We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Stanbury and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
It might come as a surprise to outsiders that tennis is more than just a physical sport. While I recognize that it is a physical game, my experience with it, and what I try to convey to my clients is that it actually is so much more. Tennis is a mental and spiritual practice. It can lead to self discovery. It’s a form of therapy. The growth one will undergo by stepping out onto the court will be transformational on many levels. Tennis requires you to face your fears and reconcile your insecurities. You only have yourself to rely on when you’re on the court. It strengthens your bond with yourself and teaches you to react with intention. It teaches you to listen to your body and observe your thoughts. It is a cerebral game, and I’ve found that through my own meditation and yoga practice, I have been able to elevate both my teaching and playing abilities. Mindfulness teaches us to meet the present moment where it’s at, which is essential on and off the court. It’s what I find makes tennis so enjoyable and is something I try to bring to my lessons. There really is no losing when it comes to this sport, you either win or you learn. Either way, there is so much information and wisdom to take away from every practice and tournament. It has deepened my understanding of the mind-body-spirit connection and the more attention and care I give to each of these aspects of my being, the better my performance is.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My journey with tennis began around age 5 when I picked up my first racket. I started by playing tennis on the Southern California Junior Circuit and continued in high school at Loyola High School of Los Angeles. Later, I started in both singles and doubles at Division 1 UC Riverside. After college, I played in Men’s Open Prize Money Tournaments throughout the United States and also played for a professional team, TC Wolfratshausen, in the German 3rd Division. I have also traveled throughout the United States, Canada, and Latin America playing ITF Pro Futures tournaments in both singles and doubles. For the last eight years, I have coached private lessons as well as group lessons in Los Angeles. My students have included a high school team — Loyola High School of Los Angeles — and a wide range of clients of varying ages and skill levels. I particularly enjoy working with high-level junior players, or players who are looking to develop their skills for tournament play.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Venice Beach and Hollywood are musts just because they are so unique. I’d also recommend a trip to Yamashiro for sushi and to go to a Dodger game!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My parents deserve so much credit for the way they raised me and for introducing me to this game. They also provided me with support of both coaches and sports psychologists along the way to aid in my growth as both a player and person.