“On Court with USPTA” Season to Premiere on Tennis Channel
The new season of “On Court with USPTA” is scheduled to begin airing on the Tennis Channel on Saturday, Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. EST. New episodes will feature top USPTA Professionals Mark Kovacs, Craig O’Shannessy and Emilio Sanchez-Vicario.
“On Court with USPTA” is the cable TV show produced by the United States Professional Tennis Association featuring instruction on playing and teaching tennis.
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 100 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.
Tune in to the Tennis Channel beginning Aug. 6 at 1 p.m. EST for brand new back-to-back episodes of “On Court with USPTA.”
“On Court with USPTA” schedule:
Saturday, Aug. 6
1 p.m. EST
Episode 105: Mark Kovacs, Ph.D. – Fixing Common Problems with the Serve
Mark Kovacs, Ph.D., is a performance physiologist and USPTA Elite Professional with an extensive background in researching and training elite athletes. In this episode, he will look at seven common problems with the serve and demonstrate how to fix those issues.
1:30 p.m. EST
Episode 106: Craig O’Shannessy – Winning Strategies from the Baseline
In this episode, learn what the “sword” and “shield” are and the very different roles they have in a tennis match. Craig O’Shannessy, widely recognized as the world leader in teaching and analyzing tennis strategy, will discuss the patterns of play and winning percentages that dominate our sport. This episode will show why it’s vital that players execute the highest percentage patterns and understand the critical role between forehands and backhands.
Sunday, Aug. 7
1 p.m. EST
Episode 107: Emilio Sanchez-Vicario – The Backhand Slice
The slice is an important weapon to any player’s game. In this episode, USPTA Master Professional and three-time Grand Slam winner Emilio Sanchez-Vicario will demonstrate how to train the backhand slice and its roles: attack, defend, and change up the pace.
1:30 p.m. EST
Episode 108: Emilio Sanchez-Vicario – Spanish Drills for Weight Transfer
The transfer of weight is a key component in tennis. In this episode, USPTA Master Professional and three-time Grand Slam winner Emilio Sanchez-Vicario demonstrates a variety of ways in which a player can improve this aspect in both defensive and aggressive situations. Footwork and balance are emphasized throughout the show as they are key elements to efficient weight transfer and shot execution.
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. Several titles are also available for streaming on www.tennisresources.com. For additional show times and other information, visit www.oncourtwithuspta.com or www.tennischannel.com/tv-schedule.
About the USPTA
Founded in 1927, the USPTA is the global leader in tennis-teacher certification and professional development. With more than 14,000 members worldwide, the association raises the standards of tennis-teaching professionals and coaches and promotes a greater awareness of the sport.