Our guest this evening is the legendary Dennis Ralston (born July 27, 1942 in Bakersfield, California). Dennis is an former professional tennis player who attended the University of Southern California (USC) and won NCAA championships. He was coached in his earlier years by the legendary tennis player, Pancho Gonzales. He was the highest-ranked American player at the end of three consecutive years in 1960s with his career-high singles ranking of World No. 5.
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The Maureen Connolly Brinker Tennis Foundation was founded over 40 years ago and it is the subject of tonight’s show. Our guest this evening is Cindy Brinker Simmons. Cindy’s mother Maureen Connolly “Little Mo” may have been one of the greatest women’s tennis players ever. Cindy is now the president of the MCB Foundation and chief spokesperson for the Little Mo Foundation.
Brad Stine is the guest today. Coach Stine (born 1958) is an American tennis coach from Fresno, California. He is best known for coaching former No.1 ATP player Jim Courier, although he coached many other famous players.
Coach Stine started coaching with the USTA in 1986 as a member of the US junior national team. During that time the junior national team (Junior Davis Cup Team) included Jim Courier, Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, Malivai Washington, Todd Martin, Jonathan Stark, Jared Palmer, David Wheaton, and Jeff Tarango, who all reached top 100 ATP ranking, and many other notable players.