As part of ActiveSG Tennis Academy's lineup of programmes, renowned International Tennis Federation (ITF) expert and coach Dr Piotr Unierzyski was in town on Saturday to conduct a one-day tennis workshop for the local tennis fraternity.
With 35 years of experience, Dr Unierzyski, who hails from Poland, has worked with players of all levels, including top stars such as Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova.
ITF expert Dr. Piotr Unierzyski speaks during a tennis workshop organized by the ActiveSG Tennis Academy. Photo: Sport Singapore
“The best thing in my life has to be meeting people from all over the world, and people here are so friendly. This is the most important thing to me because it keeps me motivated to continue doing what I do,” said Dr Unierzyski.
Making the stop here while en route from the 2016 Grand Slam Coaches Conference at the recent Australian Open, Dr Unierzyski spoke on topics such as talent identification and development, modern integrated training and shared his expertise on conducting lessons for large groups.
“While the best players are mostly coming from Europe, Singapore now has a growing tennis culture with more tournaments such as the WTA Finals being hosted here, and there are very good facilities here,” said the 52-year-old, who was pleased with the outlook for the sport.
“The next step would be to work on the coaches’ education. The difference between Europe and the rest of the world is that we focus on developing a good coaching system and we share ideas to grow the sport.”
The ActiveSG Tennis Academy, which invites top tennis coaches from around the world to share their knowledge with local coaches and players, had previously featured Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) World Tour coach Robert Davis and 2012 Wimbledon doubles champion Jonathan Murray and Grand Slam finalist Aisam Qureshi.
ITF expert Dr. Piotr Unierzyski guides participants through his coaching methods during a tennis workshop organized by the ActiveSG Tennis Academy. Photo: Sport Singapore
ActiveSG’s senior director Ng Eng Soon has bold plans for the sport over the next few years, and intends to develop more competitive players from primary-school levels.
Ng, however, highlighted that “a proper pathway and system” is necessary for more young tennis fans to pursue the sport professionally.
“We have systems in place such as athlete and coaching services, but these need to be more comprehensive. We need to open up such programmes and seminars to the public more regularly,” he said.
“We also need to have dialogues and sharing sessions among the coaches so that good practices can be shared.”