About Us



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.


Meet the team

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 playing on court in Croatia

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 25 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, 2019 & 2021 Tennis QLD Club of the year, and a 6 time Finalist

2019 & 2021 Tennis Queensland Club Coach of the year Finalist

Mitchell Harty Focus Tennis Academy SENIOR ASSISTANT COACH

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

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 Focus Tennis Academy SENIOR ASSISTANT COACH

Chris Ventura (Curly)

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, 2019 & 2021 Winner and 2018 Finalist) having learnt under the tutelage of Head Coach / Director Chris Novic

Mitchell James Focus Tennis Academy JUNIOR ASSISTANT COACH / DISABILITY PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Mitchell James

Junior Assistant Coach / Disability Program Coordinator

Coaching Experience

Focus Tennis Academy Coach (2019 – current)

Tennis Australia Qualified Junior Development Coach

Over 7 years working with Red, Orange and Green Ball players in South East Queensland

Playing Career

5-time winner of Tennis Queensland’s ‘Most Outstanding Player with an Intellectual Disability’

Gold Medal for Singles/Doubles at Special Olympics World Games (Athens 2011 & Abu Dhabi 2019)

Gold, Silver & Bronze Medqal winner at INAS World & Global Games events (2013 – 2019)

Registered Athlete with Special Olympics Moreton North & Sport Inclusion / INAS

Other Tennis Industry & Business Experience

Over 7 years of experience working with Red, Orange and Green Ball players in local clubs around South East Queensland

Specialising in and recognised nationally for his work in coaching Special Needs players

The Focus Tennis Academy Team

Focus Tennis Pro shop team in cafe and office

Maddi, Thea & Elyssa


Pro shop team
Elyssa White Focus Tennis Academy TEAM MEMBER

Payton


Junior Coach
Payton Argles Focus Tennis Academy TEAM MEMBER

Elyssa


Junior Coach

Our History

Focus Tennis Academy is proud to offer world class facilities and tennis programs for men and women, boys and girls of all ages.

Since 2015, our team have been recognised three times as the top club in the state by Tennis Queensland. This is a huge honour, and one that we feel reflects the quality of coaching provided by our outstanding team.

In recent years, the Redcliffe Tennis Centre has been completely rebuilt and now boasts world-class facilities:

6 Plexicushion hard courts (same surface as the Australian Open
6 synthetic grass courts
All 12 courts flood lit for night play
Children’s birthday parties
Pro shop & cafe
2 exhibition courts with grand stand
BBQ area
Corporate team building functions
Club house
Racquet hire
2015

2015 Tennis Queensland Club of the Year

2015
2019

2019 Tennis Queensland Club of the Year

2019
2019

2019 Australian Club Of The Year Finalist

2019
2021

2021 Tennis Queensland Club of the Year

2021

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