Paul’s Tennis Academy

Our Team

Here at Paul’s Tennis Academy, we embrace diversity. Our Team consist of male and female coaches who have different cultural backgrounds.

Whilst each coach has their own unique way of engaging the players, overall they are all guided by the Tennis Australia coaching principles. All our coaches are qualified.

Come and meet the team.

Paul's Tennis Academy operates under a strict COVID Safe Plan.
Paul

Paul McNamara

Director and Head Coach

Head Coach and founder of Paul’s Tennis Academy in 2005
Professional Tennis Coach – Tennis Australia (TA) High Performance
TA Talent Development Coach
TA Learner Facilitator
TNSW Awards Winner 2019 – Coaching Excellence Talent Development
TNSW Sydney Metro Tennis Committee

  • Presenter 2020 ATP Cup Coaches Conference Sydney
  • Tennis Australia 10’s and 12’s Squad selector 2018 – Present
  • WTA Pro Tour coach Asia 2018.
    • Player – Alexandra Bozovic WTA 360
    • Player – Zara Brankovic WTA 1201
  • Talent 10’s Team Manager Melbourne 2017 & 2018
  • Coach/Manager Australian Championships 14’s Girls Team 2017
  • Coach/Manager Australian Championships 14’s Boys Team 2016
  • Tennis Australia Sydney Tennis League Coach 2014 – 2018
  • Private coach to 2 National and Junior ITF Champions
  • 3 years coaching Tennis NSW Advanced State Squads, working with the best juniors aged 12-18 years in Sydney.
  • Long term coach to more than 10 players selected to join TA National Academy.
  • Coached at TC Wangen in Germany and at TC Debrecen in Hungary working with elite European juniors.
  • Coached in Shenzhen (China) working with the number 7 ranked junior.
  • Played professionally in over 20 countries worldwide and reached a career high ranking of 60 in Australia.

Paul coaches with a holistic approach working on all parts of an athlete’s game. Strong focus is on the mental side of the game, technique, footwork and on court agility. Quick analysis and identification of problem areas allows him to bring a player’s game to the next level as fast as possible. Paul has contributed widely to the game of tennis in Australia. He’s mentored more than 10 coaches, helping them to improve their coaching skills, ability and style. He’s currently coaching many elite junior players.

Chad

Chad Bacani

Chad is a Tennis Australia qualified Club Professional Tennis Coach and a long-standing member of our team. “I have been playing tennis for over 16 years, and coaching for the last 10 years. I started out in Paul’s Tennis Academy as a young player and was inspired by the way Paul would motivate everyone he coached to be a better player, as well as a better person in life. When I left school, Paul offered to mentor me in coaching, and so I have been learning and coaching alongside Paul at PTA ever since. I love the sport, I love teaching players, whether they are young children, or adults, how to improve their tennis game.”

Gabriel

Gabriel Della Casa

“I love coaching as I get to help people stay healthy and develop new skills.” Gabriel grew up in a tennis family. “My sister and father inspired me to work in tennis. I have been training in a variety of sports since I was 12 so have solid experience in competition,” he says. Gabriel moved to Sydney 6 years ago to get involved in developing players and in that time completed the Junior Development Course (TA) and gained qualification in Certificate 4 in Sports Coaching, Diploma of Sports, including qualification in Sports Physiology. Gabriel also participated in various workshops with Tennis Australia.

Kadjann

Kadjann Arulnesan

Kadjann began playing tennis at the age of 6 and has started coaching at the age of 16. He has played in tournaments across Australia ranging from junior tournaments, Australian Money Tournaments and has represented his university at the Australian University Games. Kadjann stands out as a tennis coach by using a holistic approach for people looking to further their tennis development. This ranges from fitness to nutrition, increasing tennis mental toughness and advice in regards to tennis rackets and string. His intense passion for tennis is reflected in the many qualifications he obtained to date: Junior Development Tennis coach (Tennis Australia)
B Health Science (Exercise & Sports Science) Western Sydney University
Australian Strength and Conditioning Association (ASCA Level 1)
Diploma in Sport Development (with Asia Pacific Training Institute)
Master Racquet Technician with USRSA (US racket stringer’s association)
Mental toughness Level 1: Registro Professional de Tennis (RPT)

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Michael

“I started coaching in my early twenties with a few hours aside from my job at the time, but I realised coaching was my calling, Michael says. “Working with people of all ages has been so rewarding, knowing my students are having fun and get full-filled when they reach their goals. Working with children is one of my biggest joys, watching them get better in skills and confidence and making them laugh makes me smile.” Michael also enjoys the challenge of training high ranked students. “It provides me with my own set of goals and purpose, always striving to do better.”

Ella

Ella Lanigan

Ella first picked up a racquet at a very young age. “I’ve been playing tennis since I was 4. Growing up, I played a range of sports, but tennis was the one that just stuck. I began coaching when I was 16 and since then, have continued to develop a love of the game, in particular introducing young children to the sport as well as developing players at all levels and watching them progress.” Asked about her qualifications, Ella says “I completed the Junior Development Course (TA) in 2020, which has provided me with the knowledge and skills to motivate the students I teach to achieve their best. I work hard not only to coach my students, but to develop a relationship with them and help them reach their potential.”

Dominic

Dominic

Whilst Dominic is our newest coach, he’s already developed strong relationships with his lessons. “I’ve been playing tennis since I was six, and love how the sport combines athleticism with strategy, Dominic explains. “I got into coaching because I wanted to share my passion for the game; I find it especially rewarding to see the joy and freedom on a student’s face when they make a breakthrough on a shot they’ve been struggling with.”

Clare

Clare

Clare is very popular with our little budding tennis stars. Her way of engaging the little ones assists them to develop love for the game from a very young age. “I got involved with tennis at the age of 9 and have enjoyed the sport ever since. I started my coaching journey through helping out at holiday camps and then further participating in Tennis Australia community coaching course. Through this, I have developed a passion for seeing students learn and enjoy the sport. I enjoy working with kids particularly in an engaging and fun learning environment that is all around rewarding and always exciting.”