Newsletter March 2024

AO Kids Tennis Day

AO Kids tennis day


NetSports was proud to be part of the AO KIDS TENNIS DAY on 13 January 2024. It was a truly unforgettable experience! Thanks to our ties with Tennis Australia, NetSports was chosen to give a Hot Shots demonstration on Rod Laver Arena in front of thousands of spectators.


Coaches Ollie, Harry, Bradley and Chris were joined by 16 of our talented students to demonstrate Hot Shots drills and points play. The action continued when tennis pros including Coco Gauff, Alex de Minaur and Ajla Tomljanović took to the court to entertain everyone with games and trick shots. Awesome experience seeing professionals strike the ball just metres away!


Evie Chen, Masha Ivochkina, Noah Robinson, Helen Lyu, Emily Harrison, George Follet, Xavier Harrison, Ivaan Joshi, Chloe Paine, Edward Petherbridge, William Petherbridge, Chloe Georgopoulos, Selina Georgopoulos, Lucy Paine, Maya Willmott, Ian Nguyen.


We would like to thank all the parents and students who attended. It’s an absolute pleasure to coach your kids and share this special experience with them!

Hot Shots of the Term

hotshots of the term - will

Our young student of the term goes to one of our Orange stage students, Will Forsyth. Coach Chris nominated Will, saying:

“It’s a privilege to coach Will! I am extremely impressed by his attitude and determination. He gives 100% effort, he’s competitive in a respectful and friendly way, and listens to advice and works hard on his skills. Will is the youngest in the class, yet he leads by example.

He has been taking lessons from us since 2021 and shown tremendous commitment towards improving on a weekly basis. One of our star students!” Congrats Will, keep up the great work!

Adults of the Term

Adult of the term - Alok
Adult of the term - sindhu

Our adult of the term goes to tennis couple, Alok Joshi (Adult Improvers Level 2) & Sindhu Shankar (Adult Improvers Level 1).


Alok has been attending the adult group classes for a couple of years now. Not only has he improved massively but he has shown an excellent ability to take on feedback and implement it into his game. His major areas of improvement include backhand and the urgency to find his way into the net. He has also developed a much better understanding of serve placement and has shown the ability to identify and incorporate different spins into his game. His positive attitude and highly consistent attendance make him the perfect choice!


Sindhu’s consistent commitment to improvement and bright disposition are why she is our adult of the term. She always comes with a great attitude and her continued improvement is testament to her efforts on the court. She has been involved with our group lessons for a couple of years now and her punctuality is second to none.

About the Team


Our Employee of the term is Ollie Crawford Smith! Ollie is extremely popular with all his clients, and he looks after a wide range of clients from juniors up to seniors all looking to develop plus also the novice beginners who are looking for someone very patient and caring. Fortunately for us and our clients, Ollie confidently coaches all these types of clients.


We also have a couple of role updates within the team. Chris Gain has now taken on the role with NetSports of Coach Team Leader. In this role, Chris is our go to person in ensuring that all our coaches are provided with the necessary support and resources they need to ensure that they can consistently deliver an enthusiastic tennis lesson blended with the skill development that we aspire to offer in each tennis lesson. You will find Chris often floating around at either of our 2 venues (Malvern & Orrong Park Tennis Centre) observing and assisting our coaches. So, if you see Chris, say hi to him and I am sure you will find him very friendly and approachable. If you’d like to contact Chris with any feedback on our coaching programs, you can reach him at


Charlie Langford is our new Program Team Leader and, in this role, Charlie will be overseeing the development and management of our various competitions. These include our adult social leagues, which are currently played on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings out of both our venues ably assisted by Riley who has developed a very popular and competitive grade of tennis leagues on Thursday evenings at Malvern Tennis Centre. Charlie has also been busy in developing a new weekly Coloured Ball Competition, which is aimed at our Hot Shots students at Red, Orange and Green Ball levels. That was launched on Friday, March 22 with over 30 children in attendance!! Lastly, Charlie is also be looking to develop a weekly Pickleball competition during 2024, which will be hosted out of Orrong Park. So stay tuned! If you are after any information on any of these competitions, feel free to drop a line to Charlie at