On Serve: Q&A with Devin Britton
June 29, 2017


OXFORD, Miss. -- Eight years after making the USTA Collegiate Summer Team as a player, Ole Miss men's tennis assistant coach Devin Britton joined the team again, this time as a coach.

Britton, one of seven collegiate coaches selected to join the program this summer, spent two weeks working with top Americans in New York.

We recently sat down with Britton to talk about the experience, the future of American tennis and getting the Ole Miss name out there among American kids.

OleMissSports.com: How did you get involved in the coaching aspect of the USTA Collegiate Team?

Britton: I got a call from Stephen Amritraj, head of collegiate tennis for the USTA, and he invited me to come up to New York for a couple of weeks. I was pretty excited to get the phone call and to have the opportunity to coach some of the best collegiate players in the country. It was very cool to hang with some different guys and to work with the USTA player development side. I enjoyed getting a different perspective working with the top American players.

OleMissSports.com: What did the opportunity entail?

Britton: Both weeks we were at ITF tournaments (in Buffalo). I was overseeing a bunch of guys and those who won were obviously continuing to play and those who lost were practicing throughout the rest of the week. It was a combination of working with guys on the practice courts and coaching guys who were playing. It was busy but it was a great experience working with all the guys.

OleMissSports.com: What was it like experiencing the other side of this team?

Britton: It was a little bit of an eye opener seeing it from the coaching side. It definitely put things in perspective and I learned a lot. The level is good but all the guys out there can improve even more. There are obviously higher levels out there but I learned a lot from the experience. Hopefully I can do it again next year.

OleMissSports.com: After spending a couple of weeks with some top American players, what does the future of American tennis look like?

Britton: The future is bright, there are a lot of really good American kids coming up. From the 16-20 age group, there are some really strong guys. I think it will be exciting in the next 10 years to see where these kids end up. There are a couple of guys in college who are really promising American players and some guys who are already out there playing who are doing some pretty big things at the moment. There is a lot of buzz and excitement around the USTA and I think everybody is looking forward to seeing how these guys perform.

OleMissSports.com: Talk about the importance of doing this as it relates to growing the Ole Miss brand with American kids.

Britton:
"We're trying to establish ourselves around the United States. We want to be that school the American kids are looking at and thinking is a top option like a Georgia or Southern Cal. We want to get our name out there. Those are the schools you want to be competing and winning against, so any chance I get to help out with the American kids is a great opportunity."

For more information on Ole Miss Men's Tennis, follow the Rebels on Twitter @OleMissMTennis, on Facebook at OleMissMTennis and on Instagram at OleMissMTennis, follow Coach Hansson on Twitter at @TennisToby.


 

 

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