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June 6, 2019

Wimbledon – Australia’s Ashleigh Barty defeats UK’s Harriet Dart 6-1 6-1.

Her serve, defence and attack good. I’m looking forward, as I am sure you are, to seeing her play Serena Williams or Petra Kvitova. [Kerry Dock, TBA]

Q: How much financially has it cost over the past 10 years to take Barty now 23, from a promising 12 y.o. to the world’s no. 1?

A: I estimate US$3-4M, (the same amount as winning just one Grand Slam Singles) – Anyone have an answer? Opinion on this question?

…. but it could be a lot more given all the costs of coaching, management, a reasonable size entourage, travel to and from Australia al over the world, and the best health and medical services available for ages 12-23 for 12 years, week in week out. Only Tennis Australia could answer with any real accuracy.

It’s an important figure if you’re thinking of giving it a go.
Don’t forget Tennis Australia (T.A.) paid for ALL of this in Barty’s case since she was obviously a good junior and additionally indigenous.
After Barty’s break in 2016 when she was ranked 9999 but acquired one of my favourite Australian players Jason Stoltenberg, coach and guide her. She reached 623 a year later just before Wimbledon 2017, but her current T.A. team took over soon after. They’ve done a fantastic job as we can all see massive improvements since then.
The expert team put together for Barty is as professional as any other in the world. This certainly doesn’t come cheap. We can see how much better her stroke technique is; her amazing physical fitness is no doubt from a first class strength and conditioning program. Her upper body looks 100%. Also in her interviews, we can see the results of first class psychological fine tuning and tactical mentoring.
So her success has certainly been predictable and a high priority project. Luck has had little to do with these past 2 years.
Date: June 4, 2019

Q1: Why is my favourite player is Rafael Nadal?

A: The 12 time French Open champion sets the standard for professionalism and good sportsmanship.

  • And the great thing for Tennis here in Australia is that Australia’s Ashleigh Barty is becoming more and more like Nadal.
  • We’d like to be on this same page here at Tennis Blast.
  • If our students are taught the commitment and good sportsmanship of Nadal and Barty, it’s a sure way for each of them to succeed not just in Tennis, but in anything.
  • Copy the effort Nadal put in on court against Kyrgios and how he spoke at his press conference.
  • Nadal praised his opponents play and admitted that he lost concentration for a moment and said it shouldn’t have happened. Totally professional.

Date: January 19, 2019

Q: Is it possible for my son or daughter to become an international superstar like Ashleigh Barty (Ipswich, Qld) or Alex Di Minaur (Sydney, NSW)?

A: Yes, it is possible

Ashleigh Barty resides in Ipswich Queensland, won US Open Doubles 2018, is world no 8 and rising, (Australia’s no. 1). My prediction is she will reach top 3 in the world.

Alex Di Minaur was born in Sydney, started playing Tennis with us, when we were called “Sydney Private Tennis Academy” at Parkside Drive Tennis Courts Kogarah in 2003-5, won the Sydney International 2019, is world no 28, Australia’s no. 1

For more insights, read more below, in our next newsletters and on this website’s next blogs and facebook page

  • So it is possible, that a 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, even a 9 or 10 year old who begins playing Tennis with Tennis Blast could one day become an international star,
  • BUT, it takes extremely special conditions, gifted young people and abnormally driven and obsessed parents.
  • The details of which we will gradually tell the story here on this website and in our newsletter and facebook page.
  • Alex Di Minaur isn’t the only top player that began with us, but he is by far the most successful.
  • We cannot say that any of his stardom has been due to anything we did, but we want all people in Sydney to know, that if all the boxes are ticked, that it is possible for your child to become an international Tennis star, or similarly an international sport star in a sport other than Tennis.
  • Where did Alex Di Minaur grow up?*

    He spent the first five years of his life in the Southern Suburb of Carss Park before relocating to Alicante Spain. He completed most of his early education in Spain, before returning to Australia as a teenager.

    Where did Alex Di Minaur first play Tennis?**

    De Minaur began playing tennis at the Parkside Tennis Courts in Kogarah Bay, next to Carss Park when he was 3 years and 10 months old.

    * and ** see Alex Di Minaur wikipedia

    Who were Alex Di Minaur’s first Tennis coaches?

  • Kerry Dock and Cindy Dock. In January 2004 aged 3, Alex Di Minaur first began lessons with Kerry Dock, the owner and Head Coach of Sydney Private Tennis Academy, which is now known as the Tennis Blast Academy.
  • Kerry was so impressed by Alex when he visited the courts the first time one morning, that he gave Alex a brand new junior racquet as gift and said to the ladies he had just finished teaching that Alex might make it to Wimbledon one day. (see newspaper article right)
  • Kerry remembers:

  • “The second time I had Alex for a private lesson, on court 4 at the Parkside courts, he was serving really well, so I decided that he wasn’t allowed to finish until he got his first ever proper, over-head serve into the service box from behind the baseline. It took an hour and he was still really small for a 4 year old.
  • “I was coaching Alex one day, and his father Pancho got a sheet of paper out of his pocket with a large diagram of the Tennis court and net with the geometry of the way a Tennis Ball travels over the net, and where Alex was supposed to contact the ball so he could hit the ball in the best positions to hit good strokes.”
  • Do you want to hear about the day I had to call the police on my mobile phone?
  • When Alex was still only aged 4 and very tiny, he went missing after a lesson. I called his Mum Esther, then called the police; then I sprinted 50 metres across the park and another 50 metres along the Princes Highway to the BP service station at the corner of the next street where there is a small number of shops at Carss Park. I asked some people waiting to cross at the lights, and they said they saw a little kid with a Tennis racquet that was bigger than him, walking down the side street away from the Highway towards the Carss park Swimming Pool, towards where he lived, about another 50 metres and one left turn and a few houses away.
  • I walked back to the Tennis courts, and a few minutes later that seemed like an eternity, Esther called me and said that she had found him at home.
  • It was only the 2nd time this had happened in my 40 years as a coach I had called the police to find a student. It was the scariest moment of my life. The other time, the girl was 9 and was allowed to walk herself.
  • As Alex improved very quickly in the 2 terms of lessons 2-3 days each week, I placed 5 year old Alex with my sister Cindy to be coached with 2 other talented kids, Ryan Sargent the son of my secretary Cathy and Gabriella Lock both 6 at the time. This talent squad stayed together for 5 terms. Cindy was at the time a world ranked singles and double player, and had become an Australian junior doubles champion at the age of 12.
  • Cindy visited Esther, Pancho and Alex in Spain in 2006 whilst playing the woman circuit and had a few practice sessions with Alex when he was 7.
  • Cindy says that Alex was easily the most perfect student anyone could have. She said that if you asked him to do something, he would do exactly as instructed. She loved coaching Alex.
  • In 2008, Alex and Mum Esther brought Alex, aged 9, to our Bexley North Tennis Courts and we played 3 sets. At the time I was still playing tournaments myself and in one of the St George-Sutherland Open Men’s District teams. Alex gave me a really good match even though he was still half my size.
  • As Alex improved very quickly in the 2 terms of lessons 2-3 days each week, I placed 5 year old Alex with my sister Cindy to be coached with 2 other talented kids, Ryan Sargent the son of my secretary Cathy and Gabriella Lock both 6 at the time. This talent squad stayed together for 5 terms. Cindy was at the time a world ranked singles and double player, and had become an Australian junior doubles champion at the age of 12.
  • Cindy visited Esther, Pancho and Alex in Spain in 2006 whilst playing the woman circuit and had a few practice sessions with Alex when he was 7.
  • Cindy says that Alex was easily the most perfect student anyone could have. She said that if you asked him to do something, he would do exactly as instructed. She loved coaching Alex.
  • In 2008, Alex and Mum Esther brought Alex, aged 9, to our Bexley North Tennis Courts and we played 3 sets. At the time I was 48 but still playing tournaments and in one of the St George-Sutherland Open Men’s District teams. Alex gave me a really good match even though he was still half my size.
December 7, 2019

Australian Flag and Australian National Pride in Good Sportsmanship and Fair Play

To me Australia in the 20th century was the land of the sports star. For such a small population, we had so many sports champions – hundreds, due to our climate and high standard of living and culture. Wayne Gardner Ian Thorpe Sally Pearson Cathy Freeman Ashleigh Barty Alex Di Minaur (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alex_de_Minaur), Kerry was his …

December 7, 2019

Founded Tennis Blast in 2008 with David Bailey

Tennis Blast has a solid history in the field of Tennis coaching reaching back to the 1970s when Australia was the leading force in world Tennis, and is one of NSW’s most respected professional Tennis coaching teams. It has been established since 1984 in Sydney and has been operating under the Tennis Blast banner since …

December 7, 2019

Kerry has been a fully qualified Tennis Australia Coach since1983

1. Over 35 years experience at grassroots up to Grand Slam level 2. Tennis Coaches Australia & Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association level 2 qualified coach 3. Former Men’s Champion of Western Suburbs (3 times) & Parramatta Baulkham Hills Districts in NSW, Trinity Grammar School (3 times), N.S.W. Chinese Tennis Association (8 times), Australian Claycourt …

December 7, 2019

Stories on Kerry Dock and Tennis Blast

(both girls were coached by Tennis Blast and became no 1 in NSW in 2013 in their respective age groups and were awarded 2 x $200K scholarships each to Meriden Girls School Strathfield and helped the school win the title of the world champions in 2017 in Qatar) (note Alex Di Minaur, Australia’s no 2 …

December 7, 2019

National Pride – Australia

And my father Tam who passed away 3 years ago and who’s birthday is today AND MY favourite poem was “My Country” by Dorathea Mckellar. Here is the most famous verse. I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, …

September 30, 2018

Blast Junior Team growing: Mark Kayrouz (7) practicing power with the legs

Our programme of weekly training, camps and competitions for 7-10 year olds is producing new talents like Marc Kayrouz (7). Marc came runner up in his first local Strathfield competition on September 22nd, and now will play his first metropolitan 8 & under tournament in a few weeks. His brother Nikolai won the Nepean 9 …

January 11, 2018

Sydney Born Alex Di Minaur confirms that Tennis stars can start their careers in Sydney

Alex Di Minaur is the 4th male player from New South Wales in the past 5 years to reach the top 200 in the world in international Tennis, see Sydney Morning Herald article 10/1/2018.  He is now ranked #167 in the world but has defeated 3 players in the top 50 this month, so he …

September 9, 2017

The US Open Semi Finals

I haven’t been sitting down and watching that much of the US Open. We have 2 Spanish, one South African and one Argentinian in the Men’s final. I don’t know much about Careno Busta, but it’s great to see 3 really good sports and characters in the semi finals. In my opinion, Juan Carlos Del …

July 25, 2017

Tennis Coaches Unite

As a coach and sometimes administrator of almost 40 years, I have looked at the other coaches and administrators many times as competitors but more often as team mates and comrades, much like I saw my mates at school or sport as a kid and later an adult. I remember playing for the combined New …

July 25, 2017

Tennis Blast Coaching Vs Tennis Blast Fitness

The difference between Tennis Blast Coaching and Tennis Blast Fitness, is that Tennis Blast Coaching covers all aspects of becoming a Tennis player and the character building that is the foundation of becoming a great person. Tennis Blast Coaching core subjects include Stroke, Fitness, Strategy, Tactics Practice, Equipment, Travel Rules, scoring, definitions, history of Tennis History of other sports, …

July 25, 2017

Our favourite movies for the sports person

The Wizard of Oz There’s no place like home amongst you friends and family And you can earn courage, brains and a love from life experiences. Don’t give up on your dreams. Rocky The story of courage and determination. And the pitfalls of being the champ. Don’t give up on your dreams. The Karate Kid A good …

July 25, 2017

Character Building: What has the Wizard of Oz got to do with Tennis

Q: What has The Wizard of Oz got to do with Tennis? A: Character Building and never forgetting to “Believe in Yourself!“ Most people have the qualities to be successful in anything they do, but only by experiences in life are these character traits ever developed and used. That is why so many people believe …

July 22, 2017

Why I love the Tennis Blast Fitness Programme!

The Tennis Blast Story I met David Bailey in 1991 when my sister Cindy was 14 and started strength and conditioning training. I remember walking through the main driveway of White City from the Rushcutters Bay entrance an seeing Cindy and one of her team-mates, Melissa Dause, carrying a thick folder each, something Tennis players …

May 9, 2017

Tennis Blast Variety

Affordable & Value Convenient User friendly Games for all standards A variety of Tennis related contests Fine tuned Character development

May 8, 2017

Tennis Blast’s A University For Tennis

It is my goal to help you optimise your life. My first tip is for you to play some Tennis. Here is Tennis Blast’s guide to the learning and study of Tennis We like to think technically, scientifically but also instinctively when I approach tennis as a sport, hobby or profession. Nutrition: fuel, what you eat and …

April 20, 2017

The New Tennis Blast

Tennis Blast would love to hear from you so we can learn about your Tennis experiences and needs Here is our new direction for Tennis  We know that Tennis is a fantastic, iconic sport It’s exciting to play and has countless benefits However, after being a Tennis player, coach and administrator for 4 decades, I am …