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A Management Company dedicated to delivering exceptional tennis service

About NetSports

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 steadily coming back to the re-opening stage and we hope to be able to soon offer Group Coaching again.

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. 

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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.

Daniel Byrnes Joins NetSports

We are all really excited to have one of Melbourne's premier tournament players and much sought after tennis coach in Daniel Byrnes join NetSports as our Coaching Director in Term 3, 2020.

Daniel's key achievements as a tennis player and coach are too numerous to mention however the highlights include:

Daniel's key achievements as a tennis player and coach are too numerous to mention however the highlights include:

  • Level 2 TA accredited coach with over 15 years of coaching experience
  • Has worked with many of Australia's most experienced coaches, including Jason Stoltenberg
    and Nicole Pratt
  • Daniel gained an ATP world ranking in singles and doubles
  • All American Division 1 college singles member (top 20 Singles in the country)
  • Daniel has won over 40 AMT tournaments including platinum and gold tournaments
  • Winner of pennant player of the year 2019 grade 1

Daniel says that "he enjoys coaching all ages and abilities and he gets 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.”

Staff

Head Coach Daniel Byrnes

  • Level 2 accredited coach 
  • Over 15 years of Coaching Experience
  • Starting coaching with his father Garry at age 15
  • Has had the honor of working with a number of highly regarded coaches such as Jason Stoltenberg, Nicole Pratt and John McCurdy
  • Worked with players on the tour such as Ashleigh Barty, Thannassi Kokkinakis, and Daria Gavrilova.
  • Coached players both on the WTA and ATP tours as well as a number of Australian and Victorian ranked players.

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

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
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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 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. As an adult, 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. As a coach, he 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

Qualifications & Expertise

  • Tennis Australia Junior Development
  • Australia Institute of Fitness Certificate 3 & 4 in Health and Fitness
  • Personal Training Academy Global Mentorship
  • Monash University Bachelor of Arts/Marketing
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.

Jessica Kinga Brzozowska Player Achievements

  • Played on the women’s tennis team for Long Island University in New York City as an NCAA Division 1 Student Athlete on a full scholarship
  • Within the 2019 season, won the following awards from the North East Conference: ‘All-Conference First Team Singles’ and ‘All-Conference Second Team Doubles.’
  • Within the 2018 season, won the following awards from the North East Conference: ‘All-Conference First Team Singles,’ ‘All-Conference First Team Doubles’ and ‘All-Tournament Team.’
  • In 2019 I also had the honor to receive the 'Blackbird Award' from my University, which recognized student athletes who showed impeccable leadership and teamwork skills.
  • For both the 2018 and 2019 seasons we won the North East conference championship and played at the NCAA tournament
  • Was at the University of Idaho for the beginning of my college career and received a 2017 Big Sky honourable mention
  • We also won the Big Sky conference championship to play at the NCAA tournament
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Before college

  • Was ranked 69 in Australia
  • Number 1 in Victoria for my age for numerous years
  • ITF ranking reached 374
  • In 2016, played for MCC tennis club in the Premier League, where the team finished up as runners up
  • In 2015, played for MCC tennis club at the Asia-Pacific Tennis League (ATL), where the team finished up as runners up
  • In 2015, played for MCC tennis club in the Premier League, where the team won the Tennis Victoria Premier League title.

Played on the WTA circuit towards the end of high school.

Coaching Background

In 2016, was a part of the coaching team at Beaumaris Tennis Club for their holiday program.

  • Developed game strategies and adjusted plans and teams accordingly
  • Coached children from the ages 3-16
  • Instructed proper techniques to improve performance of players, providing instant feedback
  • Created a fun and energetic environment for players
  • Acted as a positive role model within the players’ community