Hi, I’m Joel, a tennis teacher, and coach from Singapore. I started tennis at the age of 23. I know that’s considered late for a tennis player considering so many professional players started in Primary School. Fortunately, my volleyball background allowed me to pick up tennis really fast.
After one year of learning and playing, I started to sign up for competitions. Of course, the results were not fantastic, due to my lack of experience. I made many stupid mistakes, served a ton of double faults, and threw away many cheap points. Needless to say, I didn’t win many matches.
But that did not stop me from competing. I practiced more, read numerous tennis books studied tons of tennis matches and listened to interviews with coaches.
Results started to come; I was able to reach the quarterfinals of some local tournaments. I even reached the finals of one particular event but lost 3-9 to my opponent. It was, nevertheless, a great achievement for me at that time. As I played more and more matches, my winning rate got higher. Most people that I played with said that I had a crazy topspin forehand and a nasty lefty serve.
(I’m a lefty by the way.) I love it!
Martina Navratilova said, in one of her speeches, that she enjoyed helping people and felt the responsibility to pass on the knowledge after she retired. I feel the same way too. I don’t just want to play tennis, I want to help people to play tennis at the level that they desire.
Subsequently, I went to sign up for a coaching course. It was definitely not the easiest course in my life. There are so many things to learn in coaching. The most stressful part was the pass rate for the course was very low. If you didn’t do assess the students correctly and prescribe a suitable lesson plan during the test, you will fail the test. After one month of intensive preparation, I passed the course and got my coaching certificate in 2009.
I started the website and YouTube channel because I wanted to help tennis players like you. I understand the struggles of a beginning player and the challenges of an advanced player. If you want to play better tennis with your friends or win more tennis matches in tournaments, I can help you to achieve the results that you deserved.