named national men's coach
January 23, 2019
Brian Baker, a former ATP Top-60 player, has been named a national coach for men's tennis. In his new role, Baker will be based out of the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., reporting to head of men's tennis Kent Kinnear.
Best known for his perseverance through a multitude of injuries, Baker was ranked as high as No. 52 in the world and reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2012. He also won two ATP doubles titles and represented the U.S. at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
A Nashville native, Baker was an assistant men's coach at Belmont University from 2008-11 and then again in 2015 and 2018. He graduated from Belmont with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 2015.
"Brian’s experiences as a player and as a coach will be a tremendous addition to our Team USA Pro Department, as he works closely with players and their coaches progressing to break their way into the ATP Top 100," Kinnear said. ADVERTISEMENT "His tennis mind, his analytical abilities and his drive and determination for improvement will all be incredible assets for our staff and for our country’s up-and-coming pro players."
Earlier in January, Jermaine Jenkins was hired as a national women’s coach, as the USTA continues to bolster its Player Development department.