The Fundamentals of Success with University of Florida Hall of Fame Coach Andy Brandi


Andy Brandi is by far one of the greatest minds in the history of tennis with a track record of coaching success that is undeniable.

It was an honor to sit down with my favorite mentor (we worked together for three years at Evert Tennis Academy) to discuss the fundamentals of success in sports, business, and life.

3 Fundamentals of Success:

#1: Have Good Mentors

“I’ve been very fortunate to have good mentors. I took what I felt was most important that they had to offer and implemented it into how I operate. Welby Van Horn, an incredible technician and terrific coach guided me as a youngster in Puerto Rico believed in you doing more on your own than being led by the hand. I learned to be independent in the game of tennis.”

#2: Either You Do or You Don’t

“My father used to say to me, ‘You either you do or you don’t.’ If you say you’re improving, it’s getting better, that’s just a polite way of saying no. You either do or you don’t. Of you do, it’s getting done—the other things are simply sugarcoating being on the side.”

#3: Train Like a Professional

“When I started coaching at Florida, I had the luxury of coming professional tennis. Practices individual work, and fitness were structured in a way that was comparable to professional tennis. We may have been the first program to institute massage therapy. Our players wanted to be pushed. Practices were tough. My message to the players was that practices will make matches seem like a piece of cake.”

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7-time NCAA championship coach and entrepreneur René Vidal helps leaders and organizations turn adversity into competitive advantage.