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On the 103rd episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith interviews Lorenzo Panariti. Lorenzo grew up playing junior tennis in Italy and played college tennis in the US. Upon completing his undergraduate work, he moved to back to Europe to further his education in business. He currently is coaching tennis in Odense, Denmark and recen…
 
On the 102nd episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Andres Barbosa. Andres is a veteran tennis coach who resides and works in Miami. In the early years of his career, Andres's teaching and coaching was influenced by several highly reputable tennis minds. For last ten plus years, he has been a follower and…
 
On the hundred and first podcast of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Mat Cloer is interviewed. Being #101, the theme of the conversation between Mat and Steve Smith is Basics 101. To make an understatement, Mat has a thorough understanding of the history and educational merit of the free educational content the GBT offers to assist players and c…
 
On the 100th episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith interviews Jeremy Wurtzman. The two have known each other for 30 years, so their conversation goes back to when Jeremy was 10 years old. Now 40, Jeremy is the father of three children and the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Indiana University. On the GBT website, there is a free edu…
 
On the 99th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Malhar Patel address a topic that made Wayne Gretzky, Wayne Gretzky. We realize there are few from the world of tennis who don't know 99 was Wayne's number when he was breaking over 60 records in the best hockey league on the planet. Under the guidance of his father, Walter, Wayne…
 
On the 98th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith covers a requested topic: Situational Training. Steve is assisted by Malhar Patel, a student assistant and goal-oriented player. Webster's dictionary defines situation as a set of circumstances in which one finds themselves. The same definition applies to competitive tennis. We are co…
 
On the 97th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith is joined by Malhar Patel. Malhar, a student-assistant and goal-oriented player, keeps tally of Steve's communication hiccups during the podcast. Steve encourages the coaches he trains to record themselves to reduce their "OK's" & "Add-ons." Steve reviewed the purpose, procedures and …
 
On the 96th episode of the GreatBase Tennis Podcast, Steve Smith and Roberto Calla have a conversation on the task of being competitive. One's true competition is in the mirror and the challenge of having goal-oriented players break comfort zones is becoming more and more difficult. Ego is quite often the enemy and one self-destructs through the un…
 
On the 95th episode of the GreatBase Tennis Podcast, Steve Smith and Karla Navarro Wojick interview Alex Slezak. Their guest is a physical education teacher and high school tennis coach in Pittsburgh, PA. Alex has spent decades studying tennis, fitness and coaching. Over the last seventeen years, he has held the same position and has built a positi…
 
On the 94th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Roberto Calla have an in-depth conversation with Chad Berryhill. Currently, Chad is the Head Men's and Women's Tennis Coach at St. Leo University in Florida. Chad has nearly twenty years of experience as a college tennis coach. Upon graduating from Ferris State University's Profes…
 
On the 93rd episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Roberto Calla covered another segment centered on practice. The focal point of their conversation was on technical routines that can be completed by a player within the comfort of their own home. Additional tennis information, ideas and insights were shared to help deepen one's un…
 
On the 92nd episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Roberto Calla have an in-depth conversation with one of their former students. Alex Vuckovic is a parent yet his son is too young for his father to be a tennis parent. Alex is not currently a player or a coach either. Nevertheless, his passion for the game alone qualifies him for …
 
On the 91st episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Roberto Calla. The Peruvian is not new to a large percentage of the GreatBase Tennis network and alumni because he worked with Steve for fifteen years. According to Steve, Roberto has a magic about him. Roberto translates his life's journey and mastery of socce…
 
The GreatBase Tennis Podcast Episode 90 - Steve Smith Q&A On the 90th episode of the GreatBase Tennis Podcast, Steve Smith is interviewed by Will Reznek. Will grew up playing junior tennis in Canada; where he earned top five provincial rankings and top ten national rankings. He played college tennis at Marist College; which is in Poughkeepsie, New …
 
On the 89th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Natalia Sorokin and Steve Smith interview Kim Wittenberg. Their guest has spent nearly fifty years teaching and coaching tennis. A native of Southern California, he spent half of his career living and working in Europe. We are confident that our listeners will find value in Kim's insightful educa…
 
On the 88th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan have a tennis conversation with Chris Cloer. Chris has a lifetime of tennis experiences. His first exposure to tennis basically started in the cradle because his parents have always worked in the tennis club business. As a junior, he became a blue-chip recruit and…
 
On the 87th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Dr. Gideon Ariel. He is the founder and chief executive of the board of directors of Ariel Dynamics. Gideon is a world-renowned bio-mechanist, former Olympic athlete, author, inventor, breakthrough pioneer in the field of technology for human performance…
 
On the 86th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan have Roger Crawford as their guest. His story is truly amazing. Sports Illustrated called Roger Crawford one of the greatest achievers among all physically challenged athletes in all of sport. He played NCAA Division I tennis and he is disabled in all four limbs. …
 
On the 85th of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Steve Denton. Their guest has many stories to tell. He is a former world class tennis player and the current head coach of the men's tennis team for Texas A&M University. Steve Denton was once ranked #11 in the world in singles and #2 in doubles. The big serving…
 
On the 84th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Mark Spann. Mark's journey started in South Africa under the tutelage of his mother, who was the holder of a Wimbledon title. In addition to teaching within his mother's school, Spann's School of Tennis, he worked for twenty-five years for the Julian Kri…
 
On the 83rd episode of the GreatBase Podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview the founder of Tennis Analytics. Warren Pretorius, a native of South Africa, touches upon a wide range of topics related to tennis because of his diversified and international background. Warren is an accomplished player, former teaching pro, and pioneer in the…
 
On the 82nd episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Cole Reeves. Cole's story is admirable, he wants to develop players in the state where he has grown up. Coach Reeves is based in Arkansas and has been following the GBT tennis content for over ten years. One significant point is that Cole has prima…
 
On the 81st episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Karla Navarro Wojcik. Steve and Karla have known each other nearly forty years. At the age of seventeen, with basically just being able to say hello in English, Karla started out as a student in the academic program Steve ran of career-minded tennis teaching pr…
 
The 80th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast is a special treat; it's a three-hour trip down memory lane. Carlos Goffi has a story to tell, his amazing life in tennis. The Brazilian tennis player from yesteryear touches upon topics from A2Z. In the mid-80s, he wrote his best-selling tennis book (Tournament Tough). For over thirty years, Carlos …
 
On the 79th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with an assistant tennis professional. Gino Octa works at a club outside of Toronto that has supported the GreatBase Tennis curriculum since the late 1980's. Steve and Gino touch upon numerous points pertaining to player and character development. We are confident t…
 
On the 78th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Mike McLaughlin. Mike does an excellent job taking us back in time talking about a person who was always way ahead of his own time. Our conversation is based on Vic Braden and his contributions to the great sport of tennis. We hope you find this episode …
 
On the 77th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan discuss specialty shots and emergency shots. We are confident that our listeners will be enlightened by the minor details pertaining to each shot, and will acquire a higher level of understanding for acquiring the insights into hitting all the shots required to be…
 
On the 76th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Dr. Domagoj Lausic. The main topic of their conversation focuses on sport psychology. Domagoj, a native of Croatia, has so much to share. We are confident that this edition of our podcast will spark the intellectual curiosity of our listeners.…
 
On the 75th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan have a conversation with Mark Walpole. He is a tennis coach from Great Britain who has resided in Southern California for over thirty years. As a compliment, we have labeled Mark as a trench pro. He is opposed to the assembly line found at most tennis academies as…
 
On the 74th episode of The GreatBase Tennis Podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview one of the best teachers of character that our game has ever known. Our three hour discussion, in my opinion, should become a mandatory assignment for anyone connected to player development. Just the sayings from Chuck Kris's late mother are worth their …
 
On the 73rd episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith interviews Raleigh Grossbaum who is the assistant men's tennis coach at Dartmouth. Raleigh earned his opportunity to coach at one of the country's most highly acclaimed colleges by simply paying his dues. We would like to think that we put Raleigh through the School of Hard Knocks and…
 
On the 72nd episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Dave Anderson. Dave, a long-time associate of Steve's, leads the instruction at ClubCorp's flagship facility (Brookhaven Country Club) in Dallas. Dave and his team of coaches have developed nearly 500 collegiate tennis players. Dave is the first guest on…
 
The title of the 71st episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast sounds like a movie. Steve Smith has a lengthy conversation with Fergus O'Rourke of Dublin, Ireland. Those who listen to the entire podcast will be treated to the sound of a true Irishman singing. As always, we hope those trying to make sense of the weird, wacky, and wonderful world of t…
 
On the 70th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan have a tennis conversation with Ed Krass. From hanging out with Mr. Harry Hopman to coaching at Harvard, Ed has an extremely diversified background. His number one project is promoting the game of One-on-One Doubles. We certainly appreciate tennis enthusiasts and …
 
Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan discuss different types of male tennis-teaching pros on the 69th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast. Steve is proud that his number one mentor, Vic Braden, called him the Observer's Observer. Throughout a career that spans nearly 50 years, Steve has observed literally thousands of would-be, could-be, should-be …
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Doug Verdieck. Doug has an extremely impressive background in tennis as a player, coach, and tennis director. He is the eldest son of the late legendary coach Jim Verdieck. Doug reads a letter that his father sent to incoming freshmen. Just the letter alone will let the listeners know why …
 
On the 66th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Manny Diaz. Manny is in his 40th year as the coach of the University of Georgia. The primary focus of their discussion is the work of Welby Van Horn. Manny grew up in San Juan, Puerto Rico under the tutelage of Welby, who many consider one of the best te…
 
On the 64th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and Brandon Flanagan interview Steve Roberts. Steve, who is a graduate of Ferris State's Professional Management Program, is the Tennis Director at the Brookside Tennis Club in Saratoga, California. During the podcast, Steve shares his thoughts on using the GreatBase Tennis curriculum…
 
In episode 63 of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Brandon Flanagan is introduced. Currently, Brandon Flanagan and his partner, Allington Mutimer, own and operate FM Tennis. Their headquarters is in Boynton Beach, Florida. In addition to providing tennis programming and instruction at multiple sites, FM Tennis now has a 6200 square foot performance cen…
 
On the 62nd episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith and one of his students, Malhar Patel, share information, ideas and insights to help develop a healthy and productive tennis culture. The inside-language of GreatBase teaching and training is based on hundreds, if not thousands, of sayings and expressions that are referred to as mind …
 
In this episode, Steve Smith shares notes he has from talks conducted by the late Don Meyer. Steve states that one of his favorite lectures is one presented by Coach Meyer. The title of the talk, "The Best Things I Have Seen In Sports." Don Meyer was a small college basketball coach who touched the lives of thousands. Steve emphatically suggests th…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell had the honor of interviewing Dr. Jim Loehr. Previously, Steve and Andy had dedicated an entire podcast to Dr. Loehr's contributions as a leading sports psychologist. Throughout the 1980s, Steve and his students immersed themselves into the work Dr. Loehr shared with the tennis world. Jim was a pioneer …
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell discuss ideas for tennis leadership. Each speaker zeroes in on one point. Andy suggests the overall improvement of tennis teaching and Steve suggests a concept called a Form Tournament. The educational content shared by Smith and Fitzell is based on an in-depth study of tennis teaching masters. Enthusia…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell interview Dr. Jack Groppel. Jack is one of the most prolific speakers in tennis and he can cover topics from A to Z. By formal study, he is a bio-mechanist. By informal study, he is a nutritionist, motivator, business consultant, and life coach. Jack has and continues to make a major impact on the tenni…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell interview South Africa's Raven Klaasen. Raven loves tennis as much as anyone on the planet. His story is remarkable; after his third knee operation, he was starting to think his dream of playing in our sport's biggest stadiums was not going to come true. He made his way to the ATP tour at a relatively l…
 
In the 56th episode of our GreatBase Tennis Podcast, we interview Javier Palenque. Javier is a tennis activist. He cares deeply about the growth and welfare of our sport. His mission is to help America's governing body of tennis to help tennis. We think Javier should be heard. Perhaps there is some irony interviewing Javier during the US Open, one …
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell have a conversation that can be labeled as an update and road trip review. How's the saying go, "Everyone likes a road trip." Andy and his wife will be returning to her native Germany. He will continue to work with Steve and the GreatBase on the mission to improve tennis teaching. Additionally, Andy, as…
 
In this episode, Steve Smith and Andy Fitzell speak with Florida-based tennis teaching professional Kyle LaCroix. Topics include: Background Lisa Pugliese (Kyle's wife) - Love Serving Autism Professional Tennis Management programs Mini-tennis and Martina Hingis USPTA Vic Braden story Club longevity Thoughts on the state of tennis SETS consulting co…
 
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