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THE LEADER in Modern Tennis Teaching Methodology
Oscar's coaching concepts have had tremendous impact globally, earning him, from Brad Holbrook, host/producer of the Tennis Television Show in the USA, the designation of "the father of modern tennis". Oscar Wegner's breakthrough techniques, which he initially taught in the National Tennis School in Spain, then in Florianopolis, Brazil, where Oscar coached a group of young players that included "Guga" Kuerten until he was 14, later on TV in the USA, and finally broadcast worldwide through ESPN International, have produced top players in the USA and in countries as far as Russia, Thailand, South America, Spain, and the Far East. Among those are the famous Williams sisters, whose father Richard learned from Oscar's televised lessons the techniques that put them on short notice on top of the tennis world, and Paradorn Srichaphan, whose father coached him aided by Oscar's videos.
After a wonderfully productive decade on television, first with the Tennis Television Show on the USA's Prime Network (now Fox Sports), and then on ESPN International and the Pan American Sports Network as a tennis commentator for their Latin American shows, including Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open, Oscar switched career gears and decided to tackle changing the coaching of the game at its grass roots level. He is presently based in Clearwater, Florida, working on a massive campaign to reform the American conventional tennis teaching system and to take tennis and its popularity in the USA to a brand new level.
Oscar and co-anchor Alina Balbiers on PSN
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wegner traded his engineering studies for a far more exciting career in tennis. From 1963 to 1967 he played the International Tennis Circuit in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. While playing and practicing with many of the top players of the 50's and 60's and some who would become the top players in the 70's, i.e. Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, Tony Roche and Manuel Santana, he compared notes with them and began his search into the secrets of their success.
A dedicated world traveler, he has served as teaching pro and tennis director for confederations, cities, clubs, academies, schools and camps in many countries.
Wegner launched his coaching career in 1968, first as an assistant to the incomparable Pancho Segura at the famous Beverly Hills Tennis Club in California, a job that included daily exchanges with former World Champion Pancho Gonzalez. It was there that he made the crucial observation that tennis was being taught one way while the pros played in an entirely different way.
Wegner set out to resolve this discrepancy. His research led him to isolate the actual basis of tennis that apply to any player at any level, whether a pro, an intermediate player, or a beginner. He developed, as well, a teaching methodology to communicate those basics to players and coaches alike. This approach, from its inception, has produced remarkable results, not only in Wegner's hands, but by other coaches as well.
In 1973 he served as the Junior Davis Cup Captain for Spain and as one of the National coaches for the Spanish Federation’s Tennis School in Barcelona. That country was then at a crossroads in terms of which direction its tennis instruction should take. Wegner's views in favor of a modern approach to coaching the game prevailed. To this day, the basics he laid out remain the major feature of Spain's international success.
Guga, Oscar and Marcio
From 1982 through 1990 Oscar put in place an incredibly successful program on the island of Florianopolis, in Southeast Brazil. This one program has produced many outstanding players, including Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten, winner of the 1997, 2000 and 2001 French Open, number 1 in the world in 2000, Marcio Carlsson, winner, with Guga, of the 1993 World Junior Davis Cup, Diego Cubas, number 1 in the 16 years old category in South America, Bruno Rosa, number 2 in the same category, Maria Fernanda Alves, number 1 Brazilian Junior and touring pro, and many others.
In 1992 Wegner published the revolutionary book "You Can Play Tennis in Two Hours".
From 1991 through 1995 Wegner was featured weekly on the Tennis Television Show, where he exposed the fallacies of conventional tennis teaching and the true data on how to best teach and play the game. Those break-through shows are recorded in five (5) hour long instructional videos available through this web site.
Serena, Richard, and Venus Williams
While watching those shows in the early 1990's, a Richard Williams of Los Angeles, California, decided to apply Wegner's teachings on his daughters Venus and Serena. The results were phenomenal, and even without participating in formal competition, the two youngsters quickly showed their championship qualities, securing important financial endorsements that facilitated their future careers.
The results of Wegner's system, fully documented and endorsed by top players, teaching pros, tennis directors and officials, some of which are recorded in this website, makes tennis an easy sport to learn at any age.
Wegner's approach to modern tennis teaching has truly closed the huge gap between the way tennis is conventionally taught and the way the top pros play.
Wegner's 40 instructional vignettes, both in English and in Spanish, were broadcast by ESPN International from June 1997 through September 1999 several times daily in more than 150 countries around the world, including airings during the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, US Open Golf, etc, generating over two billion impressions on television worldwide. Wegner's web-site has already had over half a million visits.
This international exposure, coupled with Wegner's seminars for the United States Tennis Association during five US Open Tennis Championships and two Intercollegiate Tennis Association coaches conventions, and the national distribution of Wegner's book in the early 90's in the United States, have revolutionized the entire field of tennis instruction.
Content Posted by Oscar Wegner
One of the highest capabilities in life is feel. You might have been sold a bill of goods when you were told that thinking is paramount in tennis. Most top tennis pros won't admit, perhaps under the idea that they would be considered "stupid", that they don't think much when they are playing.
Tennis has been considered for a long time a very difficult sport to learn. One has to mind where to place the arms, the feet, watch the balance, weight transfer, how you take your racquet back, etc. This is false, cultivated from the late 1920s on, and still very much in vogue in most of the world. The truth is that tennis is a simple game and easy to learn. Just watch the top players to see how loose, natural and fluid they play.
There is a misconception that top players play flat on hard courts. The latest research, which was done during tournaments on hard court surfaces, which you can see in www.advancedtennis.com, a non-profit endeavor, will show you that top players included on that study, such as Agassi and Pete Sampras, Venus Williams, hit their groundstrokes with plenty of topspin, well above the 1,500 RPM.
Kids that are taught "footwork" with the conventional teaching usually have two barriers created: first, the way they are taught in conventional footwork coaching, brings about that they have to think about the way they move, and second, that those moves are not natural. The end result is clumsiness, no speed (huge, but common problem, mostly in the USA).