Oscar Wegner is one of the most known tennis coaches in the world. After playing internationally in the 1960s, Oscar undertook a coaching career and developed a remarkable methodology that makes tennis an easy sport to learn. Tennis, Oscar says, is far simpler than it looks.
Oscar's coaching concepts have had tremendous impact globally, earning him, from Brad Holbrook, host/producer of the Tennis Television Show in the USA, the designation of "the father of modernn tennis". Oscar Wegner's breakthrough techniques, which he initially taught in the National Tennis School in Spain, then in Florianopolis, Brazil, where Oscar coached a group of young players that included "Guga" Kuerten until he was 14, later on TV in the USA, and finally broadcast worldwide through ESPN International, have produced top players in the USA and in countries as far as Russia, Thailand, South America, Spain, and the Far East. Among those are the famous Williams sisters, whose father Richard learned from Oscar's televised lessons the techniques that put them on short notice on top of the tennis world, and Paradorn Srichaphan, whose father coached him aided by Oscar's videos.
After a wonderfully productive decade on television, first with the Tennis Television Show on the USA's Prime Network (now Fox Sports), and then on ESPN International and the Pan American Sports Network as a tennis commentator for their Latin Americam shows, including Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open, Oscar switched career gears and decided to tackle changing the coaching of the game at its grass roots level. He is presently based in Clearwater, Florida, working on a massive campaign to reform the American conventional tennis teaching system and to take tennis and its popularity in the USA to a brand new level.
Oscar and co-anchor Alina Balbiers on PSN
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Wegner traded his engineering studies for a far more exciting career in tennis. From 1963 to 1967 he played the International Tennis Circuit in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. While playing and practicing with many of the top players of the 50's and 60's and some who would become the top players in the 70's, i.e. Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, Tony Roche and Manuel Santana, he compared notes with them and began his search into the secrets of their success.
A dedicated world traveler, he has served as teaching pro and tennis director for confederations, cities, clubs, academies, schools and camps in many countries.
Wegner launched his coaching career in 1968, first as an assistant to the incomparable Pancho Segura at the famous Beverly Hills Tennis Club in California, a job that included daily exchanges with former World Champion Pancho Gonzalez. It was there that he made the crucial observation that tennis was being taught one way while the pros played in an entirely different way.
Wegner set out to resolve this discrepancy. His research led him to isolate the actual basis of tennis that apply to any player at any level, whether a pro, an intermediate player, or a beginner. He developed, as well, a teaching methodology to communicate those basics to players and coaches alike. This approach, from its inception, has produced remarkable results, not only in Wegner's hands, but by other coaches as well.
In 1973 he served as the Junior Davis Cup Captain for Spain and as one of the National coaches for the Spanish Federationís Tennis School in Barcelona. That country was then at a crossroads in terms of which direction its tennis instruction should take. Wegner's views in favor of a modern approach to coaching the game prevailed. To this day, the basics he laid out remain the major feature of Spain's international success.
From 1982 through 1990 Oscar put in place an incredibly successful program on the island of Florianopolis, in Southeast Brazil. This one program has produced many outstanding players, including Gustavo "Guga" Kuerten, winner of the 1997, 2000 and 2001 French Open, number 1 in the world in 2000, Marcio Carlsson, winner, with Guga, of the 1993 World Junior Davis Cup, Diego Cubas, number 1 in the 16 years old category in South America, Bruno Rosa, number 2 in the same category, Maria Fernanda Alves, number 1 Brazilian Junior and touring pro, and many others.
In 1992 Wegner published the revolutionary book "You Can Play Tennis in Two Hours".
From 1991 through 1995 Wegner was featured weekly on the Tennis Television Show, where he exposed the fallacies of conventional tennis teaching and the true data on how to best teach and play the game. Those break-through shows are recorded in five (5) hour long instructional videos available through this web site.
watching those shows in the early 1990's, a Richard Williams of Los
Angeles, California, decided to apply Wegner's teachings on his daughters
Venus and Serena. The results were phenomenal, and even without participating
in formal competition, the two youngsters quickly showed their championship
qualities, securing important financial endorsements that facilitated
their future careers.
approach to modern tennis teaching has truly closed the huge gap between
the way tennis is conventionally taught and the way the top pros play.
This international exposure, coupled with Wegner's seminars for the United States Tennis Association during five US Open Tennis Championships and two Intercollegiate Tennis Association coaches conventions, and the national distribution of Wegner's book in the early 90's in the United States, have revolutionized the entire field of tennis instruction.
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