Ryan Shultz – Melbourne, Victoria
1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket?
I first started playing tennis when I was around 4 or 5, my whole family has always been heavily involved in tennis and just being around the game all the time I was instantly hooked. That hasn’t changed in the last 18 years.
2. Who influenced you to begin playing?
As already mentioned my family has always been a tennis family and all family friends were primarily met through the game. Once I started to play more and more it was my first coach that gave me a real passion for playing the game.
3. What player did you idolised growing up? Did they influence the way you play?
I have been lucky enough to grow up with two incredible players to watch in Federer and Nadal. Arguably two of the greatest ever, their character both on and off the court are the ideal advertisement for tennis.
4. What person/coach made you love tennis?
My first ever coach I was with for around 5 years, he was super competitive and likely the reason I too have a similar nature. As I grew up being part of a team through local comps and school tennis was what I lived for each week.
5. When did Vida come into your life?
I have been a part of the Vida team as of the start of 2019, have loved the opportunity to work with the people I do. I am grateful for the opportunity I have to have my office be a tennis court.
6. What opportunities has tennis/Vida provided for you?
Tennis and being a part of Vida has firstly allowed me to work with some great people who I am able to learn from and have a great relationship with also. Vida in particular has given me the ability to improve my ability as a coach as there is a great coach development side to what Vida does.
7. How has your time at Vida influenced you as a person?
I believe that being a part of Vida has instilled the people first mentality, being that above all else the connections with students and the people around me are the reason why the Vida community is so strong.
8. Why do you love coaching tennis?
I love the small moments and breakthroughs when people realise they can do something or can see improvement. I look forward to the little conversations before and after lessons and the relationships being built.
9. How has tennis influenced who you have become?
Tennis has influenced me in the sense that I enjoy what I do and as a result am driven to be better each day and provide the best experience I can each session.
10. Describe Vida in one word?