The NSA show is a youtube show/podcast about tennis, performance, and self-development. I invite various guests from athletes to doctors and coaches to talk about things we are the most passionate about.
Conversation #25: Dennis Lindsay, owner of "The Athlete's Gym"
59:02About Coach Lindsay:Coach Lindsay has worked with athletes involved with Tennis Canada since 1996, as well as having been a National Strength Coach with the organization. Coach Lindsay has also provided programming to University Varsity Teams, OHL hockey clubs, European professional hockey clubs, and a wide variety of Minor Associations. Dennis formerly worked in a multidisciplinary rehabilitation clinic as a Physiotherapy Assistant (PTA). Prior to that, he has held fitness and health programming positions in Community, Private Industry, Municipal and Corporate Health centers.Dennis has trained over 100 current NHL Players (and hundreds of retired players) and has been the strength and conditioning consultant to Toronto Maple Leafs. He has trained over 20 medalling individual Olympians, 5 Olympic Teams, and dozens of professional athletes from other sports.About his programs:Our program is designed around that base of experience and the need to better prepare players for the long term of the sport.We program relative to age of development, and focus on all physical literacies. Enhanced athletic ability is the purpose behind the program.Athletes in our Fitness Programs get progressive development in speed, agility, quickness, strength and endurance capacities.
NSA Conversation #24: Karl Hale, Tournament Director of National Bank Open, Owner Premier Racquet Clubs
33:12Karl Hale has an accomplished tennis history. He has played competitive tennis internationally, participated as a player and coach in Davis Cup for Jamaica, and is a former Fed Cup coach for Canada. He was named tournament director of National Bank Open presented by National Bank in Toronto on December 11, 2006.Hale was born in Falmouth, Jamaica and played Davis Cup tennis from 1988 to 1999 and again in 2004. He held the Davis Cup record for longest three-set match, winning 23-21 in the final set. In 2003, Hale was coach of the Canadian Fed Cup team that advanced to a World Group play-off tie against Austria. He later returned to his native Jamaica to coach the Davis Cup team in 2005.Hale’s relationships with the players, and sports and entertainment celebrities have helped raise the profile of this world-class tennis event. Karl was also vice-president of the PTR (the largest tennis coaching organization in the world with over 20,000 members) in 2017/18. Most importantly, Hale is a passionate supporter of children’s charities. Hale is well-known and respected for his tremendous philanthropic work. He founded the Helping Hands Jamaica Foundation, which has raised over $2,000,000 for education in his native Jamaica and built 18 kindergarten schools (including one with Serena Williams). He also developed the Daniel Nestor Celebrity Charity event, which raised more than $1,000,000 in support of the Go for Gold Olympic program and North York General Hospital. He has spent tennis time overseas, coaching in Tokyo for five years, teaching adults and juniors at the prestigious Kashiwa Lawn Tennis Club. He worked with several top players and his juniors have received over $1,000,000 in tennis scholarships.If you would like to donate to Karl's foundation you can do so here: helpinghandsjamaica.com
NSA Conversation #23: Alastair Millair and Zack Ohlin from The Grey Zone
1:13:25In this conversation we discuss lack of tennis courts and tournaments in Ontario, use of video in coaching, coaching decision making and more. For separate interviews with my guests please visit separate links:Alastair: https://youtu.be/GQvdwFsiKHw?si=GyDB9SoC_CvWkD6HZack: https://youtu.be/F9AvNNxS7rU?si=fu6Ypkrp3Rq1UDh9
NSA Conversation #22: Chris Manzinali, Statistics in Tennis
1:01:11Chris Manzinali has been part of the tennis community for over 20 years. As a junior he spent most of his career training with Milos Roanic, reaching top 50 in Canada. He was mentored by Casey Curtis, former coach of Milos Raonic. Chris is currently the Director of High Performance at Tennis Clubs of Canada coaching multiple players to top 10 in Canada and has worked as a Team Ontario coach for U12 and U14 Nationals.
NSA Conversation #21: Zack Ohlin, Director of Mens Tennis at KLTK, Stockholm, Sweden
58:01Zack Ohlin is responsible for men's tennis at the Academy of KLTK in Stockholm, Sweden. He is also travelling the ITF Junior and Pro circuits, the junior Grand Slams. At the same time Zack is completing a Master's of Education in High Performance Coaching (UBC) and doing consulting for coaches, clubs, and players. Zack is a former Junior Davis Cup Coach, touring coach on the WTA Tour, and a director of high performance at The Tennis Centre Coquitlam. He is a a recipient of High Performance Coach of the Year (Tennis BC, 2018), Gary Caron Award (Tennis Canada, 2019), and Tennis Canada Coach 3, PTR Professional, Tennis Performance Trainer.
NSA Conversation #20: Miron Mann, High Performance Director at Richmond Hill Country Club
1:12:25Miron began coaching at the Richmond Hill Country Club in 2008 primarily starting with recreational level players working his way up the ladder. He was awarded The Gary Caron National Scholarship Award in 2012 awarded the top Under 30 coach in Canada. Miron has been a Team Ontario Provincial Coach for over 5 years and also a Tennis Canada Mentor Coach travelling internationally with the likes of Felix Auger-Ailliasime when he was U14. In 2019 Miron received a Tennis Canada Coaching excellence award. Miron is a certified Level 3 coach, he was previously in charge of RHCC High Performance Program and is currently the Director of Racquet Sports at the Richmond Hill Country Club while being heavily involved in all aspects ofthe club's overall well-being.
NSA Conversation #19: Pierre Lamarche, Canadian Tennis Legend
1:49:16Pierre Lamarche (born January 2, 1947) is a Canadian former tennis player and coach.Raised in Montreal, Quebec, Lamarche played collegiate tennis in the United States for Mississippi State University and was known for having a fiery on court persona. He made a solitary Davis Cup appearance for Canada in 1974, featuring in the doubles rubber of a tie against Mexico in his home province, which he and Réjean Genois lost to Raúl Ramírez and Vicente Zarazúa. From 1991 to 1996 he served as the team's non playing captain and steered the Canadians into the World Group for the first time. He founded tennis academy Ace Tennis in Burlington, Ontario and in 2004 was inducted into the Tennis Canada Hall of Fame for his contributions as a coach.
NSA Conversation #18 Frederic Fontang, a long time coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime
32:40A successful junior, Fontang won the Petits As in 1984 and was the French 16s champion in 1986.Fontang had his best year on tour in 1991 when he reached two ATP Tour finals. He was runner-up in the San Marino Open and won a tournament in Palermo.The following year he reached the quarter-finals at Palermo and was also a quarter-finalist in the Estoril Open. At these tournaments he had wins over three top 40 players, Franco Davín, Javier Sánchez and Fabrice Santoro.Fontang took part in seven French Opens but didn't register a win until his final attempt, in 1997, when he defeated Patrik Fredriksson in the opening round.He later became coach of Jérémy Chardy and remained with him for 12 years. During this time Chardy won the 2005 Wimbledon Championships Boys' Singles title, won ATP 250 title in Stuttgart and reached the fourth round of the French Open the next year.Fontang is the current coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime.Coaching history of Frederic Fontang :- coach of Caroline Garcia from March 2011 to June 2012. Final US Open Juniors and semi Final at French open Juniors- coach of Vasek Pospisil from October 2012 until August 2016. from no 140 to no 25 ATP singles ranking and career high in doubles no 4- coach of Felix Auger-Aliassime from Jan 2017 until now. semi final masters 1000 Miami 10 finals on ATP TOUR best ranking so far no 6.
NSA Conversation #17: Philip Bester, former top 225 ATP
1:05:04Philip Bester (born October 6, 1988) is a Canadian former professional tennis player from North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Bester was a finalist at the 2006 junior French Open. In doing so he became the first Canadian male to reach a Grand Slam final in singles.
NSA Conversation #16: Rob Shaw, Strength and Conditioning Coach
1:47:12Rob has played competitive sports since he was 8 years old. Developing in academies and athletics at a high level in hockey, baseball and volleyball. Rob has trained athletic development for the last 10 years in multiple sports including hockey, baseball, football, soccer, tennis and track. The focus for the last few years has been on holistic athletic development, as well as child development/ neurology and development of athletic systems to get the most performance out of his athletes by training the entire body and all of its functions.