Redcliffe Tennis Centre…. For everybody!

Redcliffe Tennis Centre is a first class facility but we aim to make tennis available to everybody. Come down and enjoy the friendly atmosphere and a game of tennis. We look forward to seeing you!

Our Philosophy

Focus Tennis Academy aims to create an environment where students strive to achieve in an atmosphere of fun and fitness. We have the desire to improve student-learning outcomes in tennis while influencing students’ attitudes and behaviours by demonstrating an understanding and appreciation of the importance of physical activity combined with a healthy lifestyle.

 

The coaches of Focus Tennis Academy believe tennis coaching is a profession that can influence students’ lives both on and off court. We are able to witness students improve and grasp new concepts and gain a sense of achievement and progression in their skills and within themselves. Each challenge can bring a new reward for the student, parents and coach. The coaches of Focus Tennis Academy believe that they are positive role models who lead an active and healthy lifestyle that inspires students to learn and have fun.

Our Coaching Team

The Focus Tennis Academy coaches are friendly and highly skilled and qualified. They are passionate about helping people reach their full tennis potential whilst having fun and developing a love of the game. All our coaches have an Australian Government issued Blue Card.

 

CHRIS NOVIC – Head Coach / Director

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Founder / Director of Focus Tennis Academy at Redcliffe Tennis Centre (2012 – present)
  • Tennis Australia Club Professional Level 2 Coach
  • Over 20 years of experience working with coaches and players at an elite / ITF level
  • Former Coach at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas, USA

 

PLAYING CAREER

  • Former Top 10 Over 35 player in the world and No. 1 Over 35 player in Australia
  • Australian Captain for the 2016 ITF Young Seniors World Team Champs in Croatia
  • Former Top 5 Australian Junior having played at the Australian Open Juniors in 1998
  • Former Queensland No. 1 Singles and Doubles Junior
  • Winner of numerous Australian, NZ and European Money Tournaments

OTHER TENNIS INDUSTRY & BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

  • Has led Focus Tennis Academy to be considered one of the best tennis clubs in Queensland, having won the 2015 Tennis QLD Club of the year, and a 5 time Finalist

 

ANDREW GROCOTT – Senior Assistant Coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Focus Tennis Academy Coach (2018 – present)
  • Tennis Australia Club Professional Level 2 Coach
  • Former Head Coach of Toowong Tennis Centre
  • Former Managing Director of Ace Tennis Australia, working in conjunction w/ Chris Novic

 

PLAYING CAREER

  • Former top Junior player in the ACT having played against players such as Todd Woodbridge, Jason Stoltenberg and Richard Fromberg in the late 1980’s

OTHER TENNIS INDUSTRY & BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

  • Former Centre Operator / Managing Director of Ace Tennis Australia, with over 25 years of experience developing some of Queensland best junior players whilst running his own successful business
  • Bachelor of Business Management

 

MITCHELL HARTY – Senior Assistant Coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Focus Tennis Academy Coach (2019 – present)
  • Tennis Australia Club Professional Level 2 Coach
  • ATP Diploma Global Professional Tennis Coach Association (2016)
  • Over 10 years combined coaching experience throughout Australia, NZ, USA & UK

 

PLAYING CAREER

  • Former hitting partner for many ATP/WTA ranked players including Sam Groth, Ryan Harrison and Alicia Molik
  • Earned Tennis Scholarships to train and compete at an elite level at the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Academy in Florida, USA and the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in Texas, USA

OTHER TENNIS INDUSTRY & BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

  • Former Director / Owner of Gems Tennis in Bairnsdale, Victoria
  • Former Head Coach and Club Professional Coach for centres in Australia, NZ, USA & UK

 

CHRIS VENTURA – Senior Assistant Coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Focus Tennis Academy Coach (2015 – current)
  • Tennis Australia Club Professional Level 2 Coach
  • Certificate III & IV in Fitness
  • Currently studying Bachelor of Education (Primary) at ACU McAuley Campus – Brisbane

 

PLAYING CAREER

  • Catholic Schools Tennis Competition Quarter Finalist (2010 – 2013)
  • Dynamic One Saturday Morning Fixtures Winner (2011 & 2012)
  • Metropolitan JDS U14 Doubles Winner (2010) & U15 Runner Up (2011)
  • Southern Cross Catholic College Scarborough Senior Tennis Captain (2012 – 2013)

OTHER TENNIS INDUSTRY & BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

  • Extensive knowledge and hands on experience of the Focus Tennis Academy business model (QLD Club of the Year 2015 Winner and 2018 Finalist) having learnt under the tutelage of Head Coach / Director Chris Novic

 

DREW STOKES – Assistant Manager / Junior Assistant Coach

COACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Focus Tennis Academy Coach (2016 – present)
  • Tennis Australia Qualified Community Coach
  • Worked with children ages 3 – 17 as part of FTA’s Junior Player Development Program

 

PLAYING CAREER

  • Junior Development Player at Newton Heath Tennis Centre (North Brisbane) competing in Tennis Brisbane Super League Fixtures and Junior Tournaments around SE QLD
  • Has an elite sporting background having played semi-professional Football in Queensland and England

OTHER TENNIS INDUSTRY & BUSINESS EXPERIENCE

  • Extensive knowledge and hands on experience of the Focus Tennis Academy business model (2015 Tennis QLD Club of the Year Winner and 5 time Finalist) having learnt under the tutelage of Head Coach / Director Chris Novic

 

 

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