Archive | December, 2013

Paul Arber. RIP

12 Dec

¬† ¬†Aussie tennis coach Paul Arber’s body was pulled from the Waikato river in Hamilton, New Zealand this morning.

There’s a lot of heavy hearts in the tennis community today. Paul Arber (Arbs) is / was /and always will be a ROCK. Solid, dependable, unmovable, reliable. As a junior he would stubbornly stick to his guns, no matter what Richo or I would try to get him to change.

He had the capacity to always do it “his way” – but to always get the job done. Arbs was determined to succeed, driven, he was a great scrapper on court. Knew how to construct points, knew the value of smart choices. Knew the value of looking after himself.

Paul was a valued member of my coaching team at Australian Open Tennis and such an asset to the Academy and State programs.
I used to enjoy looking over at Paul’s court and without fail he was playing “ammunition” or some other form of points with the kids – despite the briefing at the coaches meeting to stick to the theme… consequently the kids loved him. We all did.

They’ll be playing “ammo” upstairs now.

Rest In Peace Arbs.

JP