Denis Nguyen - Harvard University
"Coach Yasu has been one of the most positive and motivating coaches that I have ever worked with. He has really helped my tennis game reach the next level by making me more aware of my body and how to control its movement and actions. Yasu has taught me the importance of strength and conditioning in tennis which has allowed me to develop into a better athlete and competitor. I have always enjoyed working with him, as he has helped me grow in so many ways on and off the court."
Sydney Van Alphen - Former #1 Girl's 18s
(Marc - Sydney's father)
“My daughter Sydney has been working with Yasu Minoda since she was 9 years old. When I was younger I was always injured as my parents did not understand how important off court training was. Not only to become a stronger player but more important to prevent injuries. Although I researched many other options, I choose to work with Yasu because of his knowledge.
I’m very pleased for what Yasu has done for my daughter over these years, she is much smaller in size than most of her opponents but much stronger and she also has never had an injury. Without Yasu’s strength and footwork training she would have never become one of SoCal top 10 ranked Girls 18’s at the age of 14.“
NexGen Athletic Performance program is a complete training center for the highest level tennis players in the world. Yasu and Brandon have been extremely generous to me and always found a way to fit me into their busy schedules.
To Brandon, thank you is an understatement. With Brandon’s unique techniques and knowledge about pretty much anything to do with the health of an athlete, he is the man. He is one of the best, if not the best, physio/doctor I’ve ever had. Working with him healed my injuries and strengthened me faster than I could ever imagine.
To everyone at NexGen Athletic Performance, you all are awesome!
Jenna DeFalco (Jason - Jenna's Father)
Jenna came to Yasu in October of 2014. At that time, she had some injuries that plagued her on and for about 9 months prior. He initially worked on her core and leg strength for injury prevention.
Jenna has not had any issues with taking time off the court since we started. Her injuries have been resolved and she has been healthy. Yasu is now working on strength, footwork, agility, and her overall balance. He has also focused on her body awareness and getting the most out of her technique on the court.
Yasu is extremely knowledgable about the off court training and how it applies to tennis in order to maximize your game. Jenna's game has benefited tremendously with the work she has put in with Yasu. Her results recently coincide with her efforts with Yasu and she really enjoys working with him.
Max Pham - UC - Davis
Yasu has helped my tennis by isolating my weaknesses and drilling them specifically, while making sure I understand the application to my game. He is extremely knowledgeable of tennis and the science behind every movement and stroke.
Prior to working with Yasu, there was very little tennis-specific programming in my fitness regimen, and as a result there were a few deficiencies in my tennis athleticism.
Since working with him, I have gained much more control and awareness over my body, I am more agile and explosive, and my understanding of fitness has expanded.
Yasu has been an integral part of my improvement and I really enjoy working with him.
I started working with Yasu at NexGen when I was a freshman in high school, hoping to treat my constant back/hip problems that wasn't healing with months of physical therapy.
After working with him on my strength and agility in addition to learning how to use my muscles efficiently, not only did my injuries heal, but my tennis improved tremendously. By the end of my senior year, I was ranked 22 in the country for my class year and 17 in the G18's and under in So. California.
I'm now a sophomore at a University, playing competitive D1 tennis both in singles and doubles. Compared to the girls I've competed with around the country, my fitness and resistance to injury is still a huge advantage.
Throughout my junior tennis career and even here at this university, I've worked with a number of fitness coaches who really don't understand how tennis players should train the way Yasu does. He's extremely knowledgeable when it comes to integrating off-court training to on-court movements and injury recovery and prevention.
I've known Yasu for a long time, and he's been there for me throughout my tennis career, whether it's sending me personal home programs, watching my matches, or coming out to see me sign my NLI. He's a great coach, and I really couldn't have gotten where I am now without his guidance and mentorship.