Reyes, Fish to work with USTA
Sally Milano | March 10, 2016
Two big names in the world of tennis have joined USTA Player Development to lend their expertise in the areas of training and coaching.
Gil Reyes, Andre Agassi’s longtime strength and conditioning trainer, will begin working with USTA Player Development as a “master strength and conditioning coach,” while former world No. 7 Mardy Fish will serve as an “expert consultant” for men’s tennis, coaching and advising men ranked in the world's Top 100.
Reyes will host select groups of American junior, collegiate and professional men’s and women’s players for strength and conditioning training camps at his Las Vegas facility. He is widely known for training Agassi throughout his career, and Agassi credits Reyes’ training as a main reason for the eight-time Grand Slam champion’s late-career revival.
In addition to Agassi, Reyes has worked with Caroline Wozniacki, Fernando Verdasco, Grigor Dimitrov and Sania Mirza, and he partnered with Agassi to launch the BILT by Agassi & Reyes line of fitness equipment.ADVERTISEMENT
Fish (pictured above) began working with USTA Player Development late last year at the USTA Training Center – West in Carson, Calif., to help American pros and top juniors prepare for the coming year. He is one of several former champions and top American players that USTA Player Development has utilized in the development of current American pros and juniors. Others offering their insight include Billie Jean King, Ivan Lendl, Jim Courier, Andy Roddick, Lisa Raymond, Jill Craybas, Michael Russell, Brian Baker, Marianne Werdel and Ann Grossman-Wunderlich.
“Our approach is to look for systematic ways to give our players any competitive advantage that we can, in conjunction with and in collaboration with their private coaches,” USTA Player Development General Manager Martin Blackman said. “‘Let’s leave no stone unturned’ characterizes our approach to supporting our players, and the additions of Gil Reyes and Mardy Fish are a part of our ongoing initiative to re-engage master trainers, former players and past champions.”
USTA Player Development also recently announced the creation of its Team Usa - Pro department, led by Kathy Rinaldi and Tom Gullikson and designed to provide professional men’s and women’s players with coaching assistance, training and financial resources to help them reach the Top 100.