The National Tennis Academy is a Programme designed by Tennis Ireland to bring the top Irish players to one central location where they can train with players of a similar ability and develop their skills under one roof at Dublin City University (DCU).
The Vision of the National Tennis Academy is to “Provide highest international quality training on a daily basis to our best Irish talent, in order to facilitate their development as professional players”
Since the beginning of the National Tennis Academy in 2010 players such as Mark Bowtell, Niall Fitzgerald, John Morrissey, James McGee, Sam Barry, Amy Bowtell, Simon Carr & Georgia Drummy have all progressed to compete at the highest international level and continue to reap the rewards from the programme
The National Academy Squad can benefit from the international standard facilities at DCU to help them improve their technical skills, fitness, and physical qualities in order to compete at the highest level on the world tennis circuit. The National Tennis Centre at DCU is the main base for players in the National Tennis Academy, here players can avail of the Centres 10 multi-surface, all-weather courts. This means that Squad players can prepare for international tournaments before leaving Ireland on a surface similar to what they will compete on abroad. The National Tennis Centre also incorporates state-of-the-art match analysis technology which allows our Coaches to monitor all aspects of a players on-court performance from service technique to tactical examination during a match. Situated beside the National Tennis Centre is the DCU Sports Gymnasium, home to several of Ireland’s current Olympic athletes. At the Sports Gymnasium Squad players concentrate on their body conditioning with various tools such as Hammer Strength equipment, Life-Fitness Cardio equipment and Ice Bath facilities for player recovery.
Full-time squad players at the Academy now train between 24 to 30 hours per week (depending on the age of the player) while part-time squad members train from 6-9 hours a week. Training programmes at the Academy are structured to meet the individual needs of every player based around the strengths and weaknesses of each player. Each players programme also includes a calendar programme of international competitions (Tennis Europe, Junior ITF, ATP/WTA events) allowing the player to compete against the best Europe and the World have to offer.
By July 2005 the Squad had expanded its training programme once more to four days a week relocating from Leopardstown to the newly built National Tennis Centre at Dublin City University. By 2006 the current National Tennis Academy structure began to take shape as the squad size increased in number to eleven full-time players (including players training and living in DCU as residential squad members) with three coaches, and one physical trainer employed full-time.
Since 2007 the Academy has seen further growth to what now has become a 65 member strong squad of both full-time and part-time players (from 8 to 20 years of age). Since the completion of Phase 2 of the National Tennis Centre and the addition of six extra courts in 2008, Garry Cahill has been given the opportunity to invite Ireland’s top Senior Tennis stars to the facility to train with and compete with the older Academy players. This not only helps the Juniors in their training routine and the opportunity to play against strong opponents, it also helps keep the Senior players sharp while in Ireland.
Squads & Coaching Team
Mini – Futures Squad: Head Coach Galina Misiuriova
Futures Squad: Head Coach Johnny McCormack
U14 Squad: Head Coach Daniel Glancy
Head of Strength & Conditioning: Mantas Ruikis
Galina is a qualified Level 2 Performance Coach. She is former Lithuanian Number 1 and her WTA highest singles ranking was 620 and doubles 420. Galina was Women’s tennis champion of Lithuania in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999 and also Baltic countries champion in 1991. Galina also represented Lithuania as No 1 player on the National team in following Fed Cup competitions: 92 Greece; 93 Great Britain; 94 Austria; 97 Turkey; 99 Spain. Galina has been with the National Tennis Academy since 2006. From 2006 – 2010 she was working and traveling to International TE/ITF events with U14 – U18 players.
From 2011 – 2018 Galina was mainly working and traveling with U12 – U14 age group of players. Galina was head coach of the Academy Futures program from 2013 – 2018 and is currently working with the Academy Mini-Futures and U11s Squad. Galina has represented Ireland as a National coach at TE Winter and Summer Cups team events, at Under 14 and Under 18 European Championships.
Johnny is a qualified Tennis Ireland Coach since 1998, Johnny is one of the National Tennis Academy’s most experienced and well traveled coaches. Johnny focuses on U12 and U14 level and the technical and tactical development of his players. Johnny is also a qualified coach developer.
Tanya originally from Ukraine was a top junior player and played for the national tennis team. Tanya studied at the National Ukrainian Physical Science and Sport University; where she graduated with BSc honours degree. She is an accredited ITF Level 2 coach since 2010 and has been an accredited Tennis Ireland Level 2 coach since 2013. Since finishing her tennis career she has been working with junior performance players in Ukraine and Ireland. Tanya works with the Mini – Futures squad in the National Tennis Academy.
Daniel is originally from Castlebar Co. Mayo where he started playing tennis at the age of 9. Daniel had a great Junior career winning multiple National Titles and finishing number one Under 18. He moved to Castleknock in Dublin to study Business at DCU for a year before deciding to go full time on the Professional Circuit. Daniel competed on the ATP, Challenger and ITF Tours where he picked up seven Professional Titles and reached Career highs of 712 ATP Singles and 352 ATP Doubles. Daniel also became the first Connacht Man to play Davis Cup for Ireland and made his debut against Finland in Castleknock Lawn Tennis Club. Daniel has quickly progressed to a Level 2 coach and is part of the Coaching Team at Tennis Ireland for the last three years since he retired. Daniel has over ten year’s experience on the Pro-tour and has a lot to offer young aspiring Professionals in Ireland.
Mantas originates from Lithuanian and was raised in Monaghan and later relocated to Dublin for study purposes. Mantas has a BSc (hons) degree in Sport Science from Health from Dublin City University and is currently undertaking a MSc in Data Analytics and Project Management from Arden University. REPs accredited personal trainer and in the process of obtaining his accreditation from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Additionally, qualified as a gym instructor, group circuit trainer and in functional and cardio training. He has also undergone a concussion management and child protection course. Mantas has worked with Swim Ireland with high Performance athletes striving towards the Olympic 2020 games. He has contributed to international and European medals for Swim Ireland since beginning to work for them back in 2018. Mantas first began working with Tennis Ireland back in 2017 and has returned in 2019 as the Head of Strength & Conditioning of The National Tennis Academy. He primarily works with the U10s, U12s and U14s training squads.
Colman O Brien
Colman is from Marino in Dublin. He is a physical trainer for the tennis players aged 9-13. Colman is in his final year in Sport Science and Health in DCU. In 2017, he became a fully qualified Personal trainer and fitness instructor (ITEC EQF Level 4). He has worked in the fitness industry for 2 years and is now working part-time as a personal trainer at The Edge Gym in Clontarf. In 2019 he gained invaluable experience working with elite athletes in a Strength and Conditioning role with Swim Ireland, helping with their preparation in the journey to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.