Chris Brandi joins his father Andy Brandi, one of the most successful coaches in the history of collegiate tennis, at the helm of the LSU men’s tennis program as co-head coach.
Chris Brandi comes to LSU after privately coaching in Florida from 2011-2017. He has coached in both the junior and professional ranks and has worked with players, including Elena Dementieva, ranked No. 4 in the WTA, and 2005 U.S. Open Junior Champion Ryan Sweeting.
He has also worked with Vera Dushevina and Laura Granville who were ranked in the WTA’s Top 35. The Boca Raton, Florida native has also served as a coach for players who have won junior championships in elite events such as the Orange Bowl as well as collegiate All-Americas and Top 100 professionals.
From 2009-2011, Chris Brandi served as the assistant director of tennis and assistant tennis coach at Baylor. He went to Waco, Texas from after a year as the assistant men’s tennis coach at Wake Forest.
Chris Brandi started his tennis career at TCU Before transferring to Florida, where he was an All-American in doubles in 2004 and All-SEC singles in 2005. He was coached by Andy Jackson and helped the Gators to claim the SEC regular season and tournament titles in 2005. Florida went on to reach the NCAA National Semi Finals in 2005.
During his four-year college career, Chris Brandi finished ranked No. 83 in the ITA national singles rankings, recorded an 80-39 overall record, notched a 52-17 dual singles record and won 22 SEC matches. He was also named to the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2004 and 2005.
Prior to beginning his college career, Chris Brandi worked at the Harold Solomon Tennis Institute in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where he was a hitting partner for the USA Federation Cup’s tie against Belgium in Oostende, Belgium.
Post-college, Chris Brandi played Davis Cup and won two singles matches to help Puerto Rico clinch its first Group 2 win in more than 15 years.
Chris Brandi graduated cum laude from the University of Florida in 2005 with a degree in business administration.