Myong Yong Koo

Myong Yong Koo

Our first ever member spotlight is Myong Yong Koo from Seoul, South Korea. Undoubtedly one of the most dedicated professional racquet technicians in the business, Koo's success story is primarily due to one thing; hard work and LOTS of it. He dedicates countless hours to stringing racquets and running his full service pro shop in Seoul, the most successful shop in the country. On top of all of that he's also been teaching tennis since 1990. He's a USPTA Elite Pro, a PTR Pro, KPTA Pro 1, USRSA MRT, and is certified through the Etcheberry Training program. In essence, Myong Yong Koo is the quintessential tennis professional, exhibiting a great love for the game and every aspect it encompasses. Here's our interview with IART member Myong Yong Koo from Seoul, South Korea.

Q1. At what age did you first become involved in tennis?
A. My interest began at age 10 and I started playing at age 14

Q2. Did you play tennis in college and if so, what university?
A. Yes, Kyung Sung University, Busan Korea

Q3. What certifications do you currently have?
A. USPTA, PTR, KPTA, USRSA, Etcheberry Training

Q4. How long have you held each certification listed in #3
A. USPTA=11 years, PTR=2 years, USRSA= 8 years,

Q5. What level is your certification in each of the aforementioned organizations?
A. USPTA=Elite Pro, PTR=Professional, KPTA=Pro 1, USRSA=MRT, Etcheberry=Certified trainer

Q6. What year did you open your tennis business?
A. 2010

Q7. Where was your first tennis business located AND where is it located now?
A.  First was Kwan Ak Ku Hyundai APT Seoul. Currently located at Dong Jak Ku Isu Hillstate APT Avenue Seoul

Q8. How many hours do you work in your tennis shop each day?
A. I'm usually stringing from 5:30 P.M. to 10 P.M.

Q9. How many hours do you spend on the court teaching tennis each day?
A. 6 hours

Q10. Who is your biggest brand for racquet sales?
A. Dunlop

Q11. How many Dunlop frames did you sell last year?
A. 600

Q12. How many string jobs did you do in 2015?
A. 3,300 frames

Q13. What are your hobbies outside of tennis?
A. I love baseball and if I didn't do tennis I would love to play baseball

Q14. Are you married and if so, how many children do you have and what age?
A. Yes I have been married since 1997 and I have one daughter who is 18 years old

Q15. What training events have you attended in the United States?
A. USPTA World conference (2005, 2009), USPTA Division conference (2006, 2008), Etcheberry Tennis Training (2009), IART Symposium (2009, 2012, 2015 & I plan to attend again in 2016), Rick Macci Tennis Academy (2009, 2012, 2015), USTA (2009), Nick Bollettrie Tennis Academy (2005, 2009, 2015), Brett Hobden Tennis Academy (2009)

Q16. How many times have you traveled to the United States for training events?
A. 6 times but I have also traveled to Australia, Singapore and Japan (each 1 time)

Q17. What would you say has had the biggest impact on your success with your business?
A. I think my constant contact and interaction with Rick Macci has had a tremendous impact on my success. We have been communicating for many years and he has helped me a lot. Also, I have invested a lot of financial resources in my training. In the beginning this was very difficult because of my personal financial situation BUT, now I can honestly say that I believe my financial investments in my own personal training have played a very important role in my success.

Q18. Do you have any big plans for your future regarding your tennis business?
A. I would love to train and be a part of developing a player like Novak Djokovic. I love to teach tennis and this is my reason to live.

Q19. What is your #1 favorite thing about being involved in the tennis business?
A. I love teaching people tennis and seeing them learn so fast. I believe in being the most effective teacher I can be, being effective and efficient in my approach to teaching. I seek optimal performance from my students and enjoy seeing them learn

Q20. What are your plans for your life after you retire from tennis?
A. I will teach tennis and string racquets until the day I die, either on the court or standing at the stringing machine.

That, my fellow friends in tennis sums it up nicely. This guy has unmatched passion for tennis and he definitely loves what he does.

 

Teaching tennis

Teaching tennis

Training Certificates

Training Certificates

Inside Koo's shop

Inside Koo's shop

Koo with Rick Macci

Koo with Rick Macci

Racquet wall

Racquet wall

Written by Tim Strawn

Owner, IART

Comments

  1. Love Mr. Koo!

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