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Former tennis pro to coach Echuca South

Former professional tennis player Alenka Hubacek will coach Echuca South Tennis Club.

ERIN LYONS August 20, 2014 3:04am

Former professional women’s tennis player Alenka Hubacek has been appointed to coach Echuca South Tennis Club. She is pictured with Jordan Godfrey and Hannah Poole.

Lace up those runners and grab your racquets because there is a new tennis coach in town.

Alenka Hubacek, who formerly competed on the women’s tennis circuit, has turned her skills to coaching.

The 24-year old, who spends four to five days a week in Echuca with partner and Echuca Football Club coach Andrew Briggs, has recently been employed as a tennis coach based at the Echuca South tennis courts.

While Hubacek said she would start casually, she hoped to increase interest in the community.‘‘I will start with just one night a week, then hopefully next term I’ll do two,’’ she said.‘‘I guess I will just have to see what the interest is like. ‘‘But it is open to anyone.’’The tennis enthusiast, who is studying to become a primary school teacher, said her desire to coach coincided with her interest in education.‘‘I’m studying teaching at Victoria University in Footscray,’’ Hubacek said.

‘‘I know quite a few people who have come through there and I’m in my third year so only one more year to go.’’

Much to Hubacek’s convenience, she does not have to walk far from work placement to get to the tennis courts either.

‘‘I just finished my placement at the (Echuca) college. It went a lot better than I thought it would,’’ she said.

‘‘I was a little concerned about secondary but I really enjoyed it.

‘‘Though, I am more settled on primary.’’

Briggs is also a teacher at Echuca Primary School (208).

Hubacek, who reached a career high ranking of 460 before retiring, has chosen to focus on her studies, as well as her new coaching duties.

‘‘I did play for a number of years and travelled a lot with it,’’ she said.

‘‘Coming back, I just really wanted to get back into coaching.

‘‘I’ve done a bit of coaching before and really enjoyed it and obviously doing teaching it goes hand in hand.’’

While Echuca-based tennis competitors are attempting to convince Hubacek to play again, she is devoted to developing the skills of the younger athletes.

‘‘It is open to all ages. I will coach the little ones tonight, so from four to six-year olds,’’ she said.

‘‘I also take some older kids for privates and I take adults lessons as well.’’

Erin Lyons

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