Christo van Rensburg Interview: Former World #1 & ’85 AO Doubles Champion

In this episode, I speak with Christo van Rensburg. He was a part of the #1 doubles team in the world with Paul Annacone and won the 1985 Australian Open Doubles title. Here are a few other accomplishments.

  • 20 career doubles titles.
  • Olympic athlete for South Africa.
  • Top 20 in the world in singles.
  • Wins over McEnroe, Connors, Lendl, Becker, Rafter, & one of only two players to beat Pete Sampras in straight sets at Wimbledon.
  • Current Davis Cup Captain for South Africa.
Christo van Rensburg - Former World number 1 & AO Doubles Champion

Christo now lives in Austin, Texas, where he coaches. In this conversation, we dive deep into Christo’s story including two moments that changed his life. I also ask him how doubles in the ’80s and ’90s compares to today. After that, we talk a lot about communication on the doubles court between partners, as well as how coaches should be communicating with their students.

We also talk about doubles strategy. Christo makes an argument for the better player to return from the deuce court. I ask him the biggest mistakes he sees club level players making in doubles, and a lot more.

Interview Notes from this Podcast

1985 Australian Open Champions - Christo van Rensburg and Paul Annacone
Christo van Rensburg (left) and Paul Annacone (right) at the 1985 Australian Open. They won the Men’s Doubles Championship that year.

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About the Author

Will Boucek is the Founder & CEO of The Tennis Tribe. He has played tennis for over two decades, including in college. Will has worked with ATP & WTA tour players and coaches. He currently lives in Austin TX where he plays USTA leagues & tournaments, writes about tennis, and teaches doubles workshops.

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