Johan Kriek tennis academy


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Thanks tennisFan2day for the heads up. I have seen this myself. I think my daughter will handle it just fine since she is fairly thick skinned plus she got an ear full, big time from when she trained with Solomon last Summer. I think that the yelling somehow is a compensation for their shorter stature.
Krienk expects as much from his students as he does of himself when they are on the court, but still treats them with respect. Once off the court he is very down to earth and great with the kids. He treats themall like family.


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.I have been around tennis for 30 plus years.I was a top ranked junior and was ranked top 15 in the country in college tennis.I worked for Nick B for 3 years so i know what a good coach is.A good coach doesnt tie himself to a students tennis performance a good coach ties himself to how a kid turns out as a young adult.A good coach truely cares about his or her students in many more ways than just forehands and backhands.

wow... I'm gonna have to read more of what you post.. this is one of the best thing I've read here in a long while... this place needs more level headed parents to tell about their real world experiences ... too many over zealous/aggressive parents spoils it for me..

ga tennis: I know your kid will turn out OK... after all.. it's only tennis..


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We find at every academy there are coaches that are true coaches in every sense of the word - concerned with all aspects of physical and mental development, in for the long haul. And then there are those that just give lessons. And when they are done, they don't give your player much thought till the next lesson. Some are happy with that, depending on their goals...I would assume most on this forum are looking for a true coach. It is easy to distinguish the two by talking with people. I have found that the true coaches also want to work with the "true players" - those committed to them, the game and competition, and not just doing a lesson and a clinic or two each week. Some of the best coaches that are full magically find time for those that they know are the hungriest to grow, and do it not for financial gain, but for the opportunity to work with that player/family.

Yes, I've seen that with my daughter's experience with coaches as well.


For those with money, use several coaches, each specializing in different parts of the game.

We could only afford two coaches, (two lessons per week) one for serve and volleys, the other for ground strokes and footwork.

I guess this is a dumb question, but why can't one coach teach both serves and volleys plus ground strokes and footwork? Is one much better in one area?


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"Be very careful. I worked at the same club in Sarasota-Lakewood Ranch as Johan a few years back. Mediocre coach at best for the money.....not a bad coach, just nothing special that warrants the cost. You pay for his name because he won Slams decades ago.

He also gets into it with management and hits the road to the next locale. He has moved from Longboat Key then Sarasota then to VA then to Charlotte....all in the last 5 years.

You can do better, more stable coaches, less money. He actually bonds well with the kids, but leaves them heartbroken for the next place quite soon. He is smart, goes to Roanoke, now Charlotte.....not a lot of big name competition so parents will shell out for his name. "

He is on the move again. Now to Florida. Pretty fair assessment on the way his academy is being run.