“I am a person who really cares about helping people. That is my purpose of coaching. I hope I can inspire a person or a coach to be better,” said David “Red” Ayme about his vocation that has kept him for 37 years training tennis players, including two former world number one Boris Becker and Marcelo Ríos.
A new episode, number 19 of season 1 of “The Tennis Talk – Coaches Voices”, is now available, and this week our CEO Fernando Segal was able to chat with the renowned American coach David Ayme.
From his first year at the Institute, he realized that his vocation was for coaching, and after a summer training with the renowned Nick Bollettieri, he ended up being convinced of it.
“I wasn’t a professional player, so I couldn’t go on to coach high-level players because I wasn’t a player. I had to develop character, coaching principles and develop the communication style”, commented who also trained Tommy Haas for a period of 10 years.
“As a young man, I studied coaches from different sports and was able to listen to some of them. I saw his philosophies, his principles, which are the same as Nick’s. The biggest goal is that I feel like the student, the professional, the coach that I’m working with. All coaches must know that the player knows that we care. That is the first thing”, added the North American.
He already has nearly four decades of coaching experience and currently serves as a mentor to youth from around the world at IMG Academies.
Find out everything David “Red” Ayme told us in this new episode that is available for free on the Tennis ONE App, where you can also enjoy our past installments with other tennis personalities.