Rob Steckley hits a backhand.

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One of the foremost coaches in Canadian tennis is back on Match Point Canada this week!

Former player and tennis coach Rob Steckley returns to the podcast on this week’s episode as he speaks with Mike and Ben on the development of some of Canada’s top juniors.

Steckley, who has worked with star players like Denis Shapovalov, Lucie Safarova, and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the past, is now focused and committed to some of the elite junior talents in Canadian tennis, as he works regularly with young professional Kayla Cross and helps Victoria Mboko and Marina Stakusic.

“I think I’m at the perfect point of my career to have the patience and experience to bring to the table, in order to be a great fit for this age group,” said Steckley.

“I like to consider them transitioning pros out of the juniors.”

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Steckley has been involved with numerous top players in the past, but at this stage of his career, says he’s particularly focused on the development of top junior players in the country.

“My real passion is staying with our Canadians and really forming an alliance and long-term relationship with everybody. I see a lot of potential with all our grassroots.”

In the meantime, Mike and Ben delve into more action on the clay as Aryna Sabalenka scored a huge title in Madrid, defeating world no. 1 Iga Swiatek.

Carlos Alcaraz was triumphant once again in a wide-open men’s draw which saw lucky loser Jan Lennard Struff reach the final, and we get set for the upcoming action ahead in Rome!

Listen to our newest episode of Match Point Canada, available on MegaphoneApple Podcasts, or Spotify below. Enjoy!