Gigi Fernandez

Season #1 Episode #11

Emma Doyle interviews Gigi Fernandez, tennis coach and winner of 17 Grand Slam doubles crowns & two Olympic Gold Medals. Gigi reveals how she once got on the wrong side of Billie-Jean King and learnt an important lesson for the rest of her career. Simon and Emma explore the importance of instruction and method, the credibility of coaches and maintaining positive psychology when confronted with negative coaching experiences. Make sure you listen to the end of the episode where Simon surprisingly nails a succinct summary of a passionate discussion led by Emma around what’s needed to address the male/female imbalance in coaching numbers.
Gigi Fernández is the Founder and Owner of the GiGi Method. She is considered to be one of the best doubles players of all time. She is a Hall of Famer, winner of 17 Grand Slam doubles titles with various partners and 2 Olympic Gold Medals with Mary Joe Fernandez. In 2000 Gigi was named Puerto Rican Athlete of the Century. In 2011, she started coaching recreational players. Gigi is the founder and creator of Gigi Fernandez Tennis. Gigi now spends her time coaching adult players on how to excel at doubles. She travels the country doing clinics and camps and host The Gigi Method Tennis Camps for enthusiasts that want more in-depth instruction from Gigi.