Feb. 15, 2022

#151: Dan Smethurst - ATP Player to WTA Coach

#151: Dan Smethurst - ATP Player to WTA Coach

Dan Smethurst is a British tennis coach and former player who most recently worked with top WTA player Johanna Konta. 

A talented youngster, Dan was world junior number 29 before playing on the ITF and ATP Challenger Tour, reaching a career high ranking of 234 in 2014.

After quitting tennis he moved into coaching, working with Team Bath Tennis high performance players. Dan was Konta´s assistant coach and hitting partner for 2 years before her retirement in 2021, including her run to the French Open semi-final in 2019.

He´s currently working with GB´s Aidan McHugh.

Dan Smethurst on the Control the Controllables Podcast

In this episode, Dan chats to Control the Controllables about:-

  • His journey from a top junior to the pro tour, including why he nearly stopped playing tennis at 13.
  • How he uses his playing experience as a coach to help players in tough moments. 
  • What he learned from working with Johanna Konta. 
  • The advice he would give to his younger self, and what he wished he´d learned as a player....and much more!

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150th Episode Giveaway Winner!

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