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Meet the Coaching Team

Tennis World Head Coach: John McCurdy

johnJohn is the Head Coach at Tennis World Melbourne Park and oversees the High-Performance Program and Junior Development Squad training along with taking many private tennis sessions and Junior Performance Holiday Camps. John is both a very experienced player and coach.

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John’s Coaching Philosophy – To provide  a comprehensive holistic approach that encourages individuality, with underlying core values of competitiveness, work ethic, respect and honesty in developing success in both tennis and life.

Qualifications:

  • High Performance Level 3 coach
  • Graduate Diploma Business Management (Monash University)

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • ATP tour – best ranking 80 in 1983
  • State Coach/State Director of Coaching 1985-1997
  • Australian Institute of Sport Head Coach/Program Manager 2002-2005
  • Head Coach Australian Open Tennis Academy 2006
  • Private Business 2007 – 2011
  • Head Coach Tennis World 2012 – present

Other Tennis/Work Experience:

  • Tennis Manager Octagon Worldwide (Australia) 1997-2002

 

Tennis World Head Coach at Albert Reserve: Daniel Norris

dan norrisDan is the Head Coach at Tennis World Albert Reserve and oversees all coaching activities at the St Kilda venue. Dan can be found on court running Hot Shots, Junior Development Squad and High Performance sessions and takes Group bookings and Tennis Workouts.

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Dan’s Coaching Philosophy – However hard you work, however serious you get, it must always remain fun!

Qualifications:

  • Tennis Australia, Club Professional/ Lawn Tennis Association, Level ΙΙ/U.S.P.T.R. Level ΙΙ

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Director of DN Tennis Academy in London
  • Involvement in building programs for UK’s premium tennis clubs (The Bourne Club), private schools (Amesbury Preparatory School) and health retreats (Grayshott Hall)
  • Head Coach at IQ Tennis 2007 – 2011
  • Head Coach at Tennis World Albert Reserve 2011 – present

 

Tennis World Coach at Melbourne Park: Daniel FerrettiDanielFERRETTI0376

Daniel has been a coach at  Tennis World since the very start in 2009. He is responsible for organising our Fitbit Cardio Tennis programs. Daniel can be found on court running Hot Shots, adult group/private lessons and training sessions for our National Academy students.

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Qualifications:

  • Tennis Australia Level 1, Junior Development Coach

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Former ATP Ranked singles and doubles player
  • Tournament player across Europe and Aisa

 

Tennis World  Coach at Melbourne Park: Madison SandersMaddy

Madison has been a coach at  Tennis World since 2012, and is our Hot Shots Coordinator. She is responsible for organising our Wheelchair tennis program and involved in the Junior Development Squad, Fitbit Cardio Tennis, Private Lessons and Adult beginner and intermediate lessons.

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Qualifications:

  • Tennis Australia qualified Junior Development Coach
  • Diploma in Sports Development
  • Certificate 3 & 4 in Sport and Recreation
  • Certificate 3 in Outdoor recreation
  • Cert 3 in Sports coaching
  • Cert 3 in Children’s educational support
  • Cert 4 in community development
  • Studied at Sports Education Development Australia (tennis) 2012-2014.

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Hot Shot Coordinator 2016 Tennis World
  • Wheel chair tennis program at Melbourne park 2016
  • Coach at tennis world since 2012
  • Assistant coach at Willison Park Tennis Club Camberwell – 4 years
  • Assistant coach for Geelong Grammar School (Geelong Campus) – 3 years
  • Assistant coach at South Gippsland Tennis Coach -2 years
  • Primary School Hot Shots Deliverer around Melbourne – 3 years
  • Tennis coaching with special needs (disability) schools – 1 year

 

Tennis World  Coach at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve: Roberto Rizzoroberto

Roberto joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2015 as a Tennis World coach and is now involved in a variety of programs and initiatives at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve. Roberto’s outgoing and social personality is reflective in his teachings, bringing high energy and passion to all his programs, Roberto can be found on court coaching Ladies Morning Tennis, Cardio Tennis and private lessons.

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Roberto’s Coaching Philosophy-  Make them smile and they will learn more and better

Qualifications:

  • Tennis Australia Level 2, Club Pro
  • Tennis Australia Level 1, Junior Development Coach
  • Uisp Coach
  • Masters in Food Quality
  • Masters in Food Safety
  • Bachelors Degree in Food Technology
  • Title of Professional Sommelier (FISAR)

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • 7 years coaching experience
  • Coach at Fawkner Park in 2015
  • Coach at several clubs in Italy since 2010 (Viterbo and Roma)
  • Competitor in Pennant and Bayside for Tennis World
  • National Level Tennis Player
  • Qualified for U14 Final Master Tecnifibre in Rome (top 8 players in Italy)

 

Tennis World  Coach at Melbourne Park: AJ RatnakumarAJ

AJ joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2014 as a Tennis World coach and is now involved in a variety of programs and initiatives at Melbourne Park. He is keen on bringing fresh ideas and energy to all programs,  AJ is great with players of all ages and can be found on court at coaching HotShots, Super 12’s, Junior Development Squads, Cardio Tennis workouts and adult group and private lessons- all abilitites.

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Aj’s Coaching Philosophy- I enjoy establishing a strong bond with students, I want them to enjoy the game and stay motivated so I can help them reach their highest level of tennis. 

Qualifications:

  • Level 1 Club Professional Coach
  • Diploma in Psychology

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Head coach at Fingara Tennis School, Sri Lanka
  • Junior National Level Player
  • Coach at ToppTen Academy

 

 Tennis World  Coach at Melbourne Park: Pavlina TichaPavlina_Ticha

Pavlina joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2015 as a Tennis World coach and is now involved in a variety of programs and initiatives at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve. Pavlina comes from the Czech Republic and has been coaching over 10 years. Her biggest passion is developing players to their maximum potential. She is involved in our Performance programs as well as Cardio sessions and Private lessons.

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Pavlina’s Coaching Philosophy-  

Qualifications:

  • Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach
  • Masters Degree in Marketing and Management

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Czech National Team Player
  • ITF and WTA Player
  • Winner of European Masters U14 1998
  • Head Coach at Elsternwick Park Tennis Centre 2009-2015

 

Tennis World Coach at Melbourne Park:  Enrique MoyaEnrique

Enrique is one of Tennis World’s Senior coaches at Melbourne Park and also Coordinates the Player’s Fitness Program. Enrique specialises in high-performance psychological training. He has a wealth of knowledge in Sports science and has had over 20 years of coaching experience.

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 Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree by Research in Sports Psychology
  • Master’s Degree in High Performance Sports
  • Master’s Degree in Sports Business Administration
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching Physical Education
  • Bachelor of Sports Science
  • National Tennis Professor (European level III, highest level of European qualification)

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Technical Director of the Catalonian Tennis Federation (FCT Barcelona)- 5 years
  • Head Coach at the FCT Competition Team-10 years
  • University Lecturer (Sports Science) at the National Institute of Physical Education (INEFC), University of Lleida Spain – 5 years
  • Coaching experience of 20 years

 

Tennis World  Coach at Melbourne Park: John Randabel

John joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2016 as a Tennis World coach and is now involved in a variety of programs and initiatives at Melbourne Park. He is keen on bringing fresh ideas and energy to all programs,  John is great with players of all ages and can be found on court coaching Performance Squads, Cardio Tennis, Ladies Mornings, adult group and private lessons- all abilities.

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John’s Coaching Philosophy- 

Qualifications:

  • Level 1 Club Professional Coach

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • 25 years Coaching experience

 

Tennis World  Coach at Melbourne Park: Max PhillipsMax

Max joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2016 as a Tennis World coach and is now involved in a variety of programs and initiatives at Melbourne Park. He currently works and travels with ATP/WTA ranked players, and is often seen on court as a hitting partner to many of the players training at Melbourne Park. He is involved primarily in our High-Performance Squads programs as well as Cardio sessions and Private lessons.

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Max’s Coaching Philosophy-  

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • U.S.P.T.R Pro Certified

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Played Division 1 College Tennis for Northern Illinois (Team Captain 2013)
  • Coached at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy for 3 years (USA)
  • Served as a Hitting Partner/Coach for 4 different Grand Slam Champions
  • Worked and travelled with current ATP/WTA players
  • Travelled the Past 4 years all over the world coaching ITF players
  • Coached at Berkhamsted Elite Tennis Academy on and off for 5 years (England)

 

Tennis World Senior Coach at Melbourne Park: Valerio Sarno

valerio2Valerio joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2014 as one of Tennis World’s Senior coaches. Valerio is friendly and works well with players of all ages and standards. Valerio can be found on court at Melbourne Park coaching Performance 10’s, 12’s and 14’s.

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Valerio’s Coaching Philosophy- My main goal is to work with my students and motivate them to reach their highest level. I aim to make them believe in themselves and work hard in order to achieve their success. If they succeed, then I succeed.  At the same time to make Tennis a fun for everybody.

Qualifications:

  • ITF Level 2 Tennis Coach level 2

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Assistant coach for 8 years in different Tennis Clubs in Italy
  • Hitting partner of Roberta Vinci in 2012/2013.
  • Assistant coach at Doncaster Tennis Club

 

Tennis World Senior Coach at Melbourne Park : Aymeric MaraFullSizeRender

Aymeric joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2014 as one of Tennis World’s Senior Coaches. Aymeric grew up in Vanuatu and comes to Tennis World with a wealth of experience having competed in the Pacific Oceania Davis Cup Team. Aymeric coaches at Melbourne Park and can be found on court at the National Tennis Centre running Tennis Workouts, private lessons and assisting with the Junior Development Squads and High Performance Program.

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Aymeric’s Coaching Philosophy- Your “bad days” define you. A players attitude will either help or hinder your progress. When the attitude is right, there is no barrier.

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Silver medallist at the Pacific Games ( Representing Vanuatu)
  • Competed in 1 OCEANIA tie
  • Competed in 3 Davis Cup ties
  • Competed in the Australian Open ATL  representing Pacific Oceania

 

Tennis World Senior Coach at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve: John Ersoy

John joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2015 and is a Senior Tennis Coach at Albert Park Reserve and Melbourne Park. John grew up in Turkey and has played on the Turkish Davis Cup team. He loves sharing his passion for tennis with his clients. John is great with players of all ages and can be found on court coaching Hot Shots, Cardio Tennis, Ladies Mornings, adult group and private lessons- all abilities.

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John Coaching Philosophy- You need to focus on a players skill and also their attitude. To me, success is developing great players with good character both on and off the court. Nothing comes easy, but with resilience and persistence, anyone can achieve their goals.

Qualifications:

  • Tennis Performance Trainer (TPT Certified)
  • Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach Level 2
  • Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach Level 1
  • Certificate IV in Sports Coaching

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • National level Junior competition
  • Turkish National Player
  • Member of the Turkish Davis Cup team
  • Member of the Turkish Junior Davis Cup team
  • Played ITF and ATP
  • Over 10 years’ experience playing across Europe
  • Played for the University of Long Beach in the USA
  • Senior Tennis Coach at Maribyrnong Park Tennis Club

 

Tennis World Senior Coach at Melbourne Park and Albert Reserve: Tyler Andre Tranquille

Tyler joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2017 as one of Tennis World’s Coaches. He is currently attending the University of Melbourne, looking to become a doctor in the years to come. Tyler is currently studying the Junior Development course (Level 1 qualification) and has had extensive tournament and travelling experience in tennis. His passion is to develop young kids to a level at which they can compete and create good great memories while on the court. Tyler can be found taking private lessons, ANZ Hot Shots and Cardio Tennis.

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Tyler’s Coaching Philosophy- Every player has the potential to be great but it’s those who push themselves to learn and improve who will be greatest

Qualifications:

  • Currently completing Junior Development Course Level 1

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • National level Junior competition
  • Junior ITF events and some Futures level experience
  • Extensive AMT experience
  • Represented WA in national team events

 

Tennis World Coach at Melbourne Park: Kuberan Rengasamy Kannan

Kuberan joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2016 as one of Tennis World’s Coaches.  He has had experience in coaching children aged 6-14 and passionate about junior development within the local community. Kuberan can be found on court taking Hot Shots, Junior Development Squads and Fitbit Cardio Tennis.

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Kuberan’s Coaching Philosophy- To help players learn and enjoy the game of tennis for life by giving them proper technical know-how through an easy, fun centred approach

Qualifications:

  • Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach
  • Tennis Australia Community Coaching Course
  • Master of Energy Systems (University of Melbourne)

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Junior National Level Player in India
  • Winner of Melbourne University advanced internal doubles 2016
  • Playing Victoria State Pennant
  • Blackburn District Night Tennis for Melbourne University Tennis Club

 

Tennis World  Coach at Melbourne Park : Reza Karavarreza

Reza joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2016 as a Tennis World coach. He has had 20 years of international coaching experience and is passionate about developing our adults’ beginner’s program. Reza can be found on court coaching Hot Shots, Private lessons and adult groups.

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Reza’s Coaching Philosophy- Providing an opportunity to develop my students’ skills and help them to enjoy playing tennis

Qualifications:

  • Level 2 ITF
  • Bachelor of Aircraft Engineering

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • IRAN national team player
  • Head coach at Homa tennis club Tehran 10 years
  • Senior coach at Clifton hill tennis Academy Melbourne 4 years
  • Senior coach at fireball tennis Academy Melbourne 1 year
  • Senior coach at National Tennis Centre Melbourne

 

Tennis World Coach at Melbourne Park: Kuberan Rengasamy Kannan

Kuberan joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2016 as one of Tennis World’s Coaches.  He has had experience in coaching children aged 6-14 and passionate about junior development within the local community. Kuberan can be found on court taking Hot Shots, Junior Development Squads and Fitbit Cardio Tennis.

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Kuberan’s Coaching Philosophy- To help players learn and enjoy the game of tennis for life by giving them proper technical know-how through an easy, fun centred approach

Qualifications:

  • Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach
  • Tennis Australia Community Coaching Course
  • Master of Energy Systems (University of Melbourne)

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Junior National Level Player in India
  • Winner of Melbourne University advanced internal doubles 2016
  • Playing Victoria State Pennant
  • Blackburn District Night Tennis for Melbourne University Tennis Club

 

Tennis World  Coach at Melbourne Park: Cristian ValdesCristian

Cristian joined the Tennis World Coaching Team in 2015 as a Tennis World coach and is now involved in a variety of programs and initiatives at Melbourne Park. He has been coaching children and adults for over 10 years, potentiating the best and new tennis skills in everyone. Cristian is can be found on court at coaching HotShots, Performance 12’s and 10’s,  Cardio Tennis sessions and adult group – all abilities.

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Cristian Coaching Philosophy- 

Qualifications:

  • ITF 1 Level 1

Playing/Coaching Experience:

  • Head Coach at Club San Carlos, Talca (Chile)
  • Coach Regional Sport Selection at University Catholic of Maule, Talca (Chile)
  • Tennis coach at School “Montessori”, Talca (Chile)

 

All Tennis World Coaches wear New Balance uniforms (Apparel and Footwear) and play with Wilson tennis racquets and string.