Richard Ashby Richard, Amanda Anisimov, United States discussed on The Tennis.com Podcast
Panic joined in the lake known at US. Stayed National Campus Studio with my co host Irena Falconi. Hey guys. How's it going and our guest for this episode? Richard Ashby Richard. Welcome thank you. Thanks for having me. Richard Works here at the. Usda national campus. Richard tells a little brief bio about yourself then working for the for sixteen years before that coached on my own little bit privately with pros and Juniors Worked in some academies before that and so. That's my coaching background played. Junior Tennis Played College University of South Carolina. That's basically playing background played a little bit of pro after college but not that successful so onto coaching. That's relatable So what players. What age group are you targeting right now? Do you work with a specific group. Your work with the fourteen hundred girls. I'm here at the national campus. So we bring kids for camps primarily camps training weeks. We don't do a lot of traveling with kids that age. We don't have them come in. For long periods of time they usually come in for a week or two weeks of training And we work with their coaches. So we get the information back to the coaches things that we worked on here things that we see we go to tournaments have a chance to watch him play there and hopefully see them improving on things have a chance to talk to their coaches about things. We're seeing a lot easier when it's you know live where you're watching something and talking with the coach so the tournaments. It's a great option to do that. With coaches so you've been working with the USA for sixteen years. Have you been with the girls? Fourteen and under age single year no Started two thousand three so that first year and the next year we're primarily with Like junior pros so kids basically seventeen to eighteen sixteen eighteen and did that for a couple of years and then in two thousand and five started with the kids born in Nineteen ninety-one that age group so worked with an age group for few years through Two thousand eight then two thousand nine. I started with twelve and unders Jade Louise and other coach. I used to work with age group and He actually started working with kids older. So I Essentially switch places with him so from two thousand nine assorted with twelve and under and kind of grown to thirteen and then fourteen and fourteen under for last few years. Do some name. What are some players you've worked with? Amanda Anisimov was slow and Stevens. Cannon CICI Bellis Falconi yes all those players So yeah very fortunate. When we moved to we moved to Boca it was a good location. Had A lot of good players in the area so players Would come through in practice. We were able to set up a program where they're younger players. Come out and you know not every day Amanda I came out like once a week when she was younger Always worked with her. Dad was her coach. So work with her Same with Sonya and We did we actually had a pretty good set-up there where they in the morning to drilling and then the afternoons do match play and we'd be able to have kids kind of all levels. Sometimes older kids coming out in the afternoon but Amanda and Sonia. You know where kids at did that from pretty much. The beginning Sloan. I've done very little with her. I mean it's mostly been Camps or a little bit of training and Let's see who else has been out of there You know so. Yeah Irena Hell Coney for sure. Was there So when I worked with a ninety one group Sorry come and play matches Actually tell Ya arena like the first candidate when we were in key Biscayne arena. It's actually in the camp along with Alli Risk. So Mallory burdette there. You go so a bunch of kids That a moved on to play pros which is great. You know so. That's one of the things. I'm fortunate. I got to work with kids. That are the best in the country so you know a lot of them are going to be successful so I was actually mentioning that to see the other day. We were watching you practice with one of the girls. I don't I can't remember her name but she's pretty good. And I made a comment to see see I was like. Did you work with coach? Richard Like Yeah. I did and I was like. That's unbelievable when I was. I believe it was thirteen or something. I was still living in New York and I got this letter from the USDA. Do you WanNa do this. Camp Key Biscayne and sure enough it was with Alison riske Madison Bengal Whom all our top seventy have been top seventy players. It's not very common for a coach to be able to have that much of an impact on so many players that end up being professional. What is it that you have that makes that possible GonNa Know How much it is me. It's definitely good system where you know. We got a chance to see young players at an early age. I remember the first camp she came to. She was not the best. One they're You're maybe in the middle of the pack She had come to the some of the similar things she has. Now you know just the excitement. She always brings the cord and everything. So that hasn't changed. You know she's just gotten better as it's gone along so You know to be to be honest. Yeah I mean I enjoy helping the kids and you know if anything the you know. Try as much as possible for them to enjoy it as well and to try to guide them. I guess for game for the future. Now you know that's up to them to pile of things but You know most of those kids like I say we're good when they got there and you know they've gotten better they've gone long moved on to other coaches and everything so successful pretty popular name is big names that have come through the. Ashby system for all those players though that that you worked with. That didn't make it. Can you tell the difference between someone like an Anisimov an Kenan? Can you see or that early on the? Hey this kid's something different or is it more of quantity and then figuring out one or two that rice the top. There are many kids that I thought were going to be very very good. Maybe even better than those guys and they ended up not being ended up being good tennis players. But not you know making it into the pros. you know so. I've learned as gone along that. I'm not a very good predictor so We try not to pick try to just have lots of players coming through as much as possible and try to treat. Treat them all in a way that this is what you need to do to be great so they have that chance some apply while some were going to be great no matter what we did but Try to treat all the players. A came to come through with the idea that you know. Look at your game now and where do you WanNa go if you want to be a pro these things you to address and unfortunately getting to see them? When they're young twelve thirteen fourteen. They have a chance to you. Know make make those adjustments if they can. So you know the the ones that came in. Maybe I thought were really good and ended up not being so good as far as results. I think. That's just how tough the sport is. You know it's I remember the stout that somebody was saying that basically every year the top one hundred seventy six jobs available something like that. We're on the women's side so you know you have to be that good that you're going to take someone's job who's seventy in the world and that's not easy so many of these guys are good players but you know it's just not that easy to actually be a pro arena. Can you take us back to those days in that camp? Do you have any memories or things remember working on or or how you felt being part of that because you are based in New York right so you wouldn't even Florida girl yet What was that experience? Like as a as a young Irena. It was definitely. I think Not Necessarily Life Changing. But it was shocking. Because I thought I knew what I was doing on the court you know I trained with my dad for a couple of hours a day to know what fitness was and so I came in with coach. Richard and I believe was it coach Elke at the time I think we Katie's looking bear. She is Katie was Pretty much leading the campout was helping her with the camp I remember think. Jd Louis was around a little bit But I think it was mainly Katie. And either the two leaving the camp. I think that the level of competition was so high. It just was a very cool environment to be in and all the girls. Even at that age were very professional like we were there to work. It wasn't like Oh. Let's socialize and have fun it was. Let's get better which I think is one of the biggest differences in some of the camps. You see today like you know some girls. Just go out there whether it's a tennis camp whether whatever sport it is you know some people just see it as a social event and we were there to work. Even though we were very young you know that was our whole motive. There and I think coach Richard had a lot to do with it. You know one thing about that is going to bring the baskets from around the country and they all want to do really well so they all challenge each other in a good way. So everybody's you know. Basically really focused on doing their best and doing the training their best and that environment continues here so we had a camp last week where you know the kids came in and you know they enjoy working hard because that's the standard everybody. That's kind of good peer pressure and I think sometimes no some of the kids in some of their environments where they're the best kids. It's almost like they're going down to the level of somebody else because you know the. The group has a lower standard. But when you get all the best kids together they raise the standard so that definitely helps so we know Irena made the cut but how. How do you select players? How do you know which players you want in these camps and watching as it rankings results? Do you. I don't know asked our coaches their parents. Are you interviewing? Does this come together. Sure I think the main thing I look at his results so again the system we have right now. Kids go when they're say eleven twelve their instructional camps and coaches can wreck recommend them from their meaning. The coaches at work the camps might say. Okay we have these kids that did really well. And so young ones. Maybe that haven't played nationals. We haven't had a chance to see them but You know twelve's nationals. A lot of kids are playing so we a chance to see them there. And you inviting them I the camps that we have here are from basically from thirteen up For the national camps. And when I like results Kinda give you know they are okay. There have been beating these players. That and going far into tournaments. Then you see them play. And you're trying to match those things up Obviously a player. That's winning tournaments. Well it's kind of easy. They deserve to come somebody else. Who's maybe going pretty deep in the tournament but not winning them. You're looking at that and then you're looking at essentially. Do they play good tennis? Do they have good athletic skills? Do they all intangibles? You're kind of looking at with your eyes and matching that up but result is probably the like I said that's the first thing and a distinguished that from ranking because you know sometimes somebody's ranked really high because they do well in smaller tournaments but not so well national so sent you the results at you know the Easter Bowl National Claes Nationals Orange Bowl. Those types of tournaments. Those are the main results. Look at and then. You're looking to see somebody that he's not doing great but they're really fast or they have really good strokes where they play good talents. You have kids that maybe in the twelve. I remember First Time I saw clear Lou play she was ten years old and she was implanted clay courts and she's coming into the net and she comes in and you know she'll miss the volume miss the overhead. Keep coming in and you know. I remember talking to mom. After mom was shaking her head she keeps missing overheads. And Yeah but you know every time. She misses one. She's getting better not getting better and basically a year and a half later. She's winning eleven winning twelve ORANGEVILLE. So you know. And she won that tournament actually coming in and executing so again it's clear was already good but when you see a kid that plays a good sal tennis that also goes a long way and you try to bounce out results and you know up what you think. Maybe they can do. Hey everyone listening to the tennis dot Com podcast with special guest.