Here at Parklangley we like to think we deliver excellence in all areas of our club – from the courts to the customer service.
So when it comes to our coaches we look for the best we can get. You see we know that having the right coach is absolutely key in getting a player to reach their full potential.
Step forward Alessandro Ranzani, our newest coach, who hails from Italy and has kindly opted to stand on one side of the net this week as we fire a volley of questions at him….
PL: You’ve just joined the PL coaching team what are your impressions of the club so far?
A: Well, my impressions are really good. Nice people, very kind to me, very professional. Always up to help and give accurate explanations when needed. The club speaks for itself. It’s a successful club. I’m really happy to be a part of this team.
PL: You’re from Italy – tell us about how you got involved in tennis and where you’ve been playing recently….
You should ask my dad, lol. It all started when i was 8-9 years of age. he basically introduced me into tennis. At that time i was playing also basketball but once i hit the first tennis ball with a tennis racket, a wooden one to be precise wow… it ravished me out immediately. It ended that I quit basketball. quite predictable.
PL: Italian tennis seems to be in good health – with two Italian females in the final of the US Open and in the men’s game Fognini and Andreas Seppi have had some big wins in recent times…
Yes, i would say that Italian tennis is in a good health in recent times. We have good players, physically and mentally prepared. Fognini is very solid as groundstroker…He is a bit temperamental, as you know, but… even RF was, The early Roger.
PL: What is the best thing about being a coach?
Personally, i strongly believe that the best thing is being in the field, transferring enthusiasm to people, in a fun environment. This is a prerequisite to me that makes enjoyable the learning process.
PL: What do you look for in the players you coach?
It depends on the level of tennis… let’s say, mostly: Balance (static and or dynamic), stance, footwork, technique (not obsessively) and if they have a visual image of the tennis court in terms of tactical and strategical situations.
PL: If you could give one piece of advice to budding players what would it be?
Try to place the balls in the opponent’s court. Have fun!
PL: and finally…. Single handed back hand or two?
Single handed backhand. Definitely.