JuniorTennisConsulting President Ricky Becker has experienced success in Junior and Collegiate Tennis from every angle. As a junior player, the Roslyn, New York native rose from #4 in the USTA-Eastern 12-and-unders to #4 NATIONALLY in the Boys’ 18’s. This ranking includes not only many USTA/Eastern Sectional victories but also the Consolation Titles at SuperNational Clay Courts, Easter Bowl, Winter Nationals (formerly known as National Indoors) and International Grass Courts.
In college, Becker won two NCAA Division 1 Team titles and was the team MVP in his senior season. He has the third best record in Stanford tennis history of any player who has played at least 60 team matches. In 2002, the greatest accolade any Stanford player can receive was bestowed on Becker: an individual chair in Stanford’s “Row of Champions” was named in Becker’s honor and inscribed with his name.
Because of his outstanding success as a junior, Becker was recruited by over 150 colleges. Many of these same college coaches who are still actively recruiting players, still respect Becker’s advice and input. After taking official visits to Stanford, Harvard, Duke and Yale (as well as considering Northwestern, Virginia, Princeton and Cornell) Becker chose Stanford. Through team matches and introductions, Becker has gone on to meet and network with many more college coaches.
After a stint in pro tennis where Becker played in the Hamlet Cup and Pilot Penn Tournaments (as well as notched a win over Taylor Dent), he went into a myriad of different industries. This includes jobs at Grey Advertising, Westwood One, TennisMatch Magazine and ESPN. After one too many 4AM nights at ESPN in 2001, Ricky decided to follow his passion and went back into junior tennis.
Becker has coached over 100 nationally ranked players and many players of all levels for over 15-years. Ricky went through a four year period where every junior he coached improved their ranking from their previous age group. Chronologically, he was The Director of Tennis at The Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center, Sportime/Bethpage and Glen Head Racquet Club. He is currently The Director of Tennis at Pine Hollow Country Club and independently coaches juniors all 12-months of the year at Pine Hollow and all over Nassau County.
Ricky was chosen by USTA/Eastern to Coach the 2009 and 2010 18-and-Under Boys’ National Team.
Becker and his wife of 12 years, Julie, have three daughters: 11-year old Elizabeth. 7-year old Natalie and 4-year old Olivia.