April 5, 2022

#158: Dr Mark Kovacs - The Serve Doctor

#158: Dr Mark Kovacs - The Serve Doctor

In today´s episode we´re unpacking the biomechanics of the serve with Dr Mark Kovacs.

Known as the number one serve doctor in the world, Dr Mark Kovacs has held a number of roles in elite sport including performance physiologist, sport technology consultant, researcher, coach, speaker and author. 

You can check out his awesome courses here.

Dr Mark Kovacs on Control the Contollables

A former pro player and NCAA Doubles Champion, Dr Kovacs is the go-to expert for elite and professional athletes and corporate executives looking for science based programming to optimize human performance. 

He´s worked as a sports science consultant to the ATP, WTA tours and the NCAA. He´s also worked with dozens of tennis players including John Isner, Sloane Stephens, and Madison Keys, as well as professional athletes in the NBA, NFL and MLB.

Listen to Dr Kovacs chat though the 8 stages of the tennis serve, and much more. Get your pen and notepad ready for this one!

Episode Highlights:-

  • How an arm injury at US College got him interested in understanding the body, injuries and the serve. 
  • Why tennis is behind other sports with data. 
  • Why female players can serve just as well as men.
  • Which player does he think has the best serve from a biomechanical standpoint?
  • At what age/stage should a coach introduce loading?
  • The 8 stages of the tennis serve. 

Control the Controllables is named Best Tennis Podcast!

Control the Controllables has won Best Tennis Podcast of 2021! 🎉

Watch the announcement at the Sports Podcast Awards last week…


Dan even made it onto billboards on the M4 in Chiswick and the M62 in Liverpool!

Dan´s face on a billboard on the M4 in Chiswick!

We would like to say a massive thank you for listening, voting, and for your support of the show. 

A huge thank you also to all of our amazing guests in 2021 who gave up their free time to tell us their stories, and pass on their tennis wisdom and experiences!

The award is amazing recognition for our team behind the scenes. It will also keep us even more motivated to keep bringing you exciting guests as we continue to look to get under the bonnet of the sport that we all love so much! 🎾 😍

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