Hello Almaden Valley:

As you are probably aware, Ken Dehart recently joined the Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC) as its new Tennis Director.

As you are probably aware, Ken DeHart recently joined the Almaden Valley Athletic Club (AVAC) as its new Tennis Director. He brought a great team of pros with him to AVAC; Manny Fernandez, Al Juodikis and David Cain.

Like I did, you probably all read about his resume and credentials which are impressive: USA High Performance Coach, National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team, Wilson Premier Advisory Staff, PTR & USPTA Master Professional, 2 time PTR International Pro of the Year, 4 times USPTA divisional Pro of  the Year and he was the first  Master Pro in the world in both the USPTA and PTR.

Here is some more insights about the man behind the champ from a short interview conducted with Ken last week at the Almaden Valley Athletic Club.

Ken grew up in Columbus, IN. He was a 19 years old freshman in college when he first held a tennis racket in his hands. He never played tennis before. Thanks to his personal talent and his perseverance Ken earned a spot on the tennis team in his Sophomore year and won the Conference Doubles Championship at #3 doubles his junior year. During his senior year, he was named the team’s most valuable player.

The question is: How do you become so good in so little time? Here are some tips.

Before playing tennis, Ken played basketball and run cross-country. The similarity between tennis and basketball’s offense/defense tactics help him in his learning curve to play tennis. One of the things Ken likes the most about tennis is that is an individual sport. Tennis is an extremely strategic game that resembles a live chess game with moves and counter moves at a high energy level.

Luck, persistence and his personal talent opened the doors of the tennis teaching profession. After graduating with a triple major in business, physical education, and history, Ken met Thay Butchee (tennis teaching pro in Nashville, TN) and asked him if he could work in his Club for the Summer.

Thay’s brother actually took the job but Thay helped Ken get an interview at a Swim and Tennis Club in Nashville. He got the job as Director of Tennis and that was the starting point of a successful Tennis career in different renowned tennis clubs across the country.

When asked about the top 3 tennis players he admires the most, Ken mentioned Rod Laver, Jimmy Connors and Roger Federer.

All in all, the tennis pro turned out to be super nice and very accessible. When is not playing or teaching tennis, Ken spends time with his 11-year old son playing most all sports. He also supports Karen, his wife, in her acting career. For the record, she will be performing as Miss Adalaide in the Saratoga’s Civic Theater  opening of Guys and Dolls, May 19 – June 9, 2012.

I encourage you to look up Ken DeHart’s tennis tips on Youtube and on his own website. You can also get in touch with him directly through his personal AVAC webpage.

So, if you feel like you’ve got it in you and want to pursue a career in Tennis or simply want to enjoy practice with one of California’s greatest Tennis trainer, Ken is the one to call at the Almaden Valley Athletic Club.

@Almaden_Valley (on Twitter)

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