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The GreatBase Tennis Podcast Episode 38 - MR. HARRY HOPMAN. On the 38th episode of their GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss the life and times of the legendary Harry Hopman. The discussion is the first part of a two-part series. Simply put, Mr. Harry Hopman compiled a winning record that would, no doubt, stand next to be…
 
Teaching Young Tennis Players On the 37th episode of the GreatBase Tennis Podcast, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss teaching young tennis players. The topic is close to their hearts because they both feel strongly that most young tennis players do not receive quality tennis instruction. They do acknowledge the efforts of their fellow tennis-tea…
 
Episode 36 - High School Tennis - Kevin Record Interview Kevin is our guest on the 36th episode of our podcast. We are confident that tennis enthusiasts and experts will love to know more about the exciting culture Kevin Record has built as the tennis coach at Leon High School in Tallahassee, Florida. Coach Record is a world-class pied piper, his e…
 
GreatBase Tennis Podcast Episode 35 - Doubles Part 2 The 35th episode was the second segment of a two part-series on doubles. Andy Fitzell and Steve Smith share information, ideas and insights that will help anyone and everyone connected to doubles play. Topics include: Robbie Seguso, Anne Shilcock, Angela Buxton, Pete Sampras, Jack Sock, Jeff Coet…
 
The GreatBase Tennis Podcast Episode 34 - Doubles In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss doubles. Listeners are assured of hearing information, ideas and insights that will certainly help improve their overall understanding of doubles. Topics include: Player positions and roles Doubles formations Lefties & righties Great doubles team…
 
The second part of a two-part series on Peter Burwash and Peter Burwash International (PBI) is concluded. Andy Fitzell and Steve Smith share ways in which Peter and PBI have contributed to the tennis industry. Peter's creative ideas have served as a cornerstone for the GreatBase Tennis curriculum.By Steve Smith & Andy Fitzell
 
In this episode, Andy Fitzell and Steve Smith discuss Peter Burwash and his company Peter Burwash International (PBI). Episode 32 is the first of a two-part series. Peter is identified as one of the pillars of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) curriculum. Throughout the 1980s, Peter and leaders of PBI conducted training sessions for Steve and his students…
 
The GreatBase Tennis Podcast Episode 31 - College Tennis Part 2 In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell continue their discussion on college tennis. They randomly touch upon many key points that would provide insight to all those connected to players aspiring to play in college.By Steve Smith & Andy Fitzell
 
In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss college tennis. This is the first part of a two-part discussion on College Tennis. To fully cover the subject properly one would need volumes of information and countless hours with everyone from past and present coaches to past and present players to past and present parents to a…
 
In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss singles strategy. Topics include: Definition Quotes Playing styles 5 key parts of the game Offense, neutral, defense Strengths & weaknesses Learning from other sports The unforced error Winning ugly Strategic concepts 7 singles concepts "Pushers" Pros Directionals Awarenesses Prac…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell answer various tennis questions. Questions (with time code): 0:00:57 - Making changes in a top ITF Juniors' game. 0:40:42 - Tips for closing the racket face on a 1-handed backhand. 0:51:52 - Explain the composite grip. 1:02:36 - What is the highest level you guys competed at? 1:17:50 - Which pro player …
 
In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss the return of serve. Topics include: Begin with the end in mind Position Basics Grips Ready position Shape of swings Efficiency Options Tactics Practice Carlos Goffi - "Green-Light" points Bill Jacobson - Stats Opponent awareness Best returners and why John Wooden principles Devel…
 
The GreatBase Tennis Podcast Ep. 26 - Tennis String & Stringing Rackets In this episode, we talk all about tennis string and stringing rackets during our interview with tennis coach and pro stringer Vasiliy Guryanov. Vasiliy is a tennis teaching professional based in Chicago and fortunately for us and our listeners, he shared his expertise on strin…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss the history and impact that Jim Loehr has had on their students and their tennis teaching curriculum. His contributions to tennis have been major league. They certainly concur with a statement made by the late Arthur Ashe that simply stated, because of Dr. Loehr's pioneering efforts in tennis in…
 
The GreatBase Tennis Podcast Ep. 24 - The One-Handed Underspin Backhand In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell cover the one-handed underspin backhand. The shot is commonly referred to as the "slice" backhand in tennis terminology. One is assured to learn the nuts and bolts of the shot as well as X's and O's pertaining to tenn…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell complete the second part of their discussion on tennis in Russia and Russians in tennis. They interview tennis coach and parent Natalia Sorokina who grew up learning to play tennis at the famous Spartak club in Moscow. She shares valuable points that will help coaches, trainers, parents, and players. To…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss tennis in Russia. This is part one of a two-part series on tennis in Russia. Topics include: Tennis parent Natalia Sorokina Soviet sports History Spartak club Trips to Russia Russian success formula Myelin Soviet system Female coaches Cheating Russian pros +Much more!…
 
In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss the overhead smash. Topics include: Technique Scratch the back & point Hitting down The trophy look Movement Mentality Palm up Grip Body coil The role of the non-dominant arm Online Tennis Instruction Bjorn Borg story Serena Williams & Novak Djokovic Patrick Mouratoglou story Plus…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss personality and brain types. They introduce the work of Katharine Cook Briggs and Isabel Briggs Myers (mother and daughter), and Jon Niednagel and Jeremy Niednagel (father and son ). The contributions from both families are effective tools for people in all walks of life. By treating their work …
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell interview mindset development coach Joey Johnson. Topics include: Background "Worthy To Win" Advice for tennis parents College tennis experience Developing a healthy mindset Self-worth and winning Competing Parent/coach relationship Social Media dangers Skill development Being an example Plus much more!…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell interview Spencer Johnson. He is the son of Joey and Wendy Johnson. Spencer, who grew up in Utah, recently signed a letter of intent to play tennis for UCLA. The future Bruin has spent years working with GreatBase Tennis on tennis and life skills. Listeners will find Spencer's input to be refreshing and…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss world-class player and coach Welby Van Horn. Topics include: Playing background Championship mind Connection with GreatBase Welby's book Welby's System Balance Results Lessons Footwork The right way to begin #1 Tennis tip Drills Checkpoints Strategy Teaching aids Stories Plus so much more!…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell interview Rob Krajicek who is the father of current ATP player Austin Krajicek. He shares advice for tennis parents. Rob and his wife have been through all phases of tennis with their son Austin. Topics include: The progression to becoming a Kalamazoo champion. The rewards and realities of being part of…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell interview Canadian tennis coach Richard Hernandez. This episode is the second part of the presentation on Tennis in Canada. Listeners will hear golden nuggets of tennis information, insights, and ideas from a time span that covers nearly forty years. Topics include: Background Richmond Hill Country Club…
 
In this Episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell talk with Canadian tennis coach Miron Mann. Topics include: - Miron's background - Tennis in Canada - Felix Auger Aliassime - Denis Shapovalov - Bianca Andreescu - Immigrant mentality - Canadian tennis education system - Hungry dog hunts best - Plus much more!…
 
In this episode, tennis coaches Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss various topics including: What tennis people work for Too much selling Tennis problems Solutions Marketing Having a BS detector A Hypothetical meeting of tennis people who have lived the GreatBase Tennis curriculum Tennis Science vs Art Resources - Tennis teachers and coaches of t…
 
In this episode, Andy Fitzell & Steve Smith interview David Anderson, who leads a staff of twenty-plus coaches at Club Corp's flagship facility (Brookhaven Country Club) in Dallas. He has spent more than twenty-five years and has developed close to five-hundred college tennis players, if not more. Their success is an untold and unheard story in Ame…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss player development. Topics include: Begin with the end in mind Teaching vs unteaching Learn to play vs play to learn Band-aid vs surgery Becoming an athlete Understanding success & achievement Teaching character Service-based vs education-based training Francis Tiafoe, Sofia Kenin, Making change…
 
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