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Diary of a Professional Tennis Coach

Author: Candy Reid

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Mark Gellard is the coach of WTA Tour professional Magda Linette, who enjoyed a semi-final run at the 2023 Australian Open.

In this first edition of the pod, he lets us in on what life on Tour is really like; the perks, plus the problems.

Please rate and review and send any questions in that you'd like answering at @DOAPTC

Thanks, Candy Reid


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DOAPTC17

DOAPTC17

2024-07-1921:24

On this edition of DOAPTC, the Strength and Conditioning Coach of Arthur Fils, Lapo Becherini, joins us to talk all things physical. Lapo has worked with some incredible football teams and many top tennis players, including Holger Rune - but his attention now is on the talented and explosive Frenchman, Fils, who at the time of recording has reached the semi-finals of the Hamburg ATP 500 and is enjoying a career-high ranking. Our thanks to our sponsor, the ERT300 A little handy tool, used by professional stringers everywhere which measures the Dynamic Tension of your racquet strings, so you never again have to guess when to re-string.It takes less than 30 seconds to work and is incredibly accurate..Get more information at ERT300.com and use the code ‘tennispodcast’ to receive 10% off. It will be the best tennis investment you ever make! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Victor Crivoi

Victor Crivoi

2024-07-1324:55

On this edition of DOAPTC, the coach of Romanian tennis player Irina Camelia Begu, Victor Crivoi, joins us to chat about life on Tour; what's going on in Romanian Tennis; and how tennis players often don't try to prove their coach's 'right,' like Emma Navarro! Find out what the team is going on about in this short/ish pod! The Pod is also on YouTube, where you can like and subscribe, and we'd like to thank our sponsor ERT300.com - a handy dynamic tension tool, which tells you when to get your racquet strung! It's used on the WTA and ATP Tour and it should be in every tennis players' bag! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC15

DOAPTC15

2024-07-0336:57

1987 Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash joins Mark Gellard and Candy Reid to chat all things grass. Pat also gives his opinion on on-court coaching; life on tour as a coach, and what the WTA Tour could do better.Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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DOAPTC13

2024-06-1546:28

The former coach of Martina Navratilova and Jill Craybas, and current coach of Bethanie Mattek- Sands, Raj Chaudhuri joins Mark Gellard and Candy Reid for another in-depth chat on the latest edition of Diary of a Professional Tennis Coach. In this episode, we discuss the challenges of transitioning from clay to grass, inequalities amongst the WTA players from both a commercial and competitive perspective, the new Magda Linette Foundation, our upcoming coaching education conference, and of course we hear from our special guest on his coaching journey, philosophy and current ambitions. Enjoy!p.s - If you'd like to partner up with DOAPTC, please get in contact! We'd love to hear from you! @DOAPTC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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DOAPTC12

2024-06-0443:38

On the latest edition of DOAPTC, Mark and Candy talk Roland Garros, the upcoming Grass Court season and three topics that are 'Hot or Not!'Vincenzo Santopadre, the current coach of Luca Van Assche and former coach of Matteo Berrettini, joins us to talk about his coaching philosophy, Italian tennis and his friendship with the family of Flavio Cobolli, and we have a listener question for Mark from Lazare.Please let us know if you have a question! The Podcast is now on Youtube so you can watch as well as listen!Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC11

DOAPTC11

2024-05-1949:58

Ash Barty's coach Craig Tyzzer joins Mark Gellard and Candy Reid for another in-depth chat on the latest edition of Diary of a Professional Tennis Coach. Find out why he thinks some players are too reliant on their coaches; reveals the trigger which allowed Barty to get rid of negative thoughts; and why he'd be up for another high-profile WTA Coaching Job! Players, get your C.V's ready!!Enjoy and don't forget to rate and review! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC10

DOAPTC10

2024-05-0148:52

On the latest edition of DOAPTC, Mark Gellard and Candy Reid talk Madrid and Rome; have an excellent interview with Craig Tyzzer, who helped Ash Barty win multiple majors; and discuss the best coaches on the ATP and WTA Tours (excluding Mark and Iain) although Magda kindly puts them in anyway!Enjoy and please let us know who you think are the best coaches on tour!This edition of the pod is also available to watch on Youtube! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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DOAPTC9

2024-04-2426:55

On DOAPTC, Team Linette has some good news! Magda reached the final of the 250 in Rouen. Mark tells us why he's changed his philosophy (for now!) Candy has been in Barcelona for the ATP 500 and has Rafa news, plus Mike James, a performance analyst at the Mouratogolu Academy, reveals all on the marginal gains he's trying to find for client Holger Rune!Enjoy and please download and like the podcast! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC8

DOAPTC8

2024-04-1634:21

It's been a few weeks, but we're back with a look at the current happenings on the WTA and ATP Tours, plus we chat with a crucial member of Felix Auger-Aliassime's team! Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC7

DOAPTC7

2024-03-1327:37

On the latest edition of DOAPTC, 2002 Australian Open Champion Thomas Johansson chats to us from Melbourne, detailing his coaching philosophy, why tennis in Sweden is suffering at the moment, and how he had a huge bar bill after his Major success 22 years ago. It's a great listen. Plus, Mark and I discuss the difference between Indian Wells and Miami and how to get out of a mini-slump! Enjoy and please pose your questions to Mark on X. You can find us at @DOAPTC or @CandyRH.Have a great week! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC6

DOAPTC6

2024-03-0431:22

Mark and I are in Indian Wells and Acapulco, respectively, and enjoying the sun. We speak about Alex De Minaur defending his ATP title in Mexico and a couple of new coaching collaborations on the WTA Tour.Our guest this week is the current coach of Jiri Lehecka and the former hitting partner of Thomas Berdych, Michal Navratil, who has a fine tennis pedigree. Michel tells us all about why the Czech Republic has such a long tradition of producing tennis champions. Enjoy, and keep listening until the end to find out all about an exciting coaching webinar, led by Mark.Please contact us for more info @DOAPTC.Have a great week! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC 5

DOAPTC 5

2024-02-2152:45

The Middle Eastern swing is over for Team Linette and now it's time for a bit of R&R before Indian Wells and Miami. Mark is back at home in Delray Beach and together we listen to a chat I did with Carlos Martinez - the husband and coach of Nicole Melicar-Martinez and her doubles partner Ellen Perez. Carlos also coached Karolina Pliskova for a while and tells us why he couldn't continue with the former world number 1. He also tells us why he studied Geology before becoming a top tennis coach and his coaching philosopy, plus a lot more. It's a great listen!Please let us know your thoughts and send questions into Mark @DOAPTC.Also, Mark has organised a wonderful line-up of top professionals for an upcoming Tennis Webinar on March 15/16th at 9am EST (1pm GMT).If you'd like to listen in to experts who've worked with the likes of Magda Linette, Elina Svitolina, Belinda Bencic, Shelby Rogers, Sloane Stephens, Tommy Paul and Dennis Shapovalov, then you don't want to miss this!Contact me on X @candyrh for a discount!Tennis - First Strike TennisAll the best! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DAOPTC 4

DAOPTC 4

2024-02-1228:48

On this edition of DOAPTC, we speak Abu Dhabi and Doha, Stanislav Khmarsky joins us to speak about Jelena Ostapenko's success, and we discuss the unexpected split between Jessica Pegula and David Witt.Enjoy and don't forget to subscribe to the pod and let us know if you have any coaching questions - @DOAPTC is the handle. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC 3

DOAPTC 3

2024-02-0420:07

On this edition of DOAPTC, we talk everything Italian after Jannik Sinner won his first Major Title at the AO'24.Italian Tennis Federation CEO Angelo Binaghi reveals the secrets to Italy's success and you might be surprised at one of them! Mark and I certainly were.Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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DOAPTC 2

2024-01-2826:39

Elite Tennis Centre Professional, Xavier Pujo, joins us on this weeks podcast to talk all about his player, Vavara Gracheva, and others whom he's recently worked with like Anna Blinkova and Mirra Andreeva.Xavier is a very experienced coach and is happy to be grilled by Mark and Candy - telling us all about his coaching philosophy, do's and don'ts of coaching pro tennis players, and when he thinks Andreeva will win her first Major!Enjoy! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
DOAPTC 2024

DOAPTC 2024

2024-01-1616:30

A slight delay to 2024, but we get back to it at the first major of the year, The Australian Open, which hasn't been kind to Mark Gellard and TeamLinette. An unfortunate injury has derailed the early season plans, but Mark and co. will recover from this set-back and come back stronger!Enjoy and don't forget to ask your questions @DOAPTC!We'd love to hear from you! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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DOAPTC14

2024-06-2201:11:26

On the latest edition of DOAPTC, former ATP player and current WTA Coach Michael Joyce joins Mark Gellard and Candy Reid to talk about coaching on tour; how to play well on grass; and good advice he heard from one of the most successful NBA coach's of all time, Phil Jackson. Michael recounts some funny stories from his successful tenure as coach of Major Champ and World Number 1 Maria Sharapova and also his time with US Star Jessica Pegula; and gives us his opinion on his latest player Ashlyn Krueger. Plus, Lars has a listener question on how to cope with the anxious moments in tennis.It's a blockbuster episode - enjoy!And don't forget, if you'd like to be a partner with us on DOAPTC, we'd love to chat! We have an exciting new sponsorship to reveal to you on the next pod! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
We finish our first year of podcasting with a Quiz - it's a contest between Magda Linette and her coach Mark Gellard. We get to know how much they know (and don't!) about each other, with a few surprising and funny answers! Plus, Mark talks about pre-season and what the players have to go through ahead of the new season. Merry Christmas to you all and a Happy New Year!Twitter @DOAPTC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Team Linette is taking a much needed break after an 'A' rated season - find out how Mark has been spending the time, what he thinks of record-breaker Novak Djokovic, and when he, Iain Hughes and Magda will get back to it, plus what's in store for the new season!Enjoy and please send in your questions @DOAPTC Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Apologies for the extended break between episodes but once again the travelling problem got in the way. Mark and Team Linette were in China, I went to Basel for the ATP 500 and with long work days and different time zones, it wasn't possible to record.Hopefully this episode makes up for it. There's a lot to get through including a wrap of the 2023 season, controversy in Cancun, Coco's coaching change and Mark explains why WTA Players often change coaches. It's a cracker!Please let us know if you have a question you'd like answering @DOAPTC on X (Twitter)All the best! Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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