Smith is a self-taught tennis player. He came to Adelaide at age
16, played pennant tennis, and as a semi-professional achieved a
number of top 10 state rankings.
his playing career was cut short by conscription and injury, Peter
was appointed by Tennis SA as the first State Director of Coaching.
This 5 year period saw the emergence of John Fitzgerald, Brod Dyke,
Mark Woodforde, Roger Rasheed, Peter Carter, Anthony Lane, Louise
Stacey and Darren Cahill.
a level 3 Masters Coach, Peter coached Lleyton and Jaslyn Hewitt
from the age of 6. In addition, he has played a minor role with
Lleyton in the past two and a half years. He toured with Lleyton
as his coach during the American hardcourt season and the Davis
Cup quarter final in Brazil early 2001.
30 years of tennis administration with Tennis Coaches Australia
and Tennis SA, Peter was awarded an Australian Sports Medal in 2000.
In addition, he has been named Australian Tennis Coach in 1998 and
1999 and Volunteer of the Year in 2000 for over 15 years of service
to Tennis SA.
is also Founder and Chairman of the Nick Altman/Jeff Penfold Foundation
which raises money to provide tennis opportunities for people with
a disability. For the past 4 years he has been involved in conducting
regular coaching sessions for people with any form of disability.
He took the first ever intellectually disabled Australian team to
Europe in 2000/2001 and has conducted 4 State Tennis Championships
for disabled players.
leave from the Education Department after 30 years as a Secondary
School teacher, Peter is currently the Tennis Director and Head
Coach of the "Peter Smith Next Generation Tennis Academy"
at the 16 million dollar David Lloyd Centre at Memorial Drive Adelaide.
for a wide range of tennis players from the disabled to a numbering
of tour professionals and elite juniors including hot young talents
Todd Ley and Olivia Lukaszewicz - Peter Smith is indeed one of Australia's