OUR TEAM IS A MIX OF DIFFERENT EXPERIENCES AND BACKGROUNDS. TRAINING, COACHING, AND CONSULTING PROGRAMS ARE THE RESULT OF MANY YEARS SPENT STUDYING, COACHING, COMPETING AND EXPERIENCING, ALWAYS LOOKING FOR MORE INNOVATIVE AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS.
Tennis Talents Founder - Head Coach
He started his carrier in Italy and for over 10 years was dedicated to the development of tennis schools in various clubs. He has experience in management and marketing working for famous companies in the tennis industry such as Maxima, Dunlop, and Babolat.
Luca has dedicated an important part of his work and researches to talent scouting. For the famous tennis manufacturer Babolat, he selected various young and, at that time, almost unknown players from 11 to 15 years old; four of them reached the #1 position in the ATP and WTA: Andy Roddick, Rafael Nadal, Kim Clijsters, and Dinara Safina.
In 2007, Luca received the PTR Industry Award for the results obtained in talent scouting and for the development of the tennis industry in general. In 2009, his first book: “The world of Rafael Nadal, secrets of his success“, written in collaboration with Toni Nadal, was published in English, French, and Spanish.
In 2008 Luca founded Tennis-Talents and implemented the TT Formula and TT Method. During his coaching experience, Luca guided the Estonian player Kaia Kanepi from #60 to a WTA ranking of #18. From August 2010 to July 2011, he was the Executive Tennis Director of the Tunisian Tennis Federation and coach of Ons Jabeur, the Roland Garros Junior 2011 winner.
In 2013 and 2014 worked with Ante Pavic (CRO). In less than one year his ranking went from #495 to #130 in the ATP World Singles Ranking.
Since 2015 Luca is a coach and consultant for some young High Performance-oriented players, seminars and workshops leader around the world, media advisor, and TT Formula and Method developer. Coach of various top players on specific topics. Maestro of the Italian Tennis Federation, PTR Professional, and Motor Learning expert.
TT Co-Founder and TT Croatia Director
After a promising start in his home town, Davor gathered his tennis experience around the world and developed his skills in Germany, selected by the Gerry Weber Professional Tennis Academy, where he also played in the 1st Bundesliga for Blau Weis Halle. As a junior, with many good wins, reached a career-high ranking of #24 ITF playing against some who became after top pro players including Roger Federer, Fernando Gonzales, Marcos Baghdatis, Juan Carlos Ferrero, and others.
For family reasons, he had a short career as a professional player and in 2003 Davor began his career as a coach in Osijek, Croatia, developing a high-performance junior tennis school in several clubs with the main aim of passing his experience on to potential tennis talents in Croatia.
Davor continued his vision towards the growth of professional tennis, where he discovered, coached, and mentored a new talented girl, Donna Vekic. On the path to professional tennis, Davor and Donna achieved and won two times National championship U12 outdoor and U18 outdoor while practicing in the native city of Osijek. In 2015, together with Donna achieved 2nd place on WTA TASHKENT OPEN. Donna is now to 50 WTA players.
Throughout the coaching career, Davor raised, worked, and still is mentoring the career of Karlo Kranić two times WINNER of national championship U18 indoor and U18 outdoor. Also worked with Domagoj Bilješko winner of national championship U18 outdoor (Too 100 ITF), Nataša Zoričić 2nd place in national championship women.
In 2013, Davor joined forces with the founder of Tennis Talents Formula, Luca Appino, to spread a new concept system of scouting, coaching, and guiding players and their families on the path to professional tennis.
Today, within TT Davor dedicates his time growing promising young talents, mainly in Croatia and Eastern European countries through TT Formula The values & services offered by Tennis Talents are perfectly matched to Davor’s personality as a professional, serious & highly qualified coach who cares about individuals and is willing and dedicated to helping them grow personally and as players.
Szilard Kardhordo TT Hungary Director
He was one of the best junior players in Hungary from U12 to U18. He won 4 Hungarian National Championship titles throughout the junior ages and earned a top40 ranking in the Men’s division at the age of 17. He received a scholarship offer from the University of Iowa but decided to attend the Corvinus University of Budapest instead, where he graduated in 2009 with a Master's degree in corporate finance.
After 4 years of experience in the corporate world, where he worked as an audit associate for PriceWaterhouseCoopers as well as for some smaller consultant companies Szilard decided to dedicate his time to tennis coaching. He earned a PTR professional degree at the Headquarters of the association, at Hilton Head Island, where he worked for the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy. In 2013 Szilárd founded his own training center, M.E.S.E. Tennis, in Budapest, Hungary. Within 3 years the club was ranked as high as no.13 in the country based on results achieved by the competitive junior players. The main focus of the center is to develop young high-performance players.
The collaboration with Luca Appino and the implementation of the Tennis Talents Formula and the relevant Method started in 2016, and it has been growing ever since. With the help of the TT concept, the club has been able to produce many promising young juniors, national champions, and provided players for the national team. In addition to college tennis players, the overall activity has proven to be successful, also considering in the past 3 years 9 players have received athletic (tennis) scholarships in USA universities. Szilárd in particular worked with Amarissa Tóth, who climbed as high as no.120 on the ITF juniors ranking just within 8 months, producing a 29-7 win-loss record on the way. As of today, Amarissa is ranked no.35 in the ITF girls ranking. Szilárd is currently working with Vanda Lukács, no.542 on the WTA and no.27 on the ITF World W singles ranking.