Achieving Legends Status

Legends awards are made to Coaches who:

  • Hold or have held a PTAV / TCAV qualification of Advanced or equivalent (Diploma of Tennis Coaching, Certificate of Qualification, Club Professional) or higher. Each will have made significant contributions to the TCAV and tennis coaching for a period in general of 40 years or more
  • Have been previously inducted into the TCAV Hall Of Fame
  • Have fulfilled a broad spectrum of requirements, including having made significant achievements in areas such as tennis teaching and coaching, business, education and volunteer work
  • Live in the memories of, and are revered and respected by their students, peers, and colleagues alike as true legends of the TCAV and tennis coaching

TCAV Legend status together with Life Membership represents the ultimate recognition by our Association for a lifetime contribution to coaching tennis and to administering our Association respectively.

Introducing our TCAV Legends

TCAV currently has three esteemed coaches who have been elevated to the status of legend.

Norman is our most recent inductee as a TCAV Legend in 2011. He oganised Inaugural meetings and subsequent steering committees of Legend Park tennis Club, Glenvale Tennis Club and Knox Indoor Tennis centre.

He was involved with the formation of the Waverley & District Tennis Tournament

Coached at more than 20 clubs with metropolitan Melbourne and many schools, including Wesley College for 33 years and Xavier.

Coached, and continues to coach, at many country tennis clubs and schools, including Heathcote, Murchison, Nagambie, Tumut and at Puckapunyal Army base.

Has conducted many tennis tours overseas to New Zealand and USA- taking several juniors on their first overseas trip, and did two stints on Lord Howe Island

With Denis Lemke conducted numerous tennis clinics at Mildura, Echuca, Wodonga and Albury.

Joined the TCAQ in 1962 and upon return to Melbourne in 1964 was admitted to the PTAV on an Interstate Reciprocal Transfer.

For many years the PTAV/TCAV conducted the examination of applicants on his courts in Glen Waverley.

Was treasurer of the LTPAA for nearly 10 years, and also their Queensland delegate.

Appointed on the PTAV committee as Publicity officer and in the early 70’s organised a tennis float in the Moomba parade.

Don played at Wimbledon in 1951 and 1952, with direct entry. He also played Australian Championships and various State titles and played World Professional Championships in 1953.

Don Commenced coaching in England in 1953. He was appointed Denmark National Coach and coached the Danish Davis Cup team in 1955.

Coached Kurt Nielsen (Wimbledon finalist 1955)

Started coaching at Fawkner park in 1956

Attended initial meetings to form coaches association in 1956

Coached Australian Junior Champions Cliff Letcher and Greg Whitecross and Australian Junior Finalists Bill Durham, Trevor Little, Elizabeth Little and Sally Irvine.

Coached at Kooyong in partnership with Ian Occleshaw

Coached various Linton Cup and Shell Squad country squads and Australian Junior Squads

Coached squads from the Phillipines, China, and Japan and with Ian Occleshaw assisted Harry Hopman with a number of American tennis camps

Coached in Japan with leading juniors over 30 years and in 1971 helped Japan to an upset 3-2 victory over Australia in the Davis Cup

Wishes the association the best for the next 50 years

Ian played pennant for Lauriston and Glen Iris Tennis Clubs and was a member of the Linton Cup team in 1947.

Ian commenced coaching in 1951. He owned four courts in West Coburg and was the coach at Glen Iris for 30 years. He was the resident pro, with Don Tregonning, at Kooyong for over 20 years and was the school coach at Corowa for 35 years and St Catherines for 30 years.

Ian managed many Wilson and Linton Cup teams. He also conducted Glen Iris’ Junior Tournament for 30 years, the Victorian schoolboys/schoolgirls tounaments for 8 years, and the TCAV juniors for 7 years.

Ian conducted solidarity clinics in Brunei and Fiji and coached in the USA 
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He coached Peter McNamara (world high ranking of 7), and Alan Stone.

He was a member T.A. Development Board for 8 years and a VTA State Selector for 20 years.

Ian has had two stints as TCAV President and was the first secretary in 1956. He has been a board member for over 50 years, until 2004.

In 2008, he became the first ever TCAV Legend.