Fernando Sanchez Added to Coaching Staff
Aug. 1, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas – TCU men’s tennis head coach David Roditi announced the addition of Fernando Sanchez to the coaching staff as a volunteer assistant on Friday.
The former VCU student-athlete and professional tennis player, Sanchez comes to TCU after spending the last seven years working for the ATP.
"We are fortunate to have Fernando join our program us as our new volunteer coach,” Roditi said. “He played in the NCAA team finals at VCU, competed on the tour and now he's an ATP tour manager. Fernando's experiences will help our players better understand what the next level is like and what It takes to succeed on the ATP. He is a great person and it will be fun for all of us to have him around.”
While at the ATP, Sanchez worked as a Prize Money and Ranking Coordinator, an ATP Tour Manager and a Player Liaison at the Barclays ATP Work Tour Finals. As a tour manager, Sanchez worked as a liaison between the players and the tournaments. His duties included involvement on daily playing schedule, assist and advice the player council and also serve as main source of communication to players and tournaments regarding ATP Rules and Regulations.
As the Player Liaison at the Barclay ATP World Tour Finals, the biggest ATP event, Sanchez served as a player liaison in charge of transportation, hospitality and accreditation of players and their families.
Prior to working at the ATP, Sanchez served as the women’s tennis assistant coach at the University of Washington from 2006-2007 and an assistant coach at VCU for both the men and women's tennis teams from 2002-2003. While assisting at his alma mater, the Rams won the CAA Championship on both the men and women's side.
Sanchez has also dabbled in the professional ranks, playing for the Houston Wranglers in the World Team Cup, teaming with Jan-Michael Gambill, Stefi Graf and Mardy Fish. Sanchez has also sparred with some of the best tennis players in the world, helping train Boris Becker, Anke Huber and Marc Kevin Goelner for Grand Slam tournaments.
Sanchez was a standout men's tennis player for Virginia Commonwealth University from 2000-2002. Sanchez's best year was 2000 when he compiled a 26-3 singles record and 18-5 doubles record. He was ranked as high as No. 64 in the nation that year and helped the Rams to the NCAA Championship Finals where they fell to Stanford. Sanchez earned Rookie of the Year for VCU that season and earned First Team All-Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Singles and Doubles honors.
Sanchez graduated from VCU in December of 2003, majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in mathematics and physics.