This Week's Guest Teaching Professional
In The Hot Seat
Andy Lake, USPTA
Director of Tennis at Hawk's Landing
Certified USPTA Teaching Professional Since 1993
USTA Men's 30s National Grand Slam Winner- 2003
SST: At what age did you start playing tennis and why?
AL: I was three. Everyone in my family played... Twenty years later it became my passion.
SST: If tennis wasn't your living, what would you be doing instead?
AL: Coaching basketball.
SST: Let's play word association. When I say a word, what do you think of?
(SST) Family (AL) Important
(SST) Competition (AL) Fun
(SST) Doughnuts (AL) Fat
(SST) Mountains (AL) Favorite
(SST) Yellow (AL) Green
SST: If you could meet anyone, who would it be and what's one thing you'd ask?
AL: Rafa... I'd ask him if he takes steriods.
SST: Who's your role model?
AL: My father.
SST: If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
AL: Cheeta. I'm addicted to being able to move fast!
SST: What was your first car?
AL: Buick Century.
SST: What's your most memorable tennis experience?
AL: Winning the gold slam!
SST: If you could give tennis parents a message, what would it be?
AL: Just be positive and be quiet!
SST: What's your greatest achievement on or off the court?
AL: Having a family!
SST: How many gold balls have you won?
SST: Why do you think tennis players wear their socks so high?
AL: It feels good...
SST: What was your first tennis teaching job?
AL: Worked for Rusty Miller Tennis Academy in Southern California.
SST: Describe yourself in three words.
AL: Competitive... Chill... Friendly...