Angelo Giampaolo – Melbourne, Victoria
1. When did you first pick up a tennis racket?
I was 5 years old when I first started playing. My brother used to have lessons and I tried to get involved, causing havoc at the same time.
2.Who influenced you to begin playing?
My brother as I use to watch him have his lesson. I always wanted to copy everything he did so tennis was a great way of trying to do that.
3.What player did you idolised growing up?
Pete Sampras and Gustavo Kuerten. I really wanted to have Guga’s backhand and Sampras’ never say die attitude.
4.What person/coach made you love tennis?
Again my Brother. I use to love trying to beat him. Although it didn’t happen, I enjoyed the challenge.
5.When did Vida come into your life?
18 years ago, I was training at Albert Park Reserve when a then Vida Coach Conrad Singh invited me to come and hit with some of the full time players at the Veneto Club in Bulleen. It was then that I started to really enjoy the art of coaching. At the time was paying for my travels but when I stopped playing I really knuckled down and completed my club professional course. The rest is history.
6.What opportunities has tennis/Vida provided for you?
Vida has given me an opportunity to learn and grow in a fun and relaxed environment. There is always something new to learn
7.How has your time at Vida influenced you as a person?
Vida has taught me the importance of having core values and making sure your you live by them everyday, not just at work but in everyday life as well. Passion and Fun, exceptional experiences, personal mastery, teamwork and fitting in to your community has become a very important part of my life.
8.Why do you love coaching tennis?
I love seeing people improve their game and get to the stage where they can start to compete. Watching people progress to this level is very exciting.
9.How has tennis influenced who you have become?
I think sport in general certainly helps an individual. I believe tennis has helped me be more resilient. It also teaches the importance of failing and learning from your mistakes.
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