We are happy to announce a partnership with Banana Tennis Academy!
A short introduction on them:
They are a group of dedicated, certified and professional coaches here in sunny Singapore. They have been in the tennis scene for quite a few years and have recently setup their academy as a melting pot of coaching ideas and passion of tennis. They have young local blood that is full of energy and dedication to the craft they love.
We at Origin Tennis immediately took a liking to their tennis director, Joel, for his passion, drive and desire to spread the love of tennis all over Singapore. We would like to join hands with them as partners as we share the same vision and love of the game. Together we can pull our resources and reach out to more future tennis stars, addicts and coaches alike!
Here is what Banana Tennis Academy has to say:
We are really excited to work with Origin Tennis. Christo isn’t afraid to share his experiences and exchange coaching ideas and methodologies on court.
Banana Tennis Academy, like its name, is centered around Bright, Fun and Energetic type of coaching style. Yes we do get serious on court and give our students specific instructions to shape them into better players / bananas, but we never forget to inject humor through our analogies and conversation. 🙂
If you are looking for a fun and energetic tennis coach in Singapore, Banana Tennis Academy is a great place to start!”
Here is what a happy banana client has to say:
Having an avid interest in tennis for 7 years, playing with all kinds of tennis groups, I came across Banana Tennis Coaching Team online and signed up. Within a short period of coaching with Banana Tennis, I have improved tremendously. Unlike the other tennis coaches I had in the past, the skills and techniques are more relatable to the modern and better aggressive style of tennis which are, while quite different from what I have learnt, better. The coaches are also friendly, helpful and approachable. Overall I would recommend Banana Tennis Coaching Team to anyone who has an interest in tennis and hope you enjoy it as much as I did. ~ Nigel Yeo, Junior College Student.
Should I Become a Tennis Instructor?
Tennis instructors are coaches who work to improve a player’s game. While some instructors focus on teaching beginners the fundamentals of tennis, top level instructors could work with players at the professional level. Tennis instructors may teach players individually, in groups, or on teams.
During instruction, tennis coaches evaluate a player’s game to determine their strengths and weaknesses and improve their skills. Some tennis instructors travel to their players’ matches and tournaments, and work could be performed outdoors in cold and rainy or hot and sunny weather. Instructors might also carry out evening and weekend lessons, and matches may be played on weekends, too. Busy sports seasons can make for long hours and work weeks of more than 40 hours in length. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), reported in 2015 that the median annual salary for coaches and scouts was $31,000.
|Experience||Experience playing tennis is required|
|Key Skills||In addition to tennis knowledge, instructors must have strong communication skills and be able to assess a player’s game|
|Certification||The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) offer voluntary certification|
Sources: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS); Various Job Postings (October 2012); USPTA and PTR
Steps to Become A Tennis Instructor
Step 1: Gain Experience
According to the BLS, any type of athletic coach or instructor is required to have an immense amount of hands-on experience and knowledge about their sport of choice. Tennis instructors have usually played tennis for many years, often at the competitive level. They must be extremely familiar with all of the rules and regulations of the sport and be able to clearly communicate this information to their players.
Consider earning a bachelor’s degree. A bachelor’s degree is often a prerequisite for instructors looking to teach tennis at the high school or college level. The degree could be in education, physical education, or some other type of fitness or physiology major.
Step 2: Work as an Assistant
One of the best ways to learn how to become a tennis instructor is by assisting a professional tennis instructor or coach. By doing this, you will gain experience with the techniques and training involved in a typical tennis lesson or practice. Working as an assistant also offers the chance to begin working with players and learning how to communicate with them.
Step 3: Earn Certification
While certification is not usually a requirement to become a tennis instructor, some private clubs and organizations will prefer to hire certified professionals. The two major certifying associations in the United States are the Professional Tennis Registry and the United States Professional Tennis Association. After training for the certification exam and passing the test, you can become members of these organizations and enjoy benefits such as liability insurance and continuing education opportunities
Singapore is blessed with mostly sunny days all year round, so it is little surprise that there are so many outdoor tennis courts all over the country in condominiums, schools, clubs and Sport Singapore facilities.
Singapore has enjoyed world prominence over the last three years by hosting the WTA Finals, the biggest women’s professional event outside of the Grand Slams.
The popularity of tennis within the local community is on the increase with the support to promote the sport provided by SportSG and the Singapore Tennis Association (STA).
If the aim is for Singapore tennis to reach a higher level, then the next step is to focus on the power in numbers within the younger generation.
This will eventually translate into a bigger pool of talent from which there will be a higher probability that more Singaporeans will chase the dream of turning professional.
SportSG has implemented several initiatives as part of their strategy to grow the sport in Singapore.
They have not only introduced a mini-tennis programme in primary schools in Singapore, but they have also launched the ActiveSG Tennis Academy which is aimed at providing Singaporeans of all ages and skill levels access to playing tennis.
In many countries where tennis is a mature sport, especially in the West, academies are readily available for aspiring players to live and breathe the sport, and these schools consistently produce players who make the pro ranks.
Academies will also enhance the game at the grassroots as it provides the infrastructure to build and maintain a pipeline that consistently produces players armed with the basics and are passionate about the sport.
With the arrival of the WTA Finals here in 2014, a number of programmes and clinics were introduced to promote tennis.
In the inaugural year, SC Global, in collaboration with STA, launched a programme called Tennis For Every Child, which introduced the sport to primary school children who would otherwise not have had access to playing tennis.
As part of the efforts to engage the next generation of players, the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) is also working on plans to further enhance and expand our WTA Future Stars programme in Asia.
Last year, 18 countries participated in the programme and the WTA is looking to expand on its success so far.
Our strategy is to increase the level of play amongst the young hopefuls so that they not only gain valuable competitive experience from sparring against one another, but also get the motivation to keep on improving themselves.
It is important to continue to provide opportunities for young children to be introduced to the sport and also for them to enjoy the game.
When they have fun on the court, they will naturally want to spend more time and be motivated to keep getting better.
Whether they end up ultimately playing professionally or earning a college scholarship should not be the only focus as tennis can help with so many other aspects of life.
Whatever the pathway they choose, playing tennis helps to inculcate focus, discipline and drive which are values that will benefit them in life.
The interest and enthusiasm for the sport here are encouraging and the fact that Singapore has a player who has made the WTA ranking is a big achievement that the country should be proud of.
With a current WTA ranking of 460, Stefanie Tan is a strong young woman who is hungry to improve and I am rooting for her to continue to progress in her career as a professional tennis player.
I know that the tennis community here is very active with numerous competitive leagues amongst clubs and even corporate groups.
The interest is definitely there so Singapore now has to focus on developing the right springboard for future success and be patient in building a strong foundation among the younger players as a starting point.
It takes time for players to not just hone their skills but also to develop the physical and mental strengths to become a champion.
Success does not happen overnight and it will take years of hard work, commitment and perseverance to see the results.
My first column of the year comes after a compelling Australian Open where Serena and Venus, and Roger and Rafa, proved they still had game.
Many here were still talking about their exploits days after Serena broke the Open era record by capturing her 23rd Grand Slam singles title.
Young Singaporeans have watched and been inspired by these icons for so long.
Put more rackets in their hands and get more of them out on the courts to play.
Bring them out to the Singapore Indoor Stadium to witness the best in action at the WTA Finals to inspire them.
Let them see for themselves what they can achieve if they work hard and believe in their dreams.
Have faith in the process, give it time to develop, and tennis will have a promising future here.
Canadian Melissa Pine is a former NCAA player and a columnist for The New Paper. She is the vice-president of WTA Asia-Pacific and also the tournament dire.ctor of the WTA Finals