We are a specialist tennis coaching provider of the highest quality island wide in Singapore. We cater for both adults and children alike and offer a range of services including; private lessons, semi-private lessons (2pax) group lessons, ladies WITS team training, cardio tennis, cardio tennis extreme, sparring (hitting sessions) corporate events, tennis parties, tournaments and coach workshops. We are able to accommodate players of all playing standards including; beginner, improver, intermediate and advanced level.
At Tennis Central SG we do not believe in static, predictable, technique only coaching. Rather, we believe tennis coaching should cover the 3 main areas of tennis; technique, tactics and psychology. Our lessons take a holistic approach to tennis tuition and incorporate those 3 facets into every lesson, which we believe offers a more rounded and comprehensive lesson. Such a philosophy in turn yields not only greater improvement but also greater enjoyment in players.
We offer lessons at your home courts and public courts, we are also able to host you if you do not have access to a court.
About the coach
Sam started his coaching career while studying an undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire (UK) in 2011. It is here where he developed his interest in coaching alongside his studies and he started his LTA coaching qualifications. After graduating Sam moved to Australia and started working at the biggest tennis centre in Western Australia. It was here where he developed a real passion for coaching and was lucky enough to work with some very high level and inspiring coaches. Sam completed his LTA coaching qualifications in his native United Kingdom where he was a tennis professional at Virgin Active Health Club in Cambridgeshire then since moved to Singapore where he has been coaching for over 2 years now.
What Sam feels most proud of in his coaching career is the ability to take players from beginner level to a standard whereby they can serve, rally and score. In 2016 at Virgin Active Health Club he singlehandedly increased the number of RCJ’s (Regularly Competing Juniors) by 100%, at the time the biggest increase of any club anywhere in the country.
As well as coaching Sam’s passion for the game and playing is still as strong as ever, he has a genuine love and passion for the great game that is tennis. He still likes to train and compete; he has reached a career high ranking of top 10 in Singapore for singles (2020) and doubles (2021) he regularly competes in the STA Singapore Open. In England he competed at University level representing his University’s first team and competed up and down the country playing singles and doubles with his teammates in the British Universities and College Sports league (BUCS). In Australia he competed in high division pennants. He has also won doubles titles on grass, indoor hard and clay. His most recent tournament successes have been Singapore doubles intermediate winner (2020) and Singapore Open Doubles runner up (2021). His love for playing and competing has enabled him to play and train at some of the best tennis facilities in the world including; Melbourne Park, La Manga Club (Spain) and ATF (David Ferrer’s academy).
- Tennis Qualifications: Sport and Physical Education (BA hons) first class, University of Bedfordshire 2014
- LTA Level 3 (Lawn Tennis Association)
- Cardio Tennis & Cardio Tennis extreme qualified
Plays: Right handed, one handed backhand
Favourite shot: Serve
Favourite player: Roger Federer
Favourite surface: Clay
Junjie’s father has always been the primary influence for his love of the tennis sport. He started playing tennis as early as 9 years old and his skills and proficiency in the sport has immediately brought him to the heights as a junior ranked player in the Philippines. Since then, Junjie has been part of the tennis athletic program of the educational institution he studied at as a child, allowing him to master playing tennis competitively and bring prestige to his school, and eventually completed his Bachelor degree as a full scholar in the University of the Philippines Diliman.
Soon after finishing his degree in 2008, Junjie started his career by coaching a team of junior tennis athletes in both primary and secondary schools. Through Junjie’s well-structured tennis and mentoring programs which focuses on core foundations and fundamental techniques, he has taken significant strides and concluded his 5-year coaching stint with several team championships to his name.
Junjie’s love for his university alma mater brought him back to the same institution where he also spent 2 years as Head Coach of the UP Tennis Varsity team. One of his greatest achievements was by making history in bringing his team towards the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) championship finals, an accomplishment that eluded the team for more than a decade prior to his coaching time.
After securing his coaching qualification certification from the Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA), Junjie moved to Singapore in 2014 and worked for 6 years as a professional tennis coach in Ignite Tennis Academy. During this time, Junjie had the best opportunities to train groups of children as young as 4 years old, and consistently develop them to be competitive players in major Singapore tournaments such as SPEX and JTTL. Apart from coaching children, Junjie also has extensive coaching programs catered to adults who love the sport.
Junjie keeps an agile mindset and while he ensures the best training for his students, he likewise triesto keep himself fit and maintain his competitive stance. He’s competed in a number of tennis tournaments in Singapore and won under different categories. He last won a Championship title in the STA Pesta Sukan Open/ Masters Tennis Championships 2019, under the Men’s 35+ Doubles category and has consistently made it to the semi-finals in the Mixed Open Doubles category since 2018. Junjie also made the final of the STA Singapore Open in mens doubles (2021).
• Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education, University of the Philippines Diliman 2008
• Certified Tennis Coach, Philippine Tennis Association (PHILTA)
Plays: Right-handed, one handed backhand
Favourite Shot: Volleys
Favourite Player: Roger Federer and Bryan Brothers
Favourite Surface: Hard Court