Simon Baekdal

 
 


Born in New Zealand, Simon didn't play tennis as a child but in his late twenties became an avid squash player. As he enjoyed watching tennis on television, he decided that he would like to give it a try. 


Simon moved to Australia in 1980. He played tennis from 1997 - 2005 in Sunday morning competition, but had to stop after being diagnosed with plantar fasciitis. From 2005 - 2011 whilst living in UK he did not play tennis at all.

 

Simon moved to Vietnam in late 2011. In 2012 a friend convinced him that he could enjoy running in spite of having tight Achilles tendons and plantar fasciitis. Although he didn't accept the invitation to run he commenced playing tennis, and thanks to the warm climate and a sensible warm up routine, his issue with tight Achilles tendons was easily managed, permitting him to play 6 days a week.

 

Although Simon had previously taken an ATPCA (Australian Tennis Professional Coaching Association) course he was initially reluctant when asked to coach some expatriate children in Vietnam. He eventually agreed, bought a mini tennis net, a variety of rackets together with a basket of Red, Orange and Green tennis balls and began coaching anyone and everyone who required his services.

 

In July 2015 Simon returned to Australia to do the ATPCA’s advanced tennis coaching course. As part of the pro level 2 curriculum he did research on the internet, and it was during this time that he discovered and became greatly interested in videos of Oscar Wegner teaching. On his return to Vietnam he continued to look at Oscar's simple methods of introducing players to MTM, and he began incorporating MTM techniques into his own game. Says Simon, “Using the triceps muscle together with supination-pronation was very helpful to me as it simplified the action and eliminated strain on the shoulder, in contrast to the complicated conventional method that is generally taught. I have found that children who did not consider themselves adept at sport are able to surprise themselves with their ability in tennis when I introduce them to MTM.”
 
Simon returned to Australia from Vietnam in May of 2016 with the goal of establishing a permanent base from which to teach tennis with MTM. 



 

Simon Baekdal

MTM Tennis Teacher

Armidale, Australia

 

 

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