Tennis Talents Founder - Head Coach

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 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 to 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 professional player and in 2003 Davor began his career as a coach in Osijek, Croatia, developing a high performance junior tennis schools 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 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 native city of Osijek. In 2015, together with Donna achieved 2nd place on WTA TASHKENT OPEN. Donna is now to 50 WTA player.

Throughout coaching career Davor raised, worked and still is mentoring 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 womens.

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

 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 Masters 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 for 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 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 month, 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.


TT Mallorca Director 

started his coaching career in Alicante Spain at several tennis clubs, having the chance to work on the development of some of the best junior players from the country.

He has experience throughout Europe particularly working in England & Germany. Whilst in England Alvaro worked for the LTA and achieved the Level 3 coaching certificate. Also in Germany he gained valuable experience collaborating and working with various clubs and coaches. 

Back in Spain and after a couple of years learning the various techniques of how different clubs and federations work, he has had the chance to collaborate with international junior players which has given him a well known name in Mallorca. To add to Alvaro´s coaching attributes he is also an International referee where has had the opportunity to be on court with former number one players and also the new generation of players that will sure be top 10 in a few years.

In 2018 and after specialising on the development of junior players he founded is own tennis academy based in Mallorca, having the chance to develop his own ideas of tennis and to work with top juniors on the early stages of their tennis career.


With Alvaro´s experience and the TT´Formula, Tennis Talents Mallorca has been set up to develop top junior players on the path to professional tennis.


Head of Physical Training TT Center Hungary  

gratuated at Semmelweis University in Budapest. He is a specialist in human sport performance diagnostic and athletes' physical development from young age to professionals.  

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