The 32-year-old has worn a lot of different coaching and playing hats in his career.

"When you’re deeply rooted in the principles and the values that are most important to you then navigating rough waters are a little bit easier."

This week, USTA national coach Andy Gerst joins the show to talk about his unique journey in tennis. Last year, the 32-year-old was handpicked by Kathy Rinaldi to work with Team USA's female pros, and he's even been coaching TENNIS.com Podcast co-host Irina Falconi.

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Gerst gives insight into the mind of a coach, and what his coaching influences, philosophy and goals are. He shares his story from college player to club coach to ATP pro to Tennis Warehouse playtester to traveling with Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova and to now working for the USTA.

His own pro tennis dreams were cut short by a motorcycle accident in Thailand. Through it all, Gerst has kept his passion for the game in the forefront and his options wide open. Opportunities have come his way in more ways than he could have dreamed of.

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