Chase Bartlett is a former writer for The Tennis Tribe, a former D1 & D2 college tennis player, and the founder of Bridgible.
We discuss his college tennis career that led to an interview with Sports Illustrated, a plethora of doubles strategies, and his new business that helps connects coaches and players, Bridgible.
In this conversation we talk about:
- A serve tactic coined “motion” that helps confuse the opposing team.
- The different arguments for hitting volleys short or deep in the court.
- How you can use Bridgible to connect with coaches or players.
You’ll also hear how Chase got into tennis, what inspired him to start Bridgible, and how he thinks we can make doubles more popular.
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Interview Notes from this Podcast
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- Follow Chase on Twitter & Instagram
- Check out his new business, Bridgible.
- How Chase got on Sports Illustrated After his Program was Cut
- While Chase was playing D2 tennis at St. Edward’s, the school decided to cut several sports programs.
- Chase and some of his friends worked to get the programs back, and despite being unsuccessful, Sports Illustrated and several other media outlets found the story compelling.
- Check out his Sports Illustrated interview or his TennisNow article.
- Chase also played and coached for two years at Montana, a D1 program
- Doubles Strategy
- On returns, it’s important to get the ball past the net player or through them if the serve is weak.
- If the opponent serves and volleys, go low and crosscourt and if they don’t, cross the ball deep.
- In our Dave O’Hare interview, the coach of Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury, we discuss the importance of the chip lob.
- We also discuss how deep volleys and short volleys, like Martina Navratilova’s “Newt Volley”, can be effective.
- Listen to our podcast with Will Hamilton to hear more about volley strategies.
- How Bridgible can Make you a Better Tennis Player
- Bridgible is great at connecting players and coaches for personalized training. It allows players from anywhere, even small towns, to connect with some of the best coaches in the world.
- Go to Bridgible.com, click the find a coach (or become a coach) section, and sort through to find what you’re looking for. They’re currently building a quiz that will help you find your perfect match.
- Also, if you’re looking for someone to help you plan practices and drills, Styrling Strother is a great option. Plus, I’ll have a profile soon.
- Chase’s Favorites
- Tournament: Indian Wells
- Tennis Book: The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
- Non-tennis Book: The Craving Mind by Judson Brewer
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