Tennis Pro

Brooklyn, NY

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

Years of hard work dedicated to studying how to teach tennis most effectively so that students easily obtain high level results...I have honed a series of easy progressive steps that build muscle memory for a state of the art game and a series of games to develop those skills interactively. Natural movement is emphasized. Many instructors water down lessons and let poor methods go by to let the student feel happy. Many use older methods that can actually inhibit learning state of the art strokes. Some rest on past competitive accomplishments. Some end game, jumping over necessary steps. Would recommend avoiding instructors who rely on primarily feeding you a ball from a large hopper... as opposed to hitting with you. I am far from perfect, but strive for excellence. A special skill I bring, that underlies all my lessons is the application of years of Tai Chi training to tennis. The ancient Chinese knew much ! And is great form of cross training which a sneak into my regular tennis lessons. I am also an artist and have a very good eye.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

The wonderful people I get to meet !
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Location

Brooklyn, NY 11217

Years in business

16

Number of employees

1

Times hired on Thumbtack

49

Reviews

9 Reviews
  • Andrea P. Jul 18, 2016
    Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Steve was great! He punctual and booked as much court time as he could for us. He had great teaching methods to help me develop good techniques.
  • Aline F. May 16, 2016
    Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Steve is incredibly patient and is able to convey complicated tennis skills to beginners seamlessly. He also makes learning fun--I highly recommend him!
  • Masahiro F. Apr 16, 2016
    Group Tennis Instruction (join a class)
    Verified Review
    He is a tennis zen master ! He make tennis simple and can make you understand whole picture. He made me better player instantly. Highly recommended
  • Andrea P. Jul 18, 2016
    Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Steve was great! He punctual and booked as much court time as he could for us. He had great teaching methods to help me develop good techniques.
  • Aline F. May 16, 2016
    Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Steve is incredibly patient and is able to convey complicated tennis skills to beginners seamlessly. He also makes learning fun--I highly recommend him!
  • Masahiro F. Apr 16, 2016
    Group Tennis Instruction (join a class)
    Verified Review
    He is a tennis zen master ! He make tennis simple and can make you understand whole picture. He made me better player instantly. Highly recommended
  • Veronica D. Mar 30, 2016
    Tennis Lessons
    Verified Review
  • Jennifer B. Mar 9, 2016
    Tennis Lessons
    Verified Review
    Excellent teacher!
  • Erin B. Oct 6, 2015
    Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
    Responsive over text, respectful of my playing ability (pushes me appropriately) and a genuinely nice person.
  • Saswati C. Sep 8, 2015
    Group Tennis Instruction (join a class)
    Verified Review
  • Aaron B. Aug 10, 2015
    Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
    Verified Review
  • Sireesha K. May 18, 2015
    Tennis Lessons
    Verified Review
    Uses all sorts of tools and techniques and does a great job teaching the fundamentals of good strokes, which can be hard to teach really young kids. Very good at keeping the lesson and kids moving, great with young kids. Very accomodating. We'll be working with him throughout the summer.

Q&A

What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
We often rally 20+ balls in a row in an easy cooperative manor during which I can learn about the player and see what can most improve their abilities. I introduce the most essential idea first and then develop it with appropriate drills/games. These let player feel the mechanics instead of just intellectually describing events. It also means more fun!
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
Each year I attend the tennis teacher's convention at the US OPEN where the worlds best coaches' from around THE WORLD show their training methods. I have a keen eye, and I use it to watch the top players in very slow motion and then hit that way to understand better their methods. Aside from years of playing tennis, I have studied Tai Chi for decades and bring the special understanding of the 5000 year old forms into the modern tennis stroke. This is a knowledge base you will not find elsewhere.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
You can split private lessons with a friend for same price! Long term students can receive bulk discount.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
Love of watching people grow and get good...
What types of customers have you worked with?
I help players of all ages and abilities. Many are young adults or couples. Others are children aged 4 and up... am currently introducing a 3 year old to tennis... amazing abiliry! (3 year olds are naturals) I teach similar ideas regardless of ability, just the application is more precise and intense. as people get better. Tennis is an international sport and being NYC I've helped players from virtually every country. I like working with developing juniors where my depth of knowledge can make a real difference. My best become #1 in 18s USTA sectionals, but that takes a lot of work and commitment that few players posses.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
Taking a busy professional available only at 9 or 10 pm from beginner to strong 4.0 level inside a year's (long summer) time.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Put weekly lessons on auto pilot and let us use our skills to build a solid foundation that will give you a life time of fun... BTW USTA just opened a 95 and older league... :)
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
How small the margins are and how much extra overhead there is for each lesson. Providing professional lessons is different than a college player making extra money for the summer. This applies also to many parks and rec programs and clubs with lower standards.