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17/03/14

Coach in the Spotlight - Mike James

As part of our regular 'Coach In The Spotlight' feature, we are holding a series of short interviews with GPTCA members sharing their coaching success story. We have this week put Mike James, our B level coach, in the hot seat and asked some quick fire questions.

 

1. What is your current work in progress?

Developing Loughborough into the best tennis academy in Europe!


2. How did you begin coaching pro players? How long have you been coaching?
I began shadowing at a club in Leicestershire, UK. I've been coaching for 12 years now.


3. What keeps you motivated to come to work each day and keep coaching through the years?
Variety is key working with different ages and standards. Taking a holistic approach is key as a coach.


4. What skills/characteristics do you look for in your players?

I aways look for a player that wants to go above and beyond in their training. Having an athlete that works is the key.


5. What is the biggest challenge you've had as a coach and how did you overcome it?

The biggest challenge was changing a culture at a tennis centre that I became Head Coach at. I created a set of key beliefs that players, parents and coaches bought into.


6. What is your most successful coaching moment so far?

Winning Derbyshire coach of the year 2010.


7. What advice would you give to new coaches?

Work hard, you can learn off every coach you meet and develop your own philosophy.


8. What inspires your work?

Claudio Pistolesi.


9. What is your next coaching goal?

Create my own academy.



14/02/14

Coach in the Spotlight - Leo Alonso

Coach in the Spotlight - Leo Alonso As part of our regular 'Coach In The Spotlight' feature, we are holding a series of short interviews with GPTCA members sharing their coaching success story. We have this week put Leo Alonso, our A* level coach, in the hot seat and asked some quick fire questions.   1. What is your current work in progress? I.. more
03/01/14

First GPTCA Course Completed in India

First GPTCA Course Completed in India The first GPTCA course to be held in India came to a successful end in Chennai on Wednesday. Seventeen coaches received their GPTCA C-Level diplomas after completing the three-day course that was held in conjunction with the Aircel Chennai Open ATP tournament. “We are very proud to welcome these Indian.. more
03/12/13

C and B Level Course in Milan Completed

C and B Level Course in Milan Completed From Friday 22nd to Sunday 24th of November I spent three fun and informative days at the Centro Sportivo Pavesi in Milan following the course and the symposium on tennis organised by the Global Professional Tennis Coach Association (GPTCA) where I was kindly invited to follow the event by Alberto Castellani.. more
21/11/13

Chris Kermode named ATP chief

Chris Kermode named ATP chief The ATP has announced the appointment of Chris Kermode as ATP Executive Chairman & President. Kermode begins a three-year term at the helm of the ATP starting on 1 January 2014, and will be based in the ATP’s London office.   Kermode has been involved in tennis for more than 30 years, first as a.. more


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