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Dickson Tennis provide a full range of tennis instruction, competition management, and fitness & wellness related programs for all ages and standards. We believe in creating a fun environment to encourage participation from all players and ages. Our ultimate goal is to encourage a vibrant active club atmosphere through exciting and engaging programs which are inviting to new and regular members and facilitate a real sense of community.  Below is a media production by Tennis Australia which was created for the Newcombe Awards and highlights some of the our key program and club experiences

Our Team

DAVID DICKSON is a qualified Tennis Professional with both Australian and International tennis coaching certificates. David is Tennis Australia TA Club Professional,  an RPT Registro Profesional de Tennis International Professional (Europe), an ICI International Coaches Institute International Professional (Spain) and a ERTP European Registry of Tennis Professionals Level 3.  David is also a Tennis Coaches Australia Advanced Coach, a Level 3 ATPCA Master Tennis Professional with Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association, a Level 1 Coach with Australian Strength & Conditioning Association, a Level 2 Advanced AATC Coach,and has Level 1 Sport Science qualification with United States Tennis Association.  David also has a Bachelor of Science Architecture Degree from the University of Newcastle.


Prior to founding Dickson Tennis, David had 5 years as a Director of Tennis with Savitar - Singapores leading tennis academy who manage club, school and resort programs in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia.  David has been a Director at The Swiss Club, One'15 Marina Club (Asia's Finest Marina Club), and The Hollandse Club.  He was Head Professional at Willow Stream Spa Tennis Fairmont Hotel, and Head Professional / Assistant Manager of Spa Chakra Hayman Island Resort. David started as a Trainee coach at Roche's Racquet Resort, and held several coaching position in large tennis centres in Newcastle, Gosford and Sydney before coaching internationally.  


David was selected as Tasmanian State Coach for the 2020 Super 10's Nationals in Melbourne, 2019 Australian 18 & Under Tennis Championships Pizzey Cup 2019 in Adelaide, and has been coach of the Tasmanian State U12 girls team for the Australian Teams Championship December Showdown in Melbourne in 2016.  

David is an endorsed Sporting Schools Program Coach for national programs in Cricket, Golf , Badminton , Table Table Tennis, Softball, Lawn Bowls, as well as Tennis. 


KATHERINE DICKSON  is a qualified Tennis Australia Junior Development Coach with a Masters of Business Administration MBA from the University of New England.  She has a  Diploma of Fitness, a Certificate IV in Personal Training and a Certificate III in Group Fitness from the Australian Institute of Personal Trainers. Katherine has a Diploma of Remedial Massage from the NSW School of Massage and has a a Level 1 Graduate Professional Qualification from the Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association. 


Before starting Dickson Tennis, Katherine was an International Spa & Wellness Director overseeing multi-million dollar spa, fitness and tennis programs / teams in 5 star leisure facilities such as Hayman Island Resort, Hilton Hotels (New Jersey and San Francisco), and St Regis Hotel in Singapore.  She has held other key management positions such as Treasurer of the Asia Pacific Spa and Wellness Coalition and positions on the Singapore Business Womens Association 3rd Chapter.


Katherine was selected as a Tasmanian State Coach for the 2020 Super 10s Nationals in Melbourne,  and Team Manager for the 2019 Australian 18 & Under Tennis Championships Pizzey Cup 2019 in Adelaide.  Katherine is a mentor in the 2020 Future Leaders program with Tennis Tasmania. Katherine is also a registered Sporting Schools Coach able to deliver national programs in Hot Shots Tennis, Table Tops Table Tennis, Badminton Shuttle-time and MyGolf Golf.

Junior Tennis  

Dickson Tennis offer a full developmental pathway for junior tennis players. These pathways are part of a Long Term Athlete Development Plan - an internationally proven pathway to success in all sports.









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Blue Stage Launch Pad (ages 3-5)            

Learning fundamental and perceptual motor skills through a range of multi-sport skills from sports that relate to tennis movement, swing patterns, and applying these principles to a range of sports including tennis to develop future tennis stars



Red Stage ANZ Hot Shots (ages 5-8)

A program using red balls which are a little larger, bounce 75% slower and lower than a regular ball.  The courts are scaled to 36 feet with mini nets allowing kids to get success and confidence while developing age appropriate swing and movement patterns. 

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Orange Stage ANZ Hot Shots (ages 8-10)

A program using orange balls which bounce 50% slower and lower than a regular ball.  The courts are scaled to 60 foot or 3/4 the size of  regular court allowing kids to transition  into a full court rally, swings, tactics and movement patterns.

Green Stage ANZ Hot Shots (ages 9+)

A program using green balls which bounce 25% slower and lower than a regular ball.  The program uses a full regular court and kids transition into the final stage of tennis before 

adult balls.

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Development Squads (Ages 8-12) 

Technique and stroke development stage for players transitioning from Hot Shots and preparing for the first stages of competition play


Intermediate Squads (Ages 8-12) 

Technique and stroke development stage for players who have progressed through the development squad and are participating in fun based organised competition play, Super 10's, Super 12's and round robin challenge days. 


Advanced Squads (Ages 11-16) 

Advanced technical and tactical skills for advanced juniors who are currently playing in regular JDS and Junior Gold Silver Bronze platinum tournaments 


Junior Elite Squads (Ages 16-23) 

Elite technical and tactical skills for elite ranked juniors who have had success in  JDS and Junior Gold Silver Bronze platinum tournaments and transitioning to Adult AMT Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze events. Please inquire for session times.




Elite Performance Squad  (Ages 18+) 

Elite program for players playing Regional / State / national and international tournaments

Maintenance and improvement of physical capabilities, development of technical, tactical and playing skills, training based on modelling competition aspects, carefully planned breaks, single, double or triple periodisation, tennis specific technical, tactical and fitness training. Please inquire for session times.


RMS Regional Matchplay Series 

A series of junior tournaments held by each state association aimed at beginner to intermediate tournament players.  The RMS is designed to give players their first experience in playing tournaments throughout the year. There are no Australian ranking points in JDS events.

JT Junior Tournaments

This is an umbrella tour that provides a clear pathway for aspiring tennis players .  The JT tournaments offer Australian Rankings points across 4 levels; Platinum, Gold, Silver and Bronze in U12,U14,U16 and U18

ITF Juniors

The ITF Junior circuit comprises 300 tournaments across 100 countries for kids aged 13-18 and players have the opportunity to earn ITF Junior World Ranking points

December Showdown

Each December the countries best junior players assemble at Melbourne Park for the December Showdown which comprises a National Teams event and a nationals in each age group

Schools Championships

Bruce Cup - A national teams event where the best male and female 12/u players are selected to represent their state

Pizzey Cup - national teams event where the best male and female 18&u players are selected to represent their state 

AMT Australian Money Tournaments

Semi-professional tournaments that offer both prizemoney  and Australian Ranking points.  These events help with the transition from JT Junior Tour events to Pro Tour events  

Kids Camps

Dickson Tennis Hot Shots 6-10yr Camps cater for all stages of Hot Shots from Stage 1 Red, Stage 2 Orange and Stage 3 Green ball. A fun fusion of tennis and other modified sports from the Sporting Schools Program. We also have fun with age specific games that excite the kids and keep them active, happy and healthy.

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Friday Kids Match Play

Friday Match Play has become a popular program with our 11+ teen audience.  A series of fun timed length singles or doubles matches played in a fun friendly atmosphere where new players are welcome. The event goes ahead most Fridays from 6-7:30pm and registering a few days in advance is essential. to register interest.   For kids under 11 and part of the Hot Shots 6-10yrs program who are interested in matchplay events, we hold red, orange and green ball competitions periodically during the year - typically in school holidays.


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Hot Shots Matchplay

ANZ Hot Shots Matchplay is a regional team based kids matchplay league where players represent their clubs in teams.  Pictured here are the two teams who represented Dickson Tennis in the first league when the program launched in 2018.  

Adult Tennis 

Dickson Tennis have private and group lesson programs suited to all players.  These programs are gateways into either club social tennis,  matchplay pennants or social 35+ seniors competition. 


We have adult groups of different standards Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday evenings.  Some are for new players, some for returning players and others for competition pennant players.  Inquiries to to express interest and discuss a suitable starting point in one of our evening adult groups.

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Sporting Schools Programs

Dickson Tennis are endorsed coaching providers for Sporting Schools. We have a compehensive tennis program for pre-school, infants, primary and high Schools ranging from ANZ Hot Shots Programs, Partnership Programs, ANZ Hot Shots and FAST4 leagues.  Our programs can take place at your school courts or playground using modified net systems.


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Dickson Tennis is registered with Sporting Schools to deliver Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis,

Cricket, Golf and Softball programs.  Our coaches have qualifications and endorsements with

each of these National Sporting Bodies to deliver Sporting Schools Grants to schools.

Birthday Parties

Dickson Tennis can cater to all your party needs.  A typical party runs for 2 hrs with the middle 30min typically a cake and party meal component provided by the family.  You bring the cake, food and drink and we will provide the ideal sporting backdrop of Hot Shots tennis and challenges from our Multi-sports Educational Program | Sporting Schools sports program. Our parties cater to all but are aimed at kids aged four to early teens.

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Gift Certificates

Dickson Tennis have gift certificates for that special someone or as a reward or incentive for an office colleague.  Vouchers can be custom made for a certain amount of dollars or sessions.


Dickson Tennis was recently named as an Australian  finalist in the Inside Sport Magazine - Sportscover Clubbies 2019 Best Coach.  The finalists were picked from 1100 nominated entries from all sports and all states.  This is the second year in a row Dickson Tennis has made the national finals.  Its a proud achievement that can only happen from the support of families and members who give our programs energy and bring our programs to life.

Coach Development

Dickson Tennis are always expanding their knowledge of latest industry trends, coaching principles, techniques and program management models.  Coaches regularly attend Coaching and Industry conferences and professional development sessions.

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State Coach Roles Super 10's Nationals 2020

Super 10's Nationals is a national event held in Melbourne for the top ten year old 16 boys and top 16 girls in Australia.  Each state sends a small team of players based on results in the Tasmanian Super 10's league.  As you can see below each team has a State Coach as a team coach and manager.  Tasmania's coaches were Dave, Kat and Simon Youl.  

Tasmanian State Coach Roles - Pizzey Cup 2019

The Pizzey Cup is an annual event for the best 18 & under students from each state.  In May 2019 David (Coach) and Kat (Manager) accompanied the Tasmanian State Team along with National Academy Head Coach Simon Youl to Adelaide - the host State. The team of 8 male and 8 female players performed exceptionally against ACT, NSW, WA, VIC and QLD. This event also included the prized Australia Cup with players aiming to make the All Australian Team.

Tasmanian State Coach role - Australian Teams Championships December Showdown 2016

The Australian Teams Championship is an annual event where each state sends a team of 3 boys and girls in each age division with state coach / manager to assist and advise the kids including on court coaching during matches.  The event also had teams from New Zealand, China, Japan and Oceania.  Dave is pictured here with Tasmania's 12's girls team which comprised players from around the state.

Tennis at Home Program

Dickson Tennis coaches believe family tennis is the core part of a lifetime of connection to tennis.  We welcome any opportunity to provide additional home learning opportunities on your private court,  providing the perfect blend fun family tennis or a chance to supplement your existing club program.  Often families have used this platform to transition into club programs after a long break from tennis, have additional needs that a traditional tennis program cant provide or simply during a break in tennis terms or programs.

Contact Us

To arrange a session or discuss a training plan please contact

David Dickson on 0423 669 757 or Katherine Kelly  0412 817 427 or email us at

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