About NetSports

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Mark Buttifant is one of Australia's most experienced tennis venue managers, having been involved in this industry for nearly 30 years.

Our Story

"We are a management company dedicated to delivering exceptional tennis service"

NetSports has embarked on its most exciting new venture yet as it takes on the responsibility on behalf of BlueFit of operating two of Melbourne's premier tennis venues: Orrong Park and Malvern Tennis Centre. These venues form the Stonnington Tennis Centres and after an extended break brought on by the COVID-19 restrictions, STC is fully reopened. 

NetSports has already assembled a talented team that all share the same passion for tennis participation and ensuring all people, both children and adults, receive the same opportunity to learn and experience the sport of tennis and all the wonderful benefits it can provide. 

Our Staff

Tennis Victoria announced their Tennant Players of the Year from their most prestigious tennis competitions and in the top Grade, the Grade 1 Winner for the Player of the Year for 2019 was our very own Coaching Director himself: Daniel Byrnes.

Head Coach Daniel Byrnes

" I've enjoyed coaching all ages and abilities and get a kick out of seeing people enjoy the game as much as I have over the 20+ years I’ve been involved in the game."- Daniel Byrnes

  • 2019 TENNIS VICTORIA PENNANT MEN’S PLAYER OF THE YEAR AWARD
  • Grade 1 Daniel Byrnes Ranelagh Tennis Club 286 Points
  • 2019 Player of The Year Award
  • Gained an ATP world ranking in singles and doubles
  • All American Division 1 college singles member
  • 5 x Victorian Open Grass court singles winner
Daniel

Playing Achievements

  • Gained an ATP world ranking in singles and doubles
  • All American Division 1 college singles member (top 20 Singles in the country)
  • All Big 12 conference singles number 1 player
  • 5 x Victorian Open Grasscourt singles winner
  • 3 x Victorian Open Hardcourt singles winner
  • Victorian Open claycourt singles winner
  • Victorian Linton cup number 1 player
  • No 1 ranked Victorian U18 player
  • Member of Kooyong’s formerly state grade now premier league team for 15 years.
  • Won over 40 AMT tournaments including platinum and gold tournaments
  • Winner of pennant player of the year 2019 grade 1

More Info from Coach Byrnes

  • Married for two years to my wife Caitlin
  • Young son Blake who is a year and a half
  • Two brothers: Nathan (who is a tennis pro in Dallas, Texas and attended college. Nathan was a former number 1 player in Australia), Jarryd, and one sister Lauren - All who played tennis.
  • My dad Garry coached all of us
Barbara

Barbora Zahnova

  • Over 10 years of coaching experience & playing background
  • Slovak national team (U14, U16, U18)
  • Slovak indoor national champion U16
  • Highest WTA ranking 798

College tennis

  • All America
  • Team All American - Virginia Commonwealth University (Quarterfinals NCAA)
  • Doubles All American - Virginia Commonwealth University (Semifinals NCAA)
  • Singles All American - Brigham Young University (Sweet 16 NCAA)

Andrew Purvis

  • Certified level 2 club pro
  • Coaching experience in Italy and Germany
  • Over 10 years of coaching and playing experience
  • Experience coaching both ATP and WTA players in Europe.
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Henry

Coaching Background

Henry has been able to pass on his experience and help local players develop their tennis to the highest level. 

Henry enjoys coaching all levels and ages of players to reach their tennis and fitness goals. He has worked at Tennis Australia with both the 12 and 14 and under state programs. He has also traveled around Australia, coaching juniors competing in national tournaments. Some of these players have achieved junior ITF and adult ATP/WTA world rankings.

Henry adds a background in fitness training to his expertise. He has worked with elite tennis players off-court, improving their strength and conditioning along with a focus on injury prevention.

Henry Fried

Henry has had a lifelong involvement in tennis. He started playing at the age of 6 recreationally and competed in junior tournaments across Victoria. Henry has competed in grade 1 pennant for various clubs, including Ferntree Gully and Kooyong TC.

Henry travelled nationally, competing in tournaments while gaining valuable experience in the mental and physical demands of the sport.

  • Competed in grade 1 pennant for various clubs, Ferntree Gully and Kooyong TC.
  • Tennis Australia Junior Development
  • Background in fitness training to his expertis, improving strength and conditioning, focus on injury prevention.
  • Australia Institute of Fitness Certificate 3 & 4 in Health and Fitness
  • Personal Training Academy Global Mentorship
  • Worked at Tennis Australia with both the 12 and 14 and under state programs.
  • Monash University Bachelor of Arts/Marketing

Cody Brackenreg

Cody has had a great bond with tennis. He started playing at the age of 5 and started coaching when he was 15. 

Cody has had substantial coaching experience across a wide range of tennis programs from Hot Shots starter programs to adult lessons to high-performance junior players.

 

Playing Experience

  • National Academy
  • Nationals singles and doubles winner
  • Junior Australian Open
  • ATP ranking at 17
  • Karoldna Pliskovas hitting partner 
  • Ranked Top 5 in Australia for his age (before injuries)
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Playing Experience

Professional Tennis Player

  • No. 2373 in Men's ITF (international)
  • No. 103 in Men's Australia (national)

St Kevin College

  • Neil Fraser Trophy (2019, 2018, 2017)
  • Awarded to the best and fairest Tennis Player

Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club

  • John Laidlaw Award 2019

Thomas Pavlekovich-Smith

Say hello to Thomas Pavlekovich-Smith! Having enjoyed the last 13 years playing competition tennis, Thomas is thrilled to share all he has learned!

He has worked with a diverse range of players with mixed abilities, which has provided him with a creative and innovative coaching style.

Thomas has coached at numerous tennis venues across all these programs: Hot Shots, Adult group lessons, High-Performance athletes & working with children with disabilities.

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Max Banson

Come have a hit with Max!

Max is a man with an eye for detail and has had well-proven training experience with junior players.

Max was head coach of Tennis Hot Shots in Tennis Auckland for 3 years from 2014 -2017.

Coaching experiences

  • Tennis Hot Shots Head Coach Tennis Auckland
  • Organise Hot Shots annual Tournament
  •  ITF Level 1 Tennis New Zealand (2016)
Amy

Amy

Many of our STC members will be pleased to know that Amy Griffin has continued on as our full-time Coaching Coordinator and Amy is a tremendous asset for us as she loves tennis and helping people of all ages and abilities also get involved in the great sport of tennis.

Alex

Alex

Alex is one of our younger coaches and yet he still has had over 4 years of coaching experience. Alex is also a very popular coach with many of our junior pupils who always connect really well with Alex.

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Harry Buttifant

Harry is our latest addition to our Coaching Team and he comes to us with an already impressive tennis background. Harry has played tennis for the last 14 years and he was selected in the AGSV tennis rep team for 2020 to compete against the APS team. Harry was also selected as Captain of the NSJTA in several of their regional team competitions such as the Daphne Fancutt Shield.

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NetSports working with BlueFit

on behalf of City of Stonnington as proud Managers of Stonnington Tennis Centres.