Date: 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.
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