Experienced Czech coach Rene Hanak (42) joined coaching staff of the international EMPIRE Tennis Academy. After he left Greece, he wants to fully commit himself to competitive tennis. Anna Laguza, one of the best U14 European players, will be also practising with him.
Rene Hanak was recognised as one of the best Czechoslovak junior tennis players in late 80s. He won the national singles and doubles titles in under 14 and 16 categories and he played the singles final of the famous Pardubice Junior Cup. Additionally, he won the doubles there as well. Since 14, he was regularly selected for Czechoslovak national teams.
Born in Havirov, his ATP career best rankings remains No. 349 in singles and No. 243 in doubles. After ending his career, he moved from Prerov to Ostrava. In Moravia, he coached Adam Vejmelka, who is as old as Tomas Berdych and in August 2007, youngster worked his way up the rankings onto No. 247.
After joining Bltc tennis club in Brno and co-operation with Jan Kukal in Slovakia, his commitments to TK Slovan Bratislava and his return to Ostrava, he decided to move abroad. In 2009, Rene Hanak became the chief coach of tennis city club in Heraklion, Greece.
While he was in Greece, he was offered a new contract from Vladimir Platenik to become a new coach of EMPIRE Tennis Academy. "Last October Vladimir Platenik approached me and I liked his ideas. Work in Heraklion did not fulfil me. It took me a while to make changes in my professional career, as I had certain contracts and agreements with the president of the club in Heraklion. He was very kind to release me, because he knew this might be the opportunity to restart my career. He had nothing more to offer me," commented Rene Hanak on first contacts with EMPIRE Tennis Academy for its official website.
"I know Vladimir Platenik from childhood. He is guarantee of quality. He is enthusiastic and determined. Moreover, friends told me lot of positive things about TC EMPIRE club in Trnava, and these attract many good coaches. Tennis club in Trnava is top notch; you will not find many of these in Czech Republic and Slovakia. Coaches are younger, but absolutely fantastic. Also I am glad, I will live closer to my daughter, who lives in Czech Republic," added Rene Hanak, full of optimism. He will be in charge of Ukrainian member of EMPIRE Tennis Academy Anna Laguza and talented Nina Stankovska from Slovakia.
In Trnava after 19 years
Interesting enough, Rene Hanak returns back to Trnava after 19 years. In July 1996 was sparring partner of Slovakian Davis Cup team. Slovakia won the match against Portugal 5-0, with Karol Kucera, Jan Kroslak, led by captain Miloslav Mecir, who was the one to invite Hanak practice with the team. "We played on indoor courts in Trnava’s ice hockey stadium. They invited me because I was useful because I play left handed," revealed his memories Hanak, participant at junior Roland Garros and US Open. In Paris he reached the quarterfinals of doubles together with Pavel Gazda. In his junior times he beat such opponents like Russian Kafelnikov or Italian Gaudenzi. Amongst his most valuable wins amongst men is triumph against German Rainer Schuttler (Australian Open 2003 finalist) in 1st qualifying round of ATP event in Ostrava. One year later, in 1998, he won twice at Umag’s satellite against Radek Stepanek, who was 19 at that time. They often used to play doubles together. He used to play doubles also with a former coach of Berdych, Tomas Krupa, with Karol Kucera, Branislav Galik and Igor Zelenay. Rene Hanak won many doubles titles at satellites.
Rene Hanak considers himself as half Slovakian, his father is from Hostie close to Zlate Moravce, and mother is from Brno, his grandmother lives in Piestany.