My favorite sports event/memory/moment is…spending time in the players’ lounge at the Miami Open, then the Sony Open. Eating next to players like Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Victoria Azarenka, and many others let me see the human side of the tennis players I idolized. Even though many were surely going to play each other in the tournament, there was a sense of camaraderie that made you forget individualism for a moment. For many, this is an individual-only sport, while singles will test the limits of your individual decision-making capabilities there is also much to be gained from the relationships you build around yourself in such a difficult sport. Hard work, commitment, passion, and motivation are unquestionably necessary, but so is finding a sense of enjoyment in the game.
Coach Spatz is a PTR Certified, Full-time, Performance, Green Ball, and Orange Ball Coach. Coach Spatz graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill with a degree in Exercise Sport Science (EXSS). His time at UNC helped sharpen the knowledge of all the underlying mechanisms in the sport that he loves. Understanding in the medical, psychological, and biomechanical aspects of sport and exercise have only strengthened his coaching and ability to care for his athletes. Spending time on the court with great coaches around the world, such as Dennis Van der Meer, Nick Bollettieri, Eduardo Infantino, Patricio “Pato” Alvarez, and Daniel Spatz Sr. has provided a wide variety of approaches to tennis. From drills to mental coaching to live-ball exercises, there is plenty that can be done on the court to refine our skills as players and competitors.
He was a top ranked player in Florida and South Carolina. In High School, Spatz was a Florida State Champion three consecutive years and helped his team win the All-State Team Championship for the first time in over four decades. He also competed in many international events such as the Orange Bowl, Eddie Herr, Prince Cup, and several Futures professional tournaments.