Introduction

To understand the History of Tennis Coaching in Australia, we must first review the history of tennis the game and the impact from the International arena.

The History of Tennis Coaching in Australia has been influenced from each of the States/Territories and other Tennis and Sports bodies.

Tennis Education has been developed over the years from Coaches, Players and Programs.

The HIStory and HERstory is a collection of experiences from Tennis Coaches in Australia.

Prior to 1951, Top Players shared their style with handwritten books and black and white videos (1910).

Today, the internet allows slow motion video analysis, statistics and gadgets on your smart phone.

Please contact Andrew Hill on info@STARStv.com.au or 044-7827788 with facts, stories and pictures/videos to add to this collection.


Overview - Timeline of Events

1951/11 First meeting White City Club. NSWTPA - Association created

1953 Tennis Coach Code of Ethics produced

1956 TCA V - Professional Tennis Association Victoria was founded

1956 Association Badge designed by George Hugo

1958 Play More Tennis Committee established

1959 Association Blazer created through Mick Simmons retailer

1959 First Tennis Coaching manual produced

1960 The Lawn Tennis Professionals Association of Australia L.T.P.A.A formed. Head Office Sydney

1962 Tennis Video review of players to develop models of stroke play.

1963 Protest and Appeals Committee formed

1966 Association written Code of Ethics approved

1968 Little Masters Tournament created in White City

1968 Open Tennis review - Professional vs Amateur status

1970 Radio 2KY - Tiger Black Sports Show - a weekly promotion of tennis generally.

1971 Mobile Tennis Coaching supported by the Rothmans Foundation

1973 Royal Easter Show - promotion Stand

1973/10 First National Little Masters Tournament - Vic Assoc for LTPAA

1973 First standards Training Course Committee - W.W Gilmore, J.Musgrave, J.Parker, P.Musgrave

1974 NSWTA Council - attendance acceptance

1974 All trainee coaches should pass the Umpires Exam before becoming a Qualified Coach

1975 Tennis Coaching Clinic at White City prior to the NSW Championships

1975 Little Masters - Finals at the Hordern Pavilion. televised Channel 10

1976 LTPAA - President Bill Gilmore Secretary Jack Musgrave

1977 Lawn deleted from Title - TPAA

1978 TPAA NSW affiliated with NSWTA

1978 Coca Cola Sponsors Little Masters Tournament

1979 NSWTA allows Board position - Bill Gilmore as rep

1979 35 page Document presented to Federal Government - Associations Training Program for Tennis Coaches

1980 Slazenger Tennis Balls - branded tennis balls for the Association

1980 Lecturers and examiners now paid - previous volunteer

1980 Yellow Pages takes out block advert for Qualified Coaches

1981 Australian Sports Forum - Association delegate attended

1981 Tennis Coaches Seminar - Tangalooma Resort Queensland

1981 Australian Coaching Council - standardised course procedures for all sports. Levels 1,2 and 3 adopted.

1982 Trainee Coaches must attend Divisional schools as part of their Traineeship.

1983 Joint Certificate created - TPAA and TA presented to all coaches through out Australia.

1983 Association incorporated into a Company

1983 ACT Association approved by TPAA

1984 Trainee Log Book introduced

1985 Half page Advert in the Daily Mirror for Professional Coaches

1985 NSW TPA now incorporated

1986 Festival of Sydney Tennis Display in the Domain

1986 Video Library commenced for lectures and seminars

1986 First Level 3 Course held at the AIS Canberra
Spotlight on Sport

1987 First Level O Course conducted in Sydney

1989 Holiday Tennis Camps created to assist country areas

1989 Technical Committee created to standardise training course in all states

1989 Marrickville is NSW Office opened

1990 Display Tent at NSW Championships

1990 Gold Card suggested for all qualified coaches

1991 Change name to Tennis Professionals Association NSW Branch

1991 TPA Education committee

1992 Darling Harbour - Tennis Display

1992 ACE Tennis introduction Andrew Hill Video

1993 Roche Racket resort Best Seminar

1993 NT TCA endorsed

SMASH National acceptance

1993 National Grading System - Different models to have one system for all grades - Andrew Hill Model

1994 Coach of the Year established - Brett Seagrott Nominated

1994 Fan Fest introduced at White City

1994 National Tennis Seminar - Melbourne 350 attended

1995 Appointment of NSW General Manager - Greame Wardrop

1996 Tennis Australia introduces National Junior Pointscore Changes

1996 TA & TCA National Coach of the Year - Peter Taylor

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008 Tennis Australia introduce Local Advisory Group for Coach representation at State and National Level. Proposed to TA by Development Coach Peter Taylor

2008 -2011 Tennis Australia Coach Mentor introduced with Peter Taylor the proposer and one of 3 initial TA Coach Mentors

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017 - TA Problems

2018

2019 - TNSW talks with Local Councils - Restart

2020 - Coronavirus shutdown of Tennis in NSW 26/3/20-2/4/20

2021 - Ash Barty wins Wimbledon - Coach Team

Winning Summit - Andrew Hill