Nine years ago in early 2008 a young Chinese coach was invited to join “SFS” international coach Jeff Bearup as the “SFS” Chinese head coach to launch the Mercedes-Benz “Swing for the Stars” High Performance Junior Tennis Program. His name was Liu Shuo (Robert). Robert formed a strong bond with Coach Bearup and together did a terrific job introducing the most advanced international high performance junior tennis concepts to the first group of “SFS” players.
Coach Liu’s hard work with “Swing for the Stars” did not go unnoticed by the China Tennis Association and one year later he was invited to become a China National Junior Team coach. Robert continued his communication with Coach Bearup & the “SFS” team from afar as he greatly contributed to the success of China’s younger generation of tennis stars.
After joining the China National Tennis Team staff, Robert was assigned to become the lead coach for one of China’s rising stars Zhang Shuai. Included in his coaching program of Zhang were trips to see Coach Bearup in Boston where Zhang engaged in training under the watchful eyes of Coach Bearup & Coach Liu.
Fast forward now to November 7th, after a fantastic performance at the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai, Zhang Shuai achieved her highest WTA ranking ever at World #24. Alongside Zhang Shuai sharing this great accomplishment is Coach Liu Shuo and in the background smiling is Coach Jeff Bearup.
So as we conclude another fantastic year of Mercedes-Benz “Swing for the Stars”, we offer our congratulations and our thanks to Coach Liu Shuo for his contributions to our program & China Tennis and encourage him to continue to “Swing for the Stars” with China’s #1 tennis star Zhang Shuai!