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Gold Coast Tennis News

ISSUE 1 | April 2012 Featuring interesting, relevant & informative stories relating to the sport of tennis.

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and Pro-Tour Action at Pure Pure Tennis Academy Pure Tennis Academy at Southport played host to six world ranked players in their preparation for the Australian Pro Tour, Caloundra Men’s event and Toowoomba International tournament. Australian Tennis Legend, PAT CASH made an appearance and trained at the courts for two days, putting the players through their paces with his ever successful serve and volley style. The players trained from 9am to lunchtime, only stopping for a change of shirts and some quick hydration. Recently Pat has joined Tennis Australia as a national coach to help the next generation of Aussie tennis players at the Australian Institute of Sport. Pat is currently the host of Open Court, CNN's tennis-focused TV show and he also works as a TV sports commentator.

“It’s great to see Pat Cash and some world class action come together here at Pure Tennis Academy on our state of the art plexi blue courts. It was interesting to see the preparation and some contrasting styles of play on show. It was a great example to all aspiring junior players to see just how hard your work ethic has to be on a daily basis to just maintain a good level of tennis”. If you are interested in training at Pure Tennis Academy’s performance/development squads please contact James Griffiths (Director of Tennis) for further information on 0451995453.


Tennis Gold Coast Committee The Tennis Gold Coast AGM was held on the 29th February and a new Executive Committee for 2012 has been elected. Thank you to all the representatives from the various clubs across the coast that nominated. The Tennis Gold Coast Executive Committee for 2012 includes Mike Ford (President), Mike Evans (Vice President), Stephen Kua (Treasurer), Ian Brosnan (Secretary), and Committee members John Birrell, Kerryn Cyprien, Daniel Di Santo, Geoffrey Foote, Greg Furney, Wayne Hawker and Katrina Sanguigno. Re-elected President, Mike Ford says ‘Tennis Gold Coast is about to enter an exciting phase of change and development. We have a number of exciting tasks on our agenda for 2012, and I am certain that they will benefit the tennis community and our sport on the Gold Coast’. If you are interested in playing fixtures as a fill-in or would like to get a team together for next season, please contact us on 5532 8566, or For more information on Tennis Gold Coast visit or follow us on

Introducing Tanya Corbett, New TQ Community Officer Tennis Queensland would like to introduce their new Gold Coast Community Tennis Officer, Tanya Corbett.

Development and performance squads Full time tennis program including school Modified tennis for U10’s Match play and tournament travel Contact Pure Tennis on 0451 995 453 E: W: Lionel Avenue, Southport

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Tanya has a background in tennis, playing as a Gold Coast junior in local, state and national competition, and has a strong knowledge of the local tennis community. She has worked at several organisations in the sport and recreation industry including Exercise & Sports Science Australia, the Queensland Olympic Council and Womensport Queensland. She also has experience working for major sporting events such as the Gold Coast Airport Marathon and Australian University Games

and has been involved in the administration of several junior tennis tournaments on the Coast. Tanya is highly passionate about tennis and is looking forward to contributing to the continuing development of the sport on the Gold Coast. Please feel free to contact Tanya on 0411 762 343 or

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went on to be one of the leading Urologists in Queensland at the Mater Hospital. He was an Undergraduate’ Professor at the University of Queensland and Bond University in Health services and Medicine. In 2011, Charles received the honor of becoming a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to medicine, particularly through his contributions to the Australian Medical Association Queensland and to the community. Throughout his professional career, tennis has always been part of his exercise regime. Charles has enjoyed playing socially as well as participating in a number of Veterans Tournaments since retirement. ‘Two of my proudest tennis achievements was winning the Men’s 80+ Veterans Singles Championship of Australia in 1999 and the 80+ Veterans Doubles World Championship with John Benn from the USA in 2001,’ said Charles. ‘Through the veteran tournaments, I have played a lot of team matches and have been to Spain, Sweden, Japan, Austria, South Africa and England. They have been wonderful’. He added.

You are never too old to love or play tennis. 93 year old, Dr. Charles Roe is a true example of that and an inspiration to us all, having spent over 85 years playing the sport. He would have to be one of the oldest tennis players, not just on the Gold Coast but also in Australia. It all began in 1927. Charles’ grandparents had a tennis court at home, which was the norm at that time. His parents were top players in Queensland and every Sunday afternoon there would be a social game of tennis amongst the family. ‘I would hang around with a racquet in my hand and wait for my grandmother who didn’t play, to serve tea at 4pm at the big table, and said Charles. He went on to play at school and after, at university, when he was studying his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, until the war, when all sport stopped.

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‘I’ve been to a few of the Australian Opens and Wimbledon, and I had the pleasure of spending time with the Draper family some years back, when playing one of the Cups in England and have seen them all play and played with them all,’ said Charles. When asked who in his lifetime, would he consider to be the best male tennis player, Charles replied, ‘Federer, not only because of his tennis but because of his behavior, the support of his parents, simple service action and none of this bouncing the ball 17 times before serving’. Charles has retired to South Stradbroke Island and enjoys playing tennis every Friday morning at the Gold Coast Seniors Club. ‘It is a one and a half hour journey on my boat from South Stradbroke Island to Runaway Bay, where I pick up my car to drive down to Miami,’ says Charles. Charles advice for longevity is living a healthy life and looking after yourself. He says, ‘Exercise, exercise, exercise for an hour every day, run, skip, hop, jump, serve, play tennis, 6 days a week, do cryptic crosswords, play bridge and chess to exercise your brain, and eat simple fresh food and stay off the sugars and processed food’.

Rising star of Australian tennis, Gold Coaster Ben Mitchell has been awarded an AIS Pro Tour Program tennis scholarship for 2012.

“The AIS Pro Tour program aims to help our young athletes’ transition from juniors to the professional level,” said Brent Larkham, AIS Men’s Head Coach.

The AIS Pro Tour Program is a full-time on-the-road touring program promoting excellence in tennis and designed as the pinnacle of athlete development within the Tennis Australia pathway.

The program offers athletes a range of support including superior coaching, comprehensive sports science and medical support to ensure they have the opportunity to achieve their full potential.


The Totally Teeth JDS Kicks Off for 2012 The 2012 Totally Teeth Gold Coast Junior Development Series kicked off at Beenleigh Tennis Club in late February.

“A big thank you must go to Beenleigh Tournament Director James Rapkins for keeping scheduling tight and getting all of the matches ready for play on time,” Corbett said. “The Gold Coast Regional Assembly and Tennis Gold Coast are delighted to have Totally Teeth on board in 2012, their support of this series really shows their commitment to young up-and-coming tennis players on the Gold Coast.” There were many highly competitive matches from the 9/U right through to the 17/U age groups, along with a great number of family and friends helping to cheer on behind the courts. Klaas Tjisan was named as the 2012 winner of the Totally Teeth Brightest Smile Award for his determination, sportsmanship and good attitude. Another new award introduced by sponsors in 2012 was the Totally Teeth Parent Dedication Award for a parent who shows dedication to their child’s tennis endeavours, patience and understanding within the tournament environment. Mechelle Bentley-Tucker who won herself a $50 dinner voucher to enjoy. Points are allocated at each tournament to players depending on how they perform, with the two leading players in 11U, 13U, 15U & 17U age group to represent the region at the 2012 State Finals in Rockhampton in late October. To be eligible to represent the region in Rockhampton players must have

The second tournament of the series was played at Tennis Blue International Training Academy at Hope Island on March 18 & 25 with the next tournament to be held at Miami Tennis Club on May 13 & 20. To enter online, JDS points race and additional information regarding the Totally Teeth JDS please visit the Gold Coast Regional Assembly website:

Winners: 9/U Boys Singles – Keanu Lynch d Aaron Southern.

17U Boys Singles – Harry Wells d Ben Mitchell.

11U Boys Singles – William Timoney d Alex Furst.

17U Girls Singles – Georgia Sim won in a round robin format.

11U Girls Singles – Cyan Sun d Rhiannon Frizzell. 13U Boys Singles – William Davison d Yukimaro Ii. 13U Girls Singles – Yuri Takagi d Celine Southern. 15U Boys Singles – Trystan Martin d Jacob Spatuzzo. 15U Girls Singles – Madison Rohweder d Jennifer Clarke.

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Jarmila at Queens Park Queens Park Tennis Centre at Southport was the training base over the summer season for Jarmila Gajdosova, Australia’s no 2-ranked female player and no.33 WTA. Many of the juniors who were participating in the summer camp program had the opportunity to chat and have photos with Jarmila. She took time out of her intensive training regime to be photographed with about 50 children and sign autographs. Recently in Switzerland with the Australian Fed Cup team, Jarmila frequently visits the Gold Coast. Whenever she is in town, she trains on the Queens Park courts. Head Coach of Tennis Plus at Queens Park, John Birrell says, ‘It creates a real buzz at our centre when we have high ranked players hitting on the courts at Queens Park. Players like Jarmila inspire our juniors and they look up to her. They see first hand how hard these players train and how hard they actually hit the ball.’ Lachlan Chesterman says, ‘It was really cool seeing Jarmila up close, she is really nice and was happy to talk to us’. John Birrell says ‘You never know who you’ll see on court at Queens Park’.

A New Era has begun at Hope Island A new era has begun for Tennis Blue International Training Academy at the Hope Island Tennis Club, Hope Island. Glenn Hamilton, one of the most experienced coaches on the Gold Coast, has launched a new and innovative tennis program. Drawing on his extensive French coaching history, Glenn has instituted junior programs based on the French mini-tennis model, a model that leads the world in junior tennis development. Tennis Blue boasts one of the most well rounded coaching teams on the GC including Glenn Hamilton; Tennis Australia and Internationally recognised coach (including 2010 lecturer at Australian Grand Slam conferences), Ben Clark; Elite French player and coach, Lachlan Treacher; NZ sports conditioning coach, player and former sparring partner for Bernard Tomic. The fresh and vibrant approachh as been combined with a clean, new look tennis centre, including a newly installed clay court. The positive physical environment includes a welcoming, family-centered culture. Your enquiries will be welcomed on (07) 5530 1177 or visit Experience the Tennis Blue difference. Come and join our team!



Kindy tennis: where it all begins! Childcare Centres are one of the first places that children have the opportunity to experience tennis. Many childcare providers on the Gold Coast now offer kindy tennis for children aged from 3 years. Julie Dybendahl from Jumpstart Tennis offers a professional kindy program that helps develop hand eye co-ordination and gross motor skills, which prepares children to progress into the Tennis Australia MLC Hot shots development program.

activity at Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club because she enjoys learning tennis skills and having fun at the same time. ‘Kids that start and enjoy kindy tennis generally tend to follow on to the tennis programs offered at their local tennis club or centre. It is a great introduction to the sport’ says Julie. For more information about Jumpstart Tennis please visit

Bella Curran, aged 5 plays Red Ball with Jumpstart Tennis at the Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club. Bella started kindy tennis at La Petite Childcare centre with Jumpstart Tennis. Julie says, ‘Bella’s hand and eye coordination has developed, and has continued to improve in many other sports and activities. Bella likes to be involved in activities where she improves and is highly stimulated’. Bella chose to continue on from the Junior Program that she was doing at La Petite as an outside

Junior Player Profile Name: Vikram Gupta Age: 8 years old Tennis Centre/Club: Tennis Plus at Queens Park Coach: John Birrell How old were you when you first picked up a tennis racquet and started having tennis lessons and coaching? I started having tennis group lessons at 4 years of age at Queens Park. How often do you play tennis? I play 4 times a week including Saturday fixtures. What do you enjoy most about playing tennis? Playing shots and games. I enjoy playing against the bigger boys from other clubs. The coaches at Tennis Plus are really good plus I have made lots of friends. What is your best tennis shot? Forehand What shots are you working to improve on? Backhand and volleys Who is your favourite Australian Tennis player and why? Sam Stosur because she won the US Open last year and also that we have a court named after her at Queens Park that I get to play on. Who is your favourite all-time Tennis Player and why? Nadal, because he is a champion who has won lots of tournaments. 6

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Friday 2 March, 2012 – At a function held at the beautiful O'Reilly's Winery in Canungra, within the Gold Coast hinterland, Bruce Lynton launched the all new BMW 3 Series. The 400 guests in attendance enjoyed gourmet picnic hampers, the kids played on the jumping castle and many experienced the drive in the all new BMW 3 Series.

LOVE THE WAY YOU MOVE. Modern. Sport. Luxury. Three words that perfectly describe the all new BMW 3 Series Sedan. You will love the way you move in this exhilarating Ultimate Driving Machine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo performance, near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution and the latest BMW ConnectedDrive innovations including optional full colour Head-Up Display. You will love the way it makes roads come to life. You will love the way we only make one thing, the Ultimate Driving Machine. The all new BMW 3 Series Sedan, visit Bruce Lynton to arrange a test-drive.

The all new BMW 3 Series Sedan is truly an ultimate Driving Machine which features BMW TwinPower Turbo performance, near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution and the latest BMW Connected Drive innovations... Beric Lynton, Dealer Principal, Bruce Lynton Group says the following about the new 3 BMW Series "The sixth generation of the BMW 3 Series represents everything that makes a BMW a BMW: sporting ability, elegance, pure aesthetics and pioneering technology" To book your exclusive test drive contact Bruce Lynton today.


Bruce Lynton 82-84 Nerang Street, Southport. (07) 5557 7999.


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Gold Coast Tennis News Issue 1 April 2012  

Gold Coast Tennis News features interesting, relevant and informative stories relating to the sport of Tennis specifically on the Gold Coast...