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Tennis Coaches Conference

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Conference Theme
The Developmental Years

Experience the rare opportunity to take part in this year’s Tennis Coaches Conference held in conjunction with the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Participants will have the chance to learn from the world’s top tennis coaches while receiving insight from some of the world’s leading sports professionals, covering a wide-range of topics that include: how to develop player and yourself as a coach, on-court drills, sports science and medicine, and how to develop a winning mindset.

Hurry, spaces are very limited! Sign up now! Early bird promotion ends 30 September!

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Monday, 24 October 2016

9 AM - 5 PM

Conrad Centennial Hotel

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

9 AM - 12 PM

Kallang Tennis Centre

Package Details:

  • Early Bird Registration (by end of Sept 30) - S$200
  • Normal Registration (opens after Sept 30) - S$250

Package Includes:

  • Conference program includes on-court demonstration with world's best coaches and industry experts
  • Pair of Category 2 tickets to the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global (Session 5)
  • Certificate of Attendance
  • Lunch and Refreshments

Darren Cahill

ESPN men's analyst & coach of WTA player, Simona Halep

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario


Darren has done it all in tennis. From being a pro player himself achieving a career high ranking in singles of 22 and 10 in doubles, an Australian Davis Cup player and later, coach of the Team too, he then went on to coach Lleyton Hewitt for 9 years, beginning with him as a 12 year old, through to reaching world Number 1 ranking in 2002. For the next 5 years he worked with Andre Agassi who was 32 years old at the time and struggling with injury. Under Darren’s guidance, he worked his way back to Number 1 in the world and remained in the top 10 through to the end of his career. To this day, Darren still works closely with Andre’s foundation and remains a close friend.

Since 2007, he has been a tennis analyst with ESPN Broadcasting which covers all the Grand Slams and other majors throughout the year. His duties there range from broadcasting, commentating, interviews, and courtside reporting and their team has been nominated several times as one of the best broadcast teams in any sport in the US by Sports Illustrated.

Added to those responsibilities, since 2009, he has been Player Development Coach for the Adidas Player Development Program. Here he mentors and advises individual players and their coaches to create the best plans based on their needs and situation. Such players he has helped include: Fernando Verdasco, Simona Halep, Andy Murray, Ana Ivanovic, Sorana Cirstea, Marcus Baghdatis, Daniela Hantuchova, Angie Kerber and Grigor Dimitrov. And as of January, this year, he has continued his role with ESPN and is also the full time coach of Simona Halep.

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario

Tennis Legend

Arantxa Sanchez Vicario


Arantxa Sánchez Vicario – dubbed the ‘Barcelona Bumblebee’ by legendary commentator Bud Collins – is a 14-time Grand Slam champion and one of the most accomplished women in the sport of tennis.

Winner of four Grand Slam singles titles, she was triumphant on the red clay of Roland Garros on three occasions (first as a 17-year-old in 1989, and again in 1994 and 1998) and won the US Open in 1994. She was twice a finalist at Wimbledon and at the Australian Open, among 12 Grand Slam singles finals in total.

Sánchez Vicario also captured six Grand Slam doubles crowns and four mixed majors, and in 1995 became just the second woman, after Martina Navratilova, to rank as the WTA World No.1 in both singles and doubles at the same time. As a four-time medalist, she is Spain’s most decorated Olympian and she helped her country to five Fed Cup victories.

Winner of 29 WTA singles titles and 69 doubles titles during the course of her career, Sánchez Vicario qualified for the WTA Finals 13 times, finishing as the singles runner-up to Steffi Graf in 1993, and winning two doubles titles at the season finale.

She was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2007.

Antoni Girod

Managing Partner of Halifax Consulting, Asia and Pacific

Founder of Tennis Mental Academy

Antoni Girod


Antoni Girod is a worldwide expert of mental training in sport. For more than 15 years, he has been an applied psychology and communication teacher for the Sports Science Department at the french Universities of Montpellier and Orleans. Antoni has been working with top athletes as a mental coach in many different sports, such as Philippe Presti - Sailing - Head coach of Oracle Team USA double winner of the 2010 and 2013 America's Cup, Marie Gayot - Athletics - Gold medalist of the 4 x 400 m relay at the 2014 and 2015 European Athletics Championships, Guillaume Néry - Free diving - World Champion or Alizé Cornet - Tennis - n°11 WTA.

Since 2001, Antoni is a regular speaker for the ITF and is involved in many coaches education programs for Tennis Federations and Tennis Academies all over the world. He is the author of 12 reference books about mental training, communication and management, in particular: "Tennis the Winning Mindset". For fifteen years, he has been a certified teacher at the French Institute of NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) in Paris.

After more than 20 years dedicated to sharing his experience and convictions in the field of tennis mental training with thousands coaches and players worldwide, he created Tennis Mental Academy, an innovative online teaching concept providing multiple and permanent educational resources such as videos, audios, webinars, tests, articles and other teaching supports in order to make mental training practical and easy to implement.

Now based in Singapore, he is the Managing Partner of Halifax Consulting for Asia and Pacific, an international company specialized in Sales and Sport efficiency. In partnership with Halifax since 2004, Antoni has developped a unique expertise in the transposition of sport coaching, motivation and mental toughness to management, sales and negotiation in the fields of industry, banking and luxury.

Kathleen Stroia

Senior Vice President of Sport Sciences and Medicine and Transitions, WTA

Kathleen Stroia


A native of Merrillville, Indiana, Stroia earned a B.A. in Sport Sciences with an emphasis in Athletic Training from Purdue University, a M.S. degree in Athletic Training from West Virginia University and a B.S. degree in Physical Therapy from Chicago Medical School.
In her position as Senior Vice President, Stroia is ultimately responsible for the supervision and direction of both the Sport Sciences & Medicine and Transitions departments and staff (including departmental development, budgets, marketing efforts, setting policy and procedures).  As such, she has been responsible for coordinating all health and medical services for the WTA to present, and the International Tennis Federation Women’s Circuit from 1995 through 2003.  In her time with the WTA, Stroia has developed and expanded the Sport Sciences & Medicine department’s individual programs for the WTA, setting standards for tournament physicians, identifying and participating in research projects for tennis, injury prevention, women’s health issues and new high performance/sports medicine products.  She has also been responsible for the development and implementation of the initiatives of the Age Eligibility Rule and Player Development programs, since its inception in 1994.  This department is in place to enhance the career performance, safety, fulfillment and longevity of professional women tennis players and is recognized as the leader of such programs in the professional sporting world.  Stroia is the architect for Transitions, a program that has been introduced to the professional tennis world.  Transitions launched in 2010 to provide sophisticated education, training and career guidance to maximize opportunities for athletes during their tennis career and after.

Kathy Martin

Senior Director of Athlete Assistance, WTA

Kathy Martin


Kathy Martin is Senior Director Athlete Assistance for the WTA, and the Player Welfare Officer for the ITF. She is a mental health counselor and sports physiotherapist with 30 years of experience in elite sports and expertise in the health and well-being needs of adolescent and young adult athletes. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling, a Graduate Diploma in Adolescent Health and Welfare, a Bachelor’s degree in Physiotherapy, and is a titled A.P.A. Sports Physiotherapist. She has previously worked with the Australian Ballet Company, the Australian Olympic Team and Tennis Australia. Her roles with the WTA have included: Primary Health Care Provider and Manager, Player Development. She is currently the WTA’s Senior Director Athlete Assistance and the Player Welfare Officer for the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Kathy provides assistance and resources for WTA players in the areas of emotional health and safety. Athlete Assistance helps players learn useful skills to improve their on-court performance such as: stress management; solve problems; balance training, stress and recovery; communication skills; develop healthy relationships; manage time and goal setting. She also develops policy and implements strategies, including education programs and background checks, which aim to enhance player safety and well-being.

Carole Doherty

Vice President of Sport Sciences and Medicine, WTA

Carole Doherty


Carole is a Chartered Physiotherapist, she graduated from St. Mary’s Hospital School of Physiotherapy [City of Westminster University, London] in 1985. She continued her studies to specialize in Sports Medicine and Manual Physiotherapy and gained a Diploma in Sports Medicine from the London Hospital in 1993. Prior to working for the WTA, Carole worked in a private sports medicine clinic in London and for a local football club. Carole began working for the WTA as a Primary Health Care Provider in January 1996. Since that time she has been involved in the initiation and implementation of many WTA programs, including the mentor program, monthly player education topics (now called ‘Physically Speaking’) as well as serving as the first Coordinator of Athlete Care. Carole was selected to be the tennis PHCP for all female players at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. She also works as a Primary Health Care Provider when she is on site at a tournament and holds the position of WTA VP, SS&M., and this role involves running the operational side of the SS&M Department. Specializing in the female tennis athlete, Carole has been a part of the WTA Sport Sciences & Medicine team since 1996.

Troy Engle

Director of Coach Development, SSI

Troy Engle


Troy Engle serves as the Director of Coach Development at the Singapore Sports Institute of Sport Singapore. Prior to his arrival in 2014, Engle served as a university track and field coach and sports administrator in the United States for over 30 years and most recently served as the head coach of the men’s and women’s programs at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In addition, he has served as the Chair of Coaches Education for USA Track and Field and served on the coaching staffs of numerous US national track and field teams. He holds the distinction of being one of only two Americans ever to have coached the US teams at both the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced!


Day 1 Time Speakers Topic
08:30 - 09:00 Registration
09:00 - 09:15 Welcome Introduction
09:15 - 10:15 Speaker 1: WTA Sports Science Team (Kathleen Stroia, Kathy Martin, Carole Doherty) Athlete Development Literacy: A model for success, on and off the tennis court
10:15 - 10:45 Morning Break
10:45 - 12:15 Speaker 2: Darren Cahill Inside the Lines. Coaching on Tour.
12:15 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Speaker 3: Troy Engle Creation of the Team Behind the Coaching team - A Holistic Approach to Long Term Athlete Development in Tennis
14:15 - 15:45 Speaker 4: Arantxa Sanchez Vicario My Journey through the Developmental Years all the way to WTA World No. 1
15:45 - 16:15 Afternoon Break
16:15 - 17:15 Speaker 5: Antoni Girod Principles and teaching approaches for Winning Mindset in Tennis
Day 2 Time Schedule Demonstrator
08:30 - 09:00 Registration - Coaches
09:15 - 10:15 Clinic 2: Antoni Girod On-court session
10:15 - 10:45 Refreshment Break
10:45 - 11:45 Clinic 3: Antoni Girod On-court session
  • Elvin Chee
    Director of Tanglin Academy
  • Carlos Kirmayr
    Former Coach of Sanchez Vicario
  • Carla Suarez Navarro
    WTA Finals 2015 Doubles Player
  • Ann Quinn
    CEO, Quintessential Edge
  • Wim Fissette
    Former Coach of Simona Halep
  • Sven Groeneveld
    Coach of Maria Sharapova
  • Patrick Mouratoglou
    Coach of Serena Williams
  • Marcus Lee
    Singapore Sports Institute
  • Martina Navratilova
    WTA Finals Legend Ambassador
  • Marion Bartoli
    WTA Finals Legend Ambassador
  • Kathy Martin
    Senior Director of Athlete Assistance, WTA
  • Kathleen Stroia
    Senior Vice President, WTA
  • Outdoor session
  • Tennis Coaches Conference 2015 group shot


Who can attend this conference? Qualifications?

The conference is targeted to tennis coaches and sport coaches in general. However anybody with an interest in the themes presented is welcome to register for the event.

Why are some speakers not confirmed yet?

Because some of the speakers are dependent on the players they work with and if they qualify for the Finals. Players will begin to book their spots for the Finals closer to the event.
Organizers will update the speakers page once a new speaker is confirmed - So please check back!

What is the dress code?

There is no specific dress code for the conference. However, as the 1st day is held in an air conditioned room, we recommend participants to bring a jacket with them. For the 2nd day, participants are recommended to wear their sporting attire, as there may be some physical activities for the on-court demonstration.

Do I need to bring my tennis racquet?

You may want to bring your racquet for the on-court demonstration day. However, it is not required for all participants to have a racquet with them.


How do I receive my admission ticket to the event?

After registration, you will receive a confirmation number via email which will act as your admission ticket to the conference. Don’t forget to print the email you receive with the confirmation number and bring it to the conference!

Will I be able to register on site?

Unfortunately, you will not be able to register on the spot. The registration will close on 22nd October, so please register before that!

What payment modes do you accept?

We accept payment via Visa and Master Card.

How do I collect my match tickets?

Receive physical tickets to Session 5 of the WTA finals on the day of the conference.

Event Day

What time do I need to be at the venue?

Registration for the conference starts from 8:30am, and will begin proper at 9:00am. Please be seated by 8:50am so that the conference will run smoothly.

Are the seats assigned?

No, seating arrangement for the conference is on a first come first serve basis. Please come early so that you can have the best view of the speakers!

Do I need to bring my lunch?

No! Lunch and tea breaks are included in the package!