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Taylor Dent’s Many Hats

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At last year’s US Open, I had the chance to meet and speak with former tour player Taylor Dent (click here to hear that interview). Shortly after the Open, Taylor emailed me to let me know he was embarking on a new journey: coaching aspiring junior player, Jared Donaldson (click here to hear my interview with Jared’s mom).

Fast forward one year. Jared decided to turn pro. He received a wildcard into the singles main draw of the 2014 US Open where he faced Gael Montaylor & lisafils in his first round match. He received a wildcard into the doubles main draw where he partnered with veteran Michael Russell and had the opportunity to play Mike & Bob Bryan in the second round. He is the 3 seed in the Junior US Open and has only dropped 5 games in his first two matches. This coaching arrangement, it seems, is working out pretty well so far.

Taylor graciously eeked out some time from his crazy busy schedule to sit down with me again this year to discuss his coaching philosophy, his parenting philosophy, and his advice to tennis parents. Click on the arrow in the box below to hear my interview with Taylor Dent.





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