Originally from Germany, René started playing tennis at age seven and immediately fell in love with the sport. Recruited by talent scouts of the BTV (Baden Tennis Federation) at age ten and with the unrelenting support of his parents, he started traveling to tournaments all over Germany. Winning the local Men’s tournament at age twelve caught the attention of scouts from bigger clubs and René signed a contract with Karlsruher ETV at age 14. Playing during an era where lots of Russian talent played in German higher tier clubs, he got to hit with the likes of Andreij Medvedev, Andrei Cherkasov among others.
It was during the 1994 season preparations that René started to experience lower back spasms, followed by consistent pain in his lower back region. Over the next year the problem continued to worsen and after specialist consultation, René had to finally abandon his pursuit of a professional tennis career at age 17 having barely started playing Challengers. The biggest win of his youth career was beating Tommy Haas in straight sets at the Baden-Baden Championships. René never lost his passion for tennis and transitioned to coaching over the years. Certified by the PROFESSIONAL TENNIS REGISTRY PTR (Internationally recognized Organization) for “10 and Under” as well as “High Performance”, René has been coaching at The Paseo Club since December 2018.
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