World Class Biomechanics at the GB National Tennis Academy

Mark Kovacs head shot, new biomechanist for GB National Academy in Stirling.

Tennis Scotland has announced a partnership with the Kovacs Institute which will support the GB National Tennis Academy coaching team with the technical development of players at the University of Stirling.

Dr Mark Kovacs, a leading world class biomechanist and former professional tennis player, has an extensive background in training and researching elite athletes, having previously directed the sports science, strength and conditioning and coach education departments for the United States Tennis Association. Over his career he has worked with dozens of top professional tennis players including John Isner, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys and Reilly Opelka.

As a high performance expert, sport consultant, performance physiologist, professor and coach, Dr Kovacs is known as the go to expert for elite athletes looking for science based programming to optimise human performance. He was recently appointed as Senior Director of Sports Science and Health to the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NBA one of the biggest positions in American sports.

Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland chief executive, said: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with the Kovacs Institute and Dr Mark Kovacs which will bring world-class biomechanics support to the GB National Tennis Academy. He is at the cutting edge of sports science developments and has a great record in tennis.”

Leo Azevedo, GB National Tennis Academy head coach, added: “Dr Mark Kovacs will help us immensely in the technical development of the players at Stirling with his knowledge of biomechanics. I worked with him at the USTA for a number of years and I can see why he is recognised as one of the best in the business. He was instrumental in supporting the successful players that I worked with at the USTA.

“Through the Kovacs Institute we are excited to work with Tennis Scotland, Leo Azevedo, Colin Fleming and the entire team as a biomechanical consultant on tennis strokes and movement. We are also excited to have many of the staff go through the International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA) educational curriculum in areas of tennis specific fitness and sport science education. This added sport science and technical knowledge will help improve the quality of coaching and training throughout the country” Dr Mark Kovacs, Kovacs Institute.