Episodes
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 360 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with coach Steve Smith about how to develop a great base of tennis fundamentals. Coach Steve Smith spent many years learning and coaching under tennis legends Vic Braden and Welby Van Horn. He founded the Great Base tennis player development system, which comprises a complete system of player development that emphasizes character, learning, and self-discipline....
Published 06/20/24
Published 06/20/24
On Episode 359 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I’ll walk you through the 5 lessons I learned from winning the 2024 Asian Games. On the show, you’ll learn the recap of my matches, return tips, how to have consistent wins, how to reduce errors, how to utilize your strengths to win matches, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you learned something useful from it, let me know in the comments below. And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content...
Published 06/13/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 358 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with New York Times correspondent and author Christopher Clarey about his book: “The Master: The Long Run and Beautiful Game of Roger Federer.” Chris is a top international sportswriter and has been a New York Times correspondent for over 25 years. He has covered Roger Federer since the beginning of the Swiss Maestro’s professional career and has interviewed him...
Published 06/06/24
On Episode 357 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn doubles players’ biggest confidence killers with Mehrban Iranshad and coach Peter Freeman. On the show, you’ll learn the three biggest confidence killers in doubles, why players are afraid of poaching, how to improve movement and positioning, how to level up your net play and shot selection, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you learned something useful from it, let me know in the comments below. And be sure to...
Published 05/29/24
On Episode 356 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how to make a comeback when you’re losing. In this episode, I’ll share a recap of my doubles match that got our team back to first place in the league, how to reset and focus on the present, how remembering past similar situations can help with making a comeback, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you learned something useful from it, let me know in the comments below. And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to...
Published 05/23/24
On Episode 355 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how to simplify your tennis game with tennis coach and author Greg Moran. Greg has over forty-five years of experience in helping players of all ages and abilities improve their tennis, win more matches, and have a great time doing it. He is the author of The Truth About Tennis: The Definitive Guide for the Recreational Player. Greg is a frequent contributor to Tennis Magazine and is the author of the bestselling Tennis Beyond Big...
Published 05/15/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 354 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how to develop a consistent second serve, how to anticipate where your opponent’s shot is going, my favorite pressure drills, and more on this Q&A edition of the show! I receive tons of questions from the Tennis Files audience on technique, strategy, fitness, and the mental game. On today’s episode, I’ll answer nine of them based on what I’ve learned...
Published 05/08/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 353 of The Tennis Files Podcast, former WTA pro Vania King discusses the ups and downs of a professional tennis career and her latest project Serving Up Hope. Vania reached career high rankings of #3 in the world in doubles and #50 in the world in singles on the WTA Tour. She also won two Grand Slams, winning the 2010 Wimbledon and US Open Doubles Championships with partner Yaroslava Shvedova. Vania...
Published 05/01/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On today’s episode of The Tennis Files Podcast, coach James Ludlow and Mehrban take a deep dive into the toughest shot to master with the greatest rewards: the serve. James is a Certified Tennis Instructor at Online Tennis Instruction (OTI). In 2021, James attended a tennis clinic with the Head Coach and Founder of OTI, Florian Meier. Since then, he has developed a huge passion for the technical side of tennis...
Published 04/25/24
After several months of preparation and hard work, I am super excited to announce that Tennis Summit 2024, a free online tennis conference that I am hosting, is now open for registration!    From April 22-27, over 40 world class coaches and experts will reveal proven strategies, techniques, mental and fitness exercises to level up your game. And the most awesome thing of all is you can get your ticket to watch all these online lessons, presentations and live masterclasses for free (for a...
Published 04/18/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 350 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn the 5 keys to mastering an explosive forehand. On the show, you’ll learn how to execute a proper unit turn, how to uncoil your body efficiently, the most common forehand power killers, how the contact point varies for different grips, drills to develop powerful acceleration, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you found it helpful, let...
Published 04/10/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 349 of The Tennis Files Podcast, pro tennis coach Claudio Pistolesi reveals his top insights from over four decades of playing and coaching on the ATP/WTA Tour that will help you reach your fullest tennis potential. Claudio is the Director of the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC) Bolles in Jacksonville, Fl. He ranked as high as #71 on the ATP Tour. He trained and coached many top ATP/WTA Tour pros,...
Published 04/03/24
On Episode 348 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn 9 doubles strategy lessons from Tri-Level Nationals. On the show, you’ll learn the best time to poach, how to play against aggressive movers, how to adjust formations and read your opponents, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you learned something useful from it, let me know in the comments below. And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve your game straight to your...
Published 03/27/24
On Episode 347 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Vince Van Patten about the keys to performing at the highest level as a former professional tennis player, actor, and poker player/commentator. Vince achieved a #26 ATP singles ranking and #24 doubles ranking. He reached the 3rd round of the US Open and Wimbledon in singles, and the Quarterfinals of the French Open in doubles. Vince defeated tennis legend John McEnroe and two other top ten players en route to winning the Seiko World...
Published 03/20/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 346 of the podcast, I’ll walk you through my 9 biggest takeaways that I learned from taking a private lesson at the USTA National Campus. I recently took a trip to Orlando and booked a one-on-one lesson at the USTA National Campus a few days before returning home. This training session was a big eye opener to the areas in my game that could use some work. Right after the lesson, I jotted down my key...
Published 03/13/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On this episode of the podcast, Meike Babel, former top 30 WTA Pro, reveals her top mental game strategies. Meike played on the WTA Tour for 10 years and was ranked #27 in singles and #45 in doubles. She is the founder of Meike Babel Coaching, where she focuses on mental skills training and tennis coaching for tennis players of all levels. She was the women's tennis assistant coach at Tulane University and at...
Published 03/06/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 344 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed Lisa Stone, the founder of Parenting Aces, to talk about how to develop successful junior and college tennis players. Lisa has created one of the most valuable resources for tennis parents and junior players with her Parenting Aces platform. Fortunately for us, she took the initiative to research and find the best information on how to develop junior...
Published 02/29/24
On Episode 343 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn about the ups and down of playing on the ATP tour, match preparation, and technical changes with Ante Pavic. Ante achieved career high rankings of #132 in singles and #106 in doubles at the highest levels of our sport. He reached the 2nd round of Wimbledon and 1st round main draw at the French Open. Ante won 31 Futures and Challenger titles and he is currently a tennis coach in the Fort Lauderdale/Boca Raton, Florida. On the show,...
Published 02/21/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 342 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how to level up your serve returns, increase your first serve power, develop a stronger mindset, and more on this Q&A edition of the show! I went back into the Q&A mailbag and selected seven excellent questions from the Tennis Files community for today's episode. I'll explain how to level up your NTRP rating, critical checkpoints to develop first...
Published 02/15/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On Episode 341 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn the most important changes I’ve made to how I approach training and thinking about tennis that has transformed my game. The top pros make tennis look simple, but it is far from an easy game. All of us have gone through struggles and obstacles in tennis and we need to keep figuring out ways on how to improve to reach our potential. Sometimes it can take...
Published 02/07/24
On Episode 340 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn the 7 doubles tells that will win you more matches. On the show, you’ll learn what to look for when doubles teams use serve signals, the best times to poach, serve positioning in doubles, how to play more aggressively, and much more! I really hope you enjoy this episode! If you learned something useful from it, let me know in the comments below. And be sure to subscribe to Tennis Files to receive the latest tennis content to improve...
Published 02/01/24
[From the archive: This episode was originally recorded and published in 2021] On today’s episode of The Tennis Files Podcast, you'll learn how to increase your forehand power, develop second serve consistency, improve your concentration, fitness, and more on this Q&A edition of the show! I receive a ton of questions from the Tennis Files community on a wide range of topics, from technique and strategy to fitness and the mental game. Today we'll explore step by step methods and proven...
Published 01/24/24
On Episode 338 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how to structure your tennis workouts with Nathan Martin from Tennis Fitness. Nathan Martin has worked on the ATP and WTA circuits since 1999, including as a head tennis trainer at the renowned Sanchez Casal tennis academy in Barcelona. He specializes in strengthening and conditioning tennis players. Together with his wife, Giselle Martin, they have successfully created a unique tennis fitness system at tennisfitness.com called the...
Published 01/17/24
On Episode 337 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how coaches can better work with sports parents with J.P. Nerbun. J.P. is a leadership coach who co-hosts the Coaching Culture Podcast. He is also the author of The Sports Parent Solution and The Culture System. J.P. founded TOC Culture Consulting, a leading global sports-consulting and leadership coaching business. His mission is to support leaders and their teams to achieve their full potential through 1:1 coaching, consulting, and...
Published 01/11/24