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Principles For Elite Player Development


Liam Smith an experienced ATP coach that has a proven track record coaching and developing elite level players for the last 20 years. He has coached top 10 ATP Player Gael Monfils, a former National Head Coach for Tennis Australia guiding the development of many players including Alex DeMinaur, developed multiple juniors that have won junior grand slam events and been ranked world number 1. Liam has directed several tennis academy programs and has extensive experience coaching multiple top 100 professional players during his career including Radu Albot, Matt Ebden and many more. Liam has an extensive tennis education background including the Tennis Australia High Performance Coach qualification, is a PTR certified professional, a USPTA Elite Professional as well as an accredited ATP Coach member and presently serves on the ATP Coach Committee  He has coached across a broad range of levels and development stages. From 12 year olds competing internationally, National champions and Orange Bowl junior world champions in various age groups, on the ITF junior world tour through to top 10 players competing on the ATP tour and everything in between where he has built up a wide range of knowledge, experience and personal philosophies that he is now sharing.

This is a short video series of 31 tutorial videos combined into 2 parts with content covering numerous aspects of the player development process. With a range of information on the key topics listed and providing insight, ideas, advice and personal philosophies based on experience and a proven track record to help you on your player development journey.


  • 2 KNLTB Education Points.
  • 2 USPTA Education Credits.

Topics & video's for this module

2Videos2h 29m 50s

Part 1?

1) Effective Goal Setting. 2) Having A Development Plan. 3) Individualization Is Key. 4) The Technical Tactical Link. 5) Rate of Development STOP Comparing. 6) Strengths A Different Perspective. 7) Are You Developing Your Game For The Future. 8) Winning Now vs Long Term Development. 9) What Should Practice Look Like. 10) Developing Confidence. 11) Improving Focus. 12) Off Court Work To Make On Court Gains. 13) Training In The Sand To Improve Footwork & Movement. 14) Simple Marginal Gains. 15) Players Need To Take Responsibility & Be Held. 16) Accountable. 17) Develop The Person As Well As The Player. 18) In Between Point Routines.
Principles For Elite Player Development Part 100:00:00

Part 2?

1) Training With A Purpose. 2) Improving Defense Starts With A Shift Of Mindset. 3) Guided Discovery. 4) What is % Tennis. 5) Tournament Scheduling. 6) Keys To Good Match Analysis. 7) Transitioning Levels. 8) Handling Pressure. 9) Increasing The Value Players Place On Training. 10) Mindset Ingredients For Optimal Performance. 11) Mini Periodization. 12) Having A Sense Of Urgency About Training. 13) Don’t Take Away The Talent. 14) Who Teaches Who.
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