Meet Richard Hoang. He is a certified coach for First Serve Santa Ana. Coach Richard is a 2017 graduate from Godinez High School and is now attending the University of California at Irvine. Richard’s major will be Engineering.
When Richard was a kid, he found a random tennis racquet in his garage and decided to try it out. With no one to hit with, he decided to hit against the side of his house. He was only able to do the basic forehand and backhand until he went into middle school and got involved with First Serve Santa Ana. When he was in 6th grade, he instantly jumped at the offer to get free tennis lessons after school by First Serve Santa Ana. He was the number 1 singles player for Godinez High School.
Richard has 2 role models to look up to: the first one is Pete Sampras. Sampras was considered the “King of Swing.” Sampras and Richard are quiet similar because they both started off with a two-handed backhand and switched it to a one-handed backhand. Later in his high school years, he found an interest in another pro, Stan Wawrinka. When Richard saw Wawrinka’s one-handed backhand, he studied every aspect of it and copied it into his tennis style.
Richard became a certified coach for First Serve Santa Ana while he was a Senior in high school. He discovered a great passion in helping others improve their game of tennis. In the future, he wants to be an engineer and build a house for his family. In his free time, Richard still plans to play tennis and join local tennis tournaments.