Come join a triple Newcombe Medalist at the Australian Tennis Awards winning team. Futures Tennis Academy is always searching for the best quality professional coaches. If you are interested in coaching on our team send your C.V. to our address. 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]. We have a pathway for all coaches from TA Junior Developmental coaches to Head Coaches who run their own clubs with Futures administration/marketing staff resources and assistance. If you are highly motivated to want to learn how to become a coach please call our office, or look up the Tennis Australia website, for more information.


Futures Staff

Futures Tennis is a full-time tennis academy which has been in operation for over 35 years.

Our team, including international coaches and previously world ranked pro's 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.

Wes Horskins [FTA Director / Tennis Australia Master Club Professional]
Tennis Australia Master Club Professional | Sole Director Futures Tennis Academy

Wes Horskins

AWARDS: 2010 Winner TCAV Club Coach of the Year; 2011 Winner 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" Awards; 2016 Winner Australian Tennis Awards: Most Outstanding Club/Centre [East Malvern TC].

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 six 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 [1982] and the qualifying event of the French & Wimbledon Championships. Wes’ highest Australian Singles Ranking was #35, 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 Haza Del Algarobbo Tennis Centre in Fuengirola, Spain coaching many of the top Andalucian juniors.

Wes eventually settled back into Melbourne coaching & managing at numerous clubs while returning to play TV State Grade number one pennant and also completing his Diploma of Education. In 2014 Wes became one of only fifteen qualified Tennis Australia Master Club Professionals in the country. He has also served a total of ten 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 elected by his coaching peers to be their 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 & over 40 years of 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 V.T.A. Pennant Men’s Open Doubles winning the flag in 09, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 17, 19 & 20.

Qualifications / Memberships: Diploma of Education / Diploma of Business / TCAV member / VECCI member / KLTC member
Tennis Australia Club Coach Professional | Operations Manager | Head Coach

David Wildsmith

David is a qualified TA Club Coach Professional. He commenced coaching at the age of 16 and has continued coaching for 37 years. He has a deep passion for the game. He joined Futures as our full time Operations Manager Monday to Friday in 2016. His playing experience includes 10 years of playing Victoria’s most elite grade of pennant, State grade, which would 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. David also has a Bachelor of Business/Marketing Degree at Deakin University.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business/Marketing Degree
Tennis Australia Club Coach Professional | FTA Coach Manager | East Malvern Head Coach

Kelvin McLean

Kelvin is a qualified TA Club Coach Professional. He was an outstanding junior and was ranked in the top ten in Australia for his age group. He went onto to compete playing on the ATP circuit where he achieved a ranking of top 500 in the world in both singles and doubles. He has coached for 34 years and has a deep understanding of the game. He joined Futures as our full time Head Coach after leaving China as the assistant coach to the Chinese National Coaching team. Whilst in China he coached Li Na who went on to win the Australian Open. Kelvin has coached all around the world including Europe and the USA. Kelvin is Head Coach for all Elite and Team squad players at EMTC and also acts as our Coach Manager overseeing the professional development of all coaches.

Tennis Australia Club Coach Professional | Sales Manager | East Malvern TC Head Coach | Cardio Coach

Renato Moreira

Renato is a qualified TA Club Coach Professional. He is a full time coach and one of our Head Coaches at East Malvern Tennis Club. He has coached full time in Australia for over 25 years. He is, though, originally from Brazil [yes he loves both Soccer and Salsa dancing!] Renato managed his own club, including Doutta Galla and Tullamarine TC, before starting with Futures in 2018. Renato is not just a passionate coach, but, one who has many years of experience coaching all ages from beginner red ball players up and is an excitement machine with his Cardio tennis classes. We are excited about having Renato join our team of experienced coaches.

Qualifications: Bachelor of Business and Commerce [Sports Management]
Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach | T.C.A.V. Club Coach of the Year 2002 | U.S.P.T.A. Qualified

Robert Peterson

He is a qualified TA Club Coach Professional and also a U.S.P.T.A. qualified coach with over 40 years of coaching experience. He has coached at his own clubs in Melbourne and internationally at Port Washington Tennis Academy, USA. In 2002 he won the T.C.A.V. Club Coach of the Year. As a junior player Rob won the Schoolboys Championship of Victoria and as a senior he was a State Grade player. He is a life member of the T.C.A.V. and long time board member. Rob is passionate and extremely enthusiastic teaching the game to all levels and has an abundance of tennis knowledge to pass onto his pupils. He is one of our most sort after coaches.

Qualifications: Diploma of Export - International Banking
Tennis Australia Junior Developmental Coach / Head Re-stringer

Jake Zerman

Jake is a qualified TA Junior Developmental Coach. As a 20 years old he is our coach prodigy! He has played all his life from 3 years old and comes from a family of well known tennis players. His Aunty, Kerryn Pratt and Grand Mother, Maureen Pratt, both played in Grand Slam tournaments around the world. Jake played for Wesley College's firsts as number 1 in his team and is currently studying a Bachelor of Psychology at Swinburne [Honours]. He is great with kids, organises our entire Friday Night Leagues and is a huge "hit" with the kids and parents alike. He has an infectious attitude and significant tennis knowledge. On top of this he also leads our restring team and is our IT expert whilst assisting David with all administration.

Jake is also on our Restring Team
High Performance Coach | Tennis Australia Qualified Coach | Tennis Germany Qualified Coach

Ian Fuelscher

Ian’s is a qualified TA Club Coach and also a Tennis Germany qualified coach. His 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”!

Qualifications: Masters of Psychology / Bachelor Arts Media Communication/Psychology; Lecturing on the subject of Neuropsychology in the area of Movement and Motor Skill.
Tennis Australia Club Coach Professional

Rob Mescher

Rob is a TA Club Professional Coach, but just as importantly, is a much loved and respected person. He was a former Head Coach for Futures for 21 years and has been one of our best coaches among the hundreds that have worked for us. Some years ago he changed professions starting with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade but still coaches casually. He has coached all levels and ages. He is a grade 1 TV pennant player and former Club Champion at East Malvern Tennis Club. Together with David Philpott they form a "dynamic duo".

Tennis India Qualified Coach | Head Coach Ardrie Park TC

Himakesh Sankineni

Himakesh's is a Tennis India Club Coach and Head Coach at Ardrie Park TC. He has been playing tennis since he was 8 years old and, being a fast learner, started playing competition at just 9 years of age. He is an outstanding player and achieved a career high singles ranking of 19 in juniors and 48 in Mens Open Singles in India with its 1.4 billion population! After playing the ATP circuit for two years he decided to move to Australia to pursue a tennis coaching career along with completing a Sports Business Management degree. Himakesh is great with kids and adults alike and is a master technician with his wide range of tennis knowledge. He also is the hitting partner of top India female player, Pranjala Yadlapalli, who last month [Dec 2000] had a win over Daria Gavrilova former top 30 WTA player from Australia.

Currently Studying: Masters of Information Systems
Tennis Australia Club Coach Professional

David Philpott

David is a qualified Tennis Australia Club Professional. He was our Head Coach Manager for 24 years and is the longest serving coach for Futures. He has coached all ages and standards. A few years ago, unfortunately, David started a new profession with the Metropolitan Fire Brigade and now coaches casually. David is an exceptional technical and tactical coach and has a great rapport with all his pupils. He also played grade 1 TV pennant with Rob and together formed a "dynamic duo" as FTA Head Coaches.

Tennis Australia Junior Developmental Coach | FTA Accounts & Payroll Manager

Lucette Horskins

Lucette is a qualified TA Junior Development coach. She is also the Head Coach at Solway Primary School. Her main role ,though, is acting as the Accounts Manager for Futures Tennis. She is a keen tennis player listing her greatest on court achievement as winning the Kooyong Singles Title in her level in 2019. Lucette has a Diploma of Hospitality & Management, but, her greatest skill is being a professionally trained soprano singer! You will often hear Lucy [before you see her!] enthusiastically talking to parents and assisting the Hot Shots players at our Friday Hot Shots competition. She is also Wes' wife of 15 years with three young tennis playing kids.

Qualifications: Diploma of Hospitality Management
Qualified Argentinian Tennis Coach

Rodolfo Hernades

Rodolfo is a Tennis Argentina Club Coach. He started playing when he commenced coaching at 7 years of age. Although Argentinian Rodolfo speaks excellent English and has lived in Australia for two year. He decided to come to here to further his number one passion of coaching tennis. Rodolfo has an extremely infectious attitude and loves teaching the game that he has devoted most of his life to. Rodolfo started coaching in Argentina at his local club at the tender age of sixteen. He has a wonderful rapport with all pupils but, particularly, with our younger Launch Pad to Green Ball players.

Full time coach
Tennis Australia Coach Member

Damon Bernard

Damon is a TA coach member. He is a another former student of Futures Tennis. He was an A grade junior at East Malvern Tennis Club and now plays grade 4 V.T.A. pennant. He is committed to teaching kids the basics and has a fantastic and fun personally with all our players. We have many recommendations from pupils for Damon because of his down to earth and laid back personality along with his placid nature. Damion has been coaching for four years for Futures with all levels.

Qualification: Studying Bachelor of Science
Tennis Australia Coach Member

Mitch Duckett

Mitch is a TA Coach member. He is another former student of Futures Tennis having had coaching with us for ten years. As a kid Mitch lived in the US for a number of years [and still has the accent to prove it] and returned pursuing his tennis with Futures. He was an A grade junior [along with Damon] and now plays VTA grade 4 pennant for East Malvern Tennis Club. Mitch has coached for six years and has great technical knowledge of the game for all standards and ages. He is one of the most well liked and respected coaches at Futures.

Qualification: Studying Bachelor of Science