Performance Team Services
Performance Team Services
The Crosscourt Consulting Performance Team subscribes to a holistic approach to player development. Our Performance Team is the gold standard of coaches and advisors. Whatever our athletes and families needs are, our team of professionals can address them in a comprehensive manner. In addition to servicing our athletes, we are proud to offer parental and sport family educational resources provided by our Performance Team expert, David Benzel of Growing Champions for Life. We find that a truly passionate and committed athlete starts with a family that understands the needs, goals and demands of being a tennis player. All of our Performance Team members are available for private consultations through Crosscourt Consulting.
Brian Lomax, Ed.D.
Dr. Brian Lomax, is an expert mental performance coach and the author of The Mentally Tough Competitor: Mindsets and Perspectives to Achieve Excellence. He founded PerformanceXtra in 2009 to train athletes and executives on mental skills to enhance their overall performance as well as life satisfaction. His philosophical and practical approach is unique in the field of performance coaching. In addition to his mental performance coaching, Brian is also the co-host of the Tennis IQ Podcast and is the chairperson of the USPTA New England Sport Psychology Committee
To achieve your goals, you need to master the techniques of Mental Toughness.
You have worked hard to develop the physical strength, stamina and skill you need to be a great tennis player, but have you left something out of the equation? If you haven’t yet developed mental strength, stamina, and skills you may never achieve the level of play you aspire to. PerformanceXtra™ offers mental toughness training for tennis players. We custom design a program focused on your particular goals and strengths so that you can reach your highest potential as a competitor. This program asks you to have high accountability and follow through to retrain your mind to a new way of thinking and reacting. It’s a commitment. If you are ready, PerformanceXtra™ will give you the individual attention along with a powerful set of tools and routines that will change how you play your game forever.
Benefits of the PerformanceXtra Training System:
• Find your true motivation
• Become mentally tougher
• Learn how to develop super-strengths
• Develop the self-talk of a mentally tough competitor
• Discover how NOT to sabotage yourself on the court
• Learn the secret to improving faster and achieving more
• Uncover the great competitor within yourself
Julie Nicoletti is a nationally recognized sports nutritionist who specializes in coaching student, adult and professional athletes to achieve their highest potential—both on and off the field.
Julie provides one on one, personalized nutritional education and counseling to athletes, enabling them to optimize peak athletic performance while minimizing the risk of injury.
Combining her professional training as a registered pharmacist with her experience as a certified sports nutritionist, Julie created Kinetic Fuel, a customized program, which is both highly effective and easy to follow.
Julie is the sports nutritionist for the Boston Bruins, the Boston Cannons, the Rabil Experience, Hayden Synchronized Skating and the New England Ruffnecks. She facilitates Kinetic Fuel workshops for coaches, teams, players and their families on the importance of performance based nutrition. She also consults to professional and elite travel sports teams, specialized camps and works closely with several NCAA Collegiate athletic programs around the country.
Julie writes about sports and nutrition for a number of publications, including the New York and New England Hockey Journal, New England Soccer Journal, New England Lacrosse Journal and New England Baseball Journal. She is also the author of several team-specific nutrition guides and works closely with strength and conditioning coaches to customize nutrition programs for athletes.
Julie’s winning formula has worked for the most elite athletes including the 2009 Heisman Trophy Winner Mark Ingram and #1 NFL Draft Pick in 2013, Eric Fisher as well as 6x MLL first team All-Pro, 3x MVP Paul Rabil, and it is equally effective for athletes of all ages who aspire to excel.
Always active as a competitive athlete herself and a recent top 25 AG Ironman Finisher, Julie lives what she teaches and loves what she does. She and her husband Andy founded Kinetic Fuel in 2008.
David Bailey is the world’s leading expert in Tennis Movement & Footwork.
David has spent 30 years studying the footwork and movement patterns of the top tennis professionals. He has viewed over 10,000 video clips of professional players in action – carefully observing and documenting their precise movements.
Based on this research, he has developed a progressive teaching method that is cutting edge, in one of the most complex and misunderstood aspects of the game – movement and footwork.
David has consulted and trained players across the globe, he is a regular presenter at coaching conferences and clinics, he writes frequently for some of the Industry’s most respected media platforms – including tennisplayer.net and TennisPro Magazine – and his revolutionary program has been referenced in the New York and London Times.
David has been the movement and footwork consultant and trainer to over 21 professional Grand Slam players, including:
Monica Seles, Jelena Dokic, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Johanna Konta, Shaui Zhang, Vince Spadea, Jarmila Wolfe, Misaki Doi, Catalina Castano, Anne Keothavong and Andrew Ilie.
- Director New England Academy of Tennis
- USTA High Performance Coach
- USPTA Elite Professional
- Swedish T. F. Level 2 Certified
- Touring Coach of the Year USPTA Texas 2016
- Player Development Committee USTA New England.
- USTA NE Intersectional Coach.
- Founder Tennistechie.com
- Founder hoplu.com
- Founder Tennisfilm.com
Alex is a former world ranked junior, All American, and NCAA Division 1 player from Sweden. At the end of college and beyond Alex was an assistant coach for two college teams. Alex has spent his last 16 years in junior player development. Alex has developed many top state and National juniors including over 40 players to Tennis Scholarships for schools such as USC, UT, MIT, Rice etc.
Alex also worked with Texas A&M Aggies Men’s Team as their video Analyst and technology advisor 2016. Wanting to be part of the solution in the productive use of technology in teaching and coaching, Alex consults, speaks, and teaches specialty courses on the topic to coaches of USPTA, PTR, etc.
David Benzel is the Founder of Growing Champions for Life. He is an athlete, coach, parent, and speaker. In addition, he is the author of four books and:
- An eight-time National Water Ski Champion;
- Former coach of the U.S. Water Ski Team;
- Recipient of the Award of Distinction from the Water Ski Hall of Fame.
- David also served as a commentator on ESPN for the X Games
Growing Champions for Life provides parents and coaches with practical tools & positive strategies for helping athletes reach their full potential while enjoying the youth sport experience. Clients include USA Gymnastics, USTA Player Development, US Figure Skating, USA Swimming, and Florida Youth Soccer. www.growingchampionsforlife.com
Dr. Brian Gordon
Dr. Brian Gordon is a high performance coach and researcher in Tennis Biomechanics. He earned a Doctoral degree in Biomechanics from Indiana University after receiving a Master of Basic Science degree in Exercise Science from the University of Colorado. While his primary focus is tennis, Dr. Gordon has extensive experience at the elite level in swimming (USA Swimming) and track & field (USA Track and Field).
Dr. Gordon’s research has been published in scientific journals. He has been a presenter at several coaching conventions and contributor to a variety of tennis coaching publications. His work has been featured in several publications including the New York Times and Tennis Magazine. He has also been profiled in books and media including his recent contribution to CBS 60 Minutes.
Combining his academic and coaching endeavors, Dr. Gordon developed an empirically based and field tested methodology in tennis stroke mechanics. The
methodology known as “Biomechanically Engineered Stroke Technique” forms the foundation of several training programs and is the basis for his coaching of high level junior, collegiate and professional players.
Andy Durham is an Elite USPTA, PTR and USTA High Performance Coach, having worked with ATP and WTA players in the US and in Europe. He also was a statistician for Wimbledon broadcasts for two years, working in analytics since the mid 1980’s. His coaching career began on public courts in the Midwest and lead to Directors of Tennis in the US and England. On the way, he recognized that unlike most other sports, tennis had no benchmarks or analytics, and that lead to a “Results Oriented” mentality. Most other sports were “Process Oriented”; runners and swimmers focused on reducing their times, basketball players focused on their shooting %. But there was nothing like that for tennis. The first computerized system exclusively for tennis was developed by Bill Jacobson when he introduced the tennis world to CompuTennis in the mid 80’s. Now we have our choice of many systems, however, most of which are financially out of reach for the average player. Therefore RacketStats was designed for families, coaches and players from Beginner to College.