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Rene Vidal
Elite Professional

To become an Elite Professional, a USPTA member must be at least 22 years old, pass the written Elite exam, which covers business, programming, sport science and tennis operations, Elite stroke analysis exam and the Elite-level on-court exams. In addition, members must earn 16 specialty course and 24 APC credits. Elite Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership. They commonly are considered for director of tennis or head tennis professional positions.

René Vidal, MSc, USPTA, is director of programming at Roddick Tennis training (RTT) and men's tennis volunteer assistant coach at the University of Central Florida (UCF). A six-time NCAA division 1 conference championship coach at three universities: Boise State (3 Big Sky), Colgate (2 Patriot League), and Mississippi State (1 SEC), Vidal is the author of Play Smart to Win, The Power of Focus, and Play Smart to Win in Business.

"René Vidal is one of America's top young coaches...he is a winner in every way."

--Dick Gould, Stanford University John L. Hinds Director of Tennis

"René helped me grow tremendously - mentally, physically, and as a championship competitor."

--Jesse Levine, Former Professional Tennis Player (ATP Career-High Singles Ranking #69)

"Here's a guy who's been in the trenches and has much to pass on..."

--Bobby Bayliss, Notre Dame (Former) Head Men's Tennis Coach

"René Vidal is the consummate professional."

--Andy Brandi, USTA National Coach

"Play Smart to Win in Business is a great program with real tools that will improve your team and organization."

--Rodney Harmon, Georgia Tech Head Women’s Tennis Coach

"I call René The Confidence Coach because he really knows how to leverage the psychology of self-esteem for optimal results."

--Rusty Keeley, CEO, The Keeley Companies

"René's book, Play Smart to Win, should be read by players of any level if they're interested in improving their game."

--Dick Savitt, Australian Open and Wimbledon Singles Champion

"René helped Caitlin believe that she could maximize her capabilities..."

--Parents of Caitlin Whoriskey (University of Tennessee All-American/WTA) 

"René is a pleasure to work with, an excellent coach..."

--Parents of Matt Manasse (Purdue University All-American/Oklahoma State Assistant Women's Coach)

"It's only fitting that one of the smartest coaches in tennis writes a book on intelligent play. René Vidal's tennis insights and wisdom are timeless."

--Paul Wardlaw, Brown Head Women's Tennis Coach & Author of Pressure Tennis

"By working with René, our daughter significantly improved her confidence and mental game..."

--Parents of Avery Wagman (Former Nationally-Ranked Junior Tennis Player/Amherst College)

"A straight-shooter and an excellent communicator…"

--Tim Cass, Chief Operating Officer (COO), University of New Mexico Athletics

"René Vidal is a terrific coach and a true leader..."

--John Evert, Managing Director, Evert Tennis Academy

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