About FC** Tennis Academy

FC**Tennis was formed in 2003 and was later partnered and supported by the LTA. FC**Tennis is an LTA grant funded facility academy that provides an integrated programme of educational and sporting development which enables performance tennis players to achieve the fullest expression of their personal capabilities.

FC**Tennis is one of the most successful youth academies in Britain, producing players competing at all elite levels.

FC**Tennis offers the opportunity for children to train at times to suit them. Group and private sessions, mechanical and match-play video analysis, and our strategy programs are all available.

FC**Tennis facilitates match-play events as well as trips around the world for players to compete and gain the experience needed to enhance development. FC**Tennis has a deep commitment to developing a positive environment that will provide all players with a tennis home they enjoy  belonging to and a resource that parents can trust.


Our courts have been carefully selected to provide the right balance for a developing player. GreenSet® courts, of which we have five indoors, are used throughout the world at leading tournaments on both ATP and WTA tours. Our 4 outdoor clay courts have been chosen due to their known qualities in junior development for movement and tactical skill.

With over 10 years of elite junior academy experience we understand the need for a range of suitable programs for all levels, and the correct amount of planned training conducted at the right time.

The Tennis Team

We are happy to have Tim Henman as our tennis consultant along side our tennis directors. To find out more about the team please click on a ‘bio’ below.

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.

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.

Steven Wood


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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


By far, we have developed more national champions and Grand Slam main draw players than any other team of coaches in the country. Many of the country’s current leading juniors train or have trained at FC**Tennis over the last 5 years.

Further Enquiries

If you are interested in signing up to our Tennis Programme then please fill out and send a registration form to office@dukesmeadows.com

For more information about the FC**Tennis programme including how to arrange a free coaching trial please contact the FC**Tennis team.

Tel: +44 (0)20 8994 3314