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Group Dynamics In the 119th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with his long time associate, Richard Hernandez. Their topic was group dynamics. Richard, who is originally from Trinidad, lives in Toronto, Canada. Richard would like to see Tennis Ontario and Tennis Canada train tennis teachers to work with twenty …
 
A Rainy Day Review On the 118th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith reviews routines for goal-oriented players to consider doing everyday. He shares points he covered with a group of players on recent rainy day in sunny Florida. The messages regarding non-required practice time are powerful and parents should consider having their …
 
Nick White On the 117th episode to the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Nick White. Nick was recently appointed as the Head Men's Tennis Coach at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York. For a young man, Nick has a long history in tennis. He played junior and college tennis. Following his college days, he played …
 
Interview with Mike Carter On the 116th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Mike Carter. Mike spent five years studying tennis with Steve back in the 1980's and has spent the last thirty years working for USTA:Texas. The third time is the charm applies to Mike Carter's journey in tennis. His dream job in ten…
 
An Interview with George Goldhoff On the 115th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with George Goldhoff. Steve's guest is twenty-seven years young and has a number of meaningful and worthwhile experiences to share. George was a top nationally ranked junior and played for the University of Texas Longhorns. He also…
 
On the 114th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Caleb Hyatt. Steve's guest has worked as a junior, high school and college coach. Caleb served as a member of the tennis teaching staff at the USTA National Campus and also served as a massage therapist at the IMG athletic compound. Caleb recently spent two we…
 
On the 113th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Jim Klein. He is the Director of Tennis of the Doylestown Tennis Club in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. Our listeners who honor and respect the life-long work of the late Vic Braden would appreciate knowing that Jim led the efforts to have Vic inducted into the Int…
 
On the 112th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with Nicole Erickson. She is the Mental Performance Coach for the FM Tennis Performance Center. After suffering two severe knee injuries while playing scholastic basketball, Nicole transferred her energy into sports psychology. To prepare for her new passion she co…
 
Roger Federer Retires On the 111th episode of the GreatBaseTennis podcast, Steve Smith and Andres Barbosa discuss Roger Federer's remarkable tennis career. Words cannot sufficiently define the class, elegance and beauty of Roger the person and Roger the player. His life, both on-court and off-court, has truly been an inspiration. Thank you, Roger.…
 
On the 110th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has a conversation with John Posey. Posey was the kid that every tennis program needs. He was cut from his college tennis team and returned a year later after having dedicated endless hours to improve and, fortunately, earned a spot in line-up. One of the best compliments for parents…
 
On the 109th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith has an in-depth conversation with Patrick Geoffrion-Amorim. Steve's guest, Patrick, is a passionate and dedicated tennis teaching professional based in Quebec, Canada. As a junior player, Patrick trained at numerous academies in both Florida and Spain as well as in his native Canada.…
 
On the 108th episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith and Austin Krajicek have a tennis conversation. The two have known each other for twenty-five years. A couple of weeks before Austin turned 8 years old, Steve produced a narrated slow-motion analysis for Austin and his parents, Rob and Sherry. Austin was on his way to a nationa…
 
On the 107th episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith interviews Henry Park. Henry discovered our free educational content by surfing the Internet. He immersed himself in the information starting at the age of thirteen. Now a little more than three years later, he has a story to tell. Self-learning and peer teaching are cornerston…
 
On the 106th episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT) podcast, Steve Smith talks tennis with Dave Secker. Dave Secker and his boss, head coach Simon Earnshaw, are orchestrating a tennis success story that is getting better and better. Dave updates and reports on the North Carolina State women's tennis team. The team's climb has been fast and fabulous.…
 
On the 105th episode of the GreatBase Tennis podcast, Steve Smith interviews Ed Weiss. To make an understatement, Ed is a passionate and dedicated student of tennis. He shares his experiences from his lifetime journey in tennis. He learned the game from accomplished instructors and observed others. Ed was part of a national championship program as …
 
On the 104th episode of the GreatBase Tennis (GBT), Steve Smith interviews Phil Ritchie. Phil, a triplet from New Jersey, earned his stripes completing a summer internship with GBT. We are sure our listeners will find Phil's thoughts interesting and insightful. To make an understatement, Phil's performance was outstanding and he made major contribu…
 
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 …
 
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