Two USPTA Professionals will be featured once again on the Tennis Channel in two new episodes of “On Court with USPTA” for the second time in August. USPTA Professional Jeff Salzenstein and Master Professional Rick Macci both appeared in new episodes of the show earlier this month. “On Court with USPTA” is the cable TV show produced by the United States Professional Tennis Association featuring instruction on playing and teaching tennis.
“Developing the Serve” is scheduled to air on Saturday, Aug. 17 at 6 p.m. Eastern time followed directly by “Developing a Winning Volley” at 6:30 p.m. ET.
In “Developing the Serve,” Salzenstein will help you develop the serve as he breaks it down and offers tips that will help improve your technique. A good serve has many components to it, and Salzenstein focuses on the most important parts such as the trophy position and contact point and uses drills such as “Continuous Serve” and “Elbow the Enemy” to show you the little things you can do to add more consistency and power to this all-important shot.
A successful volley has many components to it and in “Developing a Winning Volley,” Macci takes you from the split step to the follow-through, covering everything in-between. He’ll offer you tips on what to look out for and show you his four favorite drills to help improve volley technique. If you need a little help with your volley game, this show has everything you need to help you become a threat at the net.
Salzenstein became a USPTA Professional after playing as an ATP touring pro for 11 years and becoming the first American to crack the top 100 after age 30. His Total Tennis Training instructional videos serve players and coaches with tips, strategies, and tactics, and his YouTube account has more than 3.3 million video views with more than 13,000 subscribers. Before his touring pro days, Salzenstein led Stanford to back-to-back NCAA Championships in 1995 and 1996 and was a two-time All-American. Prior to his collegiate playing days, he won a national championship at age 12.
Macci has worked with hundreds of top pros and juniors at his Rick Macci Tennis Academy, and now is a touring teaching pro at Boca Lago Country Club. He has been the personal coach of four No. 1 players in the world – Venus and Serena Williams, Jennifer Capriati and Andy Roddick. His academy is regarded as one of the top teaching environments in the world. Macci, a six-time USPTA Florida Division Coach of the Year and recipient of the 2005 Alex Gordon Award for USPTA Professional of the Year, is one of the most in-demand clinicians and speakers in the game today.
The USPTA became the first tennis-teaching organization ever to produce and air an educational television series on playing and teaching tennis on the Tennis Channel in 2003. Since then, more than 86 shows have been produced that provide instruction about technique, strategy and other facets of the game. All production is done in-house, which includes everything from planning and scripting, to shooting and editing, to graphics and DVD duplication. All episodes of “On Court” are now in high-definition.
Don’t miss out on these episodes. Tune in to the Tennis Channel on Saturday, Aug. 17, at 6 p.m. Eastern time to see “Developing the Serve” followed immediately by "Developing a Winning Volley" at 6:30 p.m. ET. All episodes of “On Court with USPTA” and more than 100 other USPTA-produced DVD titles are available for purchase online at www.usprotennisshop.com. For additional show times and other information visit www.oncourtwithuspta.com.