Coaches

DIRECTOR OF TENNIS 

Stephen Day

Stephen Day Eastern Suburbs based Tennis CoachWith over 25 years experience from beginner to tournament level players, Steve is experienced at coaching all ages and standards and is currently coaching Private lessons, Advanced Squad lessons, Lady's Groups and Holiday Camps at our main location at Trumper Park Paddington and also at Waverley College. Steve specialises in both technical and tactical training for tennis players of all standards. Other passions include touch football and his 3 children and their hobbies and sporting endeavours. Educated at Deakin University Melbourne, Victoria he has studied both Business and Sport Management. Steve is a Tennis Australia Master Club Professional Coach, Tennis Australia Hot Shots Coach, is a certified First Aider and cleared for working with children.


Head Coach

Mateusz (Matt) Rabenda

Originally from Poland Matt grew up in Zlotoryja where the coaches have developed Polish national champions. Formerly the Head Coach at Parklands Sports Centre Moore Park, Matt has over 10 years experience from beginner to tournament level players and currently coaches some very talented junior players at our centre. Matt runs our junior programs from Hot Shots for beginners, our Squad program for our advanced players and our junior holiday camps. Matt is experienced at coaching all ages and standards and was educated in Poland. Matt is a qualified Physical Education teacher and also holds a Diploma in Management. Matt’s other passion is competing in Ironman events and trains for these regularly. He is a Tennis Australia Qualified Coach, Tennis Australia Hot Shots Coach, is a certified First Aider and cleared for working with children.


Senior Coach

Craig Steyn 

Craig is our most experienced professional and cut his teeth as a player in the U.S.A on the college circuit as a youth as well professional tournaments in France & Germany before coaching in Singapore. Since returning to Sydney Craig has coached at various centres in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs including Snape Park, Da Silva’s Tennis Academy, Lyne Park Tennis Centre, Maccabi Tennis and now at Trumper Park. A superb player in his own right Craig works to get the most from all his pupils from the smallest right up to his vast adult book of lessons. Also a family man with two sons, Craig loves nothing more than watching them play sports like their dad whilst representing Waverley College as well as other clubs. Craig is a certified First Aider and cleared for working with children.


Senior Coach

Chris Hodsden

Originally from Aberdeen in Scotland Chris has more than 15 years experience coaching there and here in Australia. Chris is also a qualified personal trainer and a keen kick boxer who has skills far beyond the tennis court. Chris has been working at Trumper Park on and off for more than 10 years and is a very popular member of our team with staff and patrons alike. Chris runs our popular social tennis on Monday and Wednesday mornings as well as high quality private classes. From a competitive perspective Chris has the wood on most of our team when it comes to match ups on court making him the “Top Dog” of our tennis centre. Chris is also a certified First Aider and cleared for working with children.


Julien Gallaud

Originally from a small town in France Julien is probably the most talented player of our team with his left-handed style and French flair. Watching Julien move the ball on court is like watching a puppeteer in action. Julien has his own style of coaching on court bringing his out of the box style to get his pupils thinking more about how they play the game he loves. A keen pilot also, you will see him taking off at Rose Bay in the sea planes from beautiful Sydney harbour. Julien is also a certified First Aider and cleared for working with children.


Sylvain Sommacal

Another left handed Frenchman, Sylvain plays in our top competition team and wears his heart on his sleeve, always giving 100% on court. Growing up in France Sylvain played at the top junior level and still has that competitive fire within him today. Sylvain’s other skills include men and women’s fashion and digital marketing, as well as being a keen surfer. Sylvain was educated at the Universite Marc Bloch and has a Masters Degree in Sports, Marketing & Management. Sylvain is also a certified First Aider and cleared for working with children.


Patrick Macy

Patrick’s main role is assisting the Director of Tennis at Waverley College with the teams engaged in competitive matches on a weekly basis. Patrick is also a Waverley College old boy who played in the 1st team from the age of 13 years old. Patrick then played on the ATP circuit for a couple of years in satellites and futures tournaments as a young man. After coaching with some of the best coaches in Australia at White City in its heyday he brings that experience to our team. Patrick is a superb tactical coach who pushes his pupils to get the most improvement in the shortest possible time. Patrick’s other passions include web design and IT, building this website and many others and he is a keen artist and painter. Patrick is also cleared for working with children.


Kingston Day

Kingston has 5 years experience coaching junior players; he helps deliver the Hotshots and school holiday programs here at Trumper Park assisting the senior professionals deliver quality tennis lessons. Currently studying Health sciences at The University of Western Sydney he is following his passion for sport and how to get the most from the human body. Kingston is a keen sportsman himself and accomplished at Touch, Rugby and Rugby League as well as Tennis.


Marcus Wise

Another Waverley College old boy, Marcus played in the top squad from year 8 and finished his CAS career as the Captain of the 1st team in 2015. Currently he is studying Marketing at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney. Marcus is a Tennis Australia member and also helps deliver the Hotshots, school holiday and birthday party programs here at Trumper Park, assisting the senior professionals deliver quality tennis lessons.