LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach
I am a former professional tennis player and have been fortunate enough to compete all over the world in both Junior and Senior Tournaments. In 1999 at the age of 18 I reached the last 16 of Junior Wimbledon by beating Andy Roddick 7-6 7-6
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In 2002 I retired from competing professionally and became involved in the coaching side of tennis. I am still, and will always be, hugely passionate about the game.
I now live on the North Cornish coast with my wife and stepdaughter, a crazy springer spaniel who love walks along the beach (with a tennis ball or two!) and two cats. As a family we all love to play tennis together rain or shine.
This is my tennis journey
I started playing tennis at the age of 9 in the street with friends and immediately fell in love with the sport. I played in the garden with my Gran with an Aga toaster and a frying pan! This lead, to playing at my local tennis club and less that a year later I played in my first ever tournament and surprised everyone by reaching the final!
Two years later at the age of 12 I was invited to be part of the Rover LTA School player performance pathway and predominantly moved away from Cornwall to train at the Rover LTA Tennis School at Bisham Abbey and Sutton Tennis Academy. From the age of 13-18 I travelled the world representing Great Britain on the ITF World Tennis Junior Tour.
I lived, breathed, ate, and slept tennis – although they did insist on some schooling, and had some amazing experiences, made lifelong friendships, and saw the world.
The hard work paid off, and two years later in 1995 I was selected as a member of the Great British Team who completed at the European Junior Team Championships in Barcelona – which we won. We then went on to represent Great Britain in the ITF World Tennis Junior Championship in Japan which we also won.
1995 was a good year – I also was runner up in the LTA U14 Boys National Championships in both doubles and singles.
Being based at the LTA Tennis School meant I had the opportunity to play with household names on the ATP Tour was a hitting partner to Tim Henman and Mikhail Youzhny.
I continued to compete on the ITF World Junior Tour, spending most Christmas’s away from home competing in Miami, and in 1998 at the age of 17 I played doubles at Junior Wimbledon.
A year later in 1999 I won the LTA U18 National Championship, which gave me the opportunity to pay both doubles and singles at Junior Wimbledon, which was both daunting but incredibly exciting.
Wimbledon is a very special place to play tennis and it is a privilege I will never forget. The results were ok too! I was hopeful in the doubles as I had competed there the previous year, and to my delight we reached the last 16.
The singles were more tricky, my draw was not the greatest, and the British weather was against me with rain stopping play. Eventually I got the call to Court 15 to play against Andy Roddick. If I won this match I would reach the last 16 in the singles too, but the odds were stacked against me, even my coach was nowhere to be seen.
The next few hours were incredible – some of the best tennis I have ever played. I beat Andy 7-6 7-6 to reach the last 16. It was an epic match – especially with my Dad shouting from the player’s box!
The press conference after was quite surreal and I had offers of places at American Universities coming out of my ears. However, I wanted to play tennis so quietly turned them down and a few days after Wimbledon got on a plane to Hungary and reality.
I continued to play for the rest of the year on the Men’s ITF Futures Tour and the following year I fully joined the Men’s ATP and ITF Tours, which I played until I retired in 2002. The decision was made after a 17 hour flight to the Philippines to compete, that the time had arrived to travel less and come back home to Cornwall.
I did depart briefly again, as I was asked to coach a promising junior player and travel with them on the ITF Junior Tour, which I did – spending quite some time in Thailand and the Far East, then I accompanied some home-grown talent on the UK Junior circuit.
However, the pull to come back to Cornwall was still there, which is where I have been predominantly based ever since, coaching, and sharing my love of tennis.
I now could not be happier. I coach players aged from 2- 90+, of all abilities – beginners and recreational players and as a County Coach, our very best County and National Players.
I also play tennis with my family whenever we can. During the recent court closures, we resorted to playing in the garden, against the side of the house, in the lane, and over the adjacent field using the hedge as a net. Luckily, we had racquets, so no frying pans were needed, and our dog Monty as ball boy. We had wonderful fun, lots of laughter and great memories which, for me is what tennis will always be about.
- 1995: LTA U14 Boys National Championship – Runner up
- 1995: ITF European Junior Team Champions
- 1995: ITF World Tennis Junior Champions
- 1998: Junior Wimbledon – Doubles
- 1999: LTA U18 National Champions
- 1999: Junior Wimbledon – Doubles – Last 16
- 1999: Junior Wimbledon – Singles – Last 16
- ATP Ranking
- Doubles 1250
- ITF Junior Rankings
- Singles 317
- Doubles 138
- Represented Great Britain internationally 1994 -1999 ITF World Junior Tour
- Represented Great Britain internationally 1998 -2002 Futures, ATP and ITF World Tours
- Cornwall County Champion – Junior and Senior Champion in both Single and Doubles on numerous occasions
- Hitting partner to Tim Henman and Mikhail Youzhny
- Played against Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt. Mardy Fish, Olivier Rochus, Guillermo Coria, David Nalbandian