Ian Westermann is the owner and founder of Essential Tennis, an online leader in digital tennis instruction. He founded ET in 2008 after becoming frustrated with the daily challenges of being a full time on-court tennis pro. Since then his online instructional courses have been taken by over 20,000 tennis players in over 100 different countries. Ian specializes in both video and audio instructional content including the first audio tennis instruction podcast in the world: the Essential Tennis Podcast. Since 2008 he has published over 200 episodes of the show which is the highest rated tennis podcast on iTunes. Before leaving his on court teaching job to run Essential Tennis full time in April of 2011 Ian was a teaching professional at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland for six years. Congressional is currently rated the #2 private country club in America and hosted the PGA U.S. Open in 2011. His college career was spent in the Professional Tennis Management program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Ferris created the very first PTM program in 1989 and it’s still the biggest of it’s kind in the US. While there Ian played both singles and doubles on their UCAA Division II men’s team while earning a bachelors degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Professional Tennis Management. Ian recently moved back to his home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife of 9 years, Alison, and their two children. He plans to continue using the most cutting edge and innovative methods possible to reach passionate tennis players all over the world.