Larry Buhrman

 
 


On his tenth birthday Larry got a tennis racket and his father asked him if he wanted tennis lessons. He jumped at the chance and took his first lessons from a very highly regarded tennis pro in Miami, Florida, John "Slim" Harbett, who claimed Doris Hart and Gardner Malloy as his two most famous proteges.

By the age of twelve Larry played his first of many Orange Bowl tournaments and began playing tennis tournaments all over Florida. At age fourteen he was ranked 17th in Florida 15 and under singles, but was a better doubles player always ranked at least #2 in the State. In the 50's and the 60's he was often complimented for his classical strokes.

At age 14 Larry met University of Miami coach Dale Lewis at an Orange Bowl tournament and decided to start a series of lessons with him in Coral Gables. Coach Lewis was used to coaching top college players and taught Larry tennis strategy. The next year he became top five in Florida, # 15 in singles and #7 in doubles nationally. He progressed through the 18 and under Florida Juniors to a state ranking of #3 in singles and #2 in doubles, was singles and doubles Florida High School champion and made the Orange Bowl finals in doubles.

In his last year of the juniors at the Orange Bowl, Larry beat both a semi-finalist at Junior Wimbledon from Thailand and the Asian champion from the Phillipines. They were both seeded in the top 10 nationally. He finally lost to Handel Velasco, the #3 ranked junior in the world in the round of 16, just missing a top 10 international junior singles ranking himself.

Larry was then recruited to the University of Miami along with the #2 junior player in the world, Jaime Fillol. Larry and Jaime were undefeated in singles and doubles their freshman year, with match point against Froehling and Pasarell (the USA' Davis Cup team's #1 doubles team) in a big Men's Open tournament in Florida. In that same tournament Larry lost to the American national champion at the time, Dennis Ralston.

Transferring to the University of South Carolina as co-captian of the tennis team Larry won the Atlantic Coast Conference singles and the doubles championship with Bobby Heald, presently a tennis teaching professional in North Carolina. They were the first A.C.C. champions at the University of South Carolina and went undefeated for an entire year playing the A.C.C. teams from all over the country.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina Larry became assistant tennis pro to Warren Woodcock from Australia at the Silver Thatch in Pompano Beach, Florida, practicing with Brian Gottfried, Roscoe Tanner and Harold Solomon among other fine young tennis players. He moved to Atlanta to attend dental school and worked as the assistant pro for Jack Rodgers during the summers at the Bitsy Grant Tennis Center. He got to play many doubles matches with Bitsy Grant himself, the Hall of Fame clay court champion. He continued to teach tennis and was credited for coaching Eve Ellis from #19 in Pennsylvania to #1 in the Middle States, beating out Barbara Jordon, a past Wimbledon doubles champion. Eve played for and became the women's tennis coach at Yale and founder of the Eve Ellis Tennismagic Academy in Orlando, FL.

Larry was also greatly influenced by Ian Laver, his best friend and doubles partner, who established Laver's Racket Club in Delray Beach, which later became the Rick Macci Academy. He was a close friend and doubles partner of Canadian Mike Belkin, Canada's #1 Davis Cup team singles player who beat Tony Roche in the 1961 Orange Bowl 18 and under final with his (rare at the time) two-handed backhand.

Thanks to top players and coaches who impressed Larry throughout his playing and coaching career, he advises: "As tennis teachers we can't get totally locked in on a technique. That brings me to the one man who has enlightened me more than anyone else in my life: Oscar Wegner. He has given credit to so many great tennis players for much of his knowledge of modern tennis. He closely observed the best pro players and studied the best and most effective pro techniques. He analyzed outside the box and discovered how and why the great players win and play the way they do. After his thorough research over many years of playing and teaching he was able to write it all down in his great book, "Play Better Tennis in Two Hours". He dared to tell the whole world of tennis not only why American classic techniques was ruining any chance of being pro player for all those who were taught to play that the old way, but it was also making it so difficult to learn that people were quitting the game in droves. I had started buying all the books on tennis I could find and one day found and bought Oscar's book. At first after reading it, I was disappointed that I had wasted my money because it contradicted the fundamentals of what I had learned and had taught to so many students. I put it aside for quite awhile. Then I began to study pro tennis in slow motion and started seeing videos on the Internet about modern topspin. I remembered the Oscar Wegner book and got it out for one more read. It now made perfect sense. The teaching approach of MTM is so much easier and natural. It starts with feel and an eye-hand foundation and natural human movement, rather than on the old and much more difficult and unnatural fabricated mechanical teaching mode of the past, which has been proven to be inferior to modern teaching and so difficult that many just give up or continue with limited results."

Once Larry had learned to "play like the pros", he began teaching MTM to players of all abilities in Coral Springs. He moved to Silver Spring, Maryland and continued teaching strictly for the joy of helping players to improve their games by learning right from Oscar's book, step by step, taking no shortcuts.

He currently lives and teaches tennis in Austin, TX. About MTM Larry says, "Every student exclaims how easy and amazing it is and all are very surprised to see how accurate they are and how much spin they can put on the ball. Once this happens, they are hooked on this style of teaching and playing tennis. They love it! And I love it!

 


 

Larry Buhrman

MTM Tennis Professional


Austin, TX

 

 

[email protected]

 

954-980-5614

 

 


"I believe there is no other tennis teacher than Oscar

who as ever contributed so much to the advancement

of tennis in the world."


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