Getting To Know Your Pro! – Paul McClure

The second in our new monthly blog feature blog Get to Know Your Pro.   Each month a different tennis pro will shares some insight into their passion and motivations for being involved in tennis. This month’s feature coach is Paul McClure.

Full Name: Paul McClure

Date of Birth: August 2nd

Coaching Credentials: 6 years as varsity head coach for Episcopal High School (Houston, TX USA). Worked with all ages and abilities at UBC Tennis Centre since July 2011.

Playing History/Titles: Former 3-time NCAA All-American; Highest achieved national ranking: #16 in singles and #9 in doubles- NCAA Division III (Washington & Lee University, 2005)
When did you start playing tennis? 1990. I was 8 years old.

What do you love most about tennis? That’s a tough one, but I love how tennis challenges you mentally and physically. It’s like chess and boxing mixed together.

What do you enjoy most about being a tennis coach? Motivating players to improve their shots and work on match play strategies.

Tell us about the most memorable match your have played in? The time in juniors when my opponent and I both had to go to the hospital afterwards for dehydration and cramps. Not only that, but I also vomited on the court and was expected to play doubles later that day…against the same guy!

What skill do you find most enjoyable to teach? The overhead smash, because it’s the one shot when everyone loves to de-stress and take out their frustrations on the ball.

What is the biggest challenge you face in coaching? I think every coach faces the difficulty of remembering what it was like to learn a different shot for the first time.

What about the most memorable match you have ever watched? Day 3 of John Isner and Nicolas Mahut’s marathon match at Wimbledon 2010.

Who is your favorite famous tennis player and why? Probably Isner or Del Potro for their huge serves, relentless focus, and graceful demeanors.

If you were to describe yourself as tennis shot, which would it be and why? Anything on the run because I’m on the go, both on and off the court.