Futures Tennis is a full-time tennis academy which has been in operation for over 31 years.
Many of our coaches have never held any other job apart from coaching tennis. Our team, including international coaches, are dedicated, committed and passionate about providing all pupils with a successful coaching experience.
Importantly, our staff have also been trained to "Play by the Rules " [see attached document for our Child Safety Standards]. Our coaches have working with children checks, first aid training, insurance and regularly update their knowledge to stay accredited.
Awards: 2010 TCAV Club Coach of the Year; 2011 Victorian Tennis Awards Coaching Excellence Hot Shots; 2011 Winner Australian Tennis Awards: Hot Shots Coach of the Year; 2012 Winner Australian Tennis Awards: Club Coach of the Year. 2013 Finalist Victorian [All] Sports;2016 Winner Australian Tennis Awards: East Malvern TC Most Outstanding Club/Centre. Wes was an outstanding junior player. His results included twice reaching the semi-finals of the Australian Junior Championships & winning numerous junior tournaments in Melbourne. Overseas he won prestigious World Level 2 tier National Titles such as the Czechoslovakian Junior Championships [Slovakia] & the Swiss National Junior Title [Landquart]. Wes represented Australia in the World Junior Esso Challenge & Victoria in both the Wayne Reid & Linton Cup teams. In 1980 Wes was ranked the number one junior in Victoria & four in Australia for juniors his age group. At just seventeen years of age Wes played State Grade number one [the highest open grade in Victoria] and won six of his seven singles matches. Wes played the Men’s ATP circuit for seven years, playing in many of the worlds largest tournaments including Grand Slam events such as the main draw of the Australian Open singles and doubles and the qualifying event of the French & Wimbledon Championships. Wes’ highest Australian Singles Ranking was #39, World Singles Ranking of #398 & World Doubles Ranking of #252. Wes also represented Oklahoma State University with a full scholarship before starting his career in tennis coaching at the prestigious Aquarius Tennis Centre in Marbella, Spain coaching the top Andalucian juniors. Wes eventually settled back into Melbourne coaching & managing at numerous clubs while completing his Diploma of Education. Wes has also served a total of eight years as a Board Member of the T.C.A.V. [Tennis Coaches Association of Victoria] assisting in the development of coach related issues through out Victoria. He has also been the elected representative on the N.C.A.G. [National Coaching Advisory Group] for all Victorian and Tasmanian coaches from 2009-2016. Wes has made a living from either playing or coaching tennis for his entire life. This wealth of knowledge & experience Wes has now passed onto his coaching academy & to his numerous coaches. Wes continues to play tennis representing Australia twice in the over 35 World Team Championships. In 2000 he reached the quarter finals of the over 35 World Singles and Doubles Championships in Amsterdam, Holland. The same year he also won the Australian 35 and over Clay Court Championships. In 2000 Wes was ranked in the top ten players in the world 35’s I.T.F. rankings. Wes still plays the VTA Pennant Men’s Open Doubles and won the flag in 2009, 11, 12, 13, 14 & 15.
David has coached for 25 years and has a deep passion for the game. He has joined Futures as our full time Operations Manager Monday to Friday. His playing experience includes 10 years of playing Victoria’s most elite grade of pennant, State grade, which would have place him in the top 100 players in Australia. He has coached beginners through to Nationally ranked players including his own two sons. He is a close friends of Wes’ and has been a great addition to our qualified coaching and admin staff.
Marcus is Head Coach of Ardrie Park Tennis Club and – being a former student – also the Head Coach at Solway Primary School . He coaches all standards and ages from our youngest 4 year old beginners to the most advanced players in our academy. He is a true professional and has been coaching full time for over 16 years. He is a gentle giant being the tallest, of a tall group of coaches, at 6″ 4′. Marcus is a former students of Futures Tennis from juniors all the way to playing in the Grade one VTA pennant team. Marcus is a former Club Champion at East Malvern Tennis Club. Being multi-faceted Marcus also restrings and is the Head Coach for all our Holiday Clinics.
Brett is a HEAD Coach at Korowa and our Talent Development Coach. Brett has devoted his life to the game of tennis. He commenced playing in Adelaide where he played 8 years in their premier State League pennant. A highlight was winning the Mark Woodforde State Open Grass Court Men's Championship and then touring the world playing two years of ATP Satellite tournaments. Eventually he gained a NCAA scholarship to play the US Collegiate system where he was named in the ITA/NCAA All-American Team. He then moved back and started coaching in Adelaide before moving to Melbourne coaching at Tennis World at the National Tennis Centre. Brett is an A.P.T.C.A. Club Coach qualified.
Ian’s full time job is lecturing on the subject of Neuropsychology in the area of movement and motor skill at Deakin University. His passion, although, is the game of tennis! His father was a well known media commentator in Germany who got him into the game at a young age. Ian is heaps of fun with juniors and adults alike and volunteers to be coordinator for the junior teams at East Malvern Tennis Club. If you attend the club you will inevitably bump into Ian working voluntarily around the place. Although German, Ian, is a fair dinkum “Aussie”!
Youri was our former Operation Manager and has coached for over ten years, most of them full time. He is coach qualified in both Australia and France, his native country, and speaks both fluent French and English. He also has a mathematics degree and has chosen to pursue this career path full time. He still coaches, though, on a Saturday morning at Korowa Girls School and often fills in as an emergency coach. Youri is an excellent coach capable of coaching all ages and standards.
Spencer was a former top 400 Australian ranked player. He is a qualified Tennis Australia coach and has coached at both Queensland Tennis Centre and Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre for Tennis Australia. Spencer has moved interstate from Sydney to join our coaching and admin teams. Spencer has coached full time for 8 years, is 28 years old and has devoted his life to the game he loves. In 2013 he completed his studies in Sports Management and will now lead our marketing at Futures Tennis. One of his many roles in Brisbane was to organise events and he was the Head re-stringer for the Brisbane International Tennis Tournament. Spencer has a lovely patience nature and is a HEAD Coach at East Malvern Tennis Club.
Barbora Zahnova started playing a tennis at the tender age of 6 years. She quickly developed into a junior prodigy being selected in the Nationals team for 14, 16 and 18 and under in her native country of the Czech Republic. She was then offered a Tennis Scholarship to attend Brigham University, USA. During this time she graduated with a BS of Political Science. After graduating Barbora played the W.T.A. circuit and achieved a career high world ranking of 797. Barbora coaching career started five years ago in Perth after her husband job was relocated. She commenced working with Futures since the start of 2017. Barbora speaks four languages, including english fluently, and worked for many years in one of the largest Fitness Centres [World Class Fitness Centres] in Europe. She has coached Hot Shots, Cardio and privately with advanced to beginner pupils. We believe Barbora is a great addition to our coaching team and will be an excellent role model, especially, for our female players.
Mitch is another former student of Futures Tennis. Mitch lived in the US for a number of years and returned pursuing his tennis with Futures. He was an A grade junior and now plays VTA pennant for East Malvern Tennis Club. He is committed to teaching kids the basics and has a fantastic and fun personally with all our players!
Cam is a conscientious and diligent coach who is determined to get the best out of his students. He has coached for one year doing a variety of classes from Launch Pad through to advanced squads. He was the number one player in Grade One Waverly and District junior pennant competition and also played number three for Melbourne Grammar School Firsts. He is currently studying Commerce at University.
Harrison is a sensational coach who is highly regarded by all students and parents. He is a former Futures Tennis pupil who started playing tennis with us at 7 years of age. Harrison plays grade 2 VTA pennant making him one of the top 50-100 players in Victoria. He still plays tournaments and is regularly seen trying to improve his own game on the practice courts. Harry enjoys coaching all levels from Red ball to High Performance players. He is our HEAD coach at St Johns TC and has been coaching since 2014 for Futures Tennis.
Alex assists coaching at McKinnon High School. He is the School Captain and has played tennis all his life. He played A grade juniors before placing comp on hold to pursue his VCE studies. Alex is an exceptional and conscientious person who gets the best out of the young players that he coaches. He is one of many new coaches to have recently joined our academy whilst still studying.
Lucette assists in running the behind the scene administration for Futures Tennis. She is a keen tennis player and has completed the Tennis Australia A.N.Z. Hot Shot course. She also has a Diploma of Hospitality Management. Her favourite player in the picture is former World number one, Lleyton Hewitt, at the recent 2016 Australian Tennis Awards.
Futures Tennis Academy is always searching for the best quality coaches. If you are interested in coaching on our team please send your C.V to our address, but please note, you must be a Qualified Tennis Australia Developmental Coach or higher [or have the equivalent qualification from the I.T.F. – International Tennis Federation]. If you are highly motivated to want to learn how to become a coach call our office or look up the Tennis Australia Web Site for more information.