A-List: Coaches Amritraj, Anderson and Aranda join Player Development

January 9, 2014 01:21 PM
By Nicholas J. Walz, USTA.com
High-profile coaches Stephen Amritraj, Roger Anderson and Anibal Aranda have begun work with USTA Player Development, looking to further the development of a rising group of young American tennis players. Amritraj has received the title of National Coach, Men’s Tennis, while Anderson and Aranda both serve as National Coaches, Women’s Tennis.
Amritraj will work out of the USTA Training Center – West, in Carson, Calif., reporting to Head of Men’s Tennis Jay Berger. Both Anderson and Aranda will be based out of the USTA Training Center – Headquarters in Boca Raton, Fla., working under Head of Women’s Tennis Ola Malmquist.
“Stephen, Roger and Anibal will each bring valuable experience and incredible passion to the team and will no doubt contribute to the success of American tennis this year,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe.
Amritraj has coached former Grand Slam quarterfinalist Mardy Fish, along with Rajeev Ram, Prakash Amritraj and Eric Butorac on the ATP World Tour since 2009. Amritraj worked with Fish to rebound from No. 108 in the world at the start of 2010 all the way to his career-best no. 7 ranking in August 2011, and then maintaining his Top 10 status in 2011-12. Last year, the 29-year-old was a volunteer assistant coach for the Duke University men’s team – where he played from 2002-06 – which was ranked as high as No. 4 in the country and reached the NCAA Elite Eight.
Anderson has coached on the WTA tour for the last eight years, working with professionals such as International Tennis Hall of Famer Martina Navratilova, Nadia Petrova, Liezel Huber, Patty Schnyder, Sania Mirza and, most recently, Chanelle Scheepers. Once a Davis Cup team member for his native South Africa, the 32-year-old from Pietermaritzburg was a Top 400 touring pro and All-American at Georgia Tech.
Aranda, 30, was a part-time coach at the USTA Training Center – East in Flushing, N.Y., since September 2012 and had been a teaching pro at several clubs in the New York metro area since 2009. He was the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NAIA Senior Player of the Year in 2006 at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico and worked with former Top 100 pro Rosanna de los Rios at the US Open from 2008-10.

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