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Player Development

Philosophy

The USTA SoCal Player Development Program provides opportunities for high-level junior players to periodically train under the supervision of SoCal PD Director Scott Lipsky and SCTA’s Senior Consultant for PD, Paul Annacone. Training opportunities and a healthy competitive environment are paramount to the success of our players. Our goal is to work closely with the
region’s most successful coaches and players to offer support and guidance. Getting our players to train together regularly and create a team atmosphere both here in SoCal and at National tournaments will offer our players camaraderie and the opportunity to maximize their talents.

#TeamSoCal

Team

These camps will feature USTA SoCal PD Staff, Paul Annacone and Scott Lipsky, and Director of Junior Tennis, Trevor Kronemann, plus other top Sectional coaches all of whom will work with the players on strategy, point construction, fitness, and more, to give them ideas on how to improve their games, match preparedness and approach.
The SoCal PD Staff will meet with the Sectional coaches on monthly Zoom calls to increase the level of collaboration and the potential impact on both the players participating in the program, as well as players being coached outside of the program. The Sectional coaches will regularly join the PD Staff at camps, clinics and other opportunities for training with the players.

With all of the shared knowledge and increased camaraderie among the players and coaches, the end result will be a Team SoCal environment that allows our Sectional players to become better equipped to succeed at more competitive levels of the game. This should lead to higher national standings/rankings, better college placement, and more tennis success both nationally and internationally.

Paul Annacone

first made his name in the collegiate ranks while competing for the University of Tennessee, where he was an All American from 1982-1984 and earned ITA Player of the Year honors in 1984. Paul reached a career high ATP #12 in world singles and #3 in doubles. With long-time partner Christo van Rensburg, he won the 1985 Australian Open doubles title and was a US Open finalist with David Wheaton in 1990. Along with a successful playing career, Paul is known as one of the most accomplished coaches in the global tennis community. He has coached Grand Slam champions Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Sloane Stephens, and Stan Wawrinka along with accomplished players including Taylor Fritz and Tim Henman. Paul is also a former Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association High Performance Program.

Scott Lipsky

was the nation’s highest ranked 16 and under player in 1997, and peaked at #2 in the World ITF doubles rankings as a high school junior. He appeared in four Junior U.S. Open tournaments from 1996-1999 before helping Stanford to a NCAA championship in 2000. As a doubles specialist with the Cardinal, Scott was a three-time All American and teamed with David Martin to earn PAC- 10 Doubles Team of the Year honors, and earned two consecutive All PAC-10 honors. Scott began his professional tennis career in 2003, and went on to win the French Open Mixed Doubles title in 2011. He achieved a career-high ATP Doubles ranking (#21) in 2013 before reaching the semifinals of the U.S. Open doubles in 2014. In total, Scott won sixteen ATP Mens’ doubles titles throughout his illustrious career.

Trevor Kronemann

was a six-time All- American at the University of California Irvine, including Big West Player of the Year honors in 1990. His success earned him a spot in the school’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 1999. In his nine-years as a professional Trevor was an exceptional doubles player, winning six tour titles. The World TeamTennis Rookie of the Year in 1990, Trevor was later named to the “WTT 30,” a collection of the top thirty players to compete throughout the league’s three decades. He also served as an ATP Tour Council Vice President in 1995. Following his pro tenure, Trevor coached at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (2002-06) before returning to his alma mater to helm UCI Tennis from 2006- 2015.

Program

The Player Development Program will be run primarily out of the USTA National Training Center – West campus at the Dignity Health Center in Carson, CA. In the Fall and Winter, players will participate in Weekend full-day camps by age division. In the summer, weekly 1⁄2 day campus will be offered by age division. In addition, players will be exposed to fitness, nutrition and mental preparation techniques to help prepare them for National competitions.

College Combine- End of June 2021

An important event for all players in SoCal and the West Coast. College Combine will provide a playing and showcase opportunity for any junior player to get noticed by college coaches. It can help bridge the gap between juniors and college tennis.

Players

The players who participate in the SoCal PD Program will be selected by PD Staff based on USTA rankings, work-ethic, sportsmanship, and a desire to compete in college or as a professional tennis player. Players must be invited to participate, but may express interest by completing the attached form.

Coaches

Cecil Mamiit

is a former pro tennis player who ranked inside the Top 75 players in the world, reaching a high of #72 in 1999. Born in Los Angeles of Filipino descent, Mamiit won the NCAA national singles title as a freshman at USC in 1995. He currently coaches many of the top young players in Southern California as owner of the Tennis Mechanix Academy, located in Burbank.

Jan-Michael Gambill

reached #14 on the ATP tour in 2001. He reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2000, and owns career wins over Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Andre Agassi. As a coach, Gambill has guided players such as Coco Vandeweghe, Jared Donaldson, and Ernesto Escobedo. He is currently an analyst for the Tennis Channel. community. He has coached Grand Slam champions Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Sloane Stephens, and Stan Wawrinka along with accomplished players including Taylor Fritz and Tim Henman. Paul is also a former Managing Director of the United States Tennis Association High Performance Program.

Grant Doyle

is a former Australian professional tennis player. As a junior, Doyle won four Grand Slams and ranked as the world’s top junior in 1992. He has coached Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison and various other current pros, and was the Director of Tennis at Lleyton Hewitt’s academy in Albany, Bahamas. He currently resides and coaches in San Diego.

Peter Smith

is the former coach of the USC Trojan Men’s team, winning five NCAA team titles as one of winningest college coaches of all time. He has coached Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson. The patriarch of one of SoCal’s most well-known tennis families, Smith currently serves as Director of Tennis at The Kramer Club. He is a member of USTA Southern California’s Board of Directors.

Rylan Rizza

is a former professional player who won ten events on the ITF Futures circuit. An All-American and four-time All-ACC at University of Virginia, Rizza later coached WTA star Mirijana Lucic and the Lions of Loyola Marymount University, and now instructs many top junior players across Southern California as a tennis pro at The Kramer Club.