Height in Pro Tennis

Dr. Brian Gordon

Click to watch Brian's 60 Minutes interview.

Recently the CBS 60 Minutes production team visited Dr. Brian Gordon in Miami to discuss the reasons height makes a difference in the performance capabilities of elite players. The interview was to acquire background for their profile of Diego Schwartzman who has defied common belief by reaching top 10 status despite his reported standing height of 5' 7''.

The interview was wide ranging, exploring the implications of height in tennis from a sport science perspective. The profile nature of the piece caused most of the technical explanations to be edited out of the final production leaving behind only some of Dr. Gordon's more general observations. "Diego Schwartzman the Giant Slayer" can be seen as a feature of 60 Minutes+ which streams on Paramount+.

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Dr. Brian Gordon has changed the understanding of the biomechanics of high level tennis technique. His Biomechanically Engineered Stroke Technique (BEST) is the only empirically based stroke mechanics system in the world, growing from three decades of both academic and applied on court research. He is a founder of the Tennis Center for Performance Research in Miami, Florida, which is creating a new paradigm for player development. The center has assembled an unprecedented group of specialists with cutting edge knowledge across the entire range of tennis performance.

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