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TENNIS.com Podcast: Dave Marshall reflects on travels with the Bryans
The Delaware-based coach worked with the record-setting doubles duo for the last few years of their career.
Published Jan 14, 2021
As a former co-coach of Bob and Mike Bryan, Dave Marshall brings a lot of experience to the show this week. He worked with the record-setting doubles duo for the last few years of their career, including the 2018 season Mike Bryan was paired with Jack Sock.
Marshall's coaching career began early, when he was just a teenager, and he now runs the Dave Marshall Tennis and Fitness center in Lewes, Delaware. Before and after touring with the Bryans and coach Dave Macpherson, Marshall has worked with the best junior and college players in the nation, including former Top 40 pro Madison Brengle.
"If you would go back to me at 16 when I told my dad I wanted to coach and him giving me a bucket of balls and settling me up with the local parks and rec, and you would say someday, you’ll be coaching at the finals at Wimbledon..." Marshall says. "It’s a long road. And whether or not you get to that portion of it that's great, but just enjoy the journey and do the best for each client along the way."
Marshall with the Bryans at the 2018 Miami Open.
He shares his best stories from the tour and the locker room, including ones about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, dives into his memories from working with the Bryans and explains what made the twins so good.
"Each point has a certain value and you have to do certain things early in the match in order to get the points later in the match because you have to win the most important points," Marshall says. "So we talk about having a goal, setting up, and the Bryans are so great at figuring stuff out."
Though the Bryans retired last summer, Marshall believes they still had plenty of great tennis left in them (They just won the Delray Beach ATP Champions event last week).
"They're competitive in everything they do, whether it's playing cards, whether it's playing chess, tiddlywinks, whatever," Marshall says. "So that competition, that drive, forces them and points them to keep going forward."
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