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Our Tennis Coaching Team

Boroondara Centre Tennis Coaching Team

We are extremely proud of the coaching team we have put together at Boroondara Tennis Centre.  With their knowledge and expertise, we are confident we can cater for players of any age or level of ability.
 

Warren Maher Tennis Coach

Warren currently splits his time between coaching and the overall management of the Centre in his role as Director at the Boroondara Tennis Centre. Warren has been at the helm for 14 years at Boroondara, following a lifelong involvement in tennis as a player, coach, manager and parent at all levels of the game.

Warren played at the highest level of the game, both as a junior representing his country and later on the professional circuit. During his playing career Warren played tournaments all over the world, including all 4 grand slams. He achieved world ATP rankings in the Top 100 for singles and the Top 75 for doubles. Warren's best Grand Slam performance was to reach the final 16 at the Australian Open.

He is currently a member of the Alumni division of the ATP. After playing the circuit, Warren moved into coaching full time. He has since managed his own business at 2 of Victoria's leading clubs, before taking over at the Boroondara Tennis Centre. Warren has also contributed to the direction and officiation of the game at State level, serving as a State Selector, as manager of official teams and as a member of the Tennis Player Development Board. Through his extensive experience and his leading role at Boroondara Tennis Centre,the centre is seen as a model facility of its type,

Warren has also consulted widely in many areas of tennis management and facility planning. These days Warren coaches mostly private lessons at the Centre. His students consist mainly of advanced, performance orientated players, most of who are playing in the higher grades of competition and National and International events.

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Shane Farnell Tennis Coach

Most people who have spent any amount of time at Boroondara Tennis Centre will recognise Shane, having coached and mentored 1000s of players in the 14 years he has been a part of our coaching team, he is our longest serving and one of our most popular coaches.

Shane took up tennis when he was 11 and began his tennis career in the same way most people do with tennis lessons and then working his way up to playing competitions and tournaments, including events here at Boroondara. Shane experienced life on the playing circuit competing in Futures Tournaments both in Australia and throughout Asia.

As a coach at Boroondara, Shane has been involved in every facet of the coaching programs we conduct, from the modified Hot Shots program for 4 and 5 year olds to Adults classes, private lessons, school programs and organising and running our Tennis Academy.

Outside of his role at the Centre Shane has also coached elite level and ATP ranked players. Shane has also played an important part in the ongoing success of our Junior Competitions.   Through his on-court role for both the Friday Junior Competiton and Sunday Morning Round Robin, Shane has helped educate and introduce the game to hundreds of aspiring junior players.

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Craig Tregonning Tennis Coach

Craig is one of our most highly credentialed and accomplished coaches, who joined the Boroondara Tennis Centre in 2006 after many years of playing and coaching, both locally and overseas.

Craig is a former ATP ranked player in singles and doubles, who played tournaments around the world on the professional ATP tour and who has also represented his state and country. As a coach, Craig brings with him a wealth of knowledge drawn from a diverse range of coaching experiences at home and overseas, including at the Kooyong tennis club, the Harry Hopman Tennis Academy in Florida, USA, various tennis academies in Japan and through managing his own tennis school in Germany.

Craig's philosophy as a coach is to maximise the enjoyment and fitness benefits of tennis for all of his clients, while working towards attainable individual goals and achievements. Craig is involved in the full range of coaching programs on offer at Boroondara, including modified Hot Shots program for 4-7 year oldsjunior and adult group coaching, our Tennis Academy, and Private coaching lessons.  Craig is also one of our 3 qualified Cardio Tennis instructors.

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Mike Spruzen Tennis Coach

Qualified Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach since1986. Trained, educated and mentored by world renowned coach Ian Barclay from my junior days.

Club professional at Heatherdale Tennis Club from 1987- 93 and Bairnsdale and Lakes Entrance ( East Gippsland ) 1994 - 2004. Coached beginners to advanced level at all ages. Coached in remote and disadvantaged schools and people with disabilities.

"The most enjoyment comes from engaging with people and assisting their development and love of our great game"

At Boroondara Mike is involved in the full range of coaching programs on offer, including modified Hot Shots program for 4-7 year olds, junior and adult group coaching, and private coaching lessons.  Mike is also one of our 3 qualified Cardio Tennis instructors.

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Rob Phillips Tennis Coach

Level 1 Development coach. Tennis Australia. Advanced ATPCA coach. Managing elite training squads for 5 years. Assistant coach at Box Hill Tennis School for 7 years.

Conducting private lessons, squads, group lessons of all levels for 8 years. Hitting partner for top juniors in Victoria.

Practise partner for Australian Open. ATP World Ranked in singles and doubles. Travelled to Europe playing futures for 3 years. State Grade player for 8 years.

At Boroondara Rob is heavily involved in running our Tennis Academy. 

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Jason Yap Tennis Coach

Jason is a fully qualified tennis coach and personal trainer and has extensive experience in these fields for over 10 years. 

He competed at the state and international level.

Played state grade pennant.

Spent time training at the Australian Institute of Sport and competed on the ITF junior circuit traveling around the globe competing against the world’s best reaching a highest Junior ranking of Top 5 in Australia.

As a recipient of a tennis scholarship from the University of Utah, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science. 

Whilst representing the University of Utah for tennis, he earned a collegiate ranking of top 40 for doubles in the US.

In addition to his tennis coaching, Jason currently runs his own Fitness training company and runs the Boroondara Tennis Academy fitness sessions. 

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Jo Limmer Tennis Coach

Jo Limmer is one of the longest serving and most experienced coaches at the Boroondara Tennis Centre, having coached here for the past 14 years.

Jo currently takes lessons across the entire range of our coaching programs, from Hot Shots for 4-7 years oldsJunior Groups through to Adult groups, the Tennis Academy and private lessons. Jo brings to her coaching a wealth of knowledge drawn from a very broad and diverse range of experiences in her life and career in tennis, including as a player at the highest level of the sport, as a coach and in the retail and business side of the Tennis industry.

Jo achieved great success as a player, most notably by winning the Australian Open Junior Title in 1992. She went on to play the Women's tour, competing in major tournaments around the world including the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon Grand Slams. Despite her career being hampered by injury, Jo still achieved career high rankings in the world's top 150 in singles and top 100 in doubles. Jo also acheived the distinction of the number 1 ranking in the world for junior players. 

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Simon Watson Tennis Coach

Simon Watson has been a key member of the Boroondara Tennis Centre coaching team for the past 9 years. During that time he has built a reputation as one of our most popular coaches. Simon is a qualified Advanced Level coach and is involved in a range of programs at Boroondara including junior and adult group lessons and Private coaching.

Many of our clients will be familiar with Simon from his time as a regular ringmaster during our school holiday clinics. Simon also has a broad background in the wider sports and leisure industry, having completed a Bachelor of Applied Science in Health Promotion and having worked as an administrator and manager.

Simon's coaching philosophy focuses on combining the elements of having fun with maintaining a proper learning environment ; "Tennis can be difficult to learn when compared to many other sports. It is a very technical sport with a great variety of skills, strokes and movements to be mastered. I believe it is important when teaching a new skill in tennis that that particular stroke is "opened up" and placed in a game based learning environment where it can be practiced with an emphasis on fun.

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Jason Gasper Tennis Coach

Jason Gasper is a fully qualified tennis coach with over twenty years experience at various tennis coaching centres, schools and private houses. He enjoys building long standing relationships with his clients and really enjoys seeing them participating and having fun while progressing and improving their game at the same time. He welcomes all challenges that come his way.

Jason is involved in the full range of coaching programs on offer at the Centre, including Hot Shots program for 4-7 year oldsjunior and adult group coaching, our Tennis Academy, and Private coaching lessons.  He is also one of our 3 qualified Cardio Tennis instructors.

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Joel Compagnino Tennis Coach

Joel Compagnino is a qualified Tennis Australia Club Professional coach. He also holds a degree in Sport Management from Deakin University. 

He has over 15 years experience coaching at various tennis clubs, schools and at Tennis Australia.

He is involved in a vast variety of coaching including Hot Shots program for 4-7 year oldsJunior Groups through to Adult groups, the Tennis Academy, private lessonsCardio Tennis tennis and Wheelchair tennis. 

Joel is also a Pennant convenor at his local tennis club and still enjoys playing a high grade of pennant and country tournaments.

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Brenden Sharp Tennis Coach

Brenden has been a fully qualified Tennis Australia coach for over 30 years and has a tremendous amount of international experience due to his 9 years of employment with the International Tennis Federation's Tennis Development department.

Brenden was appointed to the role of National Programs Consultant for Tennis Australia in August 2007 with the task of re-launching the Tennis Hot Shots program which is Tennis Australia’s Official Junior Starter program. Tennis Hot Shots is now seen as the most important initiative in the rejuvenation of tennis in Australia.

In 2010 he headed up Tennis Australia’s initiative to provide an internet based Competition Management system for all regular interclub competition throughout Australia. Competition Planner was launched in early 2011 and has grown to house over 1.5 Million match results and still growing rapidly.

From January 2003 until July 2012 Brenden was a member of the International Tennis Federation’s Intro to Tennis task force and was the global ITN Coordinator for the ITF’s International Tennis Number.

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Andrew Twist Tennis Coach

Andrew Twist has twenty years coaching experience in Australia and overseas. He is a qualified Tennis Australia Club Professional coach and has a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Sport Management.  He has been involved in coaching numerous State Ranked Junior players and was a hitting partner of a former Wimbledon Champion. 

Andrew was a Grade one pennant player for over a decade and has competed in numerous local Futures Tournaments.  He still plays high level VTA Pennant.

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Nathan Lemke Tennis Coach

Nathan Lemke is a Level 1 sporting coach and has been coaching at Boroondara Tennis Centre since 2013.

He has played extensively in Europe, Asia and around Australia.  He is a three time national champion and has represented Australia in the Junior Davis Cup.  During this time he trained at the National Academy and worked with some of Australia’s best coaches. 

Nathan is involved in a variety of levels of coaching at the Centre specialising in Hot Shots (4-7 year olds) and junior classes.

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Byron Manning Tennis Coach

Byron Manning is a graduate level 1 ATPCA tennis coach. He is involved in many areas of coaching such as Hot Shots program for 4-7 year oldsjunior and adult group coaching, Tennis AcademyHoliday camps and private lessons 

Byron competes in both interstate and local tournaments, is captain of a grade 2 pennant team and is a hitting partner for junior tournament player clients seeking match experience and advice. 

Outside of coaching Byron has been involved in managing junior round robin competitions at the Centre, works as a restringer for the Centre’s Head Pro Shop and is completing his Bachelor of Food and Nutrition Science at Deakin University.

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