2024 Tennis NZ / ASB Classic Coaches Conference

Embracing Change to Achieve Success

Tennis NZ will host the ASB Classic Coaches Conference on Monday 8th January 2024, and we would love for you and your colleagues to be a part of this marquee event on the Coach Development Calendar.

The conference will combine professional development, networking, and a chance to watch the tennis with like-minded coaches from across New Zealand.

We are excited to announce that for the 'first time ever' this year’s conference will feature a behind the scenes presentation from Frederic Fontang (Felix Auger Aliassime's coach) at the ASB Classic venue.

Date: Monday 8th January

Location: ASB Tennis Arena (1 Tennis Lane, Parnell) & Parnell Lawn Tennis Club

Tickets include ($199 each or $149 each for conference only tickets):

  • Full day conference with world renowned speakers.
  • 12 months access to all presentations on ITF Academy
  • Ticket to the men’s evening match
  • Welcome drinks and canapes at The Stanley (ASB Tennis Arena)
  • Lunch, tea and coffee
  • Transport between venues



Coach Registration at ASB Tennis Arena: 8:00am – 8:30am

Morning session at ASB Tennis Arena: 8:30am – 10:30am

Transport to Parnell Lawn tennis club: 10:30 – 11:00

Midday Session: 11:00am – 1:00pm

Lunch: 1:00 – 1:45pm

Afternoon Session: 1:45 – 5:00pm

Transport back to ASB Tennis Arena: 5:00 -5:30pm

Networking @ The Stanley ASB Tennis Arena: 5:30 – 7:00pm

Men’s evening session @ the ASB Classic: 7:00pm



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Frederic Fontang 

The current coach of Felix Auger Alissime 

Presentation topic - Perform under pressure 

Fundamentals requirements to access tennis pro tour, the player development process, and the step by step keys to build a development process.

More about Frederic

As a player

  • Best ATP Tour singles ranking: no 59
  • Won 1 title (Palermo ATP 250 )

As a coach

Jeremy Chardy

  • 11 years of collaboration from age 13 to a top 30 ranked singles players on the ATP Tour
  • Wimbledon Junior Champion

Caroline Garcia for 2 years

Vasek Pospisil

  • 2013-2016
  • Best ranking singles of 25 and no 4 in doubles (Wimbledon Champion )

Felix Auger Aliassime

  • Started collaboration in 2017 until now
  • Semi-finalist US Open
  • Quarter-finalist Australian Open and Wimbledon
  • Semi-finalist Paris, Bercy and Miami Masters tournaments
  • 5 singles titles
  • Best ranking no 6



Scott Draper 

Head of Tennis Australia High Performance Education

Presentation topic - Know The Level, Be The Level

Coaches need to know the level. That is what do the best players, coaches and environments look like, and what qualitative and quantitative measures inform what's required to be the level. Coaches have a professional duty to be the best version of themselves every day to provide the best environment and / or experience for the players in their care. Part of this is about being a coach as learner. Ever striving to improve, and be an example of growth, role modelling what coaches expect of their players.

More about Scott

Scott is the current Head of Performance Coach Development at Tennis Australia. He is a former top 50 tennis player and professional golfer winning on both tours. He brings extensive and diverse experience working across multiple sectors (including high-performance sport) delivering leadership, organisational development and executive coaching. His coaching experience is vast, extending from high-performance coaching in sport (Tennis e.g. Ash Barty and Lleyton Hewitt,through to working with countless leaders across multiple sectors.

Education, licenses & certifications

  • MBA – Leadership and Innovation (Dux) – University of Canberra
  • Leadership, Innovation and Strategy – University of Melbourne
  • Foundation A Psychology – University of Southern Queensland
  • Executive Coach Qualified – Executive Central
  • High-Performance Coach Qualified – Tennis Australia
  • Accreditations: Strengths, Deployment Inventory (SDI), Performance Environment Analysis, Hogan 360, DISC



James Fuller 

CEO & Co-Founder of HNRY 

Presentation topic - Business Tips for Coaches

In this presentation, you'll learn how to set yourself up for success as a coach, how to grow your business and retain a client base, and how to manage the financial side of being a coach - including managing employees and subcontractors and ensuring you're getting maximum value from your business expenses. There'll be useful tips, interesting insights, and practical ways to make sure you can work *on* your business rather than having to work *in* your business.

More about James

HNRY is New Zealand's largest specialist accountancy firm for independent earners. James is an expert in small business management and takes an energetic, passionate, and informative approach to helping others get the most out of their businesses.


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Bill Riddle

Bill Riddle is a 35 year veteran of coaching and teaching tennis worldwide. He is one of only a few coaches globally that is both a PTR International Master Professional and USPTA Master Professional.

He serves as the Head Tennis Coach at the University of Tennessee Southern and has been a featured presenter and speaker at numerous international coaches workshops, conferences and seminars worldwide.


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Dr Craig Harrison

Founder of The Athlete Development Project

Presentation topic - Movement Beyond the Game

Champions start out in the backyard, on the streets, and in the parks of their local neighbourhood. Or at least, they did a generation ago. But life has changed. Organisation is now king. After school activities have a start and finish time, strict content to follow, and an adult in charge. Kids don’t play like they used to, and it’s affecting their development. In this insightful presentation, you're learn why better movers make better players, and how to develop them using purposeful play. You'll also discover a variety of examples to explore with your athletes.

More about Craig

Dr Craig Harrison is the founder of Athlete Development Project. He is a coach, researcher, teacher, podcaster,creative thinker, and leader. With a PhD in applied sports science and over 20 years working with young people to enhance their all-round game, Craig is recognised globally as one of the leading names in
athlete development. He coaches a group of young athletes, delivers classes and workshops
to sport parents and coaches, and supervises several postgraduate students at AUT University.



Emily Carter

Tennis NZ Head of High Performance