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
Director of Tennis, Boroondara Tennis Centre.

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.

Warren Maher Tennis Coach
Director of Tennis, Boroondara Tennis Centre.

Rob Phillips

Rob Phillips

Tennis Academy Head Coach / Holiday Camps Coordinator

Level 2 Club Professional Tennis Australia coach. Advanced ATPCA coach. Managing elite training squads for 5 years. Conducting private lessons, squads, group lessons of all levels for 8 years. Hitting partner for top juniors in Victoria and is currently coaching World Ranked Players.

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 runs our Tennis Academy and School Holiday Camp programs.

Jarryd Maher

Tennis Coach

Former ATP ranked singles and doubles player. Currently coaching a number of past and present WTA/ATP players at
tour events, including the Grand Slams. Has worked for Tennis Australia’s High Performance; Diploma in Fitness;
Bachelor of Psychological Science.

Joel Compagnino

Tennis Coach – Senior Coach / Adult Competitions’ Co-ordinator

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 of 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-olds, Junior Groups through to Adult groups, the Tennis Academy, private lessons, Cardio 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.

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 inter-club 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.

Craig Tregonning

Tennis Coach – Senior Development Coach / Cardio Tennis

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 olds, junior and adult group coaching, our Tennis Academy, and Private coaching lessons. Craig is also one of our 3 qualified Cardio Tennis instructors.


Jimmy Kavadas

Tennis Coach

Jimmy opened and started the coaching program at the National Tennis Centre (Melbourne Park) in conjunction with Peter McNamara.
He was the Senior Coach at Ladies Recreational Club (Hong Kong) / Hong Kong Park View Club / Dynasty Club (Hong Kong) from August 1996 to March 1999.
He was the Head Tennis Professional at Hong Kong Jockey Club for five years (March 1999 to April 2004)
He is the Owner and Director of SONTA International specializing in tennis coaches of all ages and levels across school, group & individual programs. Advanced junior coaching of elite players.
Developing pathways for elite players into the US College system.
Jim enjoys seeing both children and adults reach their full potential as tennis players and sharing his love of the game of tennis with his clients. After 25+ years of coaching in Hong Kong and across Asia, Jim has now returned to Australia to continue his love of coaching & developing his Logoaball machine.

Simon Watson

Tennis Coach

Simon Watson has been a key member of the Boroondara Tennis Centre coaching team for the past 21 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 practised with an emphasis on fun.

Simon has had extensive coaching experience both in Australia and overseas including working at high profile facilities such as Sanchez-Casal, Bob Brett and Bollettieri Tennis Academies. He was also the head coach at CircoloTens Certosa in Italy and has worked with ATP and ITF ranked players.

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