The guest tonight is the one and only Justin Gimelstob. We were finally able to connect with Justin and some say it was our best show yet. I was worried throughout the show if was I was going to be able to pull it off and do a good enough job to keep Justin interested and I think we did that on the show tonight.
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The guest tonight needs no introduction unless you have been living under a rock–Wayne Bryan has been coaching and working in all aspects of the tennis world for the last umpteen years and we look forward to this time with Wayne as much as we have with any of our guests! Below we have included some of the good stuff behind from Wayne Bio!
Hope you are having a nice Fall Season.
As you probably know, there was a very positive and productive meeting on Sunday, October 21, with Steve Bellamy and his concerned group with the USTA officials in Chicago about the state of our National ‘n Sectional Junior Schedule and Rankings that led to a pause on the new changes and a listening tour to be held across the country to make revisions that will be fair for all our juniors and that will hopefully bring a smile to everyone’s’ face.
I then met on the evening of Oct. 24 in Malibu and the early morning of Oct. 25 with incoming USTA President, Dave Haggerty, and USTA Chief Executive of Community Tennis, Kurt Kamperman. We met for a total of 7 1/2 hours and the discussions on my outline of American Tennis Concerns were fair and frank and sometimes hard hitting and a lot was learned on all sides of the issues.
Although we share many experiences in common with our sport, we come from different vantages and viewpoints – – – Dave, as the newly elected President, has served on several national committees and has been a very successful CEO of major tennis companies; while Kurt is employed by the USTA and was the former CEO of the Tennis Industry Assn. and knows Community Tennis in all sections of this country; and Wayne, who spends a good part of the year on the road emceeing ATP events and doing clinics on the tour and at clubs and schools and who coaches World Team Tennis and speaks to coaches and parents frequently.
All of us are passionate about the game and its health and future. Although the meetings were rigorous, they were at the same time cordial.
The issues discussed included:
Our guest tonight is the former Head Men’s Tennis Coach J.W. Isenhour. Mr. Isenhour is the former Head Coach of N.C. State Men’s Tennis Team from 1968-81. Isenhour also led the women team through three successful seasons, while bringing N.C. State Tennis from near obscurity into the limelight. Isenhour’s men’s teams compiled back-to-back ACC championships in 1978 and 1979 – the lone pair of championships in school history. N.C. State recently opened the J.W. Isenhour Tennis Center in his honor.
Our guest this evening was supposed to be the incredible Justin Gimelstob. Justin was not able to make the show due to the fact he had a scheduling conflict. We hope to get him on at a later date.
Our guest tonight is A.J. Pant. Mr. Pant is currently the General Manager for the Tennis Center at College Park, Maryland. Prior to his current position, Pant was the National Tennis Director for Tennis Corporation Of America (TCA). Ajay was with Tennis Corporation Of America for 18 years and also served as Head Tennis Professional, Club Manager and General Manager for TCA clubs in Chicago and other parts of the United States.
If you talk to great coaches and great athletes I think a lot of them would say that although there is a lot of science behind it--(tennis and other sports become an art!). The game becomes an art. Maybe not every sport, but I think there is an art to being great as a tennis player. So when somebody comes in and says this is "the formula". That would be like telling an artist this is the only way to do a masterpiece of art and that's not possible. So if you look at tennis as an art, or dance as an art--then sure, there is some science to everything but there is also a lot of art. The bottom line is this-- you cannot speed up everything and fix the process with a formula. You need the guys who are the artists to make it work.
Doug Pielet, former top junior and collegiate player and current Director of Tennis
Paul Scarpa is the winningest coach in NCAA Division 1 history. He has been inducted into seven halls of fame. Just this past May he was inducted into the ITA Hall of Fame.
I am so excited to announce my guest this weekend is an individual I consider to have one of the greatest tennis minds and to be one of the best people to have ever coached the game. Paul Scarpa is the winningest NCAA Division I tennis coach in America. Tune in Sunday night at 6:00 p.m. to hear one of the greatest.