About Vanessa Pardo
In Spring 2013, I launched Le Tennis Academy where we focus on youth development and high performance training. I am based in Connecticut and we have unreliable weather for about 5 months out of the year. In the winter 2013-2014, I was working with one of my juniors who aspired to make her Varsity team in the spring season. I was not at the time associated with any indoor clubs and without practicing, I knew we were getting further away from her goal. I was not ready to give up easily and that is when I came across the Billie Jean King Eye Coach. I still remember my first conversation with Lenny. I trained that Junior in a Gymnasium and recreated a backboard with a net and incorporated the Eye Coach to her training. Talk about unconventional! That upcoming season, she made the team!”
Incorporating Point of Contact Training
“I have since incorporated the Billie Jean King Eye Coach to my programs and use it in a different manner based on my demography. The Eye Coach can be used in any number of ways; from developing motor skills, working on technique, reinforcing shot selections, strengthening eye at point of contact and correcting balance to tennis conditioning and mental focus.
I have implemented the Eye Coach in all the school systems I participate in. In 2014 one of the schools I have a program in was selected to present to the Governor of Connecticut. As part of that I was able to discuss my program with Governor Malloy. In 2014, we also launched the youth development program with the town of Shelton and the Billie Jean King Eye Coach was also heavily used to maintain a quality program with a higher volume of players.
In 2015, I took the role of Head Coach for Trumbull High and use the Eye Coach with my Varsity players for warm up and tennis conditioning.
I came from the pro tennis down to Varsity College and now including High School and 12 and under. I understand the intricacies of what makes a player successful and one of the important factor is repetition to build confidence. The Billie Jean King Eye Coach can be an option to facilitate this factor and helping moving from mechanical to instinctive tennis.
The Eye Coach is for beginner or advanced players, children and adults. I currently use it to train towards getting back on the senior tour and I am not only using it with my youth development program but also with my adult clinics.
Many of my players have incorporated the Eye Coach at home between our on-court training and as a result, they have shown a steadier progress towards their goals.”
– Vanessa Pardo