Director of Coach Education LTA Thailand
Suresh Menon is currently the Director of Coach Education for the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand and also conducts various projects for the ITF. He was formerly the ITF Development Officer for Asia for 21 years.
Suresh has been a presenter from 1994 to 2016 at each of the ITF Asian Coaches Conference. He was involved in the organization of the ITF World Wide Coaches Conference from 1997 to 2015 and presenter in 2011 conference. He also been a presenter at All India Tennis Association coaches’ workshop, Sri Lanka Tennis Association Coaches Workshop, Singapore Tennis Association Workshop and many other workshop organized by National Associations. His efforts to promote and develop tennis in Asia have earned him the Certificate of Merit from the Asian Tennis Federation, Campaign Medal for Vietnam Sport Career by the Vietnam Sport Committee and has received Singapore Tennis Association award for services to the game.
Prior to joining the ITF he worked as the National Coach of Indonesia and later as the National Coach of Malaysia. He has worked with a number of top players including Yayuk Basuki and Romana Tedjakusuma of Indonesia. Under his charge, the Indonesian women’s team won a record 2 gold medals at the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990. He also coached Indonesia’s most successful male player Benny Lin who reached career high of ATP 240. The highlight as Malaysian coach was defeating top seeds Korea in the semi-finals to secure the bronze medal at the Asian Games in Hiroshima in 1994. He was the coach of Khoo Chin Bee, Malaysia’s best and highest ranked women’s player. At the SEA games in Thailand in 1995, Ms Khoo went on to win the first ever silver medal in tennis for Malaysia in the SEA Games competition.
He was a former number one player of Malaysia and represented Malaysia in the Davis Cup. He also played US college tennis and graduated with a Marketing and Finance degree from the University of Idaho. Menon started his career in tennis as a player on the ITF junior circuit and reached a career high of 28 on the ITF junior rankings.
Teaching only technique can mean that kids lose interest but teaching none means that we are not equipping players to develop to their full potential. In this presentation we look at the place of technique in our teaching tool box. When to teach, what to teach and how to make this result in truly effective […]