The Maribyrnong Sports Academy tennis program delivers a holistic training structure which allows its players to balance their education with their developing tennis careers. Our on court training program is delivered before and after-school which allows our athletes to focus on their education during the day and their tennis after hours. These training sessions are considered part of the students athletes day and are compulsory unless an athlete is away from school on an explained/approved absence or they are in our injury clinic. Our ‘Athlete Friendly” staff provide a flexible education system in which players are encouraged to compete locally and internationally in tournaments whilst maintaining their studies on the road.
Tennis Program Philosophy
Our aim is to provide a disciplined and challenging training environment that will empower all players to maximize their potential in tennis across all 5 components of the game (Technical, Tactical, Physical, Mental, Nutritional) and life itself. We aim to implement structures into all our sessions which ‘not only’ teach the game of tennis but that also teach lessons that can be transferred into life.
The tennis program at MSA aims to complement existing players programs and not substitute them. Whilst we believe that the program will play an integral role in a players program, it must not in any ‘shape or form’ be the only part of a training schedule. The program also aims to educate our players about ‘not only’ the physical parts of tennis but about the ‘game’ of tennis.
On Court Tennis Training Structure
Our on court training consists of 4 sessions x 1.5 hours per week. So in total we provide 6 hours of training weekly. Coaching staff focuses mainly on the tactical side of the game as well as providing an intense training program to increase each player’s weekly volume. Maribyrnong’s experienced coaching staff understand the volumes needed to become a high level tennis player and therefore remain adamant that Maribyrnong’s tennis sessions should be used in conjunction with your normal training structures you already have in place. We ‘do not’ replace existing coaching programs a player has, nor do we change a players technique or game style unless directed by parents or private coaches.
Coaches Aim for the Program:
The tennis program at MSA aims to complement existing players programs and not substitute them. Whilst we believe that the program will play an integral role in a players program, it must not be used as the only part of a training schedule. The program also aims to educate our players about ‘not only’ the physical parts of tennis but about the ‘game’ of tennis. We aim to assist players to understand the demands of the game at a high level and guide them through their journey towards their dreams.
MICHAEL BAROCH - Tennis Australia High Performance (Level 3 Tennis Coaches Australia), Vietnam Davis Cup Coach, Tennis Australia Talent Development Coach, former coach of World Number 1 Maria Sharapova and US Open and Wimbledon Finalist Mark Philippoussis
MARC SOPHOULIS - High Performance Tennis Coach (Level 3), Current Maribyrnong Sports Academy Head Coach, Head Coach Melbourne International Tennis School, Tennis Australia Learning Facilitator (Level 1 & 2 Coaching Courses), Development/Assistant Coach Richmond Football Club VFL. Former Tennis Victoria State teams coach
DEAN BLEAZBY - Tennis Australia Club Professional, USPTA Professional, Tennis Australia Talent Development Coach, Maribyrnong Sports Academy Assistant Coach
VANESSA SARAGOZZA - Level 2 Tennis coach
STEFAN VISSER - Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach, Certificate IV in Sports Coaching
All players are required to be competing in AJR tournaments, local competitions, local pennant competitions as well as looking to compete at both national and international tournaments. All players are required to compete in a minimum of 15 tournaments per calendar year to enhance tactical development and awareness. Failure to reach the desired tournament total could lead to a review of the following years admission.
Our current tennis program has relationships with:
Tennis Australia Coach education sector
Numerous US Colleges
Numerous Training Academies worldwide including (USA, France, Czech Republic, Singapore, Malaysia and India)