Tan De En

Founder and Head Coach

Coach De En’s passion for tennis ignited when he stumbled upon the anime “Prince of Tennis,” which left him enamoured by its vibrant characters and thrilling storyline. As Coach De En gained proficiency at tennis, he started part-time coaching, with his mother as his first student. Recognizing his flair for coaching, she encouraged him to pursue coaching as a career.

At the heart of Coach De En’s coaching philosophy lies the belief in fostering a vibrant community within his tennis circles. To him, tennis isn’t just a game—it’s a platform that brings people from all walks of life together, forging deep bonds and shared goals. He firmly believes that coaches play a pivotal role in empowering and nurturing their students, guiding them to reach their full potential. 

Rejecting the idea of a one size fits all approach, Coach De En tailors his coaching methods and style to suit the needs and personalities of each of his students. Amidst this personalized touch, he weaves in three goals for his lessons: to have a good time, stay fit, and learn something new each session.

Highlights

Competitive Career

  • 3rd Place for Men’s Doubles in Nanyang Polytechnic Tennis Open (2015)
  • Vice-Captain of Nanyang Polytechnic, Participated in Polites (2015/2016)
  • Polite Men’s Champions (2016)
  • Vice-Captain of Singapore Institute of Technology, SUNIG (2019-2021)
  • STA Intermediates

Coaching Career

  • Impacted and developed up to 500 tennis players
  • Mentored and developed more than 20 Coaches under Smash Tennis Academy’s Talent Program
  • Serve Specialist Coach of STA Ranked Player Xavier Tay

Education and Mentorship

  • Bachelors in Design Communication, Glasgow School of Art
  • Mentored by Kyle LaCroix, CEO and Founder of Sets Consulting Kyle’s is a USPTA Master Professional, ITF Level 3 Coach. He has developed and trained many successful teaching professionals.

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