Held over two weeks at the Kallang Tennis Centre, the ActiveSG tennis training camp was an opportunity for Singapore’s top tennis talent to train with professional players from around the world and work with two extremely respected coaches in Robert Davis and Thanakorn Srichaphan.
Coach Robert Davis speaks to Roy Hobbs and Jason Jung. Photo: Sport Singapore
The local contingent included 28th SEA Games alumni Shaheed Alam, Roy Hobbs, Stefanie Tan and Steve Ng. Among the professional players were Aisam Qureshi, former top ten doubles player and Jonathan Marray, Wimbledon double champion and Taiwan’s Jason Jung.
Robert Davis gave us a some background to the training camp: “Some of the players are going to Australia for the Australian Open, a few are going to Bangkok for the ATP Challenger. Normally in December the players get together to do a two week training camp (for) fitness and matchplay. We have players come from England and all over Asia. It’s an overall assessment not just of the tennis player but of the competitor and the person.”
When asked about the performance of the locals, Coach Davis was full of praise for their work ethic and determination: “Stefanie Tan and Roy Hobbs did a great job with Stefanie being the only girl, she was the weaker player (in terms of strength) but she got to learn from our best players, she fit in with the drills, she did herself proud.”
“Roy made an incredible improvement, by being with the older players and seeing how they work, the example they set and the energy and quality of their work. But the best thing is how Stefanie and Roy saw how hard the pro players prepare before the training,’ he continued.
Roy Hobbs in action. Photo: Sport Singapore
Both Stefanie Tan and Roy Hobbs were equally effusive in their assessment of the training camp.
Stefanie Tan said: “It’s been really good training with the ATP players this week. It’s provided a lot inspiration and motivation. They’ve also given me a lot of good feedback about my game. Just learning about life really is on tour”
Roy Hobbs said: “The experience has been amazing, players in Singapore don’t get this kind of chance to have this kind of hit quality training. During the first two or three days I was sweating so much I was cramping after every session. Now I can last the whole three hour session no problem, the intensity is really high.”
Hobbs was also singled out as the player who made the most improvement by coach Davis. “Putting in the effort in every single drill is why I have improved a lot over the last two weeks. I want to get my ranking as high as possible, to keep improving” said Hobbs with a smile in response to the praise.
Tan also shared some insight to the coaches and their various styles: “Thanakorn Srichaphan is a very soft spoken very nice guy, he waits and observes what you’re doing and after that he’ll give you some feedback. Mr Robert Davis will give you a lot of feedback on the spot and he cracks a lot of jokes. It’s been really fun training with some completely different people and making new friendships.”