For the past 23 years, 34-year-old Brandon Scott Christopher, also known as Brando Christo or Coach Brando, has served the sport of tennis internationally as a student, collegiate and professional competitor, high performance sparring partner and coach, author, speaker, and entrepreneur.
As tribute to his dedication to the game, Brando has spent many occasions studying, coaching, training, and competing in many of the tennis cathedrals of the world such as IMG’s Bollettieri Tennis Academy, John Newcombe’s Tennis Ranch, Chris Evert’s Tennis Academy, Melbourne Park, University of Portland’s Tennis Academy, and more.
Brando has been across the net on the practice court with the likes of Nick Bollettieri, Xavier Malisse, Guillermo Vilas, Cliff Drysdale, Tommy Haas, Wayne Odesnik, Kei Nishikori, Carston Ball, Ryan Harrison, Christian Harrison, Nick Kyrgios, Alun Jones, Belinda Bencic, Angelique Kerber, Sorana Cirstea, Thiemo de Bakker, Sargis Sargsian, Darren Cahill, Mike Agassi, Rita Agassi, Andre Agassi, Steffi Graf, Xu Shilin, Evan Song, Jovana Jaksic, Simona Halep and many others.
Now much of the time you can find him working with players at the All American Tennis Club in Las Vegas.
What began as a young person pursuing the life of a professional athlete has grown into the desire to contribute back to a sport that has given him so many wins. His first tennis book, “Dude, Where’s the Win?” highlights the unique journeys of 20 different tennis players who encounter different types of wins as a result of being tennis players.
To follow shortly after, Brando created a children’s series, volumes one through six “Buddy the Ball Adventures,” - exciting adventures of a playful, energetic tennis ball. Now through a brand new series, Tennis Club, an illustrated comic book, Brando utilizes Buddy to help empower youth to get active, and find the rewarding fun side of an athletic lifestyle.
USPTA Recreation Certified as of (May 23, 2010)
Bachelors of Arts, Public Relations, University of Idaho, (May 2008)
University of Idaho Student Government (2007-2008)
Scholar Athlete Award, University of Idaho Athletics (2008)
KLEW Journalism Scholarship, August (2007)
Western States Academic Scholarship, (2006-‐2008)