The philosophy of the club TC EMPIRE Trnava is to establish a permanent and top-class team of trainers comprising of renowned trainers. The main priority of the club is to ensure the maintenance of a high-grade training regime under the supervision of well experienced trainers for all age and performance categories from amateur to professional players. Trainers' team consists of five tennis trainers, two fitness conditioning trainers and a physiotherapist. We provide a training regime for more than 200 players.

Vladimir Platenik

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Born: 18.2.1976


  • Slovak tennis association certificate Tennis coach
  • Comenius University diplom tennis coach
  • PTCA President for Slavic countries ( and PTCA certified coach
  • speaks fluently Slovak, Czech, Russian, German, English

Major tennis achievements:

  • 1986 National champion under 10 years in Czechoslovakia

  • 1990 Winkler Cup under 14 years in Nurnberg/ Germany winner

  • 1992 Winner ETA tournaments in Croatia and England

             National champion under 16 years in Czechoslovakia in singles

  • 1993 National champion in doubles juniors and adults Slovakia

  • 1994 ITF junior semifinals in Tokyo, Japan

             ITF junior final in Columbia

             Wimbledon junior quarterfinal in singles and final in doubles

             World No. 9 in juniors

             Junior tennis player of the year in Slovakia

  • 1995 Thailand satellite winner

             Davis cup team member

  • 1996 Turkey satellite doubles winner

             Yugoslavia satellite doubles winner

  • 1998 Future tournament in Croatia singles and doubles winner

             Slovakia satellite doubles winner1. Future tournament in Turkey semifinal in singles and final in doubles

                    Challenger in Skopje, Macedonia quarterfinal in singles

                    Future tournament in Greece and Hungary doubles winner

                    Two semifinals in doubles Challenger in India

  • Best singles ranking : 378 ATP (1995)

  • Best doubles ranking 194 ATP (1999)

Major coaching achievements:

  • 2000/2001 tennis coach of Ludmila Cervanova/Slovakia, during their cooperation from nr. 130 WTA to nr. 76 WTA 

  • 2001/2002 tennis coach of Henrieta Nagyova/Slovakia, during our cooperation from nr. 29 WTA to  nr. 21 WTA

  • 2006 tennis coach of Ivo Klec/Slovakia, during our cooperation from nr. 258 ATP to nr. 178 ATP

  • 2007/2009 tennis coach of Dominika Cibulkova/Slovakia, during our cooperation from nr. 158 WTA to nr. 12 WTA

  • 2010 tennis coach of Nadia Petrova/Russia, during our cooperation from nr. 29 WTA to nr. 13 WTA

  • 2011 Yanina Wickmayer/ Belgium,  3 months cooperation, highlights: semifinals Indian Wells and improved ranking from 26 WTA to 18 WTA.

  • 2011 Ksenia Pervak/ Russia, during our cooperation from 98 WTA to 37 WTA, highlights: won Tashkent, finals Baku, semifinals Bad Gastein, fourth round Wimbledon.

  • 2012 Polona Hercog/ Slovenia , 36 WTA, highlights: semifinals Charleston, won Bastad.

  • 2013 Yanina Wickmayer, 19 WTA, highlights : finals Auckland

  • 2013 Ajla Tomljanovic , during our cooperation from 162 WTA to 73 WTA

  • 2014 Patricia Mayr Achleitner, during our cooperation from 98 WTA to 71 WTA

 René Hanák

Rene Hanak

Born: 4.5.1973


  • certified coach of Czech Tennis Federation
  • speaks fluently English, Russian and Greek 


Major coaching achievements: 

  • 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
  • joined Bltc tennis club in Brno
  • co-operation with famous coach Jan Kukal in Slovakia
  • he was coaching in TK Slovan Bratislava club
  • after his return to Ostrava, he decided to move abroad
  • in 2009, he became the chief coach of tennis city club in Heraklion, Greece
  • in 2015, he became the coach in the EMPIRE Tennis Academy situated in Trnava 


Major player's achievements:

  • he was recognised as one of the best Czechoslovak junior tennis players in late 80s
  • won the national singles and doubles titles in under 14 and 16 categories
  • played the singles final of the famous Pardubice Junior Cup and won the doubles title there
  • since 14, he was regularly selected for Czechoslovak national teams
  • 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
  • ATP career-high No. 349 in singles and No. 243 in doubles
  • in July 1996, he was sparring partner of Slovakian Davis Cup team when 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
  • his most valuable wins amongst men is triumph against German Rainer Schuttler (Australian Open 2003 finalist) in the 1st qualifying round of ATP event in Ostrava (1997)
  • in 1998, he won twice in the final of 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
  • won many doubles titles at satellites






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