Episodes
On Episode 191 of The Tennis Files Podcast, coach Joshua Oxley talks about the importance of emotional intelligence and how to maximize your tennis potential. I connected with Josh through Clubhouse where he hosts a morning audio room answering players’ questions to help them improve with fellow coach Yannick Schramm. Josh was a highly ranked ITF junior and has played pro level tournaments. His 15 years of experience in the tennis industry includes working with Katy Dunne (ranked 180 WTA),...
Published 03/24/21
On Episode 190 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 serve power and second serve consistency, how to return a lefty's slice serve to...
Published 03/17/21
On Episode 189 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 how to improve to reach our potential. Sometimes it can take months or years to make a breakthrough, but we have to trust the process and...
Published 03/10/21
On Episode 188 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with ATP Pro Illya Marchenko about his training routines, fitness workouts, and what it takes to be an elite tennis player. Illya Marchenko has been ranked as high as #49 in singles and #268 in doubles on the ATP Tour. He has won 8 ATP Challenger titles, including one just a couple weeks ago where he defeated Andy Murray in the final. Illya also reached the 4th round of the US Open in 2016 (defeating Nick Kyrgios along the way), and has...
Published 03/03/21
On Episode 187 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 approaches I've learned from decades playing the game and studying the world's top...
Published 02/24/21
On Episode 186 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with ATP Pro tennis coach and author Beau Treyz about how approaching tennis from a more analytical and data-based perspective can help you breakthrough and reach your tennis potential. Beau is the author of “How To Tennis: Think Train and Compete to your Potential.” He played Division I tennis at the University of Nebraska and North Florida and achieved a world ranking on the ATP tour. He previously coached ATP Pro Brandon Nakashima and...
Published 02/17/21
On Episode 185 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with ATP Pro Marcus Willis about how he went from teaching tennis lessons for 30 pounds an hour (about $40) to playing Roger Federer on Center Court at Wimbledon in 2016.  Marcus has reached a career high ranking of #322 in singles and #209 in doubles on the ATP tour. He was also ranked as high as 15 in the combined junior world rankings. But Marcus struggled to breakthrough on the pro tour until he decided to work harder than everyone else...
Published 02/10/21
On Episode 184 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed Kevin Garlington, the founder of Total Tennis Domination, on how we can go from being stuck and frustrated to rapidly improving our games. Kevin is the Head Tennis Pro at Cedar Ridge Country Club in Oklahoma and also churns out online tennis instruction content at Total Tennis Domination. He previously worked with my friend Ian Westermann at Essential Tennis, one of the biggest and most well-known online tennis businesses in the...
Published 02/03/21
On Episode 183 of The Tennis Files Podcast, mindset development expert Joey Johnson will reveal the 8 steps to transform your mindset and level up your performance on the court. Joey is the author of the book “Worthy to Win” which outlines an 8-step mental training process to help people achieve a breakthrough in their performance. He has worked with many sectional, national, and world-ranked athletes over a 20 year period, including ATP and WTA professionals. Joey has also been a consultant...
Published 01/27/21
On Episode 182 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I’ll reveal my top 8 strategies to help you transform your tennis fitness. A lot of us struggle with creating a consistent tennis fitness plan that delivers the physical improvements we need to play better tennis and prevent injuries. There’s no doubt that fitness can be the difference-maker between outlasting your opponent and losing because you are out of shape, or even worse, sustaining a career-threatening injury. So on this episode I have put...
Published 01/20/21
On Episode 181 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with ATP Pro Nathan Pasha about how you can elevate your training, mindset, routines and technique. Nathan has been ranked as high as #119 in the world in doubles and #507 in singles on the ATP Tour. Before turning pro, Nathan played college tennis at the University of Georgia where he reached #19 in the nation and UGA was ranked as high as #2. Nathan is now focusing his efforts exclusively on mastering doubles and is poised to crack the...
Published 01/13/21
On Episode 180 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn 7 ways to improve your focus during your matches and practices in 2021. I get a lot of questions from tennis players on how to stay focused when playing, which is one of the keys to success in tennis. When we lose our focus, an avalanche of mistakes can creep up in our game and matches that are going well can quickly turn around in our opponent’s favor. A myriad of problems from nerves to deviating from winning strategies, losing...
Published 01/06/21
On Episode 179 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn the keys to leveling up your tennis strategy, technique, mental game, and much more from the top 7 episodes of the podcast in 2020! For this special year-end episode, I sorted through all of my interviews with grand slam champions, former ATP/WTA players, world-class coaches and tennis experts, and my solo episodes from 2020. Then I selected the most downloaded episodes and took clips from each of them containing the best advice on how...
Published 12/30/20
On Episode 178 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed current ATP and former collegiate coach Peter Smith about how to overcome adversity and develop a winning mindset. Coach Smith has one of the most prolific records in college tennis history. He guided the University of Southern California Men’s Tennis team to 5 NCAA Championships and has notched over 600 wins in his college coaching career. Coach Smith was also a 2-Time ITA National Coach of the Year and 5-Time PAC-12 Coach of the...
Published 12/23/20
On Episode 177 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn about the best fitness and sleep trackers of 2020! With technology evolving every day and the increasing importance of having statistics and metrics on our performance, a discussion about the best wearable devices is overdue. Using one or more of these devices can have a very positive impact on your health, sleep, and fitness if you are willing to use the data to make changes in your life. In this episode, I'll reveal the top wearables...
Published 12/16/20
On Episode 176 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with one of the top athletic movement specialists in the world, Lee Taft, about how to become faster and stronger on the tennis court. Lee is known as “The Speed Guy” and has devoted over 30 years to training and teaching his multi-directional speed methods to athletes, top performance coaches and fitness professionals around the world. He’s been a Strength and Speed Coach at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy, conducted workshops for MLB and...
Published 12/09/20
On Episode 175 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how to develop a consistent and reliable second serve. I used to struggle with my second serve. I’d get nervous and double fault on important points. I remember not even knowing the proper technique for a topspin or kick serve, so I relied heavily on my slice serve to get the point started. Double faulting negatively affected my confidence and the rest of my game followed suit.  It wasn’t until I learned and implemented most of the...
Published 12/02/20
On Episode 174 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed Nathan de Veer, a mental performance expert, to talk about mindset transformation for tennis players. Nathan is a mental performance expert who specializes in helping players and athletes master their mind with proven mindset strategies. He played Division I tennis at DePaul University and he is currently based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. He also created a website to share most of his works on the mental side of the game. On the show,...
Published 11/25/20
On Episode 173 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn how to find the right grip for every stroke in your game. Having the right grip for the type of shots you want to produce is critically important. For certain strokes like the serve and the volley, if you use the wrong grip, you will severely limit your potential and effectiveness on those shots. So I put together an episode explaining the different grips, how to find them, what grips the top ATP/WTA players use, the grips I use, and...
Published 11/18/20
On Episode 172 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I reveal 21 of the best things you can do to improve your tennis game. A few days ago, I randomly decided to brainstorm all the different methods of improving as a tennis player that I’ve learned through my experiences training and competing, and from interviewing the world’s best coaches and players. In this episode, I’ll walk you through 21 ways to level up your skills, including tips to improve your technique, practice intensity, quality of play...
Published 11/11/20
On Episode 171 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I interviewed USPTA Elite Professional, Davor Dekaris, about drills and techniques to help you transform your tennis strokes. Davor is a Stroke Development & High Performance Coordinator at Stone Creek Club and Spa. He was previously a tennis instructor in Berlin for 10 years. He also played on the ITF, Future Tours and in the highest divisions of the German Team Tennis Leagues. He was awarded USPTA Southern Pro of the Year in 2017. Davor is...
Published 11/04/20
On Episode 170 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with USPTA Elite Professional Joel Myers about pro strategies and techniques to help you level up your tennis game. Joel is a world-class tennis coach in San Diego at Coronado Tennis Center and was a 3-time collegiate All American. He was ranked in the Top 10 in singles and doubles in the NAIA and was the National Player of the Year 2010. Joel has almost 50k followers on Instagram thanks to all the fantastic strategies and techniques that...
Published 10/28/20
On Episode 169 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’ll learn the #1 source for more power on your strokes plus five huge power leaks that you need to fix asap. A lot of tennis players, even the pros, are constantly in search of more power on their shots. The extra miles per hour can make the difference between being on offense during a point and playing on the defensive. Unfortunately, most amateur tennis players don’t use their bodies efficiently and maximize its true power on their...
Published 10/21/20
On Episode 168 of The Tennis Files Podcast, my good friend Peter Freeman from Crunch Time Coaching interviewed me about the 5 biggest mistakes that USTA players make. When you learn these mistakes and work on them, you will become a stronger, smarter, and more successful player. You’ll learn about preparation, strategy, the mental game, and more on this episode! Pete interviewed me to celebrate the launch of Tennis Con 4, which he hosts and starts on October 19th, 2020! Tennis Con is a free...
Published 10/14/20
On Episode 167 of The Tennis Files Podcast, you’lI learn the most powerful serve advice ever given on the show from legendary coaches, grand slam champions and pro players. I went through all my interviews discussing the tennis serve and selected the clips that will help you fix your technical and strategic serve mistakes and take the most important stroke in your arsenal to the next level. On the show, you’ll learn key concepts from the 8-stage model of the serve, serve secrets from the...
Published 10/07/20