Coaching Team

MESSAGE FROM JOHN FITZGERALD

“Peter Smith has produced more world class players in Australia in the last 30 years than any other coach. He taught Peter Carter how to play the game who then went on to teach Roger Federer. Lleyton Hewitt is obviously at the top of the tree in terms of Peter’s end product. He taught Lleyton from the age of 6 and formed his whole game.

In all my years in the game I have never met anyone more dedicated to his craft. An accomplished player in his own right, I learnt my tennis from Peter from the age of 13 and played doubles with him through two Pennant seasons in Adelaide.

When you combine the Next Gen facilities with Peter’s coaching expertise, you have the perfect environment to learn this great game. Next Gen Memorial Drive is in my opinion the best club in the world to learn your tennis at, with five different court surfaces and the other fabulous facilities at the club.

I cannot recommend highly enough the combination of Peter Smith and Next Gen. Good luck with your game.”


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We have trained some of the worlds most well known names in tennis. Whether you are looking to give your young athlete the best chance in their tennis career of if you want a fun way to get fit, come and train with us.

Tennis Director/Head Coach

Level 3 (Master) Coach Tennis Coaches Australia (TCA)
Former Vice President TCA

Next Generation Memorial Drive Adelaide South Australia
Tennis Director/Head Coach Peter Smith Tennis Academy
Director/Writer Virtual Tennis Coach

30 years experience as a Tennis Professional (Coaching) :Lleyton Hewitt,John Fitzgerald, Brod Dyke, Peter Carter, Darren Cahill, Mark Woodforde, Todd Perry,Anthony Lane, Roger Rasheed, Louise Stacey,Luke Smith,Haydn Lewis

Australian Coach of the Year 1998, 1999
Awarded the Australian Sports Medal 2000

Member of the Coach Education Committee TCA

Heavy involvement in the Disabilities area

30 years administrative involvement with Tennis SA

Peter Smith Tennis Academy – Director/Coach/Club Professional
Virual Tennis Coach – Director/Writer
Next Generation Memorial Drive – Programs Director/Coach
In 2005 coached and set up academy program in Mumbai, India for the MSLTA, PRAC Tennis & Peter Smith Tennis Academy
In 2010 coached and set up Peter Smith Tennis Academy- Shanghai
ITF Tour, 2008- Travelling coach to Alex Canizzaro for ITF Junior Tournaments – Italy, Belgium, France, Australia
European Tour, 2008 – coaching tour with Peter Smith in Scotland, Wales and England
Japan Tour, 2008/09 – coaching tour with Peter Smith
Tennis Australia Coach Membership – Junior Development
Tennis Australia – Hot Shots Deliverer
Tennis Australia – Cardio Tennis Deliverer

Tennis Australia – Junior Development
Tennis Australia – Cardio Tennis
Tennis Australia – Hot Shots
Professional Career:
Highest Singles Ranking 253
Highest Doubles Ranking 124
Davis Cup Squad Member:
1997 Semi-final vs USA
Player/Manager of our ATL Team (Asia-Pacific Tennis League)
Over 10 years coaching at Next Gen

International Representative
Beginner to advanced kids and adults
International students
Japanese / English interpreter
Sports supplement advice