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June 2016

Victorian Tennis Awards                                                  

Congratulations AJ Muscillo on being awarded Victoria's top Coaching Award for 2016, Victorian Club Coach of the Year.  

This was a great honour and credit to AJ's dedication to the sport and coaching program right across the board - from Hot Shot juniors, to competition and tournament players, to high performance, and to cardio adult and social players.

MUSTA was also a finalist in the Most Outstanding Tournament category, a remarkable achievement for their debut Tournament - the Ferntree Gully Kia MUSTA Silver AMT 2015.  This made MUSTA the best Metropolitan Tournament Host in Victoria for 2015-2016!

Awards were presented by Olympic Gold Medallist Cathy Freeman.

November 2015

Australian Tennis Awards - Newcombe Medal

Congratulations to AJ Muscillo and MUSTA on being awarded Australia's best Junior Hot Shots Coach for 2015 at Tennis Australia's Newcombe Medal on the 23rd November.  A remarkable achievement to win a national award of this stature and to be recognised as the best in Australia!
It was also an outstanding effort to be Runner Up for Australian Club Coach of the year!
To view AJ receiving the Award from Alicia Molik and Patrick Rafter, and his live on-air interview, click on below links:

AJ receiving Award from Alicia Molik & Patrick Rafter

AJ's Live on air interview - Newcombe Medal



MUSTA & Rowville Secondary College Sports Academy join forces in 2017 to offer Tennis Curriculum!

MUSTA is very proud to announce that it has formed a long term partnership with Rowville Sports Academy to run a comprehensive High Performance Tennis Academy in line with the Rowville Secondary College curriculum.  

Players will be able to participate in 8 periods of squad training weekly and 2 periods of supervised gym sessions.

This is a very exciting program that will commence January 2017 and will include state of the art coaching and facilities.

To register your interest please contact Meg at or on 9755 4651.

November 2015

Australian Tennis Awards - Newcombe Medal FINALIST

Congratulations MUSTA!!!

Finalist for 2 prestigious awards at the Newcombe Medal
- 2015 Australian Coach of the Year for Coaching Excellence Club and 
- 2015 Australian Coach of the Year for Coaching Excellence Hot Shots. 

We hope our passion, dedication and knowledge, not just in this past year but as always, continues to provide an environment and culture that our families can enjoy at MUSTA and EPTC.

Winners will be announced at the black tie event at Crown Palladium on November 23rd.

Good luck MUSTA!!!

View nomination video -

September 2015

Muscillo Tennis Academy Hosts
2015 Ferntree Gully KIA MUSTA Silver AMT

September 2015 was an exciting time for Muscillo Tennis Academy (MUSTA) and Eildon Park Tennis Club with the hosting of their first ever AMT (Australian Money Tournament). The 2015 Ferntree Gully KIA MUSTA Silver AMT ran from September 19th to September 22nd and attracted some of the most elite Australian Ranked tennis players in both the men’s and woman’s game, with lucrative Australian Ranking Points and $5000 Prize Money up for grabs.

Tournament Director and Head Coach of MUSTA, AJ Muscillo, meticulously planned out every detail of the event to ensure the venue was ready to host all the players. Throughout the event Hills Physiotherapy were onsite for any player’s needs or injuries, which contributed to it being one of the players most liked events in Australia. Upon registration all players received a welcome pack and within this welcome pack they received a T-shirt and a bag of tennis and sporting gifts from the sponsors. A number of local businesses helped support this event with their sponsorship, they include, Ferntree Gully Kia as a major sponsor, Coffee Club Stud Park, Hills Physiotherapy, Isowhey Sports, Pro Direct, Tension 24, Australian Tennis Magazine, Bakers Delight Stud Park and Coles Stud Park.

The tournament was run over 4 days with the first day being for qualifying into the Main Draw for Singles. There were some hard fought matches along the way but eventual winners for the event were: Men’s Singles – Daniel Byrnes def Daniel Nolan 6-4, 6-1 and Woman’s Singles – (EPTC own) Alana Parnaby def Jessica Zaviacic 6-3, 6-3. Men’s Doubles was won by Jeremy Beale & Pierce Gilheany. Woman’s Doubles was won by Jessie Mount & Gabriela Sprague.

Overall the tournament provided AJ Muscillo and Eildon Park Tennis Club the opportunity to showcase hosting a Silver AMT for Eastern Victoria. Player and parent feedback from the event has been remarkable. From the organisation of the event to the player welcome packs, many players have told of their desire to return and Tennis Australia have granted AJ and Eildon Park the opportunity of hosting the event again in September 2016, along with 5 other tournaments including a Junior Events in April, June, July and September, all events can be found on our  Tournament page or at

Photos: AJ Muscillo with Winner Alana Parnaby and Runner Up Jessica Zaviacic & Winner Daniel Byrnes and Runner Up Daniel Nolan.

June 2015

Certificate and Trophy Rewards - MUSTA's latest initiative

We are very excited to announce MUSTA's new initiative for all our Hot Shot and Junior Group lesson students.  We really want to recognise the great effort that everyone is making and the best way to keep on imporiving is by coaching and practice.  To reward all our students for their efforts we are introducing new ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATES at the end of every Term.

For all our students who have been enrolled for 4 terms or more they will all be receiving a TROPHY to recognise their ongoing improvement.  When students then attend for a further 4 terms (8 in total) they will be receiving another trophy and so on for 12 terms & 16 terms, with each trophy getting distinctively bigger!

We hope all our students enjoy this system and get great satisfaction and confidence from being involved in a regularly rewarding and progressive program.

We also hope students continue to enjoy our Red Rooster & Boost Juice acheivement awards for Players of the Day!

April 2015

AJ Muscillo achieves No. 4 World Ranking &
No. 1 Australian Ranking!! 

Congratulations AJ Muscillo on achieving a career high World Ranking of No. 4 and also becoming No. 1 in Australia for players aged 35-40 years!!

AJ was also selected to represent Australia in the World Team Championships in Turkey in March, where he had some strong performances against many former top 100 ATP Tour players.

AJ said that it was an amazing experience and he took away valuable knowledge to pass onto his budding champs! 

November 2014

AJ Muscillo - TCA Victorian Coach of the Year!!

Congratulations AJ Muscillo on winning the 2014 TCA Victorian Club Coach of the Year. 

By winning the award AJ has been recognised for excelling in all fields of coaching including Hot Shots, Junior Tennis, Adult Cardio Tennis, High Performance Tennis Training for Elite Juniors and his involvement at local Primary Schools.  He has also been recognised for the contribution he makes to the promotion of all Tennis Victoria Programs as well as assisting Eildon Park Tennis Club with its growth.  AJ has regularly attended Tennis Victoria/Australia Camps with his selected students to further develop and expand his tennis knowledge.  He has a number of Junior and Post Junior players who have continued to improve their rankings and achieved consistent results at a state and national level contributing to this award.

AJ was presented with his coveted award at a ceremony held at Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club on 23rd November.

November 2014

Michael Mattschoss nominated for TCAV Rookie Coach of the Year

Junior Development Coach, Michael Mattschoss, was nominated for TCA Victorian Rookie Coach of the Year 25 and Under.  His nomination was based on his involvement in all lesson types and he has played a lead role in Hot Shots at the club and schools, Cardio Tennis, Squad and Fitness Training and is now a Qualified Certificate 3 and 4 fitness trainer.  Michael is planning to do his Club Professional Coaching Qualification next year and if accepted will be one of the youngest in the country to achieve this status. 

These awards are a demonstration of the high quality training programs that Muscillo Tennis Academy consistently deliver to their students.

Well done Michael!

October 2014

Australian Open Wildcard Victorian Winners

Congratulations to AJ Muscillo and Nessa Pratt (coached by AJ) who won the Victorian Sector in the Australian Open 2015 Mixed Doubles Wildcard Playoff!

AJ and Nessa will compete in the National Final Playoff on December 21st for their chance to play in the Australian Open Main Draw 2015.  The winner will receive full Grand Slam treatment including tournament accrediation and full access to player services, as well as $5000 towards their selected club.

What a fantastic opportunity for a great doubles pair - we will be cheering you both on!!

See AJ & Nessa in the Media

May 2014

Victorian Tennis Awards

Congratulations to AJ Muscillo - announced as a finalist in the 2014 Victorian Tennis Awards for Coaching Excellence. 

April 2014

Latest Junior Tournament Results

  Congratulations to MUSTA player and Coach Nathan Ponton who recently made the Quarter Finals of a Group 4 Junior International Event held at Melbourne Park.  This result has given Nathan his International World Ranking and will hopefully lead to him participating in this years US Open Junior Grand Slam.

Congratulations to MUSTA player Cassidy Denny, Grand finalist in the Frankston Junior National Points Tournament.  Cassidy has only been participating in these national level events for a short period of time so it was a fantastic effort for her to defeat so many highly seeded players along the way.  She also won the doubles event in her age group.

January 2014

MUSTA Cardio Program showcases on Margaret Court Arena during the Australian Open 2014!!

Congratulations to the MUSTA Cardio Tennis Program and all participants who were selected to showcase their skills on Margaret Court Arena during the Australian Open on Saturday 18th January.  

MUSTA's Cardio program was recognised as one of the high performing adult cardio tennis facilities in the country which won them the opportunity to conduct a cardio tennis session in front of a strong crowd of 5,000 spectators and also to millions of viewers on Channel 7.

The whole team involved had an experience of a lifetime.  AJ said "It was great to be recognised for our Cardio program but more importantly it shows the benefits our Cardio participants receive, not just physically, but also socially".

Sina Palermo also received another exciting opportunity when she was selected to toss the coin for the women's match between Dominka Cibulkova (Finalist) against Carla Suarez Navarro.

MUSTA has just released some new cardio sessions times for 2014 with morning sessions now also available.  Sign up for your FREE cardio trial with MUSTA today and you too could be appearing on a Showcourt at next years Australian Open!



Participants: AJ Muscillo (Coach), Brad McMillan (Coach), Robyn Cameron, Stuart Draffin, Stephen King, Sina Palermo, Fiona Schwass, Leanne Siwes, John Tomic & Michael Tomlinson.

6 November 2013

MUSTA & Eildon Park TC host the AO Blitz

MUSTA and Eildon Park Tennis Club were lucky enough to host the AO Blitz which is on its Australia-wide road trip in the lead up to the January Grand Slam.  With an exciting array of tennis-related activities including "Speed Serve" and plenty of prize giveaways it was definitely a huge success!  

On top of all this activity, MUSTA coaches ran a fun cardio tennis session for all the adults who wanted to test out a fun way to get back in shape.  MUSTA coaches were also on hand for all those budding Grand Slam champions keen to have a hit with the MLC Hot Shots program to get that love of tennis started.

The Australian Open trophies also made an appearance for anyone who wanted to get up close and have a photo holding the trophy.

The AO Blitz is a free community participation day aimed to promote tennis and the Australian Open in a fun, festival atmosphere and giving towns all over the country a chance to win a main draw player to represent them in January, as well as some other prizes such as a Kia Sportage and $10,000 ANZ account.


June/July 2013  

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Opportunity of a Lifetime!

Wimbledon & Paris Tennis Training Trip

AJ, Nessa Pratt & Michael Mattschoss recently travelled to Wimbledon and France for an intense training block.  They attended the prestigious Mouratoglou Tennis Academy in France (training ground for Serena Williams and other pros) for a week where they were put through their paces with other international players.  

AJ said it gave the students a chance to practice on real clay courts, "It really helped the players to develop spin as a strength and taught them how to structure points".  He also said that it was an eye-opening experience for the students to practice amongst international professional players and to live in the shoes of a pro for a small period.

Nessa and Michael were also fortunate to experience a day on Centre Court at Wimbledon thanks to a kind professional player AJ had previously worked with. They saw both World Number Ones play (Serena & Novak) as well as Stosur and Tomic!  They also had the opportunity to experience Centre Court at Roland Garros, hit against the Pros and meet top 50 players such as Victor Hanescu and Jeremy Chardy.

AJ is planning to take other players on similar tours again in the future for them to gain futher exposure and to train on the real clay courts of Europe and to test their abilities against other world-renowned academy players!
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