Known by few, Hans Gildemeister’s (head coach and CEO of GMT) birth name is Juan P.B. Gildemeister. Although his students casually refer to him as Hans and their coach, Gildemeister comes with an array of famed international achievements and awards.
Life as a college and professional tennis player.
Gildemeister not only played professional tennis, but he was also a member of the University of Southern California’s (USC) tennis team, in which they were NCAA Champions in 1976.
He played in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) from 1976-1987. While on the tour, he reached a high ranking of number five in the world for doubles, the number one doubles team in the world, and number 12 in the world for singles.
He played Davis Cup Tennis for Chile for 15 years, earning a total of 36 wins in singles and doubles. As a result, he achieved the most Davis Cup Doubles wins in the history of Chilean tennis.
In solely 11 years, Gildemeister earned 23 doubles titles and four singles titles.
Life as an international coach.
Gildemeister previously coached Marcelo Rios (CHI) who became the number one in the world for singles in 1998. In addition, he coached Fernando Gonzalez (CHI) who became number five in the world for singles in 2007.
From 2005-2011, he was the Davis Cup Coach in which Chile was in the final eight teams in the world for two years; for three years, Chile was in the final 16 teams in the world.
During the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece, Gildemeister was the Olympic Coach for singles gold medalist Nicolas Massu and bronze medalist Fernando Gonzalez; Nicolas Massu and Fernando Gonzalez also won gold medals in doubles.
During the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China, Gildemeister was the Olympic Coach for Fernando Gonzalez who went on to earn a silver medal in singles.
In his current days, he resides in Tampa, Florida, where he is the tennis director and head coach at Gildemeister Tennis Academy (GMT).