Known throughout the world for his influence on tennis, Oscar Wegner began developing his teaching method after playing internationally in the 1960s. From his coaching career emerged a remarkable methodology that makes tennis an easy sport to learn. Tennis, Oscar says, is far simpler than it looks.
Oscar has taught publicly and privately throughout the United States and Internationally. He has contributed to tennis publications and events including USTA seminars, USPTA Division and World Conventions and USTA Tennis Teachers Conferences. Over the years he has toured the globe giving clinics, lectures, seminars & workshops on his revolutionary method. In addition to publishing TennisTeacher.com he has produced DVDs and books, and oversees his Modern Tennis Methodology Coaches Association.
Oscar’s coaching concepts have had tremendous impact globally, earning him the title “the father of modern tennis” from Brad Holbrook, Host/Producer of the Tennis Television Show in the USA. Oscar initially introduced his breakthrough techniques at the National Tennis School in Spain, then in Florianopolis, Brazil, where he coached a group of young players that included “Guga” Kuerten. His message then spread on TV in the USA, and were broadcast worldwide through ESPN International. His revolutionary ideas have produced top players in the USA and in countries as far as Russia, Thailand, South America, Spain, and the Far East. Among them are the Williams sisters, whose father Richard learned from Oscar’s televised lessons the techniques that put them decisively on top of the tennis world, and Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan, the first men’s singles player from Asia to be ranked in the top 10 of the ATP, whose father coached him aided by Oscar’s videos.
After a wonderfully productive decade on television, first with the Tennis Television Show on the USA’s Prime Network (now Fox Sports), and then on ESPN International and the Pan American Sports Network as a tennis commentator for their Latin American shows, including Wimbledon, the French Open and the Australian Open, Oscar switched career gears and decided to tackle changing the coaching of the game at its grass roots level.
A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oscar traded his engineering studies for a far more exciting career in tennis. From 1963 to 1967 he played the International Tennis Circuit in the United States, Europe, South America, Africa and the Caribbean. While playing and practicing with many of the top players of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, i.e. Roy Emerson, John Newcombe, Tony Roche and Manuel Santana, he compared notes with them and began his search into the secrets of their success.
A dedicated world traveler, he has served as teaching pro and tennis director for confederations, cities, clubs, academies, schools and camps in many countries.
Oscar launched his coaching career in 1968, first as an assistant to the incomparable Pancho Segura at the famous Beverly Hills Tennis Club in California, a job that included daily practices and sets with former World Champion Pancho Gonzalez. It was there that he made the crucial observation that tennis was being taught one way while the top pros played in an entirely different way.
He set out to resolve this discrepancy. His research led him to isolate the actual basics of tennis that apply to any player at any level, whether a pro, an intermediate player, or a beginner. He developed, as well, a teaching methodology to communicate those basics to players and coaches alike. This approach, from its inception, has produced remarkable results, not only in Oscar’s hands, but by other coaches as well.
In 1973 he served as the Junior Davis Cup Captain for Spain and as one of the National coaches for the Spanish Federation’s Tennis School in Barcelona. That country was then at a crossroads in terms of which direction its tennis instruction should take. Wegner’s views in favor of a modern approach to coaching the game prevailed, including, unusual at that time, an inordinate amount of topspin to increase safety and feel. To this day, the basics he laid out remain a major influence in Spain’s international success.
From 1982 through 1990 Oscar put in place an incredibly successful program on the island of Florianopolis, in Southeast Brazil. This one program has produced many outstanding players, including Gustavo “Guga” Kuerten, winner of the 1997, 2000 and 2001 French Open, number 1 in the world in 2000, Marcio Carlsson, winner, with Guga, of the 1993 World Junior Davis Cup, Maria Fernanda Alves, number 1 Brazilian Junior and touring pro, and many others.
FROM REVOLUTION TO EVOLUTION
In 1989 Oscar published the revolutionary book ” Tennis in Two Hours” and gave one to the Russian Tennis Federation. Moscow coaches quickly adopted it and sparked the Russian modern tennis success that has marveled the world. It has also been verified that all of Eastern Europe copied the Russian formula for success, inspired by the Wegner method.
In 1992 Oscar published his second book “You Can Play Tennis in Two Hours”.
From 1991 through 1995 he was featured weekly on the Tennis Television Show, where he exposed the fallacies of conventional tennis teaching and the true data on how to best teach and play the game. Those break-through shows are recorded in five (5) hour long instructional videos available through Coach Tube.
While watching those shows in the early 1990’s, a Richard Williams of Los Angeles, California, having moved to Florida, decided to apply Oscar’s teachings on his daughters Venus and Serena. The results were phenomenal, and even without participating in formal competition, the two youngsters quickly showed their championship qualities, securing important financial endorsements that facilitated their future careers.
In 2005 Oscar published his third book, “Play Better Tennis in 2 Hours”, which is distributed internationally by McGraw-Hill, the largest educational publisher worldwide.
Oscar’s 40 instructional vignettes, both in English and in Spanish, were broadcast by ESPN International from June 1997 through September 1999 several times daily in more than 150 countries around the world, including airings during the Super Bowl, NBA Finals, Stanley Cup Finals, US Open Golf, etc, generating billions of impressions on television worldwide. His website, one of the first on the internet, has had millions of visits.
Oscar continued his research and publications and selling videos and books to coaches, parents and players around the world, and helping develop a new generation of modern, powerful and natural players in all continents. 50 years of research, traveling the world delivering his message, and the international distribution of his books and DVDs revolutionized the entire field of tennis instruction. The radical transformation that Oscar started decades ago has gradually evolved into his approach to modern tennis teaching that continues to close a huge gap between the way tennis is conventionally taught and the way the top pros play. Not only did Oscar bring tennis out of the past into the modern era, he continues to this day to move tennis into the future.
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