Coach News 12.2.14


Coach News 12.2.14

Dear Member,

I start off with the sad news that Irish tennis coaching recently lost one of its outstanding practitioners with the death of Sammy Tuff. Sammy was largely responsible for developing tennis coaching in Northern Ireland. He was involved in coaches training with Tennis Ireland for many years, and I know that a lot of coaches reading this will remember Sammy fondly from their coaching course days. Speaking personally, I always recall Sammy’s lightness of touch and sense of humour at meetings of the IPTCA – the forerunner to Tennis Coach Ireland in the 1980’s – where he served on the Committee. Sammy’ daughter Louise Tuff is of course one of Ireland’s leading coaches, carrying on the good work to the next generation – our thoughts are with Louise and all of Sammy’s family at this sad time.

All the best,



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Congratulations to the following TCI Members:

Yvonne Doyle, Irish Fed Cup captain, whose team was promoted to Group II of the Fed Cup after they defeated Greece 2-1 on February 8th in the promotional play off of Europe/Africa Zone Group III competition at the Tere Tennis Centre  in Tallinn, Estonia.Matthew McGann, who claimed his second national title of the year when he won the Over 35 Men’s Single at the Irish National Veterans Championship at Lansdowne Lawn Tennis Club. Details at Meanwhile, the team to represent Ireland at the 2014 Seniors World Team Championships in Florida in late April has been announced, and includes members Liam Cassidy, Liam O’Brien, Matthew McGann, Deirdre Collins, Michelle Hardiman and Gillian Chandler. Best of luck to them all!


This programme is a means for coaches to add a further string to their bow by gaining additional knowledge and expertise in the field of school tennis. A coach who fully completes the criteria set for the schools expert programme will receive a Tennis Ireland certificate to say that they are an expert in schools tennis and will be listed on both the Tennis Ireland and TCI websites as an “Expert” in this field. A coach will also receive 100 CPD points when they qualify as a Schools Tennis Expert. You can see a presentation by Roger Geraghty of how the course unfolds, and the details of the assessment process here: The fee for the course is €150.00. Ring our Financial Administrator Tara Congdon at 087 681 9295, and pay by credit card over the phone, or download a registration form at

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Attached is some new advice from the ITF with regard to the most effective formats to use when running events for red, orange and green court players.


To the Tennisplayer Community – Closed Stance? Yes. Really. Extremely closed. At least on the backhand at the world-class level.  How? Why? What does it mean? Click Here for the New Issue to find out! (Remember to use the new access codes that were sent to you recently)