Yesterday, the tennis world lost a legend. Chances are, if you have picked up tennis in the last 50 or so years, you have learned a thing or two from Vic Braden – player, instructor, author, innovator and lover of all things tennis.
It was no secret that this man loved every minute he spent on the tennis court. And if he could help you out with a forehand or backhand, his smile beamed even bigger. Famous for making his students laugh, Braden leaves a legacy of devotion to the sport and tennis innovation.
The list of contributions he made to the sport is endless. A co-founder of the Jack Kramer Club in California, Braden was known for creating interest and enthusiasm with tennis. He had a way of teaching that made tennis fun and kept players in the sport for life. He used video analysis to really break down fundamentals with his players and had an interest in studying everything about tennis. He created a tennis college and research center in Coto De Caza and then followed up with more of them in Utah and Florida. He also founded the Junior Tennis Ambassador Program, which helped younger kids learn at a young age how to coach others.
Braden, who passed away at the age of 85 of a heart attack on Monday, was still teaching his “Laugh and Win” style of tennis up until March of this year. The world of tennis is better because of him and we will miss his infectious smile.
Play with heart,