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Steven W.

Normandy Park , WA (6 locations)

14 Completed Lessons |
1 Reviews
  • USPTA Certified
  • PTR Certified
  • Years Teaching: 40
  • Years Playing: 45
  • Levels Taught:
  • Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches:
  • Kids, Juniors, Adults, Seniors
Lessons Starting at $125/hr
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About Me

I’m from South Seattle, and I fell in love with the sport playing with friends and family as a teen. Then, I had a really good high school coach and later became the #1 Junior College player in the state for Highline College (1983) and played #3 singles and #2 doubles at Idaho State University where my partner and I broke a record for wins in 1984 (20-6). I have taught at four of the world’s top tennis academies, the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas, for Peter Burwash International In Canada, the Harry Hopman/Saddlebrook International Tennis in Florida and for Gorin Academy in California.
I’m USPTA Elite and PTR certified and went through the USTA High Performance coaching program in 2014. I’m the #1 educated USPTA tennis pro in the PNW from 2017-2020 and have over 850 lifetime credit hours of continuing education and have taught tennis 55,000 hours. In 2023 I was ranked #6 in the US in men’s 60 singles and have been ranked #1 in the PNW in men’s doubles, mixed doubles, men’s 35’s, men’s 55’s and men’s 60’s. I served as traveling coach on the ATP Pro Tour in 1988 including the US Open men’s singles main draw (Jared Palmer). I enjoy helping people develop effective and efficient technique and footwork patterns. I’ve got a lot of energy and enthusiasm for the sport and I’ve spoken at numerous coaching conventions. I’m trying to stay one step ahead of my students! I am still learning weekly, as much from the students as them from me, as everyone is a little different and has some strengths that I may not have. Let’s GO!!!

Teaching Style

I think of tennis as having four parts:
1. Mental
2. Physical
3. Technique
4. Strategy
I believe tennis strokes come in three sizes: small (1/4 stroke), medium (half stroke) and large (full stroke). And different spins go with each.
1/4 strokes = underspin
1/2 strokes = flat
Full strokes = topspin.
The spin has to match the stroke.
Our typical private tennis lesson has a mini tennis warmup (1/4 strokes), a mid court warmup (half strokes) and a full court warmup (full ground strokes and serves).
After I see the player’s strengths and weaknesses, then I’ll hand feed or racket feed the player that shot that he/she needs improvement on.
No long talks. Short explanations and back to more feeding or rallying and playing some points or tiebreakers.

Teaching Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Court

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • Solstice Park 6 Lighted
  • 7430 Fauntleroy Way Sw
  • Seattle, WA 98116
  • Chief Sealth International
  • 2600 Sw Thistle Street
  • Seattle , WA 98126
  • Lower Woodland Tennis Courts
  • 1000 N 50th Street
  • Seattle, WA 98103
  • Highline High School Tennis
  • 15623 Des Moines Memorial Drive S.
  • Burien , WA 98148
  • Bainbridge High School
  • 9330 High School Nw
  • Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
  • Mercer Island High School
  • 9100 Se 42nd Street
  • Mercer Island , WA 98040
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