Alan Yip (HKG) – Tennis Professional
Background: Alan was born in Hong Kong and grew up in Australia. He competed as a National ranking Junior and has held Senior Coaching roles in numerous clubs in Australia for 8 years. As Head coach of Marconi Tennis Academy-Australia, Alan managed a High-Performance program which resulted in players achieving WTA ranking and Scholarship offers.
Experience: Alan has over 15 years of coaching experience in Hong Kong and Australia. With a vast experience working with clubs and school Programmes and has held Head coaching roles in ATA and HKTA. He is a former HK Tennis Association national Junior Programmes manager/coach and former Head coach of Harrow International Schol Hong Kong.
Qualification: HKTA Level 3 coach, Tennis Coaches Australia Advanced Coach, Tennis Australia Level 2 Club Professional. He Also holds coaching qualifications in Basketball and Table Tennis as well as a Cambridge CELTA accreditation to teach English.
ATA Work Specialty: Coaching both adults and junior players
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Where is your favourite place to play in Hong Kong? What makes this place special? One of my most favourite places to play Tennis would be in Sydney’s Olympic Park Tennis centre. To have been there on countless occasions as a player, a coach and spectator to some of the biggest events to ever take place there make it full of history. The Plexi cushion courts provide a nice consistent high bounce that comes onto your racquet and the beautiful green surrounding of the Olympic park just adds to the experience.
If you could play on any court with any player, where and who would it be with? And why?
I think my answer when I was a boy would be very different to my answer today. I enjoy playing tennis with anyone. That’s why I’m a coach.
Your current favourite player, and why? With a special mention to Roger Federer who is still active, my current favourite player would have to be Kei Nishikori of Japan. His exciting style of play combining aggressive baseline and counter attack makes him interesting to watch- Apart from that however, Kei is inspiring millions in his home country and others by being the first from his nation to break into top 5 in the world. Having been a coach for close to two decades, I know the influences top professionals have on everyone who plays tennis, either that being a young aspiring player, league players, weekend social players or people who don’t even play. To have such a positive impact on the game and inspire others epitomises what it mean to play tennis at the highest level for me. “Those who have gained from the game, have a responsibility and obligation to give back to it”
Your favourite player of all time and why? My favourite player of all time would have to be the most devastating player I’ve ever seen on the tennis court, Roger Federer. I could go on for pages on why this man was such a fine role model for young players, but let’s just start with these: winning every Grand slam including most Grand Slam titles in history, winning the exclusive Masters Cup 6 times, Olympic Gold Medal at Olympics but these are just accolades- what makes Federer stand out for me is his impact off the court as a person, a humanitarian, philanthropist and ambassador of the game of Tennis.
On the court, Federer deploys all aspects of the game to maximize his effectiveness, his all round game uses distinct and subtle tactical maneuvers which are rarely explored by others on the tour. These characteristics of his game may often be missed by the average spectator but noticed by students of the game and when they appear, it gives us the greatest sense of the appreciation of the way Tennis is supposed to be played.
Why do you make a great tennis coach? First, I’m going to say this- I’ve met and learned from many great tennis coaches in my career. There are many Great coaches in Hong Kong. The question of whether or not I’m great is not something I am suitable to answer, but for the students, players, and colleagues I work with. Of course, I believe I have a lot to offer as a coach and have accolades and qualifications to back it up, but things I believe which make a great tennis coach go beyond these: Passion, responsibility, communication, and love of the game.
Passion: mean to be a Tennis coach by choice and not lack of options as career. A great tennis coach is a person who has CHOSEN to be a tennis coach because they have a passion to pass on what they’ve learned about the game and want to genuinely help others to reach their potential.
Responsibility: A great tennis coach takes responsibility for their players in all aspects ranging from progress, safety, results to other things like enjoyment for the game.
Communication: A great tennis coach finds numerous ways to communicate the same information. Each player is different and responds differently to forms of communication. A great tennis coach finds the right way to communicate and pass on knowledge. Any monkey can regurgitate what they read in a coaching manual, it takes a great coach to get this information through to the player.
Love of the game: The love of the game takes a coach to a greater understanding of it than most people, it could be experience drawn from playing it at a high level or working with players who play at a higher level or others. A great coach is a true student of the game.
When teaching your students, which shot is your specialty? I enjoying teaching players all aspects and don’t really have a specialty shot. Ideally, i would like my players to be all court players, so volleying and a net game is important.
What is your favorite tennis mantra? Everyone has what is called “The Fear or Inadequacy”. That is in general when someone says to themselves “Maybe I’m not good enough?” In order to truly defeat your opponent, find a way to access this fear, then soon-there biggest weapons become weaknesses, what was once an unreturnable serve becomes nervous and defensive, simple mistakes start to appear in their racquets and so forth.
In order to access this fear in someone, however, you must learn to first master your own. That’s next weeks lesson. 🙂