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Missed our groundbreaking webinar? Don’t worry! You can still catch all the insights, knowledge, and inspiration by purchasing the event recording. Dive into a treasure trove of expertise tailored for tennis coaches at every level, featuring contributions from industry experts who covered a range of diverse topics. Elevate your coaching game with this transformative educational journey, now available for purchase. Unlock invaluable insights and take your coaching journey to new heights with our webinar recording.

Host: Mark Gellard and Candy Reid-Harrop


  1. Mark Gellard- (Unlock Coaching Excellence: Game-Changing Tips for Instant Improvement)
    Mark has spent the last 15+ years training the world’s most elite tennis players. Mark has provided his services to both the Kazakhstan Tennis Federation (KTF) and the prestigious ‘Star River Team’ in China, as well as working with some of the most successful players in the world including Martina Hingis, Kristina Kucova, Melinda Czink, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Zarina Diyas, Danka Kovinic, Panna Udvardy, Shelby Rogers, and Magda Linette.

    Mark obtained a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Alabama where he played NCAA division 1 tennis, and has subsequently become one of the few professional tennis coaches in the world to also become a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA. He has been coach of WTA player Magda Linette for 6 years, and currently sits as a member on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) CPAC where he works to improve the status of the professional tour through a multitude of projects.

  2. Indrek Tustit- (Importance of Fitness and Physiotherapy in Tennis)
    Indrek is a Physiotherapist who hails from Estonia and has extensive experience working on both the ATP and WTA tours with players such as the ‘Bryan brothers’ and Kaia Kanepi as well as Olympic World champions in a multitude of disciplines including javelin, discus, and high jump.
    He worked as head the head physiotherapist at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games for the Estonian national team, and prior to becoming a world-renowned physiotherapist he personally set Estonian national records in the 400m and 300m hurdles. Indrek is now working with ATP professional player Denis Shapovalov.
  3. Nikola Milinkovic- (The 5 domains of dynamic goals)
    Nikola has extensive international applied experience in sport and performance psychology with youth, high school and professional athletes, coaches, and teams. He played junior tennis in Serbia, transitioned into high school tennis in the Netherlands and afterwards college tennis in the US. As a professional, he directed sport psychology programs in high performance tennis academies in Florida and Connecticut and for the WNBA Team CT Sun. He currently works with tennis players on the ATP and the WTA Tour.
    In addition to applied work in sports, Nikola served as a visiting coach education lecturer at Sports Academy Belgrade, as full time United Nations staff in the Netherlands focusing on talent management, high performance, and HR, and as of lately a Director of People and Culture for a tech startup company Latent Knowledge. Nikola appeared on national television in Serbia and is an international published author, speaker, and presenter. He earned his BA degree in Psychology and Theater Arts from Clark University and his Ed.M. degree in Counseling and Sport Psychology from Boston University. He is certified to administer and apply DISC behavioral assessments and is a certified professional level tennis coach by the US Tennis Registry.
  4. Cassiano Costa- (Managing your body: Importance of a year-round Strength and conditioning program for tennis players, in and out of competition)
    Cassiano is the owner of Costa Sport Performance in Boca Raton, Florida, where he diligently oversees cutting-edge physical conditioning programs catering to a myriad of world-class athletes. Armed with a master’s degree in exercise physiology and injury prevention, as well as a Ph.D. in sports biomechanics, Cassiano has been an influential presence on the ATP, WTA, and ITF tours for over two decades.
    His extensive experience includes collaboration with renowned players such as Sloane Stephens, Magda Linette, Xiyu Wang, Eugenie Bouchard, Tommy Paul, Reilly Opelka, Vasek Pospisil, Katie Volynets, and numerous others.
  5. Iain Hughes- (Unconventional Wisdom: A Journey Through 38 Years of Tennis Coaching Excellence)
    Iain Hughes is a British Tennis Coach now in his 38th year of coaching and his 15th on the main ATP/WTA tours. Starting in 1986, Iain graduated from STA, the only dedicated academy for Tennis Teaching Professionals in Europe and continued this journey working with all ages and levels in UK. In 1991 he joined the LTA and worked within the performance structure as a travelling coach and age group captain. He left the LTA in 2007 to join the ITF with their U18 Development Squads before moving to Belgium and the Academy of Justine Henin.During 2009 – 2013 he was also an active member of Andy Murray’s support team which included his first success at Wimbledon.
    In 2014 he started on the WTA tour with Elina Svitolina taking her to World #13, 3 WTA singles titles and an Olympic win over Serena Williams. Since then, he has successful collaborations with Belinda Bencic, Katerina Siniakova, Anastasia Potapova and Xinyu Wang, before joining the team of Magda Linette in June 2022 with the recent highlight of an Australian Open SF in 2023.
  6. Shreyas Gajendragadkar- (Making data driven tennis decisions)
    Shreyas is the Founder and CEO of SpinInsight Analytics, a data-analytics company that specializes in tennis. SpinInsight provides analytics services to some of the most successful college teams in the United States and collaborates closely with professional tennis players including Magda Linette, Ankita Raina, Ramkumar Ramanathan. Additionally, SpinInsight actively works with the Indian Davis Cup team, contributing to the enhancement of performance and strategies for elite tennis players the world over.
  7. Craig Veal- (Doubles Mastery: Secrets from a WTA Pro Coach)
    Craig has been coaching full time for 17 years, based in London. His coaching journey began at the grass roots level with 4–10-year-olds,  and has since coached at every level of the game. In the last 6 years Craig has worked at all 4 Grand Slams and coached players to 3 Grand Slam Mixed Doubles Championships, 7 WTA Doubles Titles and over 20 combined singles/doubles titles on the ITF Pro Circuit.
    Craig is presently coaching four players on tour, while also serving as a consulting coach for the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) and providing mentorship to aspiring coaches aiming to advance through the ranks of the sport.

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