As a coach Christo Holds a National level ITF tennis instructors certificate and more than 10 years coaching experience.
Christo has worked in Hong Kong as Head of junior performance tennis program at the prestigious Pacific club for 3 years after
Heading to Spain and France to enroll in some of there top academies as a fulltime player. Keeping his career as a tennis instructor
in mind Christo decided to follow some of the best coaches in Spain at the Barcelona total Tennis academy and learn from them first hand.
After many years playing and coaching around Europe and Asia Christo decided to open Origin Tennis Singapore and hopes to bring a high quality
tennis coaching experience to players of all level in Singapore
Pavel Suchý is a qualified tennis coaching professional with the Czech Tennis Association and holds the Czech Tennis Coaches Licence. Pavel proved himself to be an invaluable player for his home club ZLTC Brno playing the highest tennis league in the Czech Republic, despite picking up tennis quite late compared to other top pros.
Pavel earned a full scholarship into American College Tennis representing Norfolk State University in 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree. As playing captain Pavel’s team then stepped up and finished in second place in the MEAC Division One. Pavel won the most valuable player at NSU and was named for the first team of MEAC Division I conference with 36-7 winning record.
Tiago Olimio is a qualified tennis coaching professional certified by the international tennis federation after successfully completing the level 2 coaching course with the Portuguese tennis federation.
Tiago completed a Bachelors of sports Sciences Degree at the University of Combra in Portugal.
Tiago gained invaluable experience as a player competing at international level, including winning a set against current world no.44 Joao Sousa who is Portugal’s No.1 ranked male professional.
Tiago’s coaching experience includes working with several player’s male and female on the professional tennis tour.
Alok Bhide is a qualified tennis professional certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) with a PTR rating level of ‘Professional’. Coach Alok has been competing in tennis for more than 15 years and has been coaching for more than 10 years. He started playing tennis at the age of 8 and went on to win the Junior National Doubles along with several national and international tournaments. He was ranked No. 1 in the country in Junior Doubles in 1999. He is also a former ATP ranked and ITF Junior World ranked player.
Alok took a full scholarship to study and play high level college tennis in Pennsylvania, USA. He has completed his Bachelors in ‘Finance’ from Kutztown University, USA and his executive certification in ‘International Management’ from Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA.
Since 1995, Vitor Silva becomes a tennis lover. He started his career as a player. He represented Portugal in several European Championships in 2003 and 2004, and won team national championship under 16 in 2005. As a U16 and U18, Vitor cross Europe to play international tournaments with João Sousa(top30 ATP) and Gastão Elias (top150 ATP).
Vitor reached the position 725 in 2009 at the ITF ranking. In that year he played against Roberto Bautista (nr16 ATP) and Uladzimir Ignatik that were nr.1 itf ranking. In 2011 Vitor reached the 7th position at national ranking and 3rd in 2012. For three consecutive years, he won the Regional Championship and recently played in one main draw in a Challenger Tournament (doubles).
Fernando da Costa started playing tennis at the age of 6. His father, one of the most respected tennis coaches in Brazil, started to taught him the mechanical and forms of tennis. Fernando fell in love for the sport and starting to compete at the age of 9. He was the number 1 player in Brazil and in the state of Rio de Janeiro for several years. After that, Fernando moved to the United States and played College Tennis. Playing for TJC and Temple, Fernando was awarded three times with the All-American Award and the Best College Player in Texas. The player, who was top 10 for four years in a row, was voted one of the most promising tennis players in NCAA all Divisions. Fernando was also nominated Sport Student of the Year from Tyler and Temple.
With the help of NCAA and NJCAA, Fernando was granted several wild cards in United States and Canada ATP ITF tournaments, and had the chance to play in the US Open Series twice.
In that time, Fernando won 3 ITF/ITA NCAA futures in singles and 5 ITF/ITA NCAA doubles tournaments.
Timothy Alcos has 23 years of full-time tennis coaching experience. Timothy is a Tier 1 International tennis coaching with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and a qualified professional tennis coach with the Philippine Tennis Association(PhilTA).
Timothy was one of the best tennis players during his National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) time. When he was coaching in the Philippines he won the NCAA Collegiate Coach of the Year award from 2001-2007 and the High school (Secondary) Coach of the Year in 2002-2004.
Timothy never stopped being a player, he won the International Tennis Federation Charles Simons Senior Circuit 35+ men’s singles tournament in 2010. This ITF senior circuit tournament is held in Singapore each year and four years on after winning the singles title, he was the runner-up just over a month ago, where he narrowly lost in the final set tiebreak after winning the doubles title.
Timothy just came back from Thailand a week ago from competing in the ITF Grade 2 tournament in Pattaya. His best ITF seniors circuit world ranking in singles is No.269 and he is the No.203 in the world in doubles right now.
Coach Glenn Tan
Glenn has been involved with tennis over the last 10 years and has experience in working in the Singapore tennis market with many different clubs and Companies.
Some of Glenn experience include
- Representing Serangoon Junior College for inter college tennis competition
- Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Certified taken in 2013
- Coached at Tanglin Tennis Academy
- Coached at Procoach Singapore
Glenn is passionate to share the game of tennis to anyone who is interested to pick up the game. Furthermore, he believes in hard work and patience are the main ingredients to improve in tennis. And the most important is to have fun and enjoy the game!
Please book with coach Glenn if you are of Beginner and Intermediate level he also specializes in teaching kids and kids groups.
10 Reasons to hire a tennis coach
A lot of tennis players don’t want to invest the money or the time to hire a coach. But this can be one of the biggestmistakes you are making in your tennis career.
As a tennis player and coach, I have learned the immense value of having an expert help me improve my tennis game. When we want to learn a skill, the most efficient way is to hire someone to show us how to do it. If you are hesitant about getting a coach, or happen to be a coach that wants to prove to your students why they made the right choice, check out my top 10 reasons why you should hire a tennis coach below:
Coaches who are passionate about seeing you succeed will hold you accountable if you aren’t giving your best effort towards improving your tennis game. Your coach will know that you haven’t been practicing your follow-through on your forehand that you learned last week, and whether you have been using the new footwork patterns that you promised to work on. A good tennis coach will constantly evaluate your game and give you feedback based on your progress or stagnation. If you aren’t up to standards, you not only have to answer to yourself, but you have a lot of explaining to do to your tennis coach.
One of the main roles of a tennis coach is to be a mentor. Coaches will teach you what you need to do to succeed, get you on the right mental path to success, and keep you motivated to train hard to reach your goals. When I spoke to Allistair McCaw, a recent guest on The Tennis Files Podcast and the world class trainer of Kevin Anderson, he said “Coaching is about serving others, being there for others, and putting others first.” One piece of advice I’ve heard over and over again (Think and Grow Rich – Napoleon Hill) is to get a mentor.
3. Spotting Mistakes That You Can’t See
Coaches will recognize flaws in your game that you wouldn’t have seen in a hundred years. Have you ever had a friend ask you why you did something that you had no idea you were ever doing? Good coaches are invaluable because through years of experience and training they can spot even the most minuscule technical flaws or strategic mistakes that hamper your progress. The next best thing to a coach is to video yourself playing. But even then, depending on your skill level, you may not be able to recognize when and what you are doing wrong.
4. Accelerating Your Improvement
Coaches will find flaws in your game and help you fix them quicker than you could by yourself. Most amateur players approach their tennis problems something like this: “My backhand sucks, but I don’t know how to fix it. Maybe I’ll watch Federer and copy his backhand!” A good tennis coach will look at your backhand and tell you specific instructions like “more shoulder turn, more knee bend, you aren’t following through correctly.” Sure it costs you some money, but wouldn’t you rather save the time and aggravation? If you visit a foreign country, do you try to figure out where everything is on your own, or do you ask someone for help?
5. Elevating Your Intensity
If we pay for something, we tend to take it more seriously. I don’t know about you, but when I finally convinced myself it was worth it to shell out $95 for one hour of tennis lessons with Li Na’s former coach, I told myself I’d better be damned sure to be as focused as possible. I wanted to soak up as much information as I could and laser etch that knowledge onto stones so that it would never be forgotten. When you pay for tennis lessons and know that a coach will consistently be evaluating your progress, you will elevate your intensity and concentration by leaps and bounds. If you can match that intensity in a regular hitting session with your training partner, then you are either an amazing person or a cyborg, because you will often have your most intense training sessions with your tennis coach.
6. Consistent Training
Hiring a tennis coach will provide you with consistent training sessions to improve your game. If you set up recurring lessons with your coach, you’ll have a set schedule of tennis on your calendar to look forward to and prepare for. And since you have to practice what you learn in your lessons, you will have to set up more training sessions with partners or by yourself. This illustrates why hiring a tennis coach can be the catalyst for increasing your tennis training and ensuring that you are constantly working on your game.
7. Formulating Strategy
Formulating the right game plan before tennis matches can make a huge different in the outcome of your match. And who better to help you learn and create specific strategies for success than your coach? Good tennis coaches have a plethora of experience and knowledge about the strategic aspects of tennis. Even players with ugly strokes (a-la Winning Ugly by Brad Gilbert) can defeat more technically sound opponents with superior strategy. A coach will help you learn and implement point patterns and recognize when you should use them.
Coaches can provide the inspiration you need to elevate your game. Sometimes we feel low on confidence or lost as to what to do next. Sessions with your coach can be the kick in the rear you need to get back on your saddle and start going full throttle again. A good coach will know what makes you tick and motivate you to succeed. There will be times when you need support and guidance from a more objective party other than your family and friends. This is where a coach can step in and make a huge impact on a player’s mental state and approach to the game.
9. Keeping it Real
Good coaches will be truthful and give you an honest assessment of your potential. You may think you are the next Andre Agassi. But your coach will be right there to point out all the things that Agassi did right that you’re doing wrong. Your coach can help you set SMART goals that are achievable and a bit outside of your comfort zone (for a free guide on how to set SMART Goals, click here and fill out the form at the end of the article!). Coaches know your skill set, what you are capable of improving, and where you can realistically expect to be in your tennis career in the coming months and years. There’s nothing more helpful than to think you have an amazing forehand or rock solid serve, only to have a coach point out your flaws and help you make those shots even better come next match.
10. Investing in Your Game
The mere act of putting down hard-earned cash for a tennis lesson says something about you. It shows that you are serious about your tennis game and want to improve. You value the happiness and enjoyment out of playing a satisfying tennis session and match. Perhaps you are competitive. Or maybe you just like getting better. Whatever the reason, you have shown that you love tennis and want to get better at it. Otherwise you would have spent your money on a nice dinner or a fancy dress shirt. The act of investing time and money in your game is a powerful step in advancing your tennis career, and you have to do it if you want to maximize your tennis potential.
Money can be made, but an education is priceless.
How to Find the Right Coach for You
Much like #10 above, it will pay dividends to invest some time into finding the right coach for you. This means talking to other players and asking for recommendations and/or reviews, checking how the coach’s students have performed and improved since they started taking lessons with the coach, and figuring out the coach’s teaching style and whether they can adapt to your style of learning.
You can also ask your local tennis clubs for recommendations and get opinions about your choices on online forums. And check out Play Your Court, which is a platform/app that makes finding a good tennis coach really quick and easy. You just answer a couple questions and then PYC will match you with tennis coaches in a matter of minutes. You can book tennis lessons (affiliate link) with the instructor of your choice easily through the app. CourtPlay is another similar app which you can take a look at to find tennis coaches online.
Do your homework when selecting a tennis coach, dedicate yourself to listening and learning everything you can from your coach, and your game will improve enormously. You will have a mentor, instructor, strategist, technical expert, and motivational figure to figure out how to take your game to the next level. You can spend a ton of time trying to figure out what’s wrong with your game and fix it by yourself. Or you can hire someone to help you improve in a fraction of the time. The support and guidance that you will gain from hiring a coach will be well worth it.
Tennis Coach’s Guide to Teachin
No matter what you think, I have never found two students who are exactly the same; and I’ve coached and worked with tens of thousands of students.
With this in mind, coaches and educators must find a way to be successful that will often differ by student.
Coaches vary in the way they teach the game, the most productive method is based somewhat on their ages.
Example: Age 5-10
- You must talk slowly
- You must actually have them watch you demonstrate what you are teaching them
- Go through it segment by segment with simple language
- Have the student watch you and then copy every move that you do
- Do it together as a team, but also add simple tips of advice
- Repeat this process over and over again before you go into live ball
- When the exercise breaks down, go back to the basics by giving simple tips
Don’t hesitate to stop here and listen to your student’s questions. Oh yes, at times let the students come forward to show the group how they do the drill.
This will give them confidence and let them be the pro. This will be fun and is the beginning for children to gain confidence and learn to speak up.
Point of reference: In China, huge numbers of people are now playing tennis. They never strike a ball until all variations of visualization drills are completed. In some instances it can be several months before they strike a ball.
It’s almost impossible for you to see yourself unless you use a video or take a few pictures on your camera. During a break it will be a lot of fun for the students to actually see what they look like.
Example: Boris Becker was a very interesting player. He helped me learn why certain players reach high levels of excellence. He once explained his Boom-Boom serve. Before serving, whether in practice or during actual play, he would go through his entire serve motion before serving. By doing this, he had four serves to the other player’s two.
More: 5 Tips to Get Kids Excited About Tennis
He actually saw and felt his entire serve within his mind and because of this repetition including serving 60 balls at the end of each practice (10 down the tee, 10 jamming the opponent, 10 outside from each side) enabled him to do it during his match.
Keep in mind that you must find a way that is successful for you and then repeat it over and over again until it becomes a habit of success.
Don’t copy someone else because different groups will have a complete different swing pattern. Unless you feel that your player’s style is very similar to Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams, or Maria Sharapova, you shouldn’t try to copy them exactly.