Margaret Court Tennis Academy Junior Development Fundraiser with Tennis Legends Ken Rosewall,
When you are in a tight position in a match, Tennis Legend Margaret Court has some amazing advice:
1. Never look back on matches lost. Never go back. Don’t let your mind wander. Repeat to yourself – I can win this.
2. Have a purpose – Where you’re going to hit the ball – Am I going to be aggressive? – Am I going to hit down the line?
3. Keep your shoulders open in the tight times – you can’t tighten up or you’re going to lose.
I first started tennis in 2004 when I joined the Margaret Court Tennis Academy. The Academy created so many opportunities for me and has been such a big part of my life, keeping me fit and healthy. I have played locally, nationally and internationally and I am so lucky to have made so many lifelong friendships playing the best sport in the world. I will always stay involved with the Academy as it is a big part of my family.
The Margaret Court Tennis Academy's record in producing quality players speaks for itself. World ranked, ITF Junior, National champions, and U S College Scholarship players have all come through the Academy's doors. What is more impressive and important for me is the quality of people that it helps to create. I grew up in one of the first groups of players through the Academy. What impresses me now is the number of players that still love and give back to the game. The MCTA has helped create players, coaches, administrators, umpires, hitting partners and people in a number of other positions worldwide who are passing the lessons they learned on to the next generation of players. I have been lucky enough to travel the world with tennis, and I am now a full time coach and every day I try and pass on the same technical and tactical skills as well as love and respect for the game that I was taught by MCTA years ago.
Growing up in Albury, I fell in love with tennis. I loved the people and I loved training at the courts. Our trips away on the team bus to Wagga, Lake Cargelico and Wollongong were great and our experience to the United States and Fiji were amazing. After finishing my schooling, I went to University in Melbourne and completed my Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Sport Management. The Margaret Court Tennis Academy had such a profound impact on me growing up that I decided to pursue a career in the industry. Probably the most rewarding aspect of my time spent at the Margaret Court Tennis Academy were the hours I spent on court coaching the young players of tomorrow, seeing the students not only grow into great little players but great people is something I am really proud of. Right now I am working with Tennis Australia in the Coach Development Team in Melbourne. I have the opportunity to travel but there is only one place that feels like home and that place is the Margaret Court Tennis Academy.
My greatest memories growing up were training at the Margaret Court Tennis Academy. Travelling to tournaments all over Australia and overseas were my fondest times. Staying in school halls, motels, tennis club rooms - we did it all! Whilst playing at the Nationals in Gosford, my most memorable moment was when we were asked to clean up our motel room. I saw a shopping bag of rubbish on the floor, so I put it in a large bin outside - that evening Grant came into the room and asked where his four sets of Nike outfits were??? Guess what - they were in the shopping bag!!! We rushed to the bin outside and it had been emptied. Now that was a memory!! Tennis has formed who I am. Every great memory I have as a kid and teenager involves tennis in some way. I was so lucky to be brought up where we had courts all year round, instant mates, committed coaches and parents that supported us all the way. I am presently coaching and studying in Germany. I would like to thank the Margaret a Court Tennis Academy for giving me the opportunities to develop and find myself not only within the sport of tennis but as an individual. I'm not sure I would be in the position I am today without the Academy - thank you!