Katerina Sevcikova, Director of IGNiTE

Katerina Sevcikova

Katerina Sevcikova, Director of IGNiTE

Certifications: USPTA Elite Professional; USTA High Performance Coach; ITPA Fitness Specialist; USTA Sport Science Competency

Katerina most recently served as the Director of the QuickStart Program for Advantage Tennis Clubs in New York City. In her position, she was responsible for early development instruction at 14 community-based sites (schools, community centers, etc.) managing a staff of 40+ instructors, and over 400 children.

Katerina has a big game and a great knack for seeing important opportunities to improve her student’s performance.  Equally comfortable with high performance juniors, Pee Wee players, and adults, Katerina has a special interest in the physical training aspect of learning to play well.

Katerina serves as a member of Grand Slam’s Management Team and teaches both private lessons and clinics in other parts of Grand Slam’s instructional programs. She also works with Con petire Tennis athletes and continues her industry consulting activities with the USTA and other leading organizations focused on teaching tennis to youngsters.

Year of certification: 2009                 
Years of experience: 14

Credentials: USTA Sport Science Competency, CPR/First Aid, USTA Background Check, Donnay Brand Ambassador, International Tennis Performance Association – Tennis Fitness Specialist, USTA High Performance Coaching

Education: University of Missouri, B.A. International Studies, Manhattanville College M.A Sports Business Management

Playing Background/Highlights:
Juniors: Ranked top 20 in Girls 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s in the Czech Republic
College:  Played for the University of Missouri (#1 singles and doubles), Ranked as high as #4 in NCAA D1 doubles, and #62 in singles, Rookies of the year in the Central Region, Big XII All Conference singles and doubles
Professional: Competed on the ITF and USTA Women's Pro Circuit

Teaching Experience: Grand Slam Tennis Club Head Tennis professional since 2008; Con petire Tennis School High Performance coach since 2006; Armonk Tennis Club Associate Tennis Professional 2005-2007

Head Pro/Director Experience: IGNiTE Ten and Under Director; Associate Director Con petire Tennis School
Other Positions in Tennis:
USTA Ten and Under Coach; Director of the QuickStart Program for Advantage Tennis Clubs

Teaching Style:
Cooperative style with a well-rounded approach to playing the game where mental, physical, tactical and technical components are all important.
Teaching Philosophy: Creating motivating environment for all students of all levels and learning the game through playing. play with purpose and focus on the process.

Person having the greatest impact on your tennis: My parents and grandparents (They put a tennis racquet in my hand when I was 4 and the rest was history). my junior tennis coach from 12s to 18s.
Person having the greatest influence on your teaching: Rick Ferman
Favorite male player: Roger Federer    
Favorite Female Player: Steffi Graf
Best win: My 2nd match I ever played (age 11) winning 6-0 6-0. I lost the first match I ever played 0-6, 0-6.
Worst loss: My first match ever - 0-6, 0-6

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