Peter Smith is a celebrated South Australian tennis coach and director. Although he is known primarily for the formative coaching of Davis Cup Captain John Fitzgerald and World Number 1 Lleyton Hewitt, he has played a major role in the emergence of a long line of outstanding players. Peter Smith is considered one of Australia's "super coaches".


Peter 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.

After 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.

As 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.

After 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.

Peter 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.

On 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.

Catering 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 "super coaches".

 



 

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