Tennis Lessons

Home to the FC** Tennis Academy – an LTA grant funded facility. We offer some of the best tennis coaches and support staff in the country.

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However you don’t have to be a tennis superstar to join, the team are skilled at working with all levels from novices to professionals and will ensure that you can get the best out of your game.

To find out more about the FC** Tennis Academy or coaching team at Dukes Meadows simply click on the ‘bio’ link opposite.


Coaching Programme

Dukes Meadows offers fully comprehensive coaching programmes tailored for both adults and children including:

  • Private coaching
  • Shared & group lessons
  • Group squads
  • Junior squads
  • Holiday camps for children
  • Adult courses & programmes

Find out more about our Pro’s

Simply click on the ‘bio’ link to read more about our pro team.

James Lenton

Tennis Director

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An LTA National Coach for 10 years, James then became a founder member of fc**tennis in 2003. He has coached and traveled extensively around the world with many of the best players in Great Britain, including Elena Baltacha, Laura Robson, Ann Keothavong, James Ward, Chris Wilkinson and Ed Corrie.
Over the years many of the juniors he has coached have won British National titles as well as International titles at Tennis Europe and ITF World Junior level.

As a player James was a top British junior himself from the age of 10 years old and reached 58 in the ITF world junior rankings when he was 18. A top ten British senior before retiring aged 21, he competed at ATP Challenger level and had a world ranking of 521 when he retired in 1991 aged 21.

Now with over 20 years of coaching experience James is recognized as one of Britain’s most experienced performance coaches and chooses to specialize in the development of juniors. As Director of Tennis he is responsible for all areas of tennis activity here at Dukes Meadows.

Qualifications
LTA Master Performance Level 5 Coaching Certificate
First Aid Qualified
Fully Licensed

Neil Bamford

Assistant Tennis Director

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Neil previously worked at Dukes Meadows from 2008-2012. He has been playing tennis since the age of 6 years old and was an outstanding young junior player, representing Great Britain at all ages from 12-18 years old. As a player Neil reached a career high Atp ranking 555 (2006) GB NO 8, and doubles ranking of 271 (2006).

He has also had the honor of competing at the All England Wimbledon Courts in 2005, 2006, and 2007, successfully qualifying for the main draw in doubles in 2005. Neil has also played at Queen’s Club, Roland Garros and other major tournaments.

Neil was previously working at Hazelwood Sports Club where he built up and managed a successful junior programme for 4 years.

Neil still competes on a regular basis representing Hertfordshire at Winter cup and Summer cup, where he holds the record for most matches won in a row in Group 1.

Neil is available for individual lessons and is happy to work with all ages and abilities.

Baptiste Bardey

Sports Science and Strength & Conditioning Manager

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Baptiste passion for fitness saw him gain a Masters in Sport Science & Management. He went on to complete a Strength & Conditioning degree at Dijon University in France and followed this by leading the Sport Science department for two years.

His experience allowed him to manage Strength & Conditioning coaches working in different sports. He left France in 2006 to work within the Lawn Tennis Association in London as a Strength & Conditioning coach for junior and professional tennis players.

In 2007, he became the Head of Sport Science at the Riverside Chiswick Tennis Academy. He developed an extremely successful sports science programme for eight years.

In September 2015, Baptiste decided to take a new and exciting challenge as Head of Sport Science and Strength & Conditioning Manager at Dukes Meadows. Baptiste is responsible for implementing and directing the conditioning programme from mini-tennis to ATP / WTA players. His mission is to provide a well designed, collaborative training programme based on sound physiological principles.

Dan George

Coach

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Dan started his tennis coaching career on the scholarship programme as one of the lead coaches at the Sutton Junior Tennis Centre. During this time he began working for the LTA Centre of Excellence under the Rover initiative programme.

He has been an instrumental figure behind many previous top international juniors within the UK. His outstanding work at developing players lead to him becoming GB team captain at the European Championships at 16U level.

Throughout his career Dan has always been involved in coaching at high performance tennis centres. In 2015 Dan joined Dukes Meadows and will work closely with many of our top performance players. He is available for one on one coaching with both juniors and adults.

David Cox

Coach

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David Cox joins Dukes Meadows with over 13 years experience of tennis coaching under his belt.

During his coaching career David has worked and developed many top junior players, turning them into National champions and seeing them gain ITF points.

David has an extremely impressive reputation for advancing players from a young age. He has worked closely with the LTA on talent id for age groups under 9/10/12. One of his main strengths is helping juniors improve their technique and tactical awareness.

David has previously coached a boy from the age of 6 to 11 and helped him become number 1 nationally in his age group. He’s hoping for similar success with players at Dukes Meadows and is excited about the challenges that lay ahead.

Glenn Kuma-Mintah

Coach

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As a former National and International Junior, Glenn represented Great Britain and won a series of National and European junior tour events which elevated him inside the top 20 in Europe and as high as number 1 Nationally at Junior level. As a coach he has guided juniors to become National Champions. Glenn is heavily involved in helping to run the Dukes Meadows Mini tennis programme and works closely with the L.T.A. to help identify and nurture some of the best U10 talent in the country. Glenn’s experience as a player and coach has produced some of the top ranked juniors in the country.

Joshua Gonzalez

Coach

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Joshua started playing tennis at the age of 4 for his local club. As a junior he was ranked within the
top 20 under 16 players in the country. Josh was a professional tennis player with a ATP world ranking in singles and doubles and played every level on the men’s tennis tour, winning the the British Masters in 2010. By the end of 2011 he was ranked amongst the top 15 players in Britain.Josh was playing full time at Dukes Meadows before he turned to coaching in 2013. Now working
towards his level 3 Coaching Qualification, he has a 1.1 rating and is part of our Junior Tennis Programme. He wants to pass on his experience of professional tennis to younger players.

Harry Skinner

Coach

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Harry has been an assistant coach and hitter at Dukes Meadows since May 2011. Having achieved an ATP world ranking of 1456, he has competed on the Futures and British Tour circuits since 2004.Still world-ranked, he maintains a desire to continue competing against some of the best players in the country.

A former British National Junior champion, Harry graduated from Arizona State University in 2012 (Bis Communication, Health & Wellness) before returning to the UK. For nine weeks in 2013 he toured with Bernard Tomic in the UK and USA, since which he has been a travelling coach for several world ranked juniors, attending international tournaments on four continents.

Harry loves all things tennis and looks to bring that passion, together with seven years’ coaching experience, to his new responsibilities at Dukes. With a friendly and supportive personality underpinned with a demand for “fun, focus and hard work”, he would like to work with all ages and abilities.

Luciano Burgos

Coach

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Luciano was born in Argentina and started playing tennis when he was 4 years old. He was within the top 5 ranked under 10 National players until the age of 14.

Growing up Luciano regularly played against former USA champion Juan Martin Del Potro. At the age of 18 he moved to Spain and started coaching in the global tennis team in Majorca. In September 2013 Luciano joined Dukes Meadows and is now a Qualified Level 3 Tennis Coach.

He is regularly involved in our Mini Team Programme in addition to the work he does with the Schools Programme. He specialises in developing players technical ability and instils a hard working ethic into all the children he coaches.

Stevo Bamburac

Coach

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Stevo has 15 years of tennis coaching experience bringing players from mini tennis all the way to the WTA/ATP tour. He has travelled on the ITF and WTA tour for many years and coached top players including his own daughter from youth level to the WTA ranked 500 doubles and 800 singles.

Despite being heavily involved in WTA and ATP coaching he is also taking on his son who is a very good national player.

He has a vast knowledge of tennis and fitness coaching that he gained throughout the years working alongside the best coaches around the world. He coached at the Catalan Federation CIT Tennis Academy in Barcelona for many years with his daughter as well as at the National Tennis Centre with some of the best coaches based at the NTC.

Stevo joined Dukes Meadows in 2014 and works on both the junior and adult tennis programme. He is also available for coaching individual lessons.

Qualifications: LTA licence, RPT licence and GPTCA licence working with Grand Slam, WTA, ATP standard of player.

Simon Huddart

Coach

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Simon started playing tennis aged 8 representing Devon at County level under 12s through to under 18s. As a junior he was ranked inside the top 50 at National level acquiring a 4.2 rating competing in British Tours and Tennis Europe events. Simon is a level 4 Senior Performance Coach – he is one of the youngest to get the qualification in the country. In the past few years he has coached National players between the ages of 8 and 14 as well as assisting the LTA with the delivery of County, Regional and National Talent ID. One of our main coaches on both Junior and Adult Tennis programmes, Simon will also be available for individual coaching.

Steven Wood

Coach

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Steven started his tennis career as a touring coach of former ATP Tour player Vince Spadea (no.18). Then hitting partner for a number of pros including Venus Williams, Amanda Coetzer; Karel Novacek and Mardy Fish.

Steven is a former LTA National coach.

His passion for tennis saw him running the Student tennis at University of Exeter and taking their woman’s tennis team to number one in the country.

He has also been a performance coach at The Evert Tennis academy in Boca Raton in Florida

William Herbert

Physiotherapist and Coach

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As a former world ranked tennis player and top national junior Will has over ten years experience of coaching groups and individuals of all standards.

A fully qualified physiotherapist with a sport science degree from Loughborough University, Will has great understanding of tennis biomechanics and is being recognised as being a leading light in tennis rehabilitation from beginners through to tour professionals.

Clients from the world of tennis include Marcus Baghdatis, Ana Ivanovic and Britain’s Oliver Golding.

Working at Dukes Meadows part time tennis coach part time physiotherapist Will is available for lessons and works with squad sessions both as a coach and movement specialist.

Bookings

To find out more about which coaching programme will suit you please call us on 020 8994 3314