Sept. 21, 2021

Episode 134: Alastair Filmer - Developing a US Open Champion

Episode 134: Alastair Filmer - Developing a US Open Champion

Up until the 2021 US Open, Alastair Filmer was known as one of Great Britain´s leading performance coaches. 

He´s now more commonly referred to as Emma Raducanu´s former coach. The 18-year-old has been in the spotlight since she stormed to the women´s title as a qualifier earlier this month.

Alistair coached Emma between the ages of 11 - 14, guiding her to her first ITF title at 13, and 3rd place at the U14 Orange Bowl. He was Head of Performance at Bromley Tennis Centre for 7 years, before moving to Dukes Meadows as Head of the Regional Performance Centre.

In this episode, Alastair Filmer talks to CTC Host Dan Kiernan about:-

  • How he felt watching Emma Raducanu win her first Grand Slam.
  • He gives us an insight into her training schedule at age 11 - 14.
  • Did he think she was going to be a superstar at this age?
  • The challenges that come with coaching high-level players.
  • He discusses self-worth and judgement linked to the player you work with, rather than the job you do.
  • Setting the culture and building character first. 

A fascinating listen!


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