It's never over until we're shaking hands at the net. Then you've either won or you've lost, and - either way - you look them in the eye and say, 'Well played, mate.'
~ Ashleigh Barty ~
Ranked world number 1 women's singles tennis player by the Women's Tennis Association, Ash Barty has inspired huge numbers of Australian children to take up tennis coaching. Born in Ipswich, Queensland, Barty started playing tennis when she was four and, as a junior, reached world number 2 before switching to cricket in 2014. By 2016, she was back to playing tennis and the rest is, as they say, history. A First Nations woman, Barty is the National Indigenous Tennis Ambassador for Tennis Australia.
A host of Australian tennis players have been responsible for adult and children players getting up off the couch and seeking out a public court to have a hit, particularly during tournaments such as the Australian Open and Wimbledon. Let's take a quick look at some of our favourites before we move on to looking at where you can get some tennis coaching in Brisbane.
Australia's Favourite Tennis Players
Australia was at the forefront of world tennis in its developing years and today still produces a number of top players.
With the main arena at Melbourne Park named after him, Rod Laver continues to inspire players from all over the world. Born in Queensland in 1938, he ranked world number 1 for nine years and holds 200 singles titles — a record yet to be beaten.
Although dismissed by many for her contentious views on gay rights, it can't be denied that Margaret Court was one of the most inspirational tennis players of all time with the 'boxed set' of singles, doubles and mixed title wins at all four major tournaments.
Evonne Goolagong Cawley
In her 16-year career, First Nations woman Evonne Goolagong Cawley amassed seven Grand Slam singles titles with her top moment coming in 1980 when she won at Wimbledon. Along with Ash Barty, Goolagong Cawley continues to inspire young indigenous and non-indigenous players today.
Another of our favourite 'born in Queensland' players, Pat Rafter is known as much for his back-to-back US Open wins and remaining undefeated against Roger Federer, as he is for his politeness on and off the court. One of the courts at the Queensland Tennis Centre in Brisbane was named after Rafter in 2008.
Another of Queensland's great players, and born in Brisbane too, Sam Stosur holds the Women's Tennis Association record of being the top player for 442 consecutive weeks.
Yes, we've missed a few of our other favourites — Alex de Minaur, Nick Kyrgios, Lleyton Hewitt, Casey Dellacqua ... but you're here to read about the best tennis clubs in Brisbane and where you can get tennis coaching in Brisbane. So, let's do it!
Tennis Clubs in Brisbane With Great Lessons
There are close to 20 tennis clubs in Brisbane alone, with a total of 28 venues where you can play tennis casually. Most tennis clubs offer coaching in different forms, including private lessons, small group coaching, social tennis, squad practice, school clinics or tennis activities for fitness.
Interested players should first know exactly what form of coaching they are looking for, keeping in mind factors such as budget, schedule, locality and commitment, as this will enable you to narrow down your choices and choose a club and a coach that best meets your needs.
Let's take a look at three clubs in the Brisbane area to give you an idea of the variety of coaching and fitness activities on offer.
Morningside Tennis Centre
Just ten minutes out of Brisbane CBD, Morningside is considered by many as one of the best clubs in the Brisbane area. Their goal is to get as many people into tennis as possible and, as such, have one of the cheapest memberships around. Their coaching programs cater for every level and include:
- FUNdamental sports skills (for young children)
- Hot Shots programs at every level
- adult private and group coaching for every level
- social tennis
- cardio tennis for fitness
- league and squad tournaments
- holiday programs for children.
Morningside Centre members can also hire courts at extremely reasonable rates.
Queensland Tennis Centre
Operated by Tennis Queensland, the Queensland Tennis Centre is located on the Brisbane River, just a 12-minute drive from the Brisbane CBD. The centre caters for all ages, from children of four to adult players and every level.
Coaching is provided at junior and adult level. Junior coaching includes squad and private coaching as well as performance programs. Adult coaching includes novice, intermediate and advanced coaching in squad or private formats, as well as cardio tennis for fitness.
In addition to coaching programs at the centre, you can also hire a court or enrol in a fixtures program. Junior fixtures include Friday Night Fixtures (mini tournaments for children to focus on gameplay development, skills and techniques) and social play fixtures. Adult fixtures are for adult players with a competitive edge and include Ladies Fixtures, Wednesday Night Open Fixtures, Thursday Night Singles Fixtures and social tennis.
There is a Malpass Tennis venue near you in Brisbane with a centre in four locations — Wynnum, East Brisbane, Bribie Island and Caboolture. Malpass Tennis coaches pride themselves on a unique and personalised approach to all students they coach. The team of coaches have significant background experience, with many coaches hailing from a professional playing background or lifetime careers as a tennis coach.
Malpass coaches offer children and adult private lessons and group lessons, suited for every level and working on skills development and fitness, and giving members an opportunity to learn game strategies.
For children, there is squad training and junior fixtures, both of which aim to achieve development when it comes to point play, key techniques and skills.
Options for adult members include cardio tennis, 'drills and skills', fixtures and social tennis.
The centre also organises regular tournaments and social events for all members and players throughout the year.
Can Tennis Lessons Be Taught Remotely?
The simple answer to this question is yes.
Don't believe me?
Try out a few lessons with one of the many Superprof tennis coaches and tutors available throughout Australia. First lessons with most Superprof tutors are free, so you have no excuses.
Private, one-on-one sports training has always 'been a thing'. Although it was initially reserved for elite sports professionals, it is equally as common these days for children and adult beginners to engage a private coach. There are a number of reasons for this, including:
- a student having special needs or a disability of some kind that requires a personal coach
- people having specific goals they want to meet
- a preference for personalised, private training rather than being another 'head' in a group session.
Whether you're training or playing with a private coach or taking group lessons, for sport these have traditionally been in-person. Academic subjects and recreational hobbies, like art or even cooking, have been more regularly taken in an online environment but the pandemic and multiple lockdowns and restrictions have led to sports and fitness enthusiasts and their coaches looking for alternatives in order to keep training.
Of course, Superprof tutors, including Superprof sports and fitness coaches, have been offering online learning opportunities for a long time — well before Covid was a thing. On the Superprof platform, you can discover everything you need to know about a potential tennis coach, such as:
- experience (both as a coach and playing experience)
- specialisations, e.g. do they work only with children, with adult beginners, with professional or advanced players?
- hourly rate
- teaching or coaching philosophy
- testimonials and references.
While you will still need to find other people to play against (which is why you should still search for tennis clubs in Brisbane), an online coach offers everything an in-person coach does. The biggest benefit is the flexibility. Online coaches do not have to live in the same location as you. Who knows, you may live in Queensland but your coach may be in Melbourne. Or perhaps you live in Sydney and happen to find your dream coach in Brisbane. It doesn't matter when you're online.
In conclusion, as long as you know what you are after, finding tennis coaching in Brisbane is as easy as picking up a racquet, pulling on your shoes and slapping on sunscreen. Your fitness will improve and playing the game, or just hitting the ball around, is likely to be the best fun you'll have all week.
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