Who we are
For more than 35 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 is a DTB A-certified coach. He has over 20 years of experience as head of a youth talent promotion group and freelance coach for the Baden Tennis Association (Badischer Tennisverband), specialised in fostering talent up to the age of 14 and training technical basics with the aim of turning pro.
More about Oliver Heuft
Oliver was the Youth Coach (age of 6 to 14) of Dominik Koepfer, #1 US College in 2016 and ATP Pro (Career High 50 in 2021).
He is also a Media designer with expert knowledge in video editing, animations, layout and design. Oliver developed digital schoolbooks for tennis associations and helped the DTB to digitize his complete coaches education as the producer of the DTB Online Campus, the official education platform for the german tennis federation (DTB) from 2015 - 2020, with 15,000 coaches.
He integrated the sports broadcasting analysis tool VizLibero into tennis education and runs a visual coaching course inside the B-level-education in the Badischer Tennisverband (BTV).
More about Juergen Mueller
Edgar is a Frequent speaker in coaching workshops throughout the world. ITF, PTR, DTB, ITA, USTA, FMT, TA. He was National Coach in the USA, Germany and Mexico.
More about Edgar Giffenig
He was a Long-time member of the ITF Coaches Commission and has over 30 years coaching players of all ages and level. In 2016 he ranked 55s in the ITF World Ranking. Edgar is fluent in German, English and Spanish. He is the Author of the Book “Play Tennis with Passion” and “Developing High Performance Tennis Players".
Olympic Athletics Coach and Function Training Specialist Silvester Neidhardt is one of the most experienced experts in the field of athletic and functional fitness in Germany. He supported the German Olympic teams in Alpine Skiing (1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer – 2x Gold Medal for Markus Wasmeier), world ranking tennis players such as Stefan Koubek (best ranking in the Woldranking 20) and Rainer Schüttler (best ranking in the Worldranking 5).
More about Silvester Neidhardt
He proves his competence not only as a personal trainer and athletic trainer, but also as a lecturer (PT A license, mental coaching, Functional Training A license) and Functional Training Specialist.
Silvester planned and structured the fitness and gym area of Therme Gaiberg, one of the biggest 4* Spa resorts of Austria on 102,000 qm area. At Perform Better, he supported with his knowledge, expertise and many years of experience as an expert and speaker for FMS and CFT. Silvester is also the book author of "Get Up Now!: Reboot to Your Natural Functionality, Available in german at amazon
Silvester works on a daily basis with all people who need help "re-functioning" their bodies (hence the "re-function" in his name). It is not uncommon that in one day Olympic medalists, junior athletes of various sports, world-class soccer players, truck drivers, mother with her 3 children or constantly sitting managers come in and out of his gym.
Expert Club-Management and Kids Development
Eva is DTB A-certified coach. She has a Diploma in sports science with focus on management. She is Head Coach and Club Manager of the Freiburger Tennis Club. Together with her husband Matthias she is owner of the EMB Tennis school with over 400 students. She is also Head of the tennis programme at the University of Freiburg.
More about Eva Birkle-Belbl
Eva was the Club coach of the year 2019 of the German Tennis Federation (DTB). Under her leadership, the Freiburger Tennis Club membership doubled from 450 to more than 900 members from 2018 to current 2023 und wurde zum größten Tennisclub in Baden.
Eva was also a Workshop Speaker at the ITF World Wide Coaches Conference Sofia 2017 and Belek 2015.
Matthias is DTB A-certified coach, Sports Manager IST, Certified Swiss Tennis Coach and MA Sports Science and Education. He is the Head Coach at the Freiburger Tennis Club (since October 2017) and Owner and founder of EMB-Tennis (Together with his wife Eva).
More about Matthias Birkle
He is Head of University Sports Section Tennis at the Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg. He was Speaker at ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference Antalya 2015. Topic of the lecture: Improvement of the serve through differential training and Speaker at ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference Sofia 2017. Topic of the presentation: Improving the volley through differential training.
Our education goals
ENJOY THE GAME
EMBRACE THE LEARNING PROCESS
CHILDREN NEED TO BECOME MORE MOBILE
SET MODERATE GOALS
INVOLVE ALL TARGET GROUPS
FUN IS THE #1 FACTOR
What other coaches say
What coaches colleagues who are involved in tennis say about TennisGate
I have been integrating TennisGate content into the B coaching program for a long time. The training tips can be instantly understood and are always designed with the needs of top players in mind. The digital TG media is modern and easy to use.
Edgar Giffenig is one of the World’s most experienced coaches of high performance players. He has worked as a high performance national coach with both the USTA and with the German Tennis Federation and during that time had considerable success in developing high level players. Edgar also worked as Technical Director for the Mexican tennis Federation and over the past 10 years he has helped the ITF with our coach education programme and during that time has presented at numerous coaches conferences around the World including the ITF Worldwide Coaches Confererence.
TennisGate is not only very well respected worldwide for the quality its tennis media but also for their experience in coaching education and player development. Every coach actively working with players will love this site.
Edgar Giffenig, Jürgen Mueller and Oliver Heuft have developed many players in their long coaching careers. Among them Dominik Koepfer, who was the number 1 player in college tennis in 2016. Dominik trained at the TennisGate Academy from the age of 6 to 18 before joining Tulane. TennisGate observes and analyses top player and uses this information to design age-appropriate training systems for the next generation of players. Their vast on-court experience working at all levels of the game coupled with their long-time involvement in coaching education makes TennisGate the perfect partner for any coach.
In my capacity as a National Coach and later the Davis Cup Captain, I was fortunate to work very closely with Edgar in his capacity as a USTA Coach from 1990 to 1995. Edgar has a great understanding of the game of tennis and was very good at communicating with the player’s. His high level of energy and enthusiasm that he brought to the teaching court everyday had a very positive effect on the player’s and his fellow coaches as well. Edgar also is a tremendous student of the game, and never stops learning interacting with his fellow coaches in his quest to become the best coach he can be.