2015 Australian Grand Slam Coaches Conference Speakers

Jose Altur, Spain

Jose Altur is Owner and Director of Tennis Altur & Alvarino, TenisVal Academy. He is a former top 100 ATP player and ex-coach of Igor Andreev and David Ferrer. Jose is currently the coach of Taro Daniel, ranked ATP Top 200.

John D Anderson, New Zealand

John D Anderson is one of the most inspirational business speakers in Australasia. His story is unique with so many lessons for anyone in business. At the age of 22 John left New Zealand for England for a one-year trip overseas. He returned 20 years later with a wife, four children and international tourism business Contiki Holidays. John tells the incredible story of how he, together with a small group of other young New Zealanders and Australians developed a simple idea, 25 pounds, and a belief in himself and others into one of the world’s major tour operators and an international ‘brand’ name and an icon in Australia. To date, around 1.8 million young people have taken a Contiki tour!

Paul Annacone, United States of America

Paul was a right-handed serve-volleyer, who attained a career-high No.12 singles ranking and picked up three singles titles until he retired in 1993. His best Grand Slam performance came at 1984 Wimbledon when, ranked World No. 242 and straight out of the University of Tennessee, he surprised the tennis world by beating world No.13 Johan Kriek in the fourth round. In his post-playing career, Annacone has established himself as one of the world’s leading coaches. He coached American compatriot Pete Sampras and long-time British No.1 Tim Henman.


Callum Beale, Australia

Callum is the Coach and Talent Development Manager in New South Wales, Australia and a High Performance Coach. Prior to this role he has also worked in a variety of roles for Tennis Australia as the Athlete Development Manager/National Academy Coach in Perth and as a Performance Coach for Tennis South Australia. Callum has a Bachelor of Applied Science, Human Movement and is currently completing his MBA. As a player Callum achieved a professional ATP singles and doubles ranking and ‘All-American’ status in the US College tennis system. Callum has also worked with a number of top 10 players (ATP and WTA) as a training and hitting partner.

 Nick Bollettieri, United States of America

One of the most influential people in the world of tennis and a legend who has transcended the sport.  In 1978, he founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. The Academy was the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a custom-designed academic curriculum. The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepares them for a successful life off the court as well. This proven method was used to coach over ten #1 players in the world including Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Jankovic, Rios, Seles, Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams.

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, Australia

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg is one of Australia’s highest profile psychologists who specialises in the area of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health. He sits on the Board of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre, and is the parenting expert for Channel 7’s top rating Sunrise and The Morning Show and is a columnist for Girlfriend magazine. He is also the psychologist on 3AW’s Morning Show with Neil Mitchell.

Tim Connelly, Australia

Tim recently won the 2014 Newcombe Medal for Hot Shots Excellence. He is an accredited Tennis Australia Club Professional, Hot Shots Mentor, Talent Development Coach and USPTA Coach. Tim has had three different athletes in the last three years attend the 10 and under National Development Camp. All of these athletes have been developed through the Hot Shots pathway of Red, Orange and Green. Tim is a great believer in the use of training aids to help players develop stroke technique and footwork.

Greg Crump, Australia

Greg began coaching wheelchair tennis in the late 1980s. One of the first competitors he coached was Daniela Di Toro, who took up the sport when she was thirteen years old at Crump’s suggestion. He was the coach of the Australian national teams in 1996 Atlanta Paralympics, 2000 Sydney, (winning Gold in the men’s singles and Silver in both the men’s and women’s doubles), 2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing and the 2012 London. Crump has been coach at numerous WTC winning the Men’s in Nottingham, Paris and Italy and also winning the women’s WTC beating the highly favoured team from the Netherland’s in New York in 1999. Crump has worked with several ITF Silver funded projects as well as serving on the IWTA committee for the ITF. Greg currently works for Tennis Australia looking after wheelchair players, from the grass roots to the elite and holds coaching accreditation in Australia and USA.

 Ken DeHart, United States of America

Currently the director of Tennis at the San Jose Swim & Racquet Club in San Jose, California. Ken, a PTR, USPTA Master Professional and USA High Performance coach, is the national speaker for Cardio Tennis, national trainer for recreational coaches and president of the competitive edge training system in the USA. Ken has been named international PTR Pro of the Year twice, is a four-time USPTA Divisional Pro of the Year and a three-time USPTA Career Develop Award Winner. Ken has produced six coaching DVDs, coauthored a book and is the associate editor for TennisOne.com.

Kane Dewhurst, Australia

Kane is the Director of Vida Tennis which currently operates from 14 clubs, venues & schools in Victoria, Australia seeing in excess of 2000 active tennis players per week. He started his business pathway after playing professionally for 6 years and was a finalist in the 2013 Business Blueprint Entrepreneur of the Year awards. Kane is a qualified Master Club Professional coach, a recognised Talent Development Coach who has coached multiple National title winners and had experience with WTA & ATP level players.

Bruce Elliott, Australia

A Senior Research fellow at the University of Western Australia, Bruce is considered a leader in research in tennis biomechanics. He has co-edited the ITF publications Biomechanics of Advanced Tennis (2003) and Technique Development in Tennis Stroke Production (2009). He has published over 200 refereed articles in journals and over 50 book chapters or books all in the general area of sports biomechanics. In 2003 the Professional Tennis Registry gave him the Stanley Plagenhoef Sport Science Award for “his lifetime contribution to tennis” and the Australian Government awarded him the Centenary Medal for “service to sport policy and research development for sport”.

Professor Damian Farrow, Australia

Damian holds a join appointment within he College of Sport & Exercise Science, ISEAL, and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). He has worked with a range of AIS and National sports programs including the AFL, Cricket Australia, Tennis Australia, Netball Australia, Swimming Australia and the Australian Rugby Union. Damian publishes and presents extensively on his research interests, centred on understanding the factors critical to sport expertise and talent/skill development, with a specific focus on perceptual and decision-making skill and practice methodology. A former tennis coach and physical education teacher, he is passionate about community engagement through the translation of theory into practice via coach education and the publication of general interest sport science books.

Lyn Foreman, Australia

Lyn Foreman is a former champion hurdler who competed for Western Australia and Australia from 1979 to 1982. Forman qualified for the 800m in the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and in 2000 was awarded the Australian Sports medal for “Outstanding service as an international athlete and since as a coach and team official”. She is the current Athletics WA Coach Education Manger and National Junior Hurdles Coach.


Sven Groeneveld, The Netherlands

Current coach with the Adidas Player Development Program and experienced tour coach of many ATP and WTP players. As a coach Sven achieved 3 Grand Slam titles with three different players including: Monica Seles (92), Mary Pierce (95) and Ana Ivanovic (08).

 Will Hamilton, United States of America

Will is the Co-founder of Fuzzy YellowBalls.com – the largest instructional website in the world. Fuzzy Yellow Balls has over 49.9 million views on youtube, 140,000 email list subscribers and millions of dollars worth of instructional videos sold online! Fuzzy Yellow Balls is a site where tennis players from across the world come to learn how to play tennis online for free, discuss the sport and socialize.

 Feisal Hassan, United States of America

A USPTA Master Professional and PTR 5A Pro, Feisal is the General Manager and Tennis Director at the Midlothian Tennis Club in Midlothian, Virginia. Feisal was also voted in Tennis Industry magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list for being one of the top 40 men and women under 40 years old who have had and will continue to have a strong influence in the sport and in the business of tennis- both nationally and internationally.

Kim Kachel, Australia

Kim is the Manager Competitions at Tennis Australia and a Club Professional Coach. Kim has extensive coaching experience having coached at various clubs, for the National Academy and the Victorian Institute of Sport. More recently he led Project Talent and established the Talent Development Coaches program, Talent Development Camps and Super 10s at Tennis Australia. He worked closely with this network of coaches to improve the quality and quantity of athletes under the age of 12.

Rufus Keown, Australia

Rufus has been working in the tennis industry since 1995 and is currently Director of the Victorian Tennis Academy in Melbourne, Australia. He has achieved a Bachelor of Business Management; a Graduate Diploma in Sport Management; and is a Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach. He is a Tennis Australia Learning Facilitator, Hot Shots [National U10 program] Ambassador and sits on the Local Coaches Advisory Board. He has presented at workshops around Australia and produced drills manuals and lesson plans for Tennis Australia. Rufus is extremely enthusiastic about developing inspirational environments for young tennis players, especially tailoring experiences that will encourage girls to thrive in tennis.

Allistair McCaw, United States of America

Allistair is an internationally recognized leader in the field of athletic performance enhancement. His well-proven method of athlete training, ‘The McCaw Method’, has set the standard for providing world class athletes and coaches with cutting-edge training techniques, products and knowledge. A fitness expert with over 17 years’ experience, Allistair has trained a host of world champion athletes including Grand Slam Tennis champions, PGA Golfers and Olympians. Allistair’s expertise in movement & agility training has seen both the world number 1 player’s in Tennis and Squash seek his guidance. He also contributes articles to various magazines on performance enhancement training, motivation and mindset.

Mats Merkel, Germany

Since 2007, Mats has been working as a consultant to the adidas Player Development Program, travelling up to 30 weeks a year. Through the program, he has worked with many players including Justine Henin, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki and Andy Murray, Fernando Verdasco, Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock.

Craig O’Shannessy, Australia

Craig  is an Australian tour coach and Director of the Brain Game – a sports science website that specializes in the video analysis of tennis matches that teaches the patterns of play that dominate our game. Craig is widely recognized as the world leader in teaching tennis tactics and is the strategy analyst for the ATP World Tour, WTA Tennis and the New York Times and Tennis Magazine. Craig has researched thousands of matches using his unique Dartfish Match Tagging software to unlock the secrets of our game and uncover the patterns and percentages that really matter. He teaches this knowledge through his website and also on court with players at all levels of the game.

 Roger Rasheed, Australia

Roger has coached some of the best players of the modern era including Lleyton Hewitt (03-07), Jo Wilfried Tsonga and Gael Monfils. More recently, he joined forces with one of the most exciting talents in world tennis, Grigor Dimitrov. He is a well known commentator on the 7 network. A former international tennis professional, Rasheed reached the second round of the Australian Open twice in 98′ and 92′. he last competed in the Challenger circuit, winning four titles in 92′. Rasheed is the founder of the Roger Rasheed Sports Foundation who work with disadvantaged communities to provide children a better life pathway through access to sport.

Helen Rice, Australia

Helen is a Club Professional Coach based in South Australia who has coached for over 35 years. Coaching with modified balls since 1992 and running Hot Shots since it’s inception, Helen is a current ANZ Tennis Hot Shots and Cardio Tennis Mentor, Manager of Super 10’s teams in the SA series and State Manager for the SA 10’s girls team. Helen was Tennis SA Coach of the Year in 2013 and Newcombe Medal Finalist in 2011, 2013 and 2014.

 Anthony Ross, Australia

Anthony Ross is a coach and sports psychologist based in Brisbane, Australia. He currently runs an international tennis focused sports psychology practice. Anthony is also the developer of Mentally Tough Tennis, an organization dedicated to providing coaches with the highest quality mental toughness related education materials. He has previously been a Tennis Australia Sport Psych Provider and also travelled as a coach and psychologist on both the ATP and WTA tours and has worked with players during competition against Nadal, Federer and Djokovic. Anthony also consults to ATP/WTA tour coaches regarding their own coaching effectiveness. He was formerly an All-American Pepperdine University and Wimbledon player.