Ed Collins is one of the West Coast's most respected tennis teachers. Since 1970 over 25,000 students have attended Ed's camps and clinics. Former Director of the Rancho Bernardo Tennis College ... From '78-'96, Coach of University of San Diego's men's tennis team ... Four-time San Diego USPTA Coach-of-the-Year... 2001 inductee into USD Athletic Hall of Fame ... 2009 inductee into San Diego Tennis Hall of Fame

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Tennis (History) Lessons

Learn from the best players of all time

I'm pleased to share a camp instructional video I've endlessly edited over the years. (Vid) It features dozens of past and present pros, demonstrating their skills, strokes and strategies.


In 50 years of teaching I've learned that each lesson is more effectively taught when the student understands its purpose, sees it, and can visualize it. Education is thinking for oneself--not relying solely on what you're told--and to learn a physical skill we think in pictures.


Rod Laver


This hour-long video is filled with graphic slow-motion, freeze-frame, and live-action. In addition to the announcer's critique, a few graphics are added, to focus the viewer's attention. The title, Tennis (History) Lessons, was selected because it includes Bill Tilden’s forehand (first to win 4 Grand Slam titles); Don Budge’s backhand (only American to win 4 Slams in the same year); Pancho Gonzales’ serve (record 8 years world’s #1); Rod Laver (the only player to achieve the GS twice). It also features Billie Jean King, Martina Navratilova (59 GS titles), Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Bjorn Borg, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, and many others.

Billie Jean King


Beginning with a music-driven, fast-paced collage of images, the video follows with sections on playing styles, fundamental skills, and technique, basic strokes, shots, and strategy. Interspersed throughout are points played and made.

Examples of serving from, of course, Gonzales, Sampras, and Federer; groundstrokes from Agassi, Lendl, and Graf; net play from Edberg, McEnroe, and Navratilova. Plus there’s Lendl’s first Grand Slam win, Sampras’ 13th GS win, as well as the epic Federer-Nadal Wimbledon final, and much more.


Pete Sampras


Chris Evert


Ted Schroeder, Jack Kramer