I had the opportunity this winter to spend time with friend and touring pro Fernando Verdasco. Fernando reached the semi finals of the Australian Open a few years ago and finished with a career high ATP ranking of #8 in the world. I spent a few days with him during training prior to that incredible run. As a player and now a full time coach I keep learning so much from these players, trainers, and amazing coaches. This year I thought I would blog the experience with Team Adidas and Fernando. A usual day of training begins with meeting Fernando at the hotel for the usual fruit plate to go and a bagel or muffin. Fernando likes to carb up with something light. If he is hitting the gym hard early in the morning he usually adds some good protein. On this day we headed over to meet up with Darren Cahill and Sarg Sargisian for a hit at a private indoor court. The tennis practice begins with some light hitting then gets tougher. Today Fernando was using a heart rate monitor to track his intensity during the 2 on 1's. Some of the rallies went so long and intense he was on the ground towards the end. During one of the breaks I started banging some serves then jumped in to one of the transition drills to feed Fernando some approaches. Darren then worked some serves and patterns with Fernando and we headed out to see Gil Reyes at his private gym. Once we arrived at Gils it was business as usual and Fer got on the machines that helped Andre Agassi win 8 Grand Slam titles and an Olympic Gold Medal. The machines [...]
Since opening in December, The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas has put a topspin on nearly everything it touches, even tennis. Guests and locals have access to the resorts two tennis courts (single and double), making The Cosmopolitan just one of just three hotels in town with court action. Rackets, courts, and ball machines are rented by the hour, and resident tennis professional Adrin Himmelheber of Himmelheber Tennis, who has trained and played with pro Andy Roddick and 2004 Olympic Gold Medalist Nicolas Massu, is onsite to give private lessons, group lessons, and two weekly clinics. Its proof that "play hard" doesn't just apply to nightlife in Las Vegas. INSIDE VEGAS/RATED MAGAZINE September, 2011 Read the Article Here
We had an amazing afternoon of tennis here on the Las Vegas Strip. I had the honor of hosting a WOW clinic here at the resort with 7 time Grand Slam Champion Mats Wilander. For more on our clinics and vacation tennis events please contact us for more information.
Today I had the pleasure of hanging with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga who is a top 10 ATP tour player and has two Grand Slam quarter-final wins over Roger Federer. I sat in at one of his practices with Andre Agassi and Darren Cahill. We later went out to dinner with Gil Reyes and the rest of the team which included a few WTA tour players.
INSIDE TENNIS MAGAZINE May, 2011 Adrin was recently featured in Inside Tennis Magazine alongside seven-time Grand Slam champion Mats Wilander. Read the article here
With team Verdasco after dinner at the 2011 SAP Open in San Jose.
Adrin and partner Ivan win the 2010 Hilton Cup Pro Am in Las Vegas beating the likes of Rick Leach and Scott Davis in the tournament. Both former Grand Slam doubles champions.
Adrin and Joel go on to win the Arizona Open beating ATP ranked players and NCAA Div 1 All Americans without dropping a set.
I began playing the game at age four here in Las Vegas. My mother was an avid 4.5 player and introduced me to the game. She’s still very involved with junior tennis and is on the NTA scholarship committee. Whether it was hitting on the wall for hours at Bob Baskin Park or hitting serves at the Sands with my mom, tennis was my life. I knew from a young age that all I wanted to do was be around the game I loved. I was blessed to work with the likes of George McCall and Pancho Gonzales through the NTA Future Stars program. People like Sandy Tueller took me under their wing and provided free coaching for me and gave me an opportunity to develop correctly. My first tournament was at the Desert Inn and Marty Hennessey handed me my first trophy. I was befriended by his son, Mike, and we still are friends today. By 11 I was the No. 1 junior in southern Nevada. During my junior career I was No. 1 in Southern Nevada and reached a high of No. 3 in the Intermountain section and top 50 nationally. I had impressive wins over top 20 players, but I could not afford to travel, which affecting my ranking. Pros like Jim Prisock, Sam Aparicio, and Pat Dupre played a huge part in my early development. I had the privilege to play in Japan at age 12 and lived in Florida at age 13 for a summer. I went to the Rick Macci Tennis Academy and received some of the best coaching the world had to offer. I trained and roomed with Andy Roddick and we had Venus and Serena training in [...]
What an amazing few weeks in Vegas with Fernando. This was the first time he was training in Vegas and working with Gil Reyes. This was prior to the cinderella 2009 Australian Open run where Fernando reached the semi finals. Here is a picture from the last day of training before he left to Australia.