Tennis Experience as a Player and Coach:
Tony has extensive experience playing and coaching at the highest level of tennis, over the years he has been the head pro at several large clubs, teaching many hundreds of adults and juniors of every skill level and aspiration. His students have ranged in skill level from professionals to beginners to 'club' level adults and juniors whom he has helped to improve and achieve their goals. He can help elite players or weekend warriors playing on a USTA team, someone trying to make the high school team, or someone just interested in acquiring skill to have fun playing tennis as a life sport.
- Began playing age 15 in 1974
- 23rd in Southern California 18 & Under
- 1979 4th Nationally USTA Amateur/21 & under
- Division 1 Tennis at BYU and UCLA 1978 through 1982 (Scholarship at both Schools)
- Won Western Athletic Conference singles twice
- Won 1979 National Intercollegiate Indoors at Reno, NV defeating Larry Stefanki (then No. 1 nationally)
- At UCLA invited to become member of the US Junior Davis Cup Team
- 1982 through 1984 played on ATP Tour in Satellites, Challengers and regular ATP events acquiring ATP points and a world ranking at 576 in singles and doubles
- Wins over Jimmy Arias in singles and Seguso and Flach in doubles
- Taught WTA #7 Roz Fairbanks
- Resident Pro at the NJTP (National Junior Tennis Program) Chicago, IL (in charge of training nationally ranked juniors)
The method that he has developed encourages real learning and the development of skill by the student. Each student is different and requires an individual approach as well as ‘buy-in’ from the student who is expected to develop self awareness and is taught to self-direct their own development. . Efficient mechanics and fundamentals are emphasized within the style, ability and goals which the student has decided to train for. The GTC Training Group workouts are structured so that the student grows in awareness of how the strokes work, and begins to be able to choose efficient ways to play based on what is truly demanded by those goals. Rhythm, timing and balance integrated with body mechanics, footwork and stroke production are the core of what everyone needs to learn. Many years of experience have rendered him always able to communicate this in a form that each student can understand and use.
More unique still, I believe, is GTC’s way of helping the student learn to integrate these new skills into competition in a healthy and successful way!