Articles by West
About West Nott
West Nott enters his 6th season as the Women's Associate Head Coach
In 2012, USC finished #4 NCAA, PAC-12 Champions, and reached the Final
Four of the NCAA Team Championships.
500 Sets a Year
I tell parents all the time - take one private a week and go play
matches. Sometimes I tell parents to take one private every two
weeks. It's just overkill to do anything more until you reach the
higher stages of the game. Players need to be playing eight to ten
sets a week - that's where the real learning happens.
Looking Ahead: Michael Chamerski
When I talk to the best coaches across the country, I find that they
are all faced with the same question of "What can you do for me?" In
most cases, coaches are doing everything in their power to make a
student successful. The real question is whether the players are
doing their part - and being their own coach. One player who
impresses me in this regard is Michael Chamerski. Michael has mature
shot selection, an uncanny ability to knock a forehand winner, and a
genuine love for the game.
Who's Driving the Bus? Talking with Andrew Park
An undeniable love and competitive passion for the game are two
intangible qualities of all great players, and Andrew Park showcases
all of these qualities. Andrew exhibited championship success at
every stage in his career - junior, collegiate, and professional. In
short, he captured the USTA Boys' 18 Hardcourt Nationals at Kalamazoo,
won a NCAA Team Championship with USC, and competed in the Main Draw
of the Men's US Open.
Moving Up With Nick Monroe
For my money, it doesn't get much better than 24 year-old Nick Monroe.
Nick is the quintessential definition of perseverance and willingness
to change - all rolled into one. The former UNC standout has seen
progression in his game from a young age to where it is today, only
198 ranking spots shy of the top 100 ATP.
Talking with Michael McClune
I understand many juniors are taught to focus on the process, think
long-term, and develop for the future. However, very few juniors are
able to detach themselves from the results and stay the course. As a
consequence, only a handful of juniors are able to translate their
games into encouraging professional results. In my eyes, Michael
McClune (Irvine, CA) is one of the few American juniors who can
legitimately battle on the ITF Pro Circuit.
Learning From Christina McHale
I was in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the B1 ITF Junior Event recently and
witnessed some of the best juniors in the country. On the second day
of the event, I was roaming the courts hoping to find someone who
would catch my eye. Eventually, I settled on the first stadium court -
impressed by the court presence of a fourteen year old girl named
Countdown: Kellen Damico
Kellen Damico of Parker, Colorado sits on top of the junior tennis
world. At the age of 17 (first year U18), Kellen already owns a
Wimbledon Junior Doubles Championship as well as reaching a
career-high #6 in the ITF Junior Rankings. He is also the #1 senior
on the College Recruiting List. The impressive results are only the
beginning of his long journey towards the top of the game.