I started this site to help people gain some more knowledge about their favorite sport.
I’ve been playing tennis for as long as I can remember, with one of my earliest memories being me swinging my dad’s tennis racket around to show some kids what tennis was about, before managing to hit one of the kids in the nose. I was about 2 and a half years old.
I went on to be the best Junior player in Australia in the 12 & Under, 14 & Under, 16 & Under and 18 & Under age groups and representing Australia in many international junior tournaments and events.
I played the Junior Australian Open 3 times, starting when I had just turned 15 years old. I missed out on playing it in my final year of juniors (when I turned 18) due to injury, but then went on to play professional tournaments.
I got my first ATP points in doubles when I was 15 years old, playing a satellite tournament in Australia. My doubles partner, Sergio Gaoni, and I got had a couple of good draws but we also won a couple of tough matches to get the points.
My first singles points followed the next year when I was 16 and I eventually made it to 376 in singles and 265 in doubles on the ATP tour. I won 2 Futures singles titles and a handful of doubles titles with various doubles partners. After having some success on the Australian Futures tournaments, my doubles partner Chris Rae and I managed to get into the Australian Open doubles main draw.
I stopped playing on the tour quite early (when I was 21) due to lack of money. Tennis is a very expensive sport to fund, even if you are doing it without a coach and with minimal expenditure.
Australia at the time didn’t have many professional tournaments, so Australian players had to travel overseas a lot. This ended up costing a lot of money due to having to travel for most of the year and prizemoney at the lower levels of the ATP were nowhere near enough to sustain tennis players long-term.
I started coaching soon after, with one of my first jobs being as a private coach to an Indonesian player in Singapore. I later went and coached the Indonesian national junior tennis team for 10 months in Jakarta before heading back to Australia.
After this I got offered a position at the Dubai Tennis Academy, so I moved to Dubai. I ended up working as the Head Coach and Tennis Director for 14 years at the Dubai Tennis Academy in various venues, including the American University in Dubai, Atlantis the Palm Hotel and The Grand Hyatt Hotel Dubai.
During my time in Dubai I ran clinics with top ATP players like Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka. I also had the privilege of practising with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Robin Soderling and Ana Ivanovic.
I also helped organize and run a successful Guinness World Record event, the 24 Hour Tennis Marathon, which was held at the Grand Hyatt Dubai Hotel in 2015.
Now I am back in Australia, starting another tennis chapter in my life.