May 17, 2022

#162: Mark ´Beef´ Taylor – Supporting Ash Barty

#162: Mark ´Beef´ Taylor – Supporting Ash Barty

Mark ¨Beef¨ Taylor is the Head S&C Coach at Tennis Australia based out of Brisbane. He is better known as fitness coach to former WTA world number 1 Ash Barty, before she shocked the tennis world by quitting the game aged 25 in March.

Mark also spent many years working at the LTA (British Tennis Federation) working with players such as Jo Konta and Dan Evans.

In this episode, he chats to Dan about life as an S&C coach to some of the top tennis players in the world. He also looks back on his time working with Ash Barty, and his thoughts on her going from Australian Open Champion to retirement within 2 months.

Episode Highlights:-

  • The real Ash Barty, is she who we see on TV?
  • The demands of working with a world number one…or not?
  • How working for free helped kickstart his career.
  • Mark tells us where is nickname “Beef” came from!
  • Are S&C Coaches preparing players for matchplay?
  • Listen to his advice for aspiring S&C coaches, including understanding that they are a support service for the player and coach.

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