Marconi Tennis Academy founder Stewart Whicker creates test for better confidence in tennis skill

Competitive: Samantha Stosur shakes hands with Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria following her victory during the Ladies Singles on day eleven of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2016 in Paris, France. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Competitive: Samantha Stosur shakes hands with Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria following her victory during the Ladies Singles on day eleven of the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros on June 1, 2016 in Paris, France. Picture: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

“Oh, no, I’m not good enough for competition,” is a response Stewart Whicker frequently hears from casual tennis players when he invites them to play competitively.

Self-confidence is one of the key issues the Marconi Tennis Academy founder sees keeping players back, and it’s something he is determined to fix.

Mr Whicker frequently asks casual players who book courts at Marconi to compete in an upcoming competition, only to have them turn him down.

“I’d go down to them and say, ‘Hey guys, we’ve got a great competition on Saturday, you’d be perfect for Division 2’ – and they would, they’d be perfect and they’d really enjoy it – and they’d go, ‘No, no, I’m not that good.’” Mr Whicker said.

“They’re worried that they’d get flogged.”

Concerned that players are missing out on the enjoyment of playing competitive tennis through lack of self-confidence, Mr Whicker developed a simple 10 question quiz to help players better understand their skill level. 

The test asks 10 questions to establish the skill level of players, and grades each user on a score of 1-10.

A score of 1 would equal a professional tennis player, with 10 a complete beginner.

Mr Whicker hopes players will use the test to build up their own self-confidence in their skills.

“If I can say to those players, hey, you’re a 6 or 7, and we’ve got a competition graded for players 6-7-8 on Saturday – they’ll have a chance and they’ll really enjoy it,” Mr Whicker said.

  • To take the test visit tennisgrading.com