Max Tennis – Winner of Best Junior Coaching programs in NSW, operates from the Belrose Tennis Club, Kenthurst Tennis Centre and Breakfast Point Country Club.
Andrew Sun, Director and Head Coach of Max Tennis, is a Tennis Australia Certified High Performance Coach. A former Tennis NSW State Squad Coach, Andrew has a Bachelor Sports Science (UNSW) and is currently coaching many international ranked tennis players. He is regarded as one of Australia’s best coaches in the developing junior players and programs. He has been selected by Tennis Australia to be a Hot Shots Mentor (1 of only 16 nationally) to assist them in delivering this program nationally.
Andrew was voted in the Top 3 of Australia for Coaching Excellence at the Newcombe Medal Awards in 2012 and 2014. He brings over 25 years of coaching experience and centre management to Max Tennis. He enjoys a great rapport with all his students and is highly regarded in the tennis industry, regularly presenting Coach Education Courses for Tennis Australia.
Max Tennis has won many awards including Best Tennis Centre in NSW and Best Junior Coaching programs by Tennis NSW and Andrew was also awarded Best Coach at National Super 10’s Event.
What is unique about Max Tennis?
Max Tennis was started in 1998 and has constantly evolved. We have had experience running Private School coaching programs, Council/Committee based centres, Privately owned facilities and Community / strata managed centres. As Director and Head Coach, I lead a team of enthusiastic coaches. Amongst the Team we have one of only 16 Hot Shots mentors in Australia, a TA High Performance Qualified Coach, a BA in Sports Science, 3 Club Professional Qualified Coaches, 2 Junior Development Qualified coaches. Members of our team are regularly invited to manage Teams in State/National teams Competitions, Manage State Teams in national events. Team members also present at Tennis Australia Coach Education courses.
We cater for students all all ages and abilities with programs that are constantly being evolved to incorporate the best practices and research from around the world.
I have been nominated twice for a Newcombe Medal award and have won 2 State awards for Excellence.
Sunny, can you tell us about yourself and your role at Max Tennis?
I am the Director and Head Coach. I am one of only 16 Hot Shots mentors in Australia, a TA High Performance Qualified Coach, a BA in Sports Science, and a learner facilitator at TA courses. I am also the Head Coach at The Scots College. I mentor a team of full time coaches and trainee coaches. I write the coaching programs and empower the Team to innovate and deliver the best customer service possible. I am passionate about developing people and making their lives a little better.
Tell us about your staff and the experience they bring to the business?
We have 3 Club Professional Qualified Coaches, 2 Junior Development Qualified coaches. Members of our team are regularly invited to manage Teams in State/National teams Competitions, Manage State Teams in national events. On a day to day basis, we incorporate all the learnings, observations from these national competitions, Talent Camps and conferences into every lesson. I look for passionate, enthusiastic personalities to join my Team. People who are always looking to get better and have a passion for helping others.
Why is playing tennis important to you?
Playing tennis gives the participants many tangible and intangible skills. Apart from the obvious physical skills needed to hit a forehand and serve, tennis fosters a solution thinking mindset, a cooperative mindset (when learning via the ANZ Hot Shots program) and a goal orientated thinking. Tennis is a game of chances, there is no time clock, its just who can win the required number of points first. Each new point, new game, new match gives you another chance. This a great outlook to have outside the court.
Tennis is a game that can be played for life. Currently I’m enjoying watching my children enjoy a game with my parents. Not many other sports can span over multiple generations.
Any advice for beginners or aspiring tennis players?
Find a coach, a mentor, an environment that fosters fun, focuses on the process and shows they care about you and your development. Ensure your coach and environment evolves and grows with you. Find a coach that listens to you and your needs.
Why do you think players come to Max Tennis? What do they like about it?
We believe players come to Max Tennis because of the culture and ethos that we have developed over the years. We care about our players and celebrate their successes on and off the court. People are consistently coming to us due to word of mouth referrals. They always comment about the “feel” that we strive for.
What’s working well at the moment?
Many aspects of our business is working well. The evolution of our ANZ Hot Shots programs, the (Northern Beaches Hot Shots tournament series that we conduct is fast becoming the benchmark for Hot Shots tournaments). The great Team we have developing our players is also a fantastic asset.
Any challenges? (Past or present or future, if any?
There are always challenges in any business. Ensuring our facility is up to customer expectations, the constant training of current and recruiting new staff is always required and ongoing, but essential. The ongoing evolution of our programs are always a challenge. Our customer’s needs are changing with busy lifestyles and increasing work demands, it is critical that we continue to meet their needs.
What are the vision and goals ahead?
Our vision is to constantly and consistently offer a fantastic experience for our customers, whether that be a bigger Australian Open tour, a better tournament team or just an amazing experience for the first time tennis player. We want all of our players to experience all that Tennis can offer.
And to finish off – Are you a Ball or a Racquet, and why?
Hmm that’s a hard one, it has been said that I’m like the Conductor of an Orchestra, “I am the silent one that works to bring many talents together to make music!!” So in that case, it probably would be the Racquet… it can create many amazing outcomes 😉