#94: Ajay Pant - Trust, trust and trust!

Season #4

Ajay Pant is a true coach, guaranteed to lose sleep over his commitment to push for trust and growth in people! Emma Doyle first met Ajay Pant 10 years ago and since then they have shared many speaking stages together in the Tennis Industry. When you connect with Ajay, he has this rare ability to make you feel like you are the only person in the room who matters! Trust The Coaching Podcast when we say you don't want to miss out on listening to Ajay's 'paying it forward' sliding doors story that saw him divert from a mapped out medical pathway to become a coach extraordinaire!!

Ajay knows his stuff about being a coach and his mantra of 'if you don't grow, it's on me' echoes loud and clear in this podcast. In this episode, Ajay shares his wisdom on;

  • The coaching moment - do not get judgemental! That's my Hall of Shame! 5:58
  • You've got to know your stuff. 7:00
  • I will do whatever it takes but it's got to be student centred. 8:16
  • Sliding Doors moment that changes everything. 10:56
  • Trust, trust and trust! Two way trust to create the environment for...TRUST! 17:22
  • A life lesson from a mentor, Arthur Ashe. 23:20 
  • A true coach is a mentor. 27:20
  • Did you really change someone's life? 32:20
  • Growing your people! 33:00


As the Senior Director of Racquet Sports for Life Time, Ajay currently oversees 33 clubs with tennis, 25 clubs with squash and 105 clubs with pickleball.

Prior to joining Life Time, Ajay was Senior Vice President Operations for the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC). He was also the National Tennis Director for Tennis Corporation of America (TCA)/Midtown clubs.  

Ajay is one of 14 tennis pros who have been designated Master Professional by both the PTR and USPTA.  He served on the PTR Board of Directors, and as the two term Chair for the USTA National Ten and Under Committee.  Currently a USTA Coach Developer, Ajay was also honored by the Tennis Industry Association as “Person of the Year” in 2018 and USPTA as “Professional of the Year” in 2019.