Durbin joins Tiebreak Tennis
WHEN tennis coaches Danny Sousa and John Durbin are working together, the connection between them makes you believe that they've been working together for years.
But it's not the case - Durbin has only recently joined the coaching crew with Tiebreak Tennis at Brelsford Park.
The close ties between the pair were actually built away from the tennis court. They were forged on the break at Mullawarra as they both waited to catch some waves.
“I first met John when he first came to Coffs as he worked here while I went to Europe and he said back then that he likes to surf,” Sousa said.
“When I got back we started up regular surf every week.”
While they enjoy the waves together, and some stir the pair by suggesting they're brothers due to their similar hairstyles, Sousa said that Durbin's addition to the coaching staff was anything but creating a job for a mate.
“We know John does a great job and he is very experienced,” he explained.
“We believe he will fit in nicely and be an asset to our program.”
Durbin has been coaching for 28 years and has had great success in his time in Sydney and Bundaberg where he has produced two players ranked number 2 in Australia, two players ranked in the top five in Australia, a NSW number 1 and many more including two international players.
Tennis Coaches Australia has used Durbin's vast knowledge and experience by employing him as an examiner of other coaches.
He shares the vision of the rest of the Tiebreak Tennis crew to get more Coffs Harbour juniors into the world rankings but he says that he is interested in working with players of all levels.
He has already started ladies' clinics and private lessons at the club, with more classes starting soon for adult beginners.
“I want to help all players become better,” he said.
“It doesn't matter if you already play comp or if you have never played yet.
“I have worked with all levels and no matter what standard you are, you can still get better.”