Tennis Lessons and Coaching for All Ages

We offer Sydney-wide tennis lessons and coaching for all age groups from pre-schoolers to seniors, in a fun and supportive environment. Coaching is offered in groups (maximum of six), semi-private (two) or private one-on-one lessons.

About Us

Shooting Star Tennis was founded by professional tennis player and coach Ashod Paloulian. Ashod has been playing tennis since he was seven years old and was a professional tennis player in his hometown of Aleppo in Syria.

Ashod is passionate, patient and dedicated and has an excellent rapport with his students. He takes his job very seriously and it is his dream to help children realise their goals and become great tennis players. He is also passionate about giving back to his new community and volunteers part of his working week teaching tennis for free to children from disadvantaged backgrounds.

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What We Offer

Our Services


Want your little one to learn a fun new sport while also developing their gross motor skills? Our preschool classes incorporate basic tennis skills such as learning forehands, backhands, volleys and serves.


Our older children learn the fundamentals of tennis including forehands, backhands, volleys and serves. We also focus on developing technique and mastering gross motor skills.


Want to improve your game or learn how to play in a fun, competitive and supportive environment? Our adult’s tennis classes focus on basic skills such as mastering forehands, backhands, volleys and serves as well as helping develop technique and style.


Our senior tennis coaching classes are a great way to socialise while staying fit and maintaining balance, hand-eye and whole body coordination. You will learn to build on your skills in a fun, supportive and social environment.

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Why Us?

Ashod Paloulian – Professional Tennis Player & Coach


In addition to his experience as a professional tennis player, Ashod has a Tennis Australia Community Coaching certificate, has worked as a volunteer with Tennis Australia, and as a professional coach with Tony Tennis.

He also has insurance, a Working With Children Check (WWCC) and Police Check. He has a genuine love and passion for tennis and loves to help his students reach their goals.


Ashod has a fantastic rapport with children and takes his role as a tennis coach very seriously. He is patient and kind and ensures his lessons are always enjoyable and fun. He is as passionate about coaching tennis as he is about his own professional tennis career. In fact, it is his dream to help children become great tennis players. A father of three himself, Ashod prides himself on teaching all children as if they were his own.

Cultural Competence

Ashod is involved with volunteer work, devoting part of his working week to teaching tennis classes to refugees for free. As a refugee himself, he understands the importance of being active and getting involved with the local community. His refugee programs have three aims: to improve participants’ English; encourage them to get out, have fun and enjoy life; and help them integrate and mix with the local community. Ashod also speaks Arabic, Armenian and English fluently.


Ashod can tailor sessions to suit the individual. He understands that everyone learns in different ways, and at a different pace, so classes can be adapted and adjusted to suit players’ needs, without losing track of the essential skills. Each player is assessed individually based on their skills and experience, and a program is tailored accordingly.

What Our Clients Have To Say

" Ashod is teaching my son who is 10 for last 2 terms now. We have seen a considerable improvement in my son's technique as well as other kids who are being trained by Ashod. We see your commitment, dedication toward sport and more importantly for kids development. We appreciate your effort in instilling good fundamentals which will help all the kids in their future pursuits. "


" It was a great chance for my daughters, Lilyan & Marian to have a coach like you. They love tennis because of your patient and interesting way of coaching. They always remember your tennis lessons and they will be grateful if you give them more. Wish you all the best, now and in the future. "


" My daughters Helen and Mariam love Ashod’s tennis classes, they are always very excited about learning to play tennis because he makes the classes a very fun experience. Ashod is talented, friendly and has a great personality. "


From Our Blog

Media Appearances

From Aleppo to Liverpool

A love of tennis helping to build a new life in Australia

Since arriving in Australia from Syria, Ashod Paloulian has been pursuing his dream of becoming a professional tennis coach, and according to Tennis Australia he has the drive, commitment and skills to make it a reality.

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Bridging Barriers

ONE of the country’s favourite sports is helping to make new refugees feel at home.

Liverpool’s Tony Podesta School of Tennis is offering tennis lessons to people in Fairfield next week as part of a five-week program aiming to help refugees settle into their new communities.

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Refugee tennis coach ‘will never give up’

Fighting for every point, and fighting for a better life for his family.

His journey is all the more remarkable in that just nine months after arriving in Australia, he’s one step away from starting his own tennis coaching business.

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