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Indian-born tennis mentor Robin Kumar becomes full time coach at Millswood Tennis Complex

January 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm


Indian tennis coach Robin Kumar with junior players from Millswood Tennis Complex
(From left) Max Staggs, Lukas Eagleton, Elim Yan, Tatiana Nancarrow, Kyan Eagleton and Andra Dowse.

This article is courtesy of: Matt Turner, Eastern Courier Messenger, January 30, 2014 11:04AM
Picture: Nicholas Wrankmore Source: News Limited

HE HAS coached at several tennis academies and travelled the world with the sport. Now Robin Kumar is hoping to unearth the next generation of local stars at Millswood Tennis Complex. The Indian-born mentor, who was a national junior champion before turning to coaching at 17, recently joined the club full time. It is his latest stop after coaching stints in such places as the US and Malaysia.

“I was a professional player and played decent tennis for my country,” says Kumar, who also won the Asian sub-junior championships in 1994.

“In our country we don’t have a lot of sponsors so I tried (playing) until I was 17 then started my coaching career.

“If I get a chance I want to produce big players from this country. If I can do that it will change my life.”

Kumar, 32, linked up with Goodwood after travelling to Adelaide while coaching Malaysian junior Stefan Gligorov. He had previously coached top Indian players, as well as at Indian club Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association and at his own academy. His charges have also attended camps under renowned international coaches Miguel Crespo and Paul Dale.

Kumar, of Gilles Plains, is working alongside club coach Ben Milner and mentoring players as young as eight.

“I’ve seen good players here at Goodwood … and I’m enjoying it here.”

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Our ATL girls did us proud against tough competitors!!

November 8, 2013 at 2:24 pm

ATL-2013-CJO-062-410x270Round one of the 2013 Asia Pacific Tennis League SA conference was played at Memorial Drive last night with reigning women’s champions the Flagstaff Freighters asserting their strength on the competition with a resounding win over a young Goodwood Saints side.

The Freighters, led by Jess Moore won all four singles matches against the Saints although they did not have it all their own way with Saints youngster Amber Marshall pushing Nicole Collie to a third set before Collie prevailed 4-3 1-4 4-0. Unfortunately due to rain the doubles were washed out but the four singles rubbers were enough to give the Freighters the win.

In other women’s matches The Drive led the Glenlea Gators two rubbers to zero before the rain came. At number one single Alex Cannizaro from the Drive held off a fighting Olivia Ley 4-3 4-2 while The Drive’s Japanese import Asaka Hiura made a strong ATL debut with a 4-3 4-1 win over Mimi-Ahern Briggs.

The Tea Tree Gully Timberwolves held a two rubbers to one lead over the Trinity Titans before play was cancelled with Titans Claudia May and Claire Dixey both recording straight sets wins.

In the Men’s competition 2012 SA ATL Champions Glenlea Gators led the Gully Timberwolves three Rubbers to zero with the match of the round between Gator Jack Schipanski and Josh Crowe from the Timberwolves going down to the wire with ATP ranked Schipanki prevailing 3-4 4-2 4-3. The rain saved what looked to be an impending loss for the fortunate Timberwolves line up.

In the second men’s match the top rated Trinity Titans team were pushed by The Drive with rubbers at two all after the singles were completed. At number one singles Titan Colin Ebelthite overcame Paul Kramberger in three sets while Ebelthites teammate Darren Polkinghorne finished strongly to win the beat Japanese youngster Yuya Ito 4-1 3-4 4-0.

The ATL now looks forward to round two played at the Tea Tree Gully Tennis Club on Tuesday 12 November from 6.30pm.

ATL-SA Men’s – Round 1:

Gully Timberwolves 0-1-20 drew Glenlea Gators 3-7-31 (drawn: 3-5-0);
R1 – J Crowe Def by. J Schipanski 4-3 2-4 3-4
R2 – J Laginestra Def by. P Kokkinakis 3-4
R3 – T Divine Def by. DJ Hobart 2-4 2-4
R4 – S Sando Def by. J Boots 2-4 2-4

Trinity Titans 2-5-39 drew The Drive 2-6-35 (drawn: 2-4-0);
R1 – C Ebelthite Def. P Kramberger 4-2 3-4 4-2
R2 – D Polkinghorne Def. Y Ito 4-1 3-4 4-0
R3 – L Tu Def by. L Bataljin 3-4 2-4
R4 – D To Def by. S Longhurst 4-3 2-4 2-4
R5 – C Ebelthite/D Polkinghorne Drew. Y Ito/LL Smith 3-0
R6 – L Tu/D To Drew. P Kramberger/M Butcher 1-3

ATL-SA Women’s – Round 1:

Flagstaff Freighters 4-9-40 drew Goodwood Saints 0-2-20 (drawn: 2-3-0);
R1 – J Moore Def. B Milner 4-1 4-1
R2 – K Wlodarczak Def. C Connolly 4-0 4-2
R3 – N Collie Def. A Marshall 4-3 1-4 4-0
R4 – T Kotsiou Def. N Milner 0-4 4-0 4-1
R5 – J Moore/N Collie Drew. C Connolly/B Milner 4-1 2-1
R6 – O Lukaszewicz/P Hule Drew. A Marshall/N Milner 1-2

Glenlea Gators 0-1-16 drew The Drive 2-5-27 (drawn: 4-7-0);
R1 – O Ley Def by. A Cannizzaro 3-4 2-4
R2 – M Frahn Drew. M Beadman 3-3
R3 – M Ahern-Briggs Def by. A Hiura 3-4 1-4
R4 – M Bishop Drew. A Fairhead 4-2 0-4 0-2

Gully Timberwolves 2-4-20 drew Trinity Titans 1-2-12 (drawn: 3-6-0);
R1 – C Hule Def by. L Daw 2-4 2-4
R2 – N Kraemer Drew. A Sneath 0-0
R3 – C May Def. S Petrov 4-1 4-1
R4 – C Dixey Def. N Vujic 4-2 4-0

Goodwood Saints tennis prodigy Amber Marshall selected for elite European tour

June 6, 2013 at 2:40 pm


Goodwood Saints tennis player Amber Marshall has been selected for an elite Tennis Australia tour of Europe.

This article is courtesy of: Matt Turner, Eastern Courier Messenger, June 06, 2013 12:12PM
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Tennis prodigy set for Europe’s best! Goodwood Saints tennis player Amber Marshall has been selected for an elite Tennis Australia tour of Europe.

The next Samantha Stosur might be playing for Goodwood Saints Tennis Club. Amber Marshall, 11, was last month among seven players her age – and the only South Australian – chosen for a Tennis Australia trip to Italy and Germany this week. They will play three clay court tournaments against some of Europe’s top youngsters and also attend a training camp.

Amber’s selection comes after impressive form in national and local ranks. She is ranked number two in Australia for her age, has won two national titles this year and is unbeaten after four matches in the women’s winter pennant competition. Playing overseas is the next step in her development, her coach Ben Milner says.

“The trip will give her access to playing some of the best European kids, playing on clay and experiencing a different culture over there,” Milner says.

“She’s starting to come along in leaps and bounds. She’s got huge potential (because) she’s so driven to keep getting better. With her mentality and work ethic, she could play Federation Cup for Australia, at a minimum.”

Amber picked up tennis by chance seven years ago while playing backyard cricket. Cricket bats were too heavy to use so her dad, Ian, handed her a tennis racquet and she has not looked back. Amber, who stands 155cm, says taking on players up to three times her age for the past year has fast-tracked her rise.

“They don’t like losing to me,” she says. Amber plans to win at least one of the European tournaments.

“I’m very excited,” she says. “It’s been a dream of mine to play overseas since I was little. I love my tennis and I want to make Australia proud.”


Young Saints on the rise

November 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm


Goodwood Tennis Club has star juniors coming through its ranks – Amber Marshall, Brooke Milner and Nikki Milner

This article is courtesy of: Matt Turner, Eastern Courier Messenger, November 06, 2012 9:59AM
Picture: Noelle Bobrige Source: adelaidenow

GOODWOOD Saints Tennis Club is proving a breeding ground for future stars. Four Saints juniors – Amber Marshall, 11, Nikki Milner, 13, Brooke Milner, 14, and David Abfalter, 12 – are shining both in SA and on the national stage.

The quartet is ranked in the top five in SA tennis for their age, while Amber is the No.1 ranked 11-year-old in Australia. Last month David and Amber dropped just one match between them as members of the SA team which finished second in the Bruce Cup – a national boys and girls 12-and-under competition. Brooke played her first International Tennis Federation junior tournament last month in Sydney and has also stepped up to the Saints’ senior women’s pennant team where she is undefeated.

Goodwood president David Fabbro said the quartet headlined the club’s most talented crop of juniors in many years.

“We have some of the best juniors in the country,” Fabbro said. “The current crop is at least as good, if not better, than (what the club has had) the last 10 or 20 years. “Those four (Amber, Nikki, Brooke and David) are probably our foremost players but beneath them there are a lot of up-and-coming juniors and success is breeding success.”

Tennis Australia talent development coach Ben Milner, the father of Brooke and Nikki, said the four juniors had tremendous potential.

“They’re all prepared to put in the hours and hard work,” said Milner, also a coach at Goodwood. “At the moment they’re ticking all the boxes and doing the right things so we’ve got really high hopes for them.”