Tennis Transformation – Club Level To US College Scholarship.
In this video Top Tennis Training coach Simon Konov details the improvements of his 17 year old student Yoan of The Tennis Dream channel.
Simon started coaching Yoan properly in October 2015 when Yoan was a 15 year old junior tennis player who was struggling to win local junior events.
Yoan is now 17 years old and has just received a tennis scholarship to Queens University in South Carolina and will play US college tennis for four years if all goes to plan.
After that Yoan plans on testing his tennis skills on the lower level of professional tennis and see how far he can go.
Here are some of the main elements of Yoan’s game that they have been working on in the 2.5 years:
1. Improve Yoan’s forehand technique and use his bodyweight on the stroke. Yoan had a real problem of falling off the shot and had a very flimsy power position on his forehand which has now been eradicated.
2. Yoan’s tennis serve was not a reliable weapon in matches and his first serve percentage tended to dip in matches.
In January 2017 Yoan decided to change his service stance from the pinpoint to a platform and since that change his serve has been more consistent and is slowly transforming into a reliable weapon. They have also worked hard on improving Yoan’s supination and pronation during the contact zone to allow for more power and spin.
3. Yoan’s net game was very shaky in 2015, it is now becoming quite steady and is one of the reasons he’s winning more matches against stronger opponents, his ability to finish points off at the net has provided him an additional weapon to his predominant baseline game.
4. Yoan had a habit of grinding out points from 6-8 feet behind the baseline in 2015. Simon rcognised that Yoan had the ability to take the ball early, on the rise and dictate play from inside the baseline so they have worked extensively to improve this area of Yoan’s game and it is now starting to pay off with Yoan spending more match time inside the baseline whenever in a neutral or attacking position.
5. Yoan has worked very hard in the gym to become a better athlete following a strict training routine which is overlooked by coach Simon.
There is still much work to do and many other areas to improve in but here you can see the transformation of Yoan from a 15 year old to a 17 year old in a period of around 30 months.


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  1. How much money did it cost for this transformation?

    I find it difficult to understand how coaching like this and transformations like this are pretty much impossible in this country unless mum and dad have a A LOT of money. Seems to me, in the UK as a child, if you have the required family finances then you have the opportunity to become a good player capable of challenging for a tennis scholarship. However, if you don't have the family finances in place then you are excluded from opportunities like this.

    As a child I had an immense passion for tennis but i came from a very poor family. I remember as a teenager in the summer holidays, we used to have to literally 'break in' to the local tennis club after hours just so me and my friend could hit some tennis balls on a safe surface with a consistent bounce. We used old tennis balls with hardly any felt and minimal feel/bounce. We did not have any opportunity to get to a good standard at all.

    This is the reality of life and the reality of becoming a good tennis player in this country, it's all about £££!

  2. Fantastic , did your protege make scholarship – the road to his improvement was very revealing – lots of cool lessons there – reminded me of Federer's coaching when he was 16.

  3. Hi Simon, insightful video about you students progression. Especially the part where you talk about your thoughts on his future. Do you have any student who has a single hander . Would like to see his progression with just that stroke

  4. Great tennis story and marvelous drills. I train my son almost 9 maybe you can make a vid how to teach and train a 9 year old kid. Great job anyway.

  5. I'm Italian and I think there are no hopes to get a coach like you. My dreams to play in pro circuit are probably gone…

  6. Man you are such a great coach, and you seem like such a great guy as well. I wish I lived near you, I would scrounge together some money to be able to train with you 🙂

  7. Hi simon, my name is sean and I just wanted to let you know yoan at 15 used to look like me know, I’m currently trying to improve my game and I would love to have a game like yoan, I have a topspin forehand like him without huge power, you can say I’m a consistent pusher, how can I add some power on my forehand shots and also I’m a little passive and don’t like to go to net as much like the 15 year old yoan what are some drills I can do to improve my volleys?

  8. Hey simon do you think I could send you a video of my serve and tell me what to improve in it? Thanks! I was really inspired by your videos!

  9. Simon thank you so much for that tip at 3:00… I too let the left shoulder fall back robbing my forehand from any power… Love your vids. Cheers


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