The KSTT Winners4Life™ Approach


The Winners4Life approach to tennis instruction starts exactly where you are in your tennis journey, at whatever age, and with whatever level of athletic ability or competitive experience you bring to the court.

It doesn’t take a very long on a scan of Craigslist ads or Google search results to see that Northern California is blessed with an abundance of tennis teaching professionals, many of them with remarkable competitive backgrounds.  And, if you dig just a little deeper on the websites of some of these pros, you’ll often see that many highlight their success at developing highly ranked junior players who may just make their way to college teams or even onto the pro circuit. 

I too can highlight that story but what I’ve learned in more then 25 years on the court is that the real coaching starts when a pro works with kids who are maybe not so coordinated, or middle-aged cubicle jockeys who haven’t touched a racket for 10 years, or couples who want to play tennis together but who have very different skill sets and levels of athletic ability. 

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These are folks who will most likely see the inside of Arthur Ashe Stadium or Wimbledon only as ticket holders, but that doesn’t mean they don’t love the game, that they don’t want to improve as recreational or competitive players, that they don’t value the physical, mental, and social benefits of the tennis lifestyle.  Maybe they’ll make it to the top of the regional tournament or develop as top-ranked competitive players.  Maybe they won’t.  Either way, they’re Winners for Life in my eyes, and they’re the people I love to coach. 

That’s why I made the investment in advanced education that would help me to work with all kinds of players at all levels of experience, athletic skill, fitness, and ability.  And, I took the time to earn certification from the U.S.P.T.A. and to maintain my certification for more than twenty years.  I’m not interested in running dozens of kids through tennis clinics and camps that do little more than fill time without developing real skill. With this background I’m able to understand the proper mechanics to get the most out of a student tennis strokes without causing injury which is needed for a long healthy tennis life!

I have worked with college players and true beginners who have difficulty with hand eye coordination.  I get equally excited when the college player works a point with patience and control and hits a winner at the most opportune time as with a student who was able to rally the ball back and forth for the first time with the correct form. 

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I would love to talk with you about your fitness, recreational, and competitive goals in tennis as a Winner for Life.  My website will give you more information about my holistic approach to tennis instruction.  Email me at kelly.simons.uspta@gmail.com or call 408-839-6477 to schedule a lesson when you’re set to get in the game.

“My son is going to college this fall. Kelly was his first private lesson coach. I think Kelly consolidated all his fundamental skills so well to make all his further advances easy. Can’t thank Kelly enough for all her help.”

Tai, father of Jihau
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