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Vinnie Burns & Michael Brandon Two men with world-class proficiency in tennis and sports performance training are bringing new excitement to one of Sarasota’s most iconic tennis and fitness clubs, the Bath and Racquet Athletic Club. Tennis Director Michael Brandon and Director of Sports Performance Vinnie Burns bring years of experience with the world-renowned IMG Academy to Bath and Racquet Athletic Club. Brandon and Burns are driven by a desire to create an inclusive environment that supports people of all ages and abilities to achieve their athletic and fitness goals. Brandon is a former number-one-ranked junior doubles player, who joined the club after eight years at the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy where he worked with many Division 1 players. He also personally coached tennis notables Victoria Duval and Stephanie Nauta. Brandon aims to know every member and ensure they connect with others at their level for a superior experience at the club. Brandon oversees all tennis programs at the club, conducts classes, provides individual lessons and keeps a close eye on the Tennis 123 program for adult beginners, and is instrumental in establishing the Level Up assessment that is unique to Bath and Racquet Athletic Club. He has also developed an allnew youth program and works hand-in-hand with Buddy Up Tennis for children with Down syndrome. Time away from the club can find him dining with friends or hanging out with his miniature Dachshunds. Improving sports performance and preventing injuries are priorities for Burns, who was a four-time football letterman and inducted into the Virginia Tech Legends of Lane Stadium. He was lead sports performance coach for soccer and tennis at IMG and has worked with athletes across all major professional and college sports, including hockey superstar Alex Ovechkin. Burns enjoys helping athletes of all levels from youth and weekend warriors to professionals seeking high-quality, sports-specific training and fitness. When not working, he enjoys spending time with his rare xoloitzcuintli dogs and continuing his education in the areas of science and world travel. Men on the SCENE 2016

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Men on the SCENE 2016

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Men on the SCENE 2016