students have ranged from absolute beginners to competitive players, ranging in age from 4 to about 60 years, in groups and on an individual basis. I have been able to customize learning plans to specific needs, with significant success
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Take your time and talk to multiple instructors before you decide. Take advantage of trial lessons if offered.
Look for instructors who are ready to work with you at the individual level, rather then give you a ready made lesson plan. There is no magic way to master your game. Look for teachers who are flexible on their instructional approach. It is about you, after all.
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
Be frank and honest about your personal goals,, whether they are tennis specific or health related. Be prepared to ask potential teachers about their style or approach. You should feel comfortable in discussing your fears and challenges.
Ask for sample lesson plans and formats, and how they are willing to work with you. You should ask them how they have helped other students in the past with similar characteristics and athletic abilities.