A record number of coaches attended the annual Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) National Coaching Conference at Aviva Centre in Toronto on Thursday, with 218 TPA members learning coaching tips and tricks from former world No. 3 and renowned coach Nathalie Tauziat, Canadian Fed Cup captain Sylvain Bruneau, and Tennis Canada national fitness coach Andre Parent.
With Tauziat and Bruneau’s experience coaching female players, training techniques for young girls was a major topic of discussion. This included the skills that coaches should focus on in the developing stage of the LTAD, tips for communicating with female players, and coaching females for success from the junior to college or pro level.
Among the other topics were on-court sessions about drills to improve an aggressive baseline game and an attacking game at the net, led by special guest Tauziat. Parent also ran a training session on how to maximize your physical warm-up.
Winners of the 2015 TPA Excellence Awards were celebrated during the lunch hour, as several coaches and facilities received awards for their incredible work over the past year. Each winner received their award and shared stories of their coaching journeys and successes.
The day ended with a Q&A session, where the coaches had a chance to ask Tauziat any burning questions they had. With her previous experience coaching Aleksandra Wozniak and Eugenie Bouchard, the two Canadian stars were popular subjects. She was also asked about her current charge Bianca Andreescu, one of the nation’s best junior players.
Past speakers at the TPA Conference include Judy Murray, Paul Annacone, and Brad Gilbert. The yearly event brings together coaches from across the country. With 3,000 members, the TPA is devoted to growing the profession of tennis coaching in Canada and providing resources for coaches to learn more about the sport and improve their skills.
For more information about the TPA, please visit tpacanada.com.