Coach Spotlight: Kim Grant

Posted by April 11, 2014 • Share:

Kim Grant is the founder of Kim Grant Tennis Academy.  We’re thrilled that Kim and her professional coaches will be working with our tennis campers this summer!

Kim-3x4Personal Profile:

Kim Grant is a former professional tennis player with 18 years of experience on the professional tour. While on the tour, she gained a reputation as an excellent match strategist, and coached other professional players while still competing herself. Kim uses her diverse, international tennis experience to develop custom instructional training methods for each of her students, helping to improve skill and fitness as rapidly as possible.

Coaching Highlights:

Kim has coached all over the world, starting with coaching fellow Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) professionals during her playing career. She is a certified instructor in 6 different countries, including WTA, and USTA certifications. Her unique ability to evaluate a player’s strengths and weaknesses, and her wealth and variety of coaching experience has helped her guide hundreds of players to new heights in their careers.

She has coached two players who were ranked in the top 50 on the WTA tour: Surina de Beer (#49) and Seda Noorlander (#40).

  • Has coached numerous junior players to national rankings in South Africa, England, and the United States.
  • Constantly helping players to gain college scholarships.
  • Began coaching private lessons in the Bay Area in 2005.
  • Opened Kim Grant Tennis Academy in 2008, developing all of the training programs therein. Within one year, KGTA had a client base of 800 students and expanded from 5 courts in 2 locations to 28 courts in 6 locations.
  • Coached the KGTA Junior Team to victory in the 2009 Stanford Junior Team Tournament.

Playing Experience:

Kim had a long, accomplished career on the WTA & ITF tours, including victories over the following Top 10 players in the world: Jennifer Capriati (#1 in 2001), Cara Black (#3 in 2002), Elena Likhotseva (#4 in 2002), Caroline Vis (#7 on 2000), and Nicole Arendt (#8 in 2000). Below are some more highlights of her playing career:

  • Competed in the all four Grand Slam events for 6 years in a row
  • Represented South Africa in the Federation Cup Tournament in 2000
  • Invited to represent South Africa in the 2003 African Games
  • Won 10 professional titles
  • Reached a career-high ranking of #70

 

Bio courtesy of Kim Grant Tennis Academy.