About Allen Fox

PLAYER: Allen Fox is a man of great diversity. He earned his B.A. in physics and Ph.D. in psychology, both at UCLA. While there he won the NCAA singles and doubles championships. Afterward, he went on to be ranked among the top ten men in the USA five times, become a 3-time member of the U.S. Davis Cup team, reach the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 1965, won the US National Hardcourt singles, the Canadian National singles, and the Pacific Southwest singles in Los Angeles in 1966, defeating on successive days the winners of all four of that year’s Grand Slam tournaments (Manuel Santana: Wimbledon, Roy Emerson: Australian Chps, Fred Stolle: U.S Chps, and Tony Roche: French Chps.) COACHING: In his 17 years as head tennis coach at Pepperdine University, Fox turned it into a national power. Under Fox, Pepperdine was ranked among the top 5 teams in Division I for 10 years running, and reached the NCAA finals twice and semi-finals three times. Among his team members were: Brad Gilbert, Martin Laurendeau (Canadian Davis Cup player and captain), Kelly Jones (formerly ranked #1 in the world in doubles), Simon Aspelin (formerly ranked #1 in the world in doubles), and Glen Michibata (former Canadian Davis Cupper, coach at Princeton University, and #1 ranked doubles player in the world). Fox has also coached ATP Tour players Igor Kunitsyn (highest ATP ranking #35) and Dmitry Tursunov (highest ATP ranking #20). WRITING: Dr. Fox is a respected author and journalist. His latest book, “Tennis: Winning the Mental Match” has been acclaimed as, “the best book ever written on the mental game.” It is available on Amazon, Tennis Warehouse, and his web site: allenfoxtennis.net. He is an editor of Tennis Magazine, posts articles on his web site, and has written classic books, “If I’m the Better Player, Why Can’t I Win,” “Think to Win,” and “The Winner’s Mind, a Competitor’s Guide to Sports and Business Success.” SPEAKING: Dr. Fox appears often on the Tennis Channel with his popular 1-Minute Clinics on the mental games, speaks at the national conventions of the USTA, PTR, and USPTA, and lectures to tennis groups nationally and world-wide. CONSULTING: Dr. Fox consults with amateur and professional players on the mental game, among whom have been pros Sam Querrey, Dinara Safina, Ashley Harkelrod, Justin Gimelstob, and even John McEnroe, some at the request of the USTA. He is on the staff of the Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, where he works with their group of highly-ranked and talented young players. OTHER HONORS: He is a member of the ITA Hall of Fame, the Southern California Tennis Hall of Fame, was UCLA and all-University of California Athlete of the Year, the UCLA Athletic Hall of Fame, the Pepperdine University Hall of Fame, and was awarded the Tennis Educational Merit Award by the International Hall of Fame and the Plagenhoef Educational Award by the PTR.

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