2018 Speakers

Tennis Australia is excited to announce our first speakers for the 2018 Australian Grand Slam Coaches' Conference! More speakers will be added over the coming weeks, so check back soon.

Mike Barrell
Mike Barrell
Based in the UK, Mike has taught tennis for over 25 years working with players of all levels and is the Founder and CEO of evolve9. Mike has presented at numerous National and International conferences and authored magazine articles and manuals. He has worked on programs for USTA, Tennis Australia, LTA (GB), Chinese Tennis Association and many other tennis nations including Holland, Norway ,Estonia, Cyprus and Hungary. Mike was the author of the ITF Tennis10s Manual and has a been a major contributor to Under 10 programs around the World. As well as his role as Director of evolve9, he also works for the LTA as a Coach Education Master Tutor, delivering coach education, certification and training. An LTA Level 5 Licensed Coach, he was also the 2007 PTR Professional of the Year.
Richard Charlesworth
Dr. Richard Charlesworth
Dr Richard Charlesworth AO is one of Australia's greatest ever coaches. As a hockey player he was selected for five Olympic Games, he is also a former State cricketer, a medical doctor and Arts graduate, and Federal Member of Parliament. His coaching formula is part of the reason for the sustained success of the Hockeyroos at the Atlanta and Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, and for 8 consecutive years the team was ranked number one in the world. Between 1994 and 2014 Charlesworth was ‘Coach of the Year’ 8 times and in 2005 Richard was selected as Western Australia’s greatest ever hockey player and also Western Australia’s greatest ever coach. He is a member of Hockey’s Hall of Fame, an FIH Master Coach, a legend of the Western Australian Sports Hall of Fame and in 2014 won the inaugural Australian Institute of Sport World’s Best award.
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David Miley
David Miley was the Executive Director of Tennis Development for the ITF for over 20 years, focused on juniors, seniors and wheelchair tennis. David was responsible for establishing the ITF's Coach Education Programme in 1993, and is the author of 7 tennis books and coaching manuals. David chaired the ITF Intro to Tennis Task Force, which was instrumental in the development of the ITF's Play and Stay campaign to increase participation, and the development of Tennis10s and the use of the red, orange and green balls.
Mark Tennant
Mark Tennant
Mark has over 30 years’ experience as a Coach, Coach Educator and Venue Manager in the UK, specialising in particular in developing starter players. Mark is a qualified LTA Level 5 Coach, a qualified Coach Education Tutor and Assessor, and has been training coaches for the LTA and ITF for over 15 years. As Director of inspire2coach, a company he co-founded in 2007, he not only manages more than 30 tennis facilities across the UK, but is a highly impactful Coach Educator, managing the company’s two Coach Education Centres, and the largest programme of Level 1 and Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4 qualifications in the UK.
Juanita Weissensteiner
Juanita Weissensteiner
Dr Juanita Weissensteiner is the acting Head of the Athlete Pathways and Development section at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS). A physiotherapist by background, Juanita is an original co-author of the FTEM (Foundation, Talent, Elite and Mastery) athlete development framework utilised by the AIS to inform the review, refinement and support of the entire athlete pathway from a foundational to a podium level. Juanita has worked directly with over 30 Australian National Sporting Organisations and consults internationally. She is also a co-contributor to the recently published International Olympic Committee’s consensus statement on Youth Athlete Development.
Carol Fox
Carol Fox
For over 2 decades Carol has worked as a coach, speaker and trainer in the Professional Development Industry. Carol has experienced the mindset of champions firsthand, as Victoria’s first professional female surf lifesaving lifeguard, as a national level swimmer and as a water polo player. She has also experienced firsthand the unique aspects of volunteering and paid participation in the surf lifesaving environment. Carol has a real interest in women in leadership and her Master’s Thesis: “Women’s Perceived Barriers To Elite Coaching Positions In Australian Sport “was used extensively by the Australian Sports Commission in determining policies for women in sport.

Edgar Giffenig
Edgar Giffenig
Edgar has been involved in tennis player development for the last 25 years. Starting his career as Assistant Coach for the Men's Tennis Team at the University of Texas, he further progressed his career as a national coach in USA, Germany and Mexico. Edgar taught Spanish and coached tennis at the Salisbury School and was Director of Tennis at the Sharon Country Club. Currently, Edgar is the Director of Instruction at Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in the USA, as well as a partner at TennisGate, a company specialising in tennis player development media. Edgar has also released a book, "Developing High Performance Tennis Players" which was published in July 2013.
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Nicole Pratt
After playing professionally for 19 years and reaching a career high singles ranking of 36 in singles and 18 in doubles, Nicole is currently the Head of Women's Tennis for Tennis Australia and serves the WTA coaches' committee. During her playing career Nicole was a member of the Federation Cup team for 10 years and competed in the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games. Nicole has a wide variety of experience as a coach since gaining her High Performance Coaching qualification, including coaching Casey Dellacqua to a career high singles ranking of 39 and 11 in doubles, being appointed the Head Coach of the AIS Women’s program in 2011-2014, and more recently coaching Daria Gavrilova to a career high ranking of 36.
Marcus Crow
Marcus Crow
Marcus Crow is in his 20th year of professional practice as a group facilitator, adult educator and keynote speaker. In 2012 he co-founded 10,000 HOURS a specialist firm of senior facilitators and adult educators focused on skill acquisition for senior executives. 10,000 Hours is retained by ASX200 organisations to deliver facilitation and executive-education experiences for their most senior teams. His ideas and perspective on adult learning, skill acquisition, healthy teams and uncertainty have been published in The Australian, Business Insider, Dynamic Business, The Australian Financial Review. Most weekends he can be found riding the emotional highs and lows as chief sponsor to two 12/U tennis-mad boys.
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Alistair Murphy

A Physical Performance Coach and the Academy Manager for Tennis Australia, Adelaide. Alistair has recently completed his PhD in exercise science, specialising in high performance youth development and competition preparation for tennis. Alistair is currently responsible for the design and delivery of the physical performance program of the National Academy in Adelaide. The program is designed to specifically tailor long-term athletic development for over 45 junior tennis players, ranging from 8 years through to 18 years, club level through to International juniors within the National Academy.

Mark Taylor

A Lead Physical Performance Coach for Tennis Australia, Queensland. Mark has a degree in Strength and Conditioning Science from St Mary’s University, London, and has been accredited with the UK Strength and Conditioning Association since 2009. He spent two years at a regional high performance centre, developing their Strength and Conditioning program, before spending six years at the National Tennis Centre for the LTA. He has worked with leading singles and doubles players, including Johanna Konta. He then moved to the British Swimming National Training Centre, working with elite Olympic athletes and Rio gold medallist, before taking the plunge and moving to Tennis Australia.

Jaslyn Hewitt-Shehadie

After a pro tennis career with a WTA ranking high of 304, Jaslyn has continued a lifelong passion for High Performance sport by exceling at a number of different roles, primarily in tennis.  After spending time as a remedial masseuse for the Port Adelaide Football Club, Jaslyn worked as both the tennis and strength & conditioning coach in the South Australia National Academy before moving to Canberra to work in the Australian Institute of Sports Pro-Tour Program.  In 2009 Jaslyn relocated to Sydney where she is currently both the National Academy and Talent Development Manager for NSW and is in the final stages of completing the Tennis Australia High Performance Coaching Course.

Ryan Cope

Ryan obtained his Bachelor of Physiotherapy, before continuing on to complete his Masters in Exercise Science (Strength and Conditioning). A Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach, Ryan has worked with junior through to elite athletes, as the National Academy (Melbourne) physiotherapist, as well as being an Australian Open physiotherapist for the male athletes.

Nathan Martin

Nathan Martin has been at the forefront of worldwide tennis fitness conditioning for the past 16 years. He has helped players of all levels from grand slam champions to social hitters and school kids reach their potential through improved physical performance, injury reduction and ongoing education. Nathan was the long standing strength and conditioning trainer for Lleyton Hewitt, spending time preparing him for the Australian summer of tennis for 10 successive years. Nathan has co authored a book “Building a tennis champion”, created an app in conjunction with Lleyton Hewitt “Lleyton Hewitt Tennis Fitness Pro”, is a course facilitator for Tennis Australia (Club Pro), and he runs his own strength and conditioning studio in Sydney. Nathan’s passion is to see players reach their physical potential, through education, application and support.


Danielle Gescheit

Danielle is a Sport Science and Athlete Development Analyst at Tennis Australia. Her role includes managing the National Academy athlete management system as well as undertaking internal and external research. Part of her research portfolio includes reviewing the junior and professional tennis structure worldwide in partnership with the International Tennis Federation. Danielle is also the the Australian Fed Cup team manager. She is currently undertaking her PhD at Tennis Australia and Australian Catholic University with her research topic exploring the relationship of training loads, musculoskeletal function and shoulder injuries in elite, youth tennis players.

Howard Green

Howard has been the Head of Strength & Conditioning at USN Bolton Arena High Performance Tennis Academy for 8 years. He is an accredited S&C coach with the UKSCA, a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist with the iTPA and has a First Class Hons degree in Sports Coaching – including several coaching qualifications. Prior to coaching Howard spent 6 years in the Royal Marines Commandos, serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. Howard has experience preparing Professional and Junior players at WTA, ATP, ITF and Tennis Europe levels, most notably working with world number one Ana Ivanovic. Howard has his own training philosophy and methodology, which takes into account both the general and specific physical qualities needed. He also places a high amount of importance in training coordination abilities to enhance movement performance.

Nick Gissing

Nick is the founder and director of BreakPoint Analysis, a nationally recognised video analysis company that provides video analysis services to junior and aspiring professional players. In his four years at BreakPoint Analysis, Nick has filmed approximately 40,000 matches at over 200 tournaments, and provided data driven solutions to help players and businesses improve through the power of video. Nick is a Club Professional coach, with a Bachelor in Exercise Science and a Master of Management from Melbourne University, where he currently runs the tennis program. Previous roles at Tennis Australia saw him provide video analysis to Sam Stosur, and help create and develop the Tennis Australia Technique App.


Interested in presenting at the Conference? Download the Expression of Interest form here.

Annually the conference boasts of a fantastic line up of speakers. Check out the full list of speakers from previous conferences:

2017 Australian Grand Slam Coaches Conference speakers

2016 Australian Grand Slam Coaches Conference speakers