TENNIS WITH GARY MULLER
THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS. FIGHT FOR POSITION & HIT EVERY BALL WITH PURPOSE. MAKE THAT BALL SING & KEEP DOING IT UNTIL YOU CAN DO IT IN YOUR SLEEP. THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR HARD WORK. SOMETHING THAT SEEMS IMPOSSIBLE TODAY WILL SOON BE PART OF YOUR WARM-UP.
THE JOURNEY IS EVERYTHING
Former Tennis Professional & Tour Coach, South African Gary Muller arrived in Canada in 2010 to work with aspiring juniors at a Tennis Academy in Ontario, Canada. Fast forward a few years, and he was the visionary and driving force behind 10XTO, a purpose built athletic club at Hotel X, Toronto.
However, like it has for so many years, tennis remains at the forefront of his mind.
YEARS IN CANADA
FORMER ATP TOUR PRO & COACH
Over a twelve year professional playing career, Gary chalked up impressive wins over Agassi, Courier, Chang and Edberg, amongst others. Retiring in 1997, he reached a career high world ranking of 49 in singles and 7 in doubles.
Although Gary achieved what he modestly describes as some success on the Tour, he believes he is a much better coach than player.
During his eight years as an ATP Tour coach, Gary helped his players get some impressive results. Swedish player Jonas Bjorkman won six Slam doubles titles, an impressive number of tour doubles titles and three singles titles. Muller also helped world class players Stefan Koubek (Austria) and Sargis Sargsian (Armenia) reach career high world rankings of top 20 and top 40 respectively. He has also worked with 2002 Australian Open winner Thomas Johansson of Sweden, and, most recently with top 10 Austrian player, Dominic Thiem.
A serve specialist, Gary's practical coaching experience also includes four years with high performance boys and girls at a private Academy in Vienna, Austria as well as training promising young players in both South Africa and Canada. Gary was also on the ATP Board of Directors as a Player Representative from 2002 to 2004. And was Tennis Director at one of the largest clubs in the GTA for over 5 years.
Gary was the vision and heart behind 10XTO, an impressive purpose built athletic club at Hotel X, Toronto that is home to what are arguably 4 of the most beautiful indoor tennis courts in the world.
For those who play, tennis is more than a game. It is an analogy for life. And there are those who play this game well, and those who play better.
And then there are those unique players who possess the ability to confront each ball head on. These players seem to refuse to miss. That grim determination is in their eyes, their hands, their feet. It's in their mindset. It's that aura of total conviction, of self belief that prevails even when the going gets seriously tough.
It is a fight that just refuses to die. Ever.
It's more than an attitude.
It's an all-encompassing state of mind that can mean the difference between winning and losing, on each and every ball, point, game, set and match. . .practice or game.