At 22 years old, Oscar Wegner, a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, surrendered his engineering studies for a far more exciting career. He traveled the world on the tennis tour from 1963 through 1967, playing against and practicing with Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, Fred Stolle, Martin Mulligan and Tony Roche, all the world’s top players, and more.
After injury cut his playing career short, Oscar then went to the Beverly Hills Tennis Club under the supervision of former World Champion Pancho Segura, who assigned him to teach the likes of Dinah Shore, Charlton Heston, the Kirk Douglas family and Dean Martin Jr.
Oscar’s job also included evening practices with tennis star Pancho Gonzalez, who at 40 years old was coming back into competitive tennis.
Oscar discovered early on in his coaching career that traditional methods of teaching made tennis a difficult sport to learn. His research and playing career led him to isolate the actual basics that applied to champions and that could also apply to anyone, from a beginner to a pro. Consequently he developed a breakthrough tennis teaching methodology. Thus, in 1968, Modern Tennis Methodology was born with the full approval of his boss at the club, Little Pancho, an illustrious strategy coach himself.
In 1973 Oscar drastically modernized the coaching system of Spain’s National Tennis School. To this day, open stance, topspin and natural-based movements are the basic characteristics of all top Spanish players.
In the 1980s Oscar worked in Brazil with similar results, including the development of future 2000 World #1 Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, who was started as a 5 year old with the same principles.
Oscar then moved on to the USA, writing his first book in December 1989, and then appearing weekly on the Tennis Television Show from 1991 through 1995. From March 1994 through the end of 1999 Oscar worked as a Spanish commentator for ESPN International, where he authored his 40 famous “Play Like the Pros” 30-second tips, which had over ten billion impressions* worldwide.
Richard Williams learned Oscar’s techniques from the early 90s TV show, taped them daily, and trained his daughters, 11 year old Venus and 9 year old Serena accordingly. Both Venus and Serena were subsequently Number One in the world and dominated women’s tennis for the next decades. Serena, with more than 20 Grand Slam singles titles is considered to be the best female player ever in this sport.