Steve Johnson, Sr: Tennis Parent & Tennis Coach

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Photo courtesy of Steve Johnson

The following interview originally appeared in print on Frank Giampaolo’s website. He asked me if I’d share it with y’all, so, of course, I said yes! I’ve also included my interviews with Steve Johnson both on the ParentingAces radio show and at the 2013 US Open. Enjoy!

     

Frank’s Interview with Steve Johnson, Sr

Tell the readers about your background as a tennis parent & full time tennis coach?

I feel privileged to have a beautiful family and a career that More >

Our Summer Is In Full Swing

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Summer 2014 is in full swing at the Stone house. My son finished his junior year of high school as of May 20th, and immediately started training hard to get ready for the state qualifier to our sectional closed tournament. He had a very good tournament, playing seven (7) matches in 3 days, winning five of them, and ensuring entry into Southerns which begins this Saturday. Needless to say, his body needed a few days to recover after the Qualifier, but More >

What To Pack When You Have to Fly

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A while ago, I wrote a post on packing for tournaments. The focus was on tournaments you can drive to, but when you have to fly, things are a bit trickier.

Here are a few tips I can share from my son’s experiences. Each airline treats carry-on bags a bit differently, so you might want to check with your specific airline about what’s allowed.

  • Carry your racquet bag onto the plane with you. Hold your ground on this one! Put your racquets, string, towel, More >

What I Learned At The NCAA Championships

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Once again taking the advice of my tennis mentor, Colette Lewis, I would like to share what I learned by attending this year’s NCAA Division I Tennis Championships held at the University of Georgia. Be sure to check out the fun interviews I did during the tournament on the ParentingAces YouTube channel (click here)!

  • Student-athletes have more heart than pretty much anybody in the world. They are willing to lay it all on the line over and over again for their teammates, their coaches, and More >

Marcos Giron Wins 2014 NCAA Singles Title

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Photo courtesy of Vivian Young

The past 10 days have been a whirlwind of tennis heaven for me. Yesterday’s individual tournament finals was the perfect ending!

The first matches on were the men’s and women’s singles finals with Marcos Giron of UCLA playing Pepperdine’s Alex Sarkissian for the men’s title, and Danielle Collins of UVA playing Lynn Chi of Cal for the women’s title. Immediately following the singles, I got to watch Maya Jansen and Erin Routliffe of Bama play Lauren Herring and Maho More >

Your 2014 NCAA Women’s Doubles Champs: Erin & Maya

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Erin Routliffe and Maya Jansen played number 1 doubles for the Crimson Tide in the NCAA Team Championship. Their Bama team made it to the quarterfinals before losing a tight dual match to UNC. But Erin and Maya had the chance to keep playing as the 4 seeds in the individual competition a few days later. They made an impressive run through the draw, finally clinching the Championship Title with a win over University of Georgia’s Lauren Herring and Maho Kowase who were seeded #2 in the More >

Mackie McDonald Making Tracks As A Bruin

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Mackie McDonald is just about done with his freshman year of college. Not too long ago, though, there was much speculation about whether Mackie would play college tennis or choose to turn pro instead. As he shared with me in this short interview, he feels he made the right decision choosing to play for the UCLA Bruins.

Mackie isn’t the first in his family to be a student-athlete at UCLA. His older sister, Dana, competes on UCLA’s gymnastics team. Her presence in Westwood was a pretty big More >

Letty Van Nguyen: Development of a Tennis Parent

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Letty Van Nguyen and her husband made the long, 12-hour drive from Miami to see their daughter, Chanelle (yes, she is named for Coco!), compete for the UCLA Women’s Tennis team in the NCAA Championships. They were there watching when Chanelle and her team clinched the title. They saw their daughter and her teammates celebrate with coaches Stella Sampras Webster and Rance Brown. And they are still there watching as Chanelle competes for the individual singles trophy, earning All American honors More >

Pat Harrison: Choosing College vs Choosing Pros

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Pat Harrison is no stranger to college tennis. In fact, he played four years himself before turning to coaching full-time. That said, when his two sons – Ryan and Christian – were fairly young, Pat knew they were headed for a life on the professional tour, trading a college education for the school of life instead.

Pat’s youngest, a daughter named Madison, is a different story. Madison announced earlier this Spring that she is headed to the University of Kansas to be a Jayhawk and to play More >

Booie & Michael Grant: Brothers First

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Traveling to Athens, Georgia, to play in the NCAA Round of 16 with your college teammates is pretty exciting. Doing it when your brother is on the opposing team adds a whole new element.

Christopher (Booie) Grant is a freshman playing for the Columbia men’s tennis team. The story behind Columbia’s run to the Sweet 16 is epic – Ivy League schools typically don’t play a factor in the year-end competition (click here to read the Wall Street Journal’s piece). Booie’s older brother, Michael, is a More >

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