02 Feb 2018

Sri Lanka hosts Coaching Advanced Players Course

News Article

An ITF Coaching Advanced Players course was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 29 November to 10 December 2017. The course, which was organized by the Sri Lanka Tennis Association and supported by the ITF, Olympic Solidarity and the National Olympic Committee of Sri Lanka, was conducted at the Sri Lanka National Tennis Center.  

The main aim of this Course was to engage and provide opportunities to:

  • Former or current Davis & Fed cup players

  • Former or current professionally ranked players

  • Former or current Davis & Fed cup captains

  • Captains of the ITF Junior team competitions such as: World Junior Tennis, Jnr. Davis & Fed cup

 A total of 11 enthusiastic coaches participated in this course which also included 4 foreign tour coaches. Participants included Lavinia Tanata, Indonesian Fed cup player reaching a WTA ranking of 325, Adam Jaya, Malaysian Davis Cup player and Women’s National coach and Fed Cup captain. Among the Sri Lankan participants were former Davis Cup player, Sivendran Nishendran and former Wimbledon junior player and ITF junior team competition captain Ganendran Subramaniam. 

The participants spent twelve days mastering the aspects of advanced tennis which included topics such as technique, tactics, psychology, fitness training, analysis & improvement and communication. Local sport science expert Bilal Yusuf, physical conditioning expert, was invited to present the physical conditioning module. 

The Sri Lankan Tennis Federation went to great lengths to ensure that all the participants of the course were well taken care of. All the participants, coaches and experts enjoyed an exhausting but rewarding 12 days of an intensive coaches education program in Colombo. SLTA President Mr. Iqbal bin Issak had the following to say about the coaches’ education program in Sri Lanka, “I am very pleased to receive Olympic Solidarity funding for the entire course.  Coach education is an integral part of player development. Besides being a great opportunity for our coaches to learn from experts, SLTA is hopeful that a number of its coaches will attain the advanced coaches’ certification from this course.  This is part of SLTA’s commitment to upgrade coaching in Sri Lanka”.