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 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
- Taylor Townsend reminds Christo of his own game style.
- Christo was coached by Peter Fishbach.
- He won his first pro tournament in Cleveland with doubles partner Mike Myburg.
- For most of his career, his doubles partner was Paul Annacone. They won the 1985 Australian Open Doubles Title.
- Trivia Question: What is happening in the picture below that we will never see again in professional tennis?
- He coaches at Omni Barton Creek in Austin.
- The Continuum Method (Muscle Activation Technique).
- Dropshot LLC professional tennis tournaments in Austin TX.
- Risk vs reward – blog post on What Poker Can Teach You About Tennis.
- Christo is now the Davis Cup Captain for South Africa.
- Read more about Christo on his website F-ACE.net