Indian Recreation Club (IRC)

63 Caroline Hill Road,
Sookunpoo Valley, Hong Kong – MAP

The Indian Recreation Club was established in 1917. IRC is located on Sookunpoo Valley, just opposite the HK stadium and offers various sport facilities including 4 tennis courts, card rooms, gymnasium, badminton courts, lawn bowls green, multi-purpose artificial turf pitch for soccer, hockey and cricket training. It is a hidden gem amongst the bustling city with a huge green expanse that makes it a unique getaway for all sports enthusiasts. It is an ideal location and setting for performance training and the club allow non-members to participate in our tennis programs. We often run special events, matchplay and tournaments throughout the year.

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IRC Programs

Junior
The junior programs cater to performance players - players competing in tournaments on a regular basis.
Junior Private Lessons

Private (1 pax) and semi- private (2-3 pax) sessions conducted daily for players of all levels.Read More >

Group Lessons

A fully-structured and progressive junior development program from blue → red → orange → green → yellow ball that has been tried and tested over the past 20 years.

Please see bellow for our Group Lesson Weekly Schedule.

Junior Camps

Local and International Junior Training Camps in school holiday breaks.Read More >

Junior Competitions

Junior can take part in a variety of competitive events on a regular basis; Club Championships (singles & doubles), Tie-Break Shootouts, In-House League (red/orange/green/yellow), HKTA Junior Team Tennis League and UTR competitions.Read More >

College Tennis

TennisAsia has partnered with Benny Lin (TAKE FROM GTA) to provide a structured platform in which interested players can pursue their college tennis dreams.Read More >

Mentorship Programs

Older juniors are invited to participate in a unique mentorship program in which they are encouraged to nurture the younger players on their journey. Our Junior mentors are provided with a Junior Mentor t-shirt and pullover to identify their positions in the program.Read More >

Adult
We run a variety of adult programs for those who are not members of clubs.Read More >
Adult Private Lessons

Private (1 pax) and semi- private (2-3 pax) sessions conducted daily for players of all levels.Read More >

Adult Clinics

Ladies & Men’s Clinics - Conducted generally in the mornings for ladies and evenings for men (4-6 pax). These clinics are catered more for the novice & intermediate players and focus on the basics of tennis.

Mixed Evening Clinics - Fun social clinics mixing men & ladies, generally focusing on some simple technique and matchplay topics. These clinics also create a nice social atmosphere, and many participants will usually end up dining together at the club after the clinic.Read More >

Cardio Lessons

High intensity sessions for players who want to focus on the workout aspect of the session and do not want to worry about technique. Some participants might not even have any tennis experience.Read More >

League Training

Two hour sessions for the club's men’s & ladies' league teams, which focus on more advanced doubles matchplay & strategies.Read More >

Competitive Junior Programs

Join our exciting Competitive Summer, click here to learn more about our really cool rundown of themed camps as well as singles and doubles events for the kids to test out their skills.
Our Term 1 starts Aug 22nd and finish Dec 16th 2022; to register please email [email protected] or whatsapp +852 9339 1767.
If you are new to TennisAsia – fill out our trial class form.

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IRC Monthly Events

18th to 31st Dec 2021
Christmas Camps 2021
27th Dec 2021
UTR 4 & Below Round Robin Doubles
28th Dec 2021
UTR 4 & Above Round Robin Doubles
29th Dec 2021
UTR Green Ball Round Robin Doubles
24th Dec 2021
Yellow Ball Handicap Tie-break shootout
30th Dec 2021
Yellow Pro Tie-break Doubles Event
31st Dec 2021
Yellow Dev Tie-break Doubles Event
20th Dec 2021
UTR 4 & Below Team Event
21st Dec 2021
UTR 4 & Above Team Event
22nd Dec 2021
UTR Green Ball Team Event
23rd Dec 2021
UTR 4 & Below / UTR 4 & Above Team Event (Finals Only)
1st Jan 2022
New Year's Day
3rd Jan 2022
Start of Term 2
3rd to 5th Feb 2022
Chinese New Year Junior Tennis Camps
5th Apr 2022
Ching Ming Holiday Junior Tennis Camp
8th Apr 2022
End of Term 2
21st Apr 2022
Start of Term 3
2nd May 2022
Labour Day Holiday Junior Tennis Camp
9th May 2022
Vesak Day Holiday Junior Tennis Camp
3rd Jun 2022
3rd June Holiday Junior Tennis Camp
24th Jun 2022
End of Term 3
2nd to 3rd Jul 2022
IRC Wimbledon Doubles Championships
1st Jul 2022
1st July Holiday Junior Tennis Camp
22nd Aug 2022
Start of Term 1
26th Aug 2022
Parent's Forum - Meet the Coaches 7:15-8:15pm
12th Sep 2022
Parent / Child Doubles Tournament 8am - 2pm
1st Oct 2022
1st October Holiday Junior Tennis Camp
16th Dec 2022
End of Term 1
There are no events this month

IRC Coaches

Jason Sankey 8
Jason Sankey

CEO & Program Director

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Jason Sankey

CEO & Program Director

Jason was born in Hong Kong and is a fully qualified teaching professional under the ITF with over 20 years of coaching experience. He has been playing tennis his whole life and has represented HK on an international level since his junior days and still actively competes today. He brings a passionate approach to performance training that has built him a loyal following over the years.

  • ITF Certified Elementary and Development Level Coach
  • ITF Certified Advanced Level Coach
  • Ex HK Junior Davis Cup Captain
  • Ex HK Davis Cup Player, 2006: Indonesia
  • Former #1 HK junior player from U10-U18
  • Former #5 in HK and top 10 in HK for 10 years
  • Founder of OTR Elite and Co-founder of OTR Tennis Asia
Hiren Khemlani 10
Hiren Khemlani

Sports Psychologist & Performance Professional

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Hiren Khemlani

Sports Psychologist & Performance Professional

Hiren Khemlani is a sports and performance psychologist. He specialises in helping athletes regulate their thoughts and emotions to improve performance and wellbeing. He trains athletes in mental skills that correspond to the development of 5 key competencies namely commitment, communication, concentration, emotional control and confidence.

Hiren believes that every individual is unique, and that there is no one-size-fits-all solution to psychological development. He strongly believes that a lot of answers we seek can be found within ourselves. By making every effort to understand the world from their perspective, Hiren is able to ask the right questions to help tennis players reflect and understand what will work best for them. Hiren may introduce specific cognitive behavioural strategies for tennis players to practice outside of sessions so that they are building their own tool-kit they can use to improve tennis performance.

Book a private/semi private Mental Fitness session or
Book a team session ($300/person/hour)

  • Bachelor’s degree in psychology and counselling from HKU
  • Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology from Loughborough University
  • Member of the British Psychology Society (BPS)
  • Ongoing training in cognitive behavioural therapy certified by the BPS
Ilija Vucic 12
Ilija Vucic

Senior Tennis Professional - IRC

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Ilija Vucic

Senior Tennis Professional - IRC

Ilija, a former top 200 ATP player has just come off the ATP professional tour and has decided to make TennisAsia his new home. He has a wealth of knowledge as a former player, and has learnt from some of the best coaches in the world. He has worked with both elite as well as recreational players all over the world and is ready to share his tricks of the trade with TennisAsia juniors and adults.

We are thrilled to have Ilija join our team and we look forward to learning from his experiences and watching as he shares his passion, discipline, motivation and dedication with all of our juniors and adults.

  • STF Certified Advanced Level 2
  • ITF Junior world ranking: 30
  • Number 1 ranked junior in Serbia
  • ATP Ranking: 193 in doubles, 684 in singles
Marko Baralić 14
Marko Baralić

Senior Tennis Professional - Aberdeen

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Marko Baralić

Senior Tennis Professional - Aberdeen

Marko is  an extremely passionate coach with a strong performance background. He was an excellent junior player but found his true passion lies in coaching. He has worked with players of all levels, both juniors and adults and his philosophy illustrates his work ethic and commitment to his students: “It doesn’t matter what level a player is. My job is to take them to the next level and this motivates me every day. Helping a player improve is the reward I look for.”

Marko’s passion and dedication to helping others makes him a perfect fit for his role here and we are very happy to welcome him into our team of professionals.

  • Junior National Team player for Serbia (U14 & U16)
  • Former National Coach (U14 & U16) for Qatar Tennis Federation
  • Former Davis Cup coach for Qatar
  • ATP ranking: singles (1491); doubles (1431)
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Tom Preston

Tennis Fitness Professional

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Tom Preston

Tennis Fitness Professional

Tom began his career in the sports/fitness industry 20 years ago, and has 10 years’ experience working with tennis players at an elite level. He has trained numerous players with top 1000 ATP, ITF and WTA rankings, including two players within the top 100.

Tom adopts an holistic approach to performance training, emphasizing the importance of cultivating both physical and psychological strength in order to compete at the highest level. This involves the development of idiosyncratic training plans focusing on enhancing movement, strength, stability, flexibility, and injury prevention, in addition to resilience and motivation.

In addition to high performance kinesiology, Tom is a specialist in Corrective Exercise, which includes rehabilitation in response to pain, muscular and postural imbalances and chronic injury.

  • UKSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • C.H.E.K Practitioner for Injuries
  • Level 4 Premier Personal Trainer
Taivo Stimmer 18
Taivo Stimmer

Tennis Fitness Professional - IRC

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Taivo Stimmer

Tennis Fitness Professional - IRC

Taivo started doing fitness training for preschool children when he was just 21. Taivo moved on to work with windsurfers, two of whom have now represented Estonia at three summer Olympic Games.

Taivo is training mainly tennis enthusiasts now. He is helping them to reach their full potential in Hong Kong and outside. He believes that by focusing first on students’ basic needs like physical and mental health and body composition, performance related goals are easier to achieve.

  • BSc in Health and Sport Science, Tallinn University
  • Precision Nutrition Certified Nutrition Coach Level 1
  • NASM Weight Loss Specialist
  • NASM Certified Personal Trainer
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