Meet the Team
For almost 30 years he
has enjoyed his career in tennis which has taken him to France, Italy,
Malaysia, Colombia and for the last decade the UAE.
After becoming the youngest County Development
and Coaching Officer in the UK at the tender age of 19, he developed a
number of clubs in his home county of Cheshire before starting to travel
In the UAE he was
Director of Tennis for one of the largest tennis academies in the world
which saw him become heavily involved with the Dubai Duty Free Tennis
Championships as on and off court supervisor along with a total of 9
years training and managing the stringing team!
He has worked with all
levels of players from beginner 3 year olds to current touring ATP
Professionals and is also equipment consultant to several pro players.
Paul is the UAE National Coach for the Special
Olympic Tennis Team and is considered the catalyst for raising awareness
for working with players of determination after establishing multiple
initiatives to encourage coaches and teenagers to work more within the
field of Special Needs Tennis Development.
A former County Champion Player, Paul is
possibly one of the most diversely experienced tennis professionals in
Justin is a UKCC2 LTA
Accredited coach currently based at North Cheshire Tennis Club, Wallasey
Manor Tennis Club and Tarvin Tennis Club.
He has been a qualified coach now for over 11
focusing on providing voluntary coaching in his spare time, he has
delivered coaching at a variety of Clubs in England and Wales.
Justin organised and
delivered free tennis coaching to underprivileged school children on the
small island of Koh Mak, Thailand, funding not only the travel but also
providing tennis equipment for the children.
Justin took a career
break in 2017 to coach professionally in the UAE for one of the largest
tennis academies in the world. During his time there he became a top
ten performer despite starting his practice from scratch.
Justin focuses on Club
level group and individual coaching, in particular beginners. He loves
bringing people into the game and more importantly keeping them in the
Sharing the courts with current ATP/WTA players
and being around professional teams including Roger Federer, Andy Murray
and Caroline Wozniacki, Stephen has gained a wealth of knowledge on and
off the court. Having played around Europe as a Junior, Stephen holds 13
years of coaching experience and is passionate in developing players
from Beginner level up to Professional.
Stephen is a certified LTA Level 4 coach and has
previously worked as Head Coach at Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium.
He is one of just two Master Racquet Technicians
in the UAE and has worked as Head of Stringing for the Professionals at
the annual Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships tournament. Stephen
leads the Al Habtoor Tennis Academy programmes as Head Coach at the Al
Habtoor Polo Resort.
Aidan is an LTA
Licenced UKCC4 coach. He currently works with 1st Advantage coaching
and consults for strung2tight providing supervisory support for our
Aidan currently provides group and individual
coaching, as well as cardio tennis sessions at:
Glan Aber Tennis Club,
Tarporley Tennis Club, West Cheshire
Aidan has also coached
in Thailand heading a two week charity tennis camp for underprivileged
children on the small island of Koh Mak.
Arriving in the UAE
immediately after receiving her degree in Marketting and Business
Management, Alicia, spoke almost no English whatsoever.
As with everything she does, Alicia immersed
herself into learning not only English but also added several other
languages to her
Fluent in Spanish and English with a strong
knowledge of Arabic, Portuguese and Italian, Alicia has spent the last
decade as VIP Guest Ambassador at the tallest building in the world,
Alicia initially took up photography and video
editing, like most of us, with her phone however she managed to find
herself sucked into the system as she directed and edited all podcasts
and media outlets for the boys!