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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Tennis Coach – Senior Development Coach / Hot Shots and Cardio Tennis
Qualified Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach since 1986. 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.
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.
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 travelling 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.
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.
Former WTA singles and doubles ranked player
Winner of several ITF Pro events
Qualifications & Coaching History:
Worked in the National Academy with Tennis Australia for the past 5 years coaching the 15-18 girls program
Coached 2 Australian Juniors both Top 50 ITF World ranked
During the 5 years spent time also in the Professional Performance program with a variety of athletes
Coached a 12 under National Champion and 18/u National Champion
Travelled on numerous junior overseas and National tours including Pro tours and Grand Slams
The current coach of Jaimee Fourlis WTA ranked 250
My main passion is turning up every day and making sure that whoever is standing in front of me, lies an opportunity to create an environment that challenges and brings out the best version of that individual or group of athletes.
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.
Clinton is a Level 1 junior coach and has been coaching for the past 15 years. He thoroughly enjoys coaching at all levels and likes to find something he has in common with all of his clients. His coaching aim is that after every lesson, his clients will leave the court with a sense of accomplishment and feel they have enhanced their tennis ability. Clinton has been involved in all areas of coaching, and his coaching philosophy is based on the idea that while children are having fun they can learn anything.
Lucas Vuradin currently takes lessons across the entire range of our coaching programs, from Hot Shots for 4-7 years olds, Junior Groups through to Adult groups, the Tennis Academy and private lessons.