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Seasoned coaches passionate about unlocking every player’s potential. With diverse expertise and a shared commitment to excellence, they inspire technical skill and personal growth in a nurturing environment. Discover the dedicated professionals who make our academy a place where champions are made.

Vuk Skadarka
High Performance Coach

Our academy's founder and a former professional player, brings a wealth of experience to the table, backed by Tennis Australia junior development and club professional certifications, along with ATPCA level 1 accreditation. His international coaching experiences include collaborations with the Serbian Davis Cup team, tennis stars like John Isner and the Bryan brothers, as well as WTA standouts Yaroslava Shvedova and the Rodionova sisters. Vuk's global competitive background and his role as a coach and hitting partner at Grand Slams have shaped his coaching philosophy. Currently mentoring Grand Slam contender Tereza Mrdeza and advising ATP players, Vuk's passion lies in nurturing future champions. More than just fostering athletic prowess, he aims to cultivate well-rounded individuals who succeed both on the court and in life.

Stefan Skadarka
High Performance Coach

A former ATP player with ATPCA advanced coaching credentials, has an impressive background including four international titles and top-three national rankings across various age categories. His experience on the global stage, including roles as a pro hitting partner for tennis elites like Serena Williams, the Bryan brothers, David Goffin, John Isner, and Daria Gavrilova, showcases his deep understanding of professional tennis standards. Stefan's collaborations with legends like Goran Ivanisevic and Novak Djokovic, coupled with numerous ITF titles, underline his commitment to excellence. Passionate about contributing to the community, Stefan leverages his comprehensive knowledge and experience in both the physical and mental aspects of the game to inspire and train aspiring athletes.

Simon Truong
Head Coach

Simon's journey in tennis is fueled by a profound passion for inspiring athletes to excel as champions, both on and off the court. Drawing from his extensive international competition experience and collaborations with renowned coaches across the globe, Simon has honed a rich reservoir of knowledge. He skillfully integrates these insights into his unique coaching philosophy, with a special emphasis on the mental game. Simon firmly believes that a strong mental foundation is the cornerstone of a champion's development. Through his guidance, Simon aims to unlock each athlete's full potential, nurturing their growth into resilient, confident, and successful individuals in every aspect of their lives.

Simo Rikalo
Head Coach 

Simo Rikalo, Head Coach at St Monica Tennis Club, brings a wealth of experience and a heartfelt passion for tennis to his role. Having pursued tennis as a career from a young age, Simo's journey took him across Europe, competing in numerous tournaments and honing his skills against diverse opponents. This rich competitive background has not only shaped his approach to coaching but has also deepened his understanding of the sport's impact on personal growth.

Now, Simo is dedicated to nurturing Australian kids, instilling in them a love for tennis that transcends mere play. He sees tennis as a powerful vehicle for teaching invaluable life lessons such as the importance of repetition, the resilience needed for mental toughness, the discipline required for continuous improvement, and the emotional agility to navigate the ups and downs of life.

Laverton Park Tennis Club | 0426 697 170

St Monica Tennis Club | 0449 944 170

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