In this episode, I got to spend some time chatting with the new ATP Dallas Open tournament director Peter Lebedevs.
You’ll gather some insights into what it takes to run a pro tournament, as well as some doubles strategies from an Aussie who has coached at every level of tennis.
After trying several sports as a kid, Peter grew to love tennis, and that love turned into several years of playing and coaching. Following this, Peter would work his way through the ranks to become the tournament director at the Memphis Open, Atlanta Open, and New York Open.
I knew Peter from my childhood when I was a ball boy at the Memphis Open. We were voted the best ball kids on tour 😉
We talk about the Dallas Open, his tennis story, and, of course, how to make doubles more popular. In addition to this, we talk doubles strategy:
- Why high percentage tennis is winning tennis.
- Where you should go with your serve more often.
- The toughest volley in tennis.
- A very important lesson he learned from Wayne Bryan.
PS. Peter also makes a prediction on the Novak Djokovic – Australian Open situation early in the episode. (The episode was recorded on January 6, 2022, when Djokovic was still in holding.)
Show Notes from this Podcast
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- Follow Peter on Twitter | Follow the Dallas Open on Twitter
- Peter is the tournament director of the new Dallas Open
- The tournament will run from February 6 – 13 at the Styslinger / Altec Tennis Complex in Dallas, TX.
- Players such as John Isner, Taylor Fritz, Reilly Opelka, Grigor Dimitrov, and Kei Nishikori will be there.
- You can purchase tickets and follow this new tournament boasting an intimate fan experience at dallasopen.com.
- Peter is a seasoned veteran as a tournament director
- After spending several years playing and coaching tennis, Peter was in charge of transportation at the Memphis Open before being promoted to ball kids director, then players and practice courts, and finally becoming the tournament director.
- Following this he would go to Atlanta where he would help run that tournament before becoming the director of the New York Open.
- Peter’s Favorites
- Tournament: Wimbledon (That’s other than the Dallas Open of course)
- Tennis Book: Open by Andre Agassi
- Non-Tennis Book: A Good Walk Spoiled: Days and Nights on the PGA Tour by John Feinstein or Harvey Penick’s Little Red Book by Harvey Penick
- Other People Mentioned