I have worked side by side with Stephan de Kock the past 13 years in various aspects of tennis coaching. Firstly, he has proven himself in the development of junior players by coaching with me for 4 years in Cape Town and developing young players from grass roots level to national champions. Thereafter I have spent time with Stephan on the road traveling with top juniors to national and international tournaments and have seen him have great success with he’s players. We also traveled with the under 18 National team to the African Cup, where he’s players were very successful, of which the top boy was Lloyd Harris. During my time with Stephan, he also discovered Raven Klaasen and decided to become Raven’s personal coach at he’s own cost in the beginning, which I felt was a great personal sacrifice and showed he’s commitment, love and passion for tennis. Raven became and is still one of the best doubles players in the world and Stephan has been a huge part of that success. He has since worked with numerous other top players as well, including Aisam Qureshi (Grand Slam Finalist), Eric Butotac (Grand Slam Finalist), Oliver Marach (Grand Slam Winner) and many more. Stephan also has experience with team events, where he assisted Former DAVIS Cup Captain, Earl Granger to DAVIS Cup and was also part of the SA Campaign to the ATP Cup in Australia in January 2020. Stephan also captained the National tennis team to the All Africa Games with great success. Stephan will be a great asset to any team aspiring to have maximum success and the results he’s achieved the past 15 years is proof of that.
Pieter Norval, Tennis director - Norval Tennis Academy & former world #15 doubles player
I’ve interacted with Mr. de Kock over the last couple of years whilst pursuing sponsorship opportunities for my company. During this time, I’ve had the privilege of observing Mr. de Kock in the execution of his duties on the ATP tour. Mr. de Kock is efficient, detail-oriented- and extremely competent. Drawing comparisons to what’s required to excel in a corporate environment (especially in our industry), I observed various traits we would look for when recruiting at an executive level. His organisational and logistical skills are exceptional. Managing the various logistical elements and people daily requires a highly structured and controlled person with a clear presence of mind and a calm demeanour. Add to that the pressure and human elements of professional sport, and you have an exceptionally dynamic and challenging environment to navigate. To observe Mr. de Kock do this with utmost efficiency is always a real pleasure. What impresses me most is his interpersonal effectiveness. How he keeps his players motivated and focused for lengthy spells to perform at their peak is a rare skill and highly revered in any high-performance environment. Mr. de Kock provides guidance and in-depth insight unambiguously and positively, which is highly valued by his team. It’s also evident that he’s well-liked, trusted and respected amongst peers on the ATP tour. In summary, we assessed coach Mr. de Kock and his players as an asset to our brand. For the same reason, I highly recommend him for any position he’s applying for. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at email@example.com or +27730494779 Sincerely,
Jakes Maritz Board Chairman and Co-Founder