The Art of Tennis blog is for people wanting to learn more about how to play, teach or develop their tennis coaching business and club. It is run by Rick Willsmore who is Director of Tennis and Head Coach at Scarborough Tennis Academy in Perth. Rick has a unique skill set which combines a passion for coaching and developing tennis players with innovative solutions and entrepreneurial flair.
Rick’s tennis journey started at 3 years old hitting a ball against the wall. He used it to burn my high amounts of energy through his junior years competing in national junior tournaments and as a 18 year going to North Carolina on a full scholarship to play NCAA div 2 college tennis.
After starting an International Business degree back in Adelaide, he decided that formal study wasn’t for him and dropped out and moved to Darwin to become a tennis coach. This move inspired what has now become 15 years of constantly learning about coaching, tennis, psychology, marketing, leadership and many other diverse areas. Rick has also worked in sales, business development and brand and marketing.
Now he does around 20 hours per week on court as Head Coach at Scarborough Tennis whilst developing his coaching team and business.
Finalist – Stirling Business Awards 2010
Winner – Tennis West Club Coaching Excellence 2013
Finalist – Newcombe Medal Club Coaching Excellence 2013
Finalist – Tennis West Club Coaching Excellence 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
Club Professional Qualified Coach- 2004 – 2017
Talent Development Qualified Coach – 2012 – 2016
State Super 10’s Manager – 2016