About Nick

There’s no Substitute for proven.™

Internationally recognized as one of the top developmental coaches and coaching educators in tennis. Over 29 years, Saviano has coached and developed more than 50 ATP & WTA players, Grand Slam winners, World #1’s; Junior Wimbledon, US Open, French Open and Italian Open Champions, 24 USTA National Junior Champions, 8 Foreign National Junior Champions and more than 25 ITF Junior Champions, including Sunshine Cup, Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr winners.

Saviano served as USTA’s Director of Coaching for Men’s Tennis, Director of Coaching Education & Sport Science and National Coach. Nick was named United States Olympic Committee (USOC) Developmental Coach of the Year and USTA Florida Section Developmental Coach of the Year for 2006. In 2007 he received the Tennis Canada Coaching Excellence Award. Saviano is both a USPTA and PTR Master Professional and was named USPTA Touring Coach of the Year in 1993 and again in 2014, more recently known as the Tim Gullikson Touring Coach of the Year award.

Recognized by the PTR with the 2015 Jim Verdieck Touring Coach of the Year Award

Recipient of Tennis Canada Coaching Excellence Award

United States Olympic Committee Developmental Coach of the Year

USPTA and PTR Master Professional; 2-Time USPTA Touring Coach of the Year

Author of Best-Seller, “Maximum Tennis”

Winner of 4 ATP Titles

Member of NCAA National Championship-winning Stanford Team

As a player, Saviano was a top nationally-ranked junior, a two-time Stanford University All-American and NCAA National Championship-winning Team Member and a world-class ATP Tour professional for nine years, achieving rankings in the top-50 in singles with wins over top-10 players on multiple occasions en route to four ATP Tour titles. Saviano authored Maximum Tennis: 10 Keys to Unleashing Your On-Court Potential; one of the best-selling tennis books in the world, and has written for major publications on all aspects of the game. Saviano is one of the most sought after speakers on developmental coaching, having presented programs and lectures throughout the world, including the U.S., England, France, Spain, Australia, Mexico, Japan and Ireland. SHPT instructors are hand-picked by Saviano and trained in his proven philosophical approach to the game, belief in the moral value of hard work and a methodology that delivers success.

What parents are saying…

“As a graduate of two Ivy League schools, training and teaching in surgery at Harvard Medical School, and as the parent of five children playing competitive sports, I have never seen a teacher as gifted as Nick Saviano. Our daughter’s national ranking skyrocketed in just one year at SHPT, but more importantly she has learned to believe in herself and compete for every point.”

“I want to thank Nick and all of your wonderful staff for having such a profound impact on [my son’s] tennis. I truly believe that the academy’s impact made the difference in him being recruited to play D1 college tennis. I’m sure we will be in touch on college breaks and such so that [he] can continue to get the high quality training from your staff. Thanks for everything!”
“Nick, we just wanted you to know that we appreciated all that you did for us as a family and it was mainly through [our son] coming to your Academy and your skilled guidance that he obtained the tennis scholarship. It’s taken all this time for us to reflect back and realize the incredible journey we went on to get to where he is today and we very grateful for your support of this.”


What players are saying…

“I have been a student of Nick’s since I started the sport at 9 years old. Nick is a person of great character and integrity, when combined with his technical acumen, psychological understanding, tactical expertise, and developmental knowledge creates an unmatched ability to develop and nurture talent.” Justin Gimelstob, TV Analyst, Member ATP Board of Representatives, Retired ATP World Tour Player
“We (Stanford) just won the [NCAA Team National Championships]. I clinched in the third set 7-5. I would not have been able to pull that one out for my team if it were not for the game you built for me and the mental toughness that you instilled in me.” Mallory Burdette, Stanford University, NCAA National Champion
“The life lessons that I learned from Nick about playing one point at a time, embracing the struggle, playing without fear, and learning to keep losses in perspective will have a positive influence on all aspects of my life.” SHPT Graduate, Notre Dame Fighting Irish


What schools are saying…

“As a parent, how fortunate I would be to have my child have the opportunity to work with someone who not only was among the world’s best players as a professional, but who has the personal values, ethics and perspective of someone like Nick Saviano.” Dick Gould, Head Coach, Stanford University, 17 NCAA Team Championships

“Only a few people in tennis have the background of Nick Saviano to take a player’s game to the next level of excellence” Nick Bollettieri

“Hey Nick, just was rereading your 13 psych tips for champions again…It keeps reminding me about just how good a coach you are. Hope you are doing well. Go SHPT!” Dave Borelli, Head Coach, Texas Christian University

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