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 160 children.

Miloslav Grolmus - a head coach of TC EMPIRE

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He works in the club as a head coach


Born: 01th January 1981 in Piešťany

Trainer education:

  • License B
  • International license: The Robinson Tennis Academy
  • Profesional Tennis Registry

Major tennis achievements:

- Repeateding Slovak champion

- European champion until 14 in the singles and  European champion until 16 in the doubles

- He was placed in the ITF ranking top 20 until 18

- He won Satelit Masters competition in Bulgary ( Sofia ) and he reached his highest ATP ranking ever ( he was ranked 530 )

- He finished his career as a player because of his arm problems, that has lasted a long time

- Then he became a tennis coach    

Major coaching achievements:

- He trained Martin Durdík for 1,5 of year who became a Slovak champion until 18 under his supervision

- A head coach of the Professional tennis centre

- He was a private coach of Filip Horanský for 6 years.When Filip finished the season in 2011 he was ranked eight greatest junior player in the world

- Filip was ranked 500 in the ATP ranking at the end og their cooperation

- Now he is coaching Jozef Kovalík ( a Slovak tennis player ), who qualifield in ATP world ranking from 333 position to the 230 position

- He brought boys under 18 to get silver medals in the Slovak team competition


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 winner

  • 1999 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



Maros Molnar


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Born: Slovakia


  • professional fitness coach
  • graduated at Comenius University at Faculty of Physical Education and Sport in Bratislava in the field of study – Physical education and Biology
  • 1st class coach qualification in Track & Field
  • silva method certificate
  • sport physiotherapy certificate
  • medical Pilates certificate
  • stabilization training with neuro-orthopedic aid propriomed / Bioswing certificate
  • speed development – E.A.C.A.
  • the Redcord education program basic and advance
  • author of conditional program LUXTRAINER for ice hockey
  • cooperated on creating nationwide sport project for youth



Major coaching achievements:


  • long-term experience in cooperation and fitness training of well-known sportsmans from Slovakia

  • he was training with hockey players, including Miroslav Satan and Lubomir Visnovsky or with tennis players Daniela Hantuchova and Dominika Cibulkova

  • he was a fitness coach of more top tennis players as Wickmayer, Petrova or Hercogova
  • now he is cooperating with other hockey players, such as Peter Pohradsky, Martin Stajnoch, footballer Igor Zofcak or with the son of the tennis legend Miloslav Mecir and promising young tennis talent from Slovakia Jozef Kovalik


René Hanák

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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


Kamil Čapkovič

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He works in the club as juniors coach


Born: 02th juny 1986 

Trainer education:

  • License C

Major tennis achievements:

- As player he was ranked 211 ATP ranking

- Repeateding participant of Grand Slam Tennis Competition - Australian Open, Rolland Garros, Wimbledon and US Open

- Repeateding winner of the Challenger championship and Futures

- An extra of the Czech league, German Bundeslige, French, Austrian and Italian league  


Martin Durdík

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He works in the club as private coach of Tamara Kupková and juniors coach


Born: 15th November 1988 

Trainer education:

  • License C

Major tennis achievements:

- Slovak champion until 16 in singles

- Slovak champion until 18 in singles

- Slovak national team member of European team and singles tennis competition

- Repeateding Slovak champion in the youth doubles

- He qualified in the extra league with the TK Kúpele Piešťany team

- The highest position in the world ITF U18 ranking ( he was ranked 222 )

- Slovak representative in the European U18 team competition ( he was ranked 4 )

- A participant of the international men competitions in the category of the Challenger and ITF Futures  


Juraj Jančovič

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Born: 20th February 1979 in Smolenice

Trainer education:

  • License B
  • International license: The Robinson Tennis Academy

Major tennis achievements:

  • Twice Slovak Champion in doubles in youth categories
  • Former player of extra league team TC Empire Trnava
  • Player in German Tennis league - Rochus club Dűsseldorf
  • ITF ranking 213

Major coaching achievements:

  • Coached in 2013 Dalma Galfi / HUN /, ITF ranking U18 122. 
  • Trainer in German club Rochusclub Dusseldorf for 4 years
  • Trainer assistant in the 1.Bundesleague team (Rochus club Dűsseldorf)
  • Trainer in Irmler Tennis Academy for 4 years (Detlev Irmler - former Davis cup and Fed Cup coach of Germany)
  • Captain of the womens team Empire Trnava - Extraliga
  • Junior team captain of TC EMPIRE Trnava at the Slovak Teams Championship: 1st and 2nd place, boys U12 1st place
  • Coach from Viktor Bánczi, coached him to the first place in the slovak rating in the category of boys under 12 and 14 years old in 2012 and to the title of Slovak summer and winter Champion in 2012, Viktor is currently in the TE ranking U14 on the, he played also U12 Nike Juniors final and Orange Bowl in 2012
  • Coach from Timea Pavlickova, coached to the second place in the Slovak rating, to the 2nd place in the Chamionship 2013, currently in TE U14 ranking
  • Coached Pavla Frišová to first place in the Slovak rating in the category of girls U12 years old in 2008
  • Coached David Damian Brna to the second place in the Slovak rating in the category of boys U12 years old in 2011
  • Coached Tamara Kupková to the third place in the Slovak rating in the category of girls under 14 years old and to the second place in the Slovak Championship in 2011
  • Coached Sarah Mária Juráková to the fourth place in the slovak rating in the category of juniors and to the in the Slovak Championship U16 and U18
  • Former coach from Barbara Kotelesova, ITF ranking 220.
  • Trainer of the Slovak boys national team under 12
  • Trainer of the Slovak girls national team under 14


Radovan Jakab

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Born: 31st March 1985 in Prešov

Trainer education:

  • License C



Major tennis achievements:

  • Member of Slovak national team under 14
  • 9th place in European Championship
  • Runner up in Slovak Championship under 12 in singles
  • Slovak Chamionship in youth categories in doubles
  • Participation in European Team Championship
  • Repeatedly champion of Slovak Team Championship


Major coaching achievements:

  • Coach of Alex Molčan until 12 years old and cooperation until 14 years old - at that time TOP 20 in the Europe. 
  • Coach of Prešov team under 12 - 2nd place in Slovak Team Championship


Monika Kupková

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She works with children under 12 years.

Born: 25th January 1972 in Trnava

Trainer education: 

  • License B

Major tennis achievements:

  • Repeatedly Slovak Champion in doubles in youth categories
  • Finalist of the Slovak women hall Championship
  • Member of the Slovak national team


Major coaching achievements:

  • Coached current junior tennis representative Sarah Mária Juráková and  member of the Youth Training Center Petra Široká
  • Currently working with Natália Schwarcová, who gained the third place in the class in 2011
  • Stanislav Valent and Tomáš Lánik under her supervision achieved excellent success in categories of children under 10 and they belong to the best players in their category
  • 3rd and 5th  place in the all-Slovak final of Kid´s Davis  Cup and Fed Cup in the year 2011



Diana Zelenayová

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Works with children under 12 years.

Born: 27th January 1974 in Piešťany

Trainer education: 

  • License C


Major tennis achievements:

  • Repeatedly Champion of the West-Slovak region in youth categories in singles and doubles
  • Repeatedly Slovak Champion in youth categories in doubles
  • Repeatedly Slovak Team Champion in youth categories
  • 3rd place in ČSSR Team Championship
  • Champion of ČSFR Team Championship under 18
  • Slovak Champion in singles and doubles under 18 
  • 3rd place in junior ČSFR Championship in doubles
  • Winner of Slovak national league


Major coaching achievements:

  • Captain of winner girls team under 9 on Slovak final of Kids Fed Cup 2008. 


Pavol Valent

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He works in the club as a conditional trainer.

Born: 30th May 1947 in Dojča

Trainer education: 

  • Faculty of physical education and sport – specialization: conditional  training

Major sporting achievements:

  • Playing in Handball League One  for the club Lokomotíva Trnava for 18 years


Major coaching achievements:

  • Worked as a senior trainer TSM for the handball club Lokomotíva Trnava
  • Worked as an assistant trainer of the representation of judo (Semir Pepic – OG Atlanta)
  • Coached the handball junior team  under 16  to the title of Slovak Champions
  • Responsible for fitness conditioning of the players of TC EMPIRE Trnava for last 6 years


Peter Baláž

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He works in the club as a conditional trainer.

Born: 9th September 1984 in Trnava

Trainer education: 

  • Faculty of physical education and sport of Comenius University in Bratislava - specialization: conditional training



Major sporting achievements:

  • Double Vice Slovak Champion in youth category for football club FC Spartak Trnava


Major coaching achievements:

  • Fitness conditioning trainer for the women’s football team Skloplast Trnava
  • Fitness conditioning trainer of the junior football team Pata


Andrej Horváth

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He works as a club ‘physiotherapist.

Born: 30th May1984 in Trnava


  • 2005 – 2010: Slovak Health University – Faculty of nursing and medical specialised studies. Study program: Physiotherapy, balneology and medical rehabilitation. Studies finished by state exam, Obtained degree Mgr.
  • 2002 – 2005: Secondary Health School in Trnava, specialization: Physiotherapy.
  • 1998 – 2002: Secondary Health School in Trnava, specialization: Nursing.


Additional education: 

  • 2010: Course of the Myosceletal medicine of the Dynamic neuromuscular stabilization according Doctor Kollář
  • 2009: Cinesitherapy through the medium of methodology Spiraldynamic – education level „Intermediate 1 a 2"
  • 2008: Course of the Myosceletal medicine centred on the complex jugular vertebra
  • 2008: Course of the Myosceletal medicine centred on the complex arm therapy
  • 2008: Course of the Myosceletal medicine centred on the therapy of tail bone syndrome and pelvic floor
  • 2007: Cinesitherapy through the medium of methodology Spiraldynamik Basic.
  • 2005 – 2006: Course of the Myosceletal medicine with the method SMSystem. Spin Stabilization and mobilization – education level LECTOR with authorization to lead courses for general public and medical personnel  


Practice in the field: 

  • 2010: Private practice in Trnava
  • 2009: execution of the workspace inspection and development of the presentation and lecture about ergonomics for the company Visteon Interiors Slovakia s.r.o.
  • 2008 – 2010: Eurorehab s.r.o., Bratislava
  • 2006 – 2008: Specialized hospital of orthopedics and prosthetics n.o. , Bratislava
  • 2005 – 2006: Centre of the Prof. Červeňanský, Physiotherapist , Bratislava




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