MTA Coaching Programs


Master Tennis Academy aims to give players their athletic potential. Personal development is our priority through specialised programs.

Our programs allow for the individual to self discover, no two players are the same and we thoroughly enjoy the challenge of the uniques each player brings to the game.

Why do we use different coloured balls?

Tennis is an incredible sport to learn, it builds confidence, resilience, character and of course all of the physical components. This process happens over many months and sometimes years and it’s crucial within this time players see, feel and move through our unique developmental pathway. 

Using modified equipment on smaller courts gives players opportunities to grow faster. Lower compression balls essentially mean kids can rally soon. More balls hit means more opportunity to consolidate those fundamentals


The Red Stage RED BALL 

(age 5 – 8 Also includes Red Ball Advanced)

Using a larger ball (25% compression) that bounces lower and moves slower all of our young guns find it easier to track with the eyes, move their feet, set up the body and hit in the strike zone using using good hip rotation. Court set up is across main court with mini nets. The main objective of this level is to learn the basic fundamentals of the game. 

  • The different strokes and grips
  • The strike zone
  • Ready Positions
  • Split steps
  • How to score
  • How to start a rally
  • Achieving 2-4 shot rally length

Main differences between our Red Ball and Red Ball Advanced is age and concentration. If players really struggle to consistently make contact with the ball then Red Ball is recommended. Court size: 3 m × 8.23 or 6 m × 10.97 m

Tennis ball: red ball (25% compression)

Recommended racquet size: 21–23 inches

The Orange Stage ORANGE BALL 

(age 8 – 10)

When our superstars demonstrate they can start, rally and understand strokes the pathway leads to a bigger court (three quarter length court) over the regular net. Balls change to represent same size as a yellow squad balls but with 50% compression. More emphasis is placed on the movement, positioning (contact moves) and technical swing lines.

Orange ball and Orange ball Advanced objectives:

  • Ready steps, split step and ready position sequenced and consistent.
  • Contact moves and court position fundamentals
  • Demonstrate important components/segments of technique to each shot
  • Understanding how to play a tennis match
  • Achieving rally lengths of 2-4 shots 
  • Basic tactical fundamentals ie height and depth, spin and angle, speed and time.

Court size: 6.4 m × 18.29 m

Tennis ball: orange ball (50% compression)

Recommended racquet size: 23–25 inches

The Green Stage GREEN BALL

(age 9 +)

These wizards can now play full court demonstrating the ability to play a match with confidence to hit all shots. Some older players that have good coordination can start here and allow for more technical development. More progressive movements are introduced to develop contact moves and swing lines. Physical and mental conditioning are introduced both on and off the court. This level players should be ready to play basic competitions. Objectives of Green Ball:

  • Ability to create an athletic base and move within this around the court
  • Demonstration/understanding of continental (hammer) grip on serve 
  • Development of technique to individual characteristics
  • Sustain rally lengths past 4 shots 
  • Use basic tactics to influence point outcome ie height and depth, spin and angle, speed and time.

Court size: 10.97 m × 23.78 m (full court)

Tennis ball: green ball (75% compression)

Recommended racquet size: 25–27 inches

The Squad Stage YELLOW BALL

(age 11 +)

Players have a strong foundation of technical, physical, mental and tactical development. Generally at this level players are representing the club in local competition. Matches are played with more focus on strategy based on strengths. 

  • High technical level
  • Starting to build more variation into the game including power
  • Established offensive and defensive skills 
  • Developing game plans

Court size: 10.97 m × 23.78 m (full court)

Tennis ball: Yellow 

Recommended racquet size: 25–27 inches

High Performance

This level represents training at an elite level. Players who are playing national level tournaments with aspirations to play international 

  • Strong grasp of all technical skills
  • Can challenge opponent with multiple shots
  • Physical conditioning is a large component of training 
  • Combining tactics with strategy including score and momentum 


Cardio Tennis

Cardio Tennis is a fun, social, group tennis-fitness program for people of all ages and abilities.


Tennis in Schools

Primary or secondary school, there are options to help get your students active and healthy through tennis!


Adult Groups

All group coaching incorporates technique, drills and matchplay on court in a 60 minute session.

Tennis Coaching 2019 Program

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