MARTIN MISA - ITS DIRECTOR OF COACHING
Martin is one of Asia’s most experienced and highly-qualified instructors of tennis certified by International Tennis Federation and Asian Tennis Federations. For the past 25 years he has coached players who competed at the highest levels of Davis and Fed Cups, South East and Asian Games competition.
Martin served as a Davis Cup Captain (non-playing) for the Philippine team which included world-class ATP players Cecil Mamiit, Eric Taino and Subic's Patrick John Tierro that competed in Group One of the Asian Zone. The team also won multiple Gold Medals in the last decade of the Southeast Asian and Asian Games.
Martin also helped his younger brother Michael to numerous singles and doubles national open championship titles. (Michael is now a successful shipping executive).
Martin has a degree in Architecture from the University of Santo Tomas in Manila. Together with his father, Manuel, his sisters (Jojie MD; Chinky in Finance; and Espie CPA), and brother, Martin also helps manage their successful family businesses in the export and shipping industries.
Like his father, who served as Philippine Tennis Association president and vice president, Martin’s years of service and contribution as a national coach, and as captain of the Davis and Fed Cup teams, have all been under “volunteer work”.
Seeds of excellence
Most notable besides helping coach talented children, Martin and his family has provided financial sponsorships including training needs, equipment, airline tickets, etc., to deserving underprivileged juniors several of whom, because of excellence in tennis and academics, have earned university degrees in the Philippines and the United States as scholar-athletes.
These accomplishments result in an unquantifiable but real return of investment for the local economy contributing to a strong, educated, responsible citizens at minimal cost to the government.
Fun is heart and hardwork, research and routine!
Martin’s playing and coaching acumen was honed under the Willie Hernandez Tennis Academy, Asia’s first tennis academy in the late 70’s. The late WHTA founder, Willie Hernandez Jr., was responsible for producing world-class players including Grand Slam participant Beeyong Sison (1981 French Open Men's Doubles Quarter-finalist); Percfecto Alina (US NJCAA Singles Champion 1975); Aureo Cambel (Cincinatti U.); Manuel Tolentino (World Junior No.1 in 1985 by ITF and European Tennis Assn); Felix Barrientos (Junior Wimbledon Singles semi-finalist); Roland So (Philippine No.1 and Davis Cup star, LSU), and Michael Misa (RP No.1 and Davis Cup player).
Martin was one of the first participants of the ITF Junior Tour during its inception in the early 80’s. Through Willie’s early coaching guidance, Martin’s own coaching philosophy was developed by instilling to his students the mixture of fun, heart and hard-work, research and routine. In 1996, Martin helped establish the International Tennis School (ITS System) in the Philippines.
Skills in organization and management
Through the ITS mission, Martin and Sison helped organize championship events in the country including establishing the Team – Tennis Interclub Leagues in 1998 initially sponsored by Adidas, now an important component of national events; the 2003 Microsoft CEO Tennis, a corporate event graced by 1987 Wimbledon Champion Pat Cash of Australia; National Open Championships in Subic Bay, the PCA Open; and the ITF/ATF Junior events and coaching seminars.
Martin is very much involved in organizing special events and providing a bridge from corporate funding as sponsorships to events and deserving athletes - valuable relationships all cultivated through his years as a coach, his friendship, and his loyalty to his local community derived from the values learned from tennis.
Top-notch coaching and mentorship
Martin’s MARTIN MISA TENNIS ACADEMY is based in Subic Bay Freeport Zone where he teaches tennis privately at the Subic Bay International Tennis and Sports Center, a facility where he helped design and manage.
Due to the center's location amid a natural environment, the center is a favorite venue of coaching seminars for the ITF and ATF governing bodies in cooperation with the Philippine Tennis Association.
Martin also provides tennis classes for local private and public schools' P.E. programs including the Brent International School of Subic where his wife Myra Misa teaches.
Martin is currently a mentor to Asia’s rising 15 year-old junior player Jurence Mendoza in Subic whose recent results included a runner-up finish at PCA Open (Men) in Manila with upset wins over the country’s top players. Martin adheres to the ITS System philosophy, a proven method of teaching tennis addressing students' overall development.