Meet the Team

 

For more than twenty five years we have worked nationally and internationally for different tennis federations, served as talent scouts, been immersed in player development from the ground up, been involved in coaches education, coached teams, developed training concepts for clubs and teams, been presenters at several national and international coaches’ conventions and worked with parents and officials on a daily basis.


Oliver Heuft, Founder/CEO

Oliver Heuft
Founder/CEO

Bio
  • DTB A-certification coach
  • Long-term freelance coach for the BTV and deputy BTV tennis centre coach for the Black Forest-Lake Constance region
  • Years of experience as head of a youth talent promotion group, specialised in fostering talent up to the age of 14 and training technical basics with the aim of turning pro
  • Multiple German and state youth titles with youth players from Blau Weiss Villingen
  • Event organiser of the Easter Camp in Albarella/Italy with over 150 participants (since 1993)

Role at TennisGate

  • Video Analysis of tour professionals
  • Developing tips
  • Video production
  • VizLibero Operator
  • Head-Admin in Community
  • Workshop lector

Edgar Giffenig
Partner

Bio
  • Speaker in several coaches workshops throughout the world. ITF, PTR, DTB, ITA, USTA.
  • 1988 – 1990 University of Texas in Austin Austin, TX. Assistant Coach Men’s Tennis Team Helped with all areas of college coaching
  • 1990 – 1995 United States Tennis Association Key Biscayne, FL National Coach Trained and traveled with the USTA’s Boys National Team.
  • Director of Player Development at Palmer Tennis Academy Coached and helped structure program at the academy
  • 1995 – 1998 German Tennis Association Hanover, Germany National Coach Directed the Junior program for the Girls National Team.
  • Centro Mextenis Morelos, Mexico Founder and Director of Centro Mextenis de Alto Rendimiento
  • Fluent in German, English and Spanish

Role at TennisGate

  • Speaker and lector at the international TennisGate Coaches Workshop
  • Proofreading translations in English and Spanish
  • Quality control and international coaches network
  • Training and development
  • Admin in the Community

Juergen Mueller
Coaches Education and Development

Bio
  • Multiple World and European Championships as freelance coach for the German Tennis Association (DTB)
  • DTB A-certificate coach
  • Long-term freelance coach for the DTB and current BTV tennis centre coach for the Black Forest-Lake Constance region
  • Teacher in B-certificate training at the Baden Tennis Association
  • Multiple German and state youth titles with youth players from Blau Weiss Villingen
  • In his role as DTB freelance coach, he has coached world-class juniors such as Nicolas Kiefer, Daniel Elsner, Philipp Petzschner, Philipp Kohlschreiber and Aljoscha Thron
  • Owner of the Villinger Tennis School
  • Event organiser of the Easter Camp in Albarella/Italy with over 150 participants (since 1993)
  • Author of many coaching articles in the Deutsche Tennis Zeitung (DTZ)

Role at TennisGate

  • Developing training tips
  • Managing the training facilities
  • Quality control and network
  • Schoolbooks for Associations
  • Admin in the Community

VIDEO PRODUCTION


Marcel Arena
Video Production

Bio
  • University degree in media and information studies
  • TV and video productions
  • Owner of MP Design

 

Role at TennisGate

  • Concept, shoot planning and filming training and development days
  • Head camera  supervisor on tour events for TennisGate
  • Video shoots at tennis events and TennisGate workshops

IT


Thomas Schultis
Business and IT-Vision

Bio
  • Completed a degree in business IT at Furtwangen University
  • Years of experience in web development (HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL)
  • Co-Author of several ITG training books
  • Owner of thomasschultis.de

 

Role at TennisGate

  • IT consultancy
  • Website interactivity
  • WordPress administration
  • Database backend
  • Server administration and controlling
  • Admin in the Community

Kai Grabfelder
Design of IT-Architecture

Bio
  • Completed a degree in business IT at Furtwangen University, before going on to study application architectures.
  • Graduated as Master of Science
  • Years of experience in web development (HTML, CSS, PHP and MySQL)

Role at TennisGate

  • IT consultancy
  • ePayment
  • WordPress administration
  • Database backend
  • Server administration and controlling
  • Admin in the Community