About the Author
Michael Harvey grew up on Long Island in New York and was trained by John Nogrady Sr. who was on the Pro circuit with Don Budge and Bobby Riggs. Ranked #2 between (#1) Dick Stockton and (#3) Sandy Mayer Harvey achieved the #1 junior singles ranking by the Eastern Tennis Association in 1966. He also attained a #10 national junior singles ranking.
He became Nick Bolettieri's "second student" when Nick brought his protégé, Brian Gottfried, up north to the brand new Port Washington Tennis Academy for the summer. He needed a sparring partner for Brian and Nick opened up the ranking book, started at the top, and Harvey agreed to be trained exclusively that summer with the "unknown" coach and the nationally ranked junior.
Harvey attended Blair Academy on a four year scholarship and played #1 Singles for 4 straight years. After graduating he was recruited by Columbia University and attended on a scholarship for one year where he won the Freshman Singles title and played #1 on the Columbia Freshman Tennis Team. He transferred to Bard College and played on scholarship for 3 years accumulating a perfect 58-0 undefeated record at the #1 Singles position.
After college he moved to south Florida and taught tennis at the North Miami Beach Tennis Center and the City of Coral Springs for three years. He coached two National Junior Champions, Van Winitsky and Rayni Fox, as well as numerous other locally ranked juniors. He then moved to Atlanta where he spent 22 years coaching state, sectional, and nationally ranked juniors of all ages. He was personally ranked #1 in Georgia nine times and was nationally ranked in singles in various age divisions with #10 his highest accomplishment.
In Atlanta he owned and operated Pros Inc., a recreational management company that specialized in turning around failing Swim & Tennis Clubs. Over a ten year period of time he did this successfully at Club Pinecrest in Marietta, Club Circlestone in Stone Mountain, and The Buckhead Tennis Center in Atlanta, all of which were sold by the owners for a profit. In 2000 he became the General Manager of member-owned, financially solvent, Scott Valley Swimming & Tennis Club in Mill Valley, California, where he currently resides.
In 1985 and 1986 he was retained by several South African players in the 200-400 ranking range to go on the ATP tour and improve their rankings and income. He succeeded in every case and one player even broke into the top 100. He travelled with them during the English Grass Court Circuit including Wimbledon and the American Hard Court circuit including the US Open.
In 1991 he created the "Smart Tennis Audio Series," 5 one-hour cassette tapes, selling over 10,000 copies.
In 1993, after an exhaustive national search, he was selected as Coach of the United States Women's Tennis Team for the 13th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Along with Steve Meister as the Men's Coach they led both teams to Gold Medal victories.
In 2000 he took on the fourth place Monte Vista High School Tennis team in Danville, California, and in his first season led them to a division championship, sectional semi-final, and top five state ranking. For such an amazing turnaround he was chosen ESPN.com's "Coach of the Week." His interview was so potent that they also awarded him "Quote of the Week" for: "There is a big difference between confidence and conceit. One is based on reality and the other is based on fantasy."
In 2005 Harvey was ranked #1 by Norcal and #14 Nationally by the USTA in the Mens 55 Singles division. In 2006 he was ranked #1 by Norcal in both Mens 55 Singles and Mens 50 Singles divisions.
Michael Harvey can be contacted for seminars or long term coaching contracts at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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