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Gold Coast Tennis News

ISSUE 3 | June 2012 Featuring interesting, relevant & informative stories relating to the sport of tennis.

Local Girls Qualify for ITF World Junior Finals Gold Coast Girls, Kimberly Birrell (Hope Island) and Sara Tomic (Southport), along with fellow Queenslander, Priscilla Hon (Rochedale) have qualified for the finals of the 14/U World Junior Tennis competition at the Asia/Oceania event in Kuching, Malaysia. The girls booked their ticket to the Czech Republic in August after they won 2-0 over Japan in the sudden death quarterfinal, having earlier advanced to the round of eight after 3-0 victories over Uzbekistan, Philippines and No.8 seeds New Zealand. Australia has affirmed their position in the Asian region after they defeated China 2-0 in the final of the 14/u World Junior Tennis Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event. Having already qualified for the world final, the win was an added bonus for the team. Priscilla Hon led Australia to an early start for the fourth consecutive day, defeating China’s Jia-Qi Ren in straight sets, 6-3 7-5, before Sara Tomic defeated Si-Qi Cao, 6-4 6-2, to seal the tie and the tournament. The doubles rubber was then played with Hon pairing with Kimberly Birrell to take a commanding lead over Ren and Yue-Nv Li, 6-3 5-6, when heavy rain suspended the match and it was later abandoned. “We’re very happy that we continued to fight hard even though we had achieved our initial goal of qualifying. Winning the tournament gives us a lot of confidence and a better chance in doing well in the Czech Republic,” Hon said. Birrell echoed Hon’s sentiments: “The Chinese team were very tough and so tall. They played really well all week and dominated their early rounds. We knew that we would need to produce our best tennis of the week to win the final,” Birrell said. Anthony Richardson, Team Captain and National Academy Coach Qld was proud of the girls’ results. “Throughout the week they not only competed really well, but they also made a big effort to develop their games for the long term future,” Richardson said. “Our team was very determined to finish the week on a high and it was a

great feeling to complete the tournament undefeated. “The girls served exceptionally well against China. They also continued to improve on their point structure, variation plays and combinations,” he added. The win gives the team’s confidence an added boost before they travel to Europe for a couple of tournaments ahead of the world finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic from 13-18 August 2012. “It’s an honour to play for our country and we are hopeful that we can do Australia proud. We have all represented Australia before on international tours, but this is a great opportunity to play as Team Australia,” Birrell added. Final placings for the girls’ tournament saw India finish third and Thailand in fourth position. Australia’s 14/u boys’ team consisting of Brian Tran (Greystanes, NSW), Oliver Anderson (Yeronga, Qld) and Scott Jones (Carramar, WA) have also qualified for the world finals. The World Junior Tennis competition is an ITF tournament for players aged 14 and under. The top 16 boys’ and girls’ teams from regional qualifying compete for the title with over 100 countries represented in the opening stages of the competition.

Four Coast Club's receive Heritage Bank Community Tennis Grants The Heritage Bank Community Tennis Grants program is an exciting grant opportunity for Tennis Queensland Affiliated Bodies, aimed at providing financial assistance to attract new players as well as improve services for current members. The grants are based on the principle of promoting continuous improvement, with a focus on the need for good planning, structured diversified programs and safe, attractive facilities to build a successful tennis business. There were a total of 39 affiliates apply for funding across QLD. The Gold Coast region was lucky enough to secure four successful applications (with nine in total applied for throughout the region). •

Tennis Blue – Construction of shade sails to help create a friendlier club environment for players, family and spectators

Tennis Gold Coast (Queens Park) – Purchase and installation of new PA audio system (upstairs/downstairs and 10 Courts) for use during major tournaments and fixtures

Breakpoint Tennis – Construction of bench seating to increase ease for spectators and general appearance of club

Pro-One Tennis Academy – Storage shed for tennis equipment and purchase of a club BBQ for increased social engagement and club activities

We look forward to the funding opportunities that will be available in 2013. For any further information on club and facility grants or funding please contact Tanya Corbett, Community Tennis Officer on

Upcoming Events 9th, 10th & 11th June

Volkl Gold Coast 2012 Open Age Junior Championships Queens Park Tennis Centre plus other major centre’s Contact: Tournament Director, Daryl Macklin Ph. 5532 8566 Enter online at


28th, 29th July / 4th, 5th August

Bruce Lynton BMW Rosebowl Tournament Contact: Tournament Director, Daryl Macklin Ph. 5532 8566 Enter online at

17th, 24th June

Totally Teeth Junior Development Series Sonic Tennis, Palm Beach Contact: Tournament Director, Daryl Macklin Ph. 5532 8566 E.

29th June- 2nd July

ITF Tennis Seniors Qld Championships Gold Coast Seniors Tennis Club Contact: Gail Bates, TQ Seniors Ph. 073 264 3556

Gold Coast Tennis News is published by Jumpstart Marketing Solutions for Tennis Gold Coast Inc. Editorial and Advertising Enquiries: Katrina Sanguigno Ph. 0412 515 403 E. W. PO Box 5372, GCMC Bundall Qld 9726 2

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Pro-One Juniors Dominate at State Challenge

Tennis Gold Coast Sponsorship Update Tennis Gold Coast is excited to announce that we have received overwhelming support from a number of companies and local businesses, that have come on board as Sponsors, to help raise the profile and awareness of tennis on the Gold Coast. Their contribution is greatly appreciated and we are working to ensure that we have a mutually beneficial partnership for many years to come. We would also like to thank all of our Prize Sponsors that have donated accommodation, restaurant and attraction vouchers for our new season of fixtures. Our Gold Sponsors are: Bruce Lynton BMW, Gold FM, Domino’s Pizza, Australian Natural Volcanic Spring Water, Summit Press, Go Live Technology, Hex FX Design Services and Step into Life Group Personal Training. Our Silver Sponsors are: Coconut Essence and Hungry Jacks.

The 12/U team consisting of Will Timoney, Max Stewart, Daniela Kovacevic and Olivia Gadecki from Pro-One Tennis Academy dominated at the recent State “Inter-Academy” Challenge. The Challenge bought together Queensland’s best 12/U academy athletes to compete against each other in a fun and competitive “team based” competition. 15 teams from across Queensland competed in the event, which took place from April 28-30 at the Queensland Tennis Centre- home of the Brisbane International. Coach Daryl Macklin said, “Our Pro-One Juniors played outstanding tennis and gained valuable match practice though the competition. All of the juniors were incredibly proud of themselves.”

Proudly supporting Tennis on the Gold Coast




Our Prize Sponsors are: Outrigger Hotels and Resorts, Sofitel Broadbeach, RACV Royal Pines Resort, Harvey World Travel Hope Island, Gold Coast Turf Club, Ribs and Rumps, Mario’s Restaurant, Alto Cucina & Bar, Subway Labrador, Infinity Attraction, Putt Putt and Parlour P Skin Rejuvenation Clinic. For more information on Tennis Gold Coast sponsorship, contact Katrina Sanguigno on 0412515403.

World Class Tennis Analytics not just for the Pros! It’s time to take your tennis game to the next level using the latest technology that all the professionals and top juniors are exposed to. You can now have the tools to help improve your game that you’ve seen on TV at the Grand Slams. The valuable match statistics that flash up during the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon, US Open and many other professional tournaments are now available to you. Mike Newell has been coaching tennis for 22 years. He has travelled to 41 different countries working with players, from local juniors all the way up to top 10 ranked players in the world. “I have created Go2Pro, a world class tennis analytics company that provides comprehensive match analysis for any level of player,” says Mike.

“Go2Pro’s experienced team of coaches utilise the latest in video and statistical technology to provide each individual with match analysis data, including DVD’s and match statistics. This valuable feedback, when coupled with an individual Match Analysis Report, allows a player and their support team of parents and coaches to have the tools necessary to aid in the ongoing development of the individual players’ ability to compete,” says Mike. DAILY MATCH ANALYSIS INCLUDES: • 15 minute pre-match coaching session • Statistical match analysis with the latest technology via Pro Tracker • High definition video of your match (DVD or download to USB device) • Match analysis report on shot selection strengths and weaknesses advantageous/disadvantageous patterns of play • Movement patterns • Positive/negative body language/self talk • Overall recommendations • 30 minute post-match coaching session Ultimately your tennis ranking is based on your results in competition. Sign up today with our experienced team of coaches that will help improve your ability to compete in tournaments and give you that edge to GO2PRO!!! For more information visit Contact Mike Newell on 0416221535 or email


A pain in the... Elbow A common complaint from players of all ages is tennis elbow. It is a term that refers to a painful condition that occurs at the outside or lateral elbow joint. The signs and symptoms of tennis elbow are usually recognised as pain that occurs with gripping the racket, backhand strokes or a combination of both. The pain levels may range from minor trivial pain to incapacitating pain that may keep you awake at night.

EUROPEAN CLAY COURT TOUR Tennis Blue Tours European Clay Court Tournament Tour is on again. Specifically designed for players 12-17 years, the 2012 tour is taking place from 9th July- 21st August and will be led by Glenn Hamilton who has been taking touring groups of young players to Europe since the 1990’s. Players will get to visit Monte Carlo, Nice, Toulon, Marseille and Paris and experience life on the European Clay Court Circuit and gain valuable international tournament experience. Limited to a small number, the tour is aimed at players looking to forge a career in tennis. With over 12 years playing and coaching in Europe, players benefit from Glenn’s extensive experience and local knowledge of European clay courts. Many players from Glenn’s tours have gone on to successful careers in ITF, ATP and WTA. For more information contact Glenn Hamilton on 0414 959 800 or visit

Brett Peacock from the Parlour P Injury Management Clinic says, “There are a number of reasons for tennis elbow to occur. Research indicates people in the 30 – 60 year age bracket are most at risk. Tennis elbow can be a result of recent changes in training intensity, incorrect stroke technique, and other physical activities including duties outside of the tennis spectrum.” “Other possibilities could be related to equipment such as racket size, grip size, string tension, new racket or playing with wet heavy balls. Not to be overlooked as a possible reason for tennis elbow may be the biomechanical process of hitting the ball, over hitting especially hitting into the wind, or attempting a hard backhand with too much reliance on forearm strength and not enough on trunk and legs,” says Brett. Tennis elbow pain can be difficult to overcome and may take months to resolve. No single treatment has been proven to be totally effective. Treatment management is most effective with a combined approach based on principles of treating soft tissue injuries. These include pain control e.g. ice, analgesic medications, relative rest, electrotherapy and soft tissue therapy. Remedial Massage and exercises that include strengthening, stretching and coordination, can help along with bracing and tapping while playing to take the tension off the injury site. Your tennis coach can address biomechanical faults and incorrect stroke technique. Remedial Massage treatment can be integrated with injury management. The Remedial massage therapist (RMT) can apply deep tissue massage to the tight forearm extensor muscles and free up tight muscle fibres. Another area that will require treatment is compensating muscles and structures. Pain associated with tennis elbow can cause other muscles in the shoulder girdle and neck to contract differently and inefficiently. Abnormal contracting can lead to an imbalance and dysfunction of the muscles located in the shoulder and neck. During Remedial massage treatment the RMT would assess the neck and shoulders as well as the arm. Typically the treatment would be 1 hour and target all muscle in distress. The painful arm and elbow would be treated as well as the back, neck and shoulders. Massage techniques can include deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release and if required, passive in range joint mobilisation. Treatments are usually spaced one to two weeks apart in conjunction with other injury management modalities. Remedial treatments are $50 for 1/2 hr and $75 for 45mins with private health rebated available in clinic via hicaps. For more information on Parlour P visit or telephone 5538 1844.


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Gold Coast Tennis News Issue 3 June 2012  

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

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