Who is Jeff Salzenstein?

Discussion in 'Former Pro Player Talk' started by TheMagicianOfPrecision, Aug 10, 2011.

  1. Got a couple of messages on my Twitter page that he had seen my videos and asked me if I was interested in joining his tennisclub in Denver,Colorado to teach...I am a bit shocked, and surprised, and also i am not sure who he is!?
    I am googling him now but not a lot of info, a former pro it seems.

    Anyone has any news on him?
     
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  2. wrxinsc

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    Stanford guy and has a twitter account. Sounds legit.
     
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  3. Limpinhitter

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    I knew that name sounded familiar. It's the guy whose video was posted in the "straight elbow backhand slice" thread, who apparently doesn't know what a traditional slice backhand looks like. He may be a great coach and player otherwise, but, he doesn't know a traditional backhand slice from a baloney sandwich.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y34FPBhwsZ0
     
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  4. Moose Malloy

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    I remember him taking a set off Chang at '97 USO(and being on receiving end of around the net post winner by Chang)
     
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  5. SFrazeur

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    I know who he is, but who are you. . .?

    -SF
     
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  6. Arafel

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    Yeah, exactly? I can tell you that Jeff is a great coach. I've worked with him on and off over the last year. Very insightful about the game. Great guy too.
     
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  7. jaggy

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    I know who he is , who am I? I love getting philosophical here.
     
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  8. slice bh compliment

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    Salzy has about the biggest serve in the world for a guy his size (I am guessing 5ft10 and skinnier than Thomas Johansson).

    Played at Stanford in the 90s was it?
    Some tour time. Is a prominent teaching pro. Wonder if it's a good gig. Let us know what the place is like and if it's a good deal for you.
     
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  10. Datacipher

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    It was an excellent match, and arguably (Salzenstein might disagree...he feels he improved his game over time greatly), the best he played in a big event. Yes, Chang did make a great winner around the net post, running diagonally across the court for a drop shot...on a point Salzenstein probably would have won from just about anyone else. the cameras caught a great moment right after where Salzenstein was walking back to the baseline and mouthed "wow", to his box.

    In any case, Salzenstein seems to be a very genuine guy, and was a fine player.
     
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  11. Datacipher

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    Not the biggest, but right up there for sure....and left-handed to boot. Nasty serve.
     
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  12. Fifth Set

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    Is Jeff starting his own actual tennis club? His web-site says he teaches out of two existing clubs - Jewish Community Center (private, with some indoor courts) and Gates Tennis Center (public and run by the City of Denver).

    He is basically the best tennis player to ever come out of the State of Colorado. Granted, that may not be saying much, but also keep in mind he was not a big, strong, ball-blasting guy. So, he made quite a bit of the hand he was dealt.

    Seen some of his videos and he seems to know what he is doing. Have never met him but know people who know him and everyone says Jeff is a good guy.

    Denver is a beautiful place so it's definitely worth following up.
     
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  13. travlerajm

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    He was at Stanford the same time I was - I was assisting Dick Gould by scoring matches at the time, and I watched a lot of his matches.

    He was extremely talented. He had a very athletic lefty serve-and-volley style game. Hooking lefty topspin forehand, and good aggressive flat 2hb.

    He played mostly #1 and #2 during his college career. He beat a lot of good players, but my recollection was that he dropped a lot of 3rd sets after winning the first set because his opponent finally figured out his lefty spin by the 3rd set. I recall him using the blue Wilson FPKs?
     
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  14. SusanDK

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    According to the ATP website, he is 6'1" and 175 lbs and he reached a high of #100 in singles (#68 in doubles).

    The biggest match wins I could see were against David Nalbandian, Mardy Fish, Taylor Dent and Ronald Agenor in 2000, but not when any of them were ranked very high. Also had a win over Rusedski in 2004. Certainly looks like he put an effort into a pro career from 1996 to 2007.

    That was my first thought as well. :)

    So, TheMagicianOfPrecision from Sweden, should we know who you are?
     
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  15. pundekman

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    i believe he was #1 in the 12's? featured in Tennis Magazine many many years ago
     
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  16. slice bh compliment

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  17. NLBwell

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    Probably the best player ever from Colorado.
     
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  18. DEH

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    I have been getting his email's for a couple of weeks and have watched a lot of his video's. I was have trouble helping my daughter with her serve. She is 14 and grow about 3 inches within the last year and it totally screwed up her serve. Not being a coach, just someone who likes the game and wants to learn myself we tried everything and then I saw his video on serves and what an improvement she has made in 2-3weeks of changing her serve. At her last satellite tournment she was in she had the best serve of all the girls but she is still a little inconsist. I think in time it will be very good. So I think Jeff has a good product going here but that is all I know about him. Good luck.
     
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  19. tennisnoob3

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    nope, he claims to be formerly ranked at 1100 in doubles and a futures player.
     
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  20. tennisnoob3

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    nope, he claims to be formerly ranked at 1100 in doubles
     
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  21. travlerajm

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  22. Jeff Salzenstein

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    delete post
     
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    He was a professional Player. He has his own website for tennis improvement.

    Did some articles on Tennisplayer.net. Also a huge *******.
     
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  25. woodrow1029

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    6'1" Jeff? I didn't think you were taller than me when I was umpiring your matches. :)
     
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  26. woodrow1029

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    My favorite Salzenstein match that I chaired was against Chang at the Burbank Challenger. Even though Jeff lost. And I had to give Jeff a code violation for ball abuse. (Sorry Jeff) :)
     
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  27. woodrow1029

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    I'm sure he would know me by picture, I just saw him at Stanford a few weeks ago and we chatted for a minute. But, I don't expect him to remember who did his matches from about 6 years ago.
     
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    Excellent collegiate play out of Stanford. I was lucky enough to see him play at the NCAA's in Athens, Georgia. Very talented...and part of an extremely talented team
     
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  29. woodrow1029

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    Maybe he just won't come back to this site. lol
     
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  30. Jeff Salzenstein

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    Hi DEH, Really happy the serve tips helped your daughter..great news!
     
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  31. Jeff Salzenstein

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    6"1'when I stand up straight!
     
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  32. Jeff Salzenstein

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    Thank you, Frank! I appreciate the kind words
     
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  33. Jeff Salzenstein

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    No worries. I probably deserved it:)
     
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    He really knows how to teach the serve!
     
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  35. Doug_Hartley_2012

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    Just found an old copy of the ATP tour guide for 2005. It says Jeff was born in Peoria, Illinois. Did not think Colorado stretched quite that far east;)

    And he lived in Orlando, Florida. Well, OK I guess just about every American lives in Orlando at some point in their lives BUT I'm still not seeing Colorado.

    However, and this is very important, he did contest the AO in 2004 and for that we Aussies say WELL DONE!
     
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