Director of Individual Player Development
Chira Tennis Academy
Woody Blocher provides player development through private lessons for many of the academy’s top junior players. Woody worked with top ranking National juniors Brandon Nakashima, Taylor Fritz, William Chu and numerous others.
Woody has immeasurable expertise and wisdom of the game of tennis. Woody began his tennis career playing in the juniors and earned many top awards such as the US National Junior championship, Orange Bowl World Champion, and was a member of the US Junior Davis Cup Team.
He attended Southern Methodist University (SMU) where he was sidelined his first three years with a broken wrist. Woody then achieved All-American status his senior year.
Woody’s professional tennis career started when he turned pro in 1973 and played on the men’s tour for seven years. During this time Woody was ranked in the top 120 in A.T.P. world rankings, and was a quarter finalist in the 1977 World Doubles Championship.
After a successful professional career, Woody began coaching and teaching in 1980 with continued success. Countless players from Woody’s academies and coaching have received tennis scholarships at the collegiate level and he has coached approximately 20 professional players ranked in top 10, top 20, and top 30 in the world including Michael Chang who was once number two in the world.