Journey through the incredible life story of this icon of the game of tennis. A coach who has travelled the world in his quest to help junior players be the best they can be.
GOING TO THE NTH DEGREE
The Tennis Coach
Ian Barclay’s tennis coaching journey from humble beginnings, building on grassroots junior tennis players’ dreams, to his record of producing a Wimbledon Men’s Singles title winner, over 20 Grand Slam junior title winners and over 40 national and international junior and senior title winners in two different countries puts him in a class to which others can aspire – going to the nth degree.
2011 ORDER OF AUSTRALIA MEDAL FOR SERVICES TO THE SPORT OF TENNIS
2012 TENNIS AUSTRALIA PRESIDENTS SPIRIT OF TENNIS AWARD
2016 TENNIS COACHES AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA AWARDED LEGEND STATUS
2013 TENNIS COACHES AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
2007 TENNIS COACHES AUSTRALIA – VICTORIA COACH OF THE YEAR AWARD
2011 – 12 TENNIS VICTORIA – VICTORIAN SPIRIT OF TENNIS AWARD
“For me, Barkers’ greatest ability was to teach me how to win points. The time he spent watching me and the other kids at the tournament was phenomenal. Many teach the kids how to hit the ball but not many teach the kids how to play the game…” –Pat Cash, Former Wimbledon Mens Singles Winner
“When Barkers’ said something, it stuck in your head. Sometimes it was something very simple coated in common sense. “ – James Trotman, Bisham Abbey, UK, Former Wimbledon and Australian Open Boys’ Doubles Champion
“It didn’t matter who stepped onto the tennis court. Over time, Ian still got as much satisfaction working with his elite players as he did seeing half a dozen brand new baby beginners run onto the tennis court for the first time, with a smile on their face and then run off again with the same smile.” – Will Coghlan, Former Australian player, three time Victorian Hardcourt Champion, and coach
“Barkers played a very significant role in our Davis Cup campaigns. Cashy was Australia’s gun player but could be prone to periods of volatility. Barkers could handle that side of him well, particularly prior to Davis Cup ties when practice was intense and team selection nigh. When nerves and tension grew around the squad, Barkers provided a steady influence to all of the players.” – John Fitzgerald, Australian Tennis Legend, Player and contemporary of Pat Cash
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