Meet the coaches
Highly qualified and enthusiastic
Best Tennis has a number of highly qualifed coaches and enthusiastic support coaches, to ensure that players get the most from the lessons
Phil is the founder of Best Tennis and has been coaching tennis for 15 years. By achieving the LTA Play Test Grade 3 – the highest grade achievable for coaching – he can coach any standard of player. Phil has achieved the LTA Level 4 Qualification.
Phil grew up in Roehampton and is very passionate about establishing tennis programs that are fun, accessible and provide good value for money.
During his university years in Exeter, Phil taught tennis at a number of local tennis clubs and primary schools before becoming a licensed LTA Tennis Coach and taking a coaching position at Exmouth Lawn Tennis Club for 2 years.
He then went on to become the Head Coach at Chulmleigh Tennis Club in North Devon where he delivered a full program, coaching a number of performance level Junior players.
Moving back to London in 2009, Phil developed a tennis program at Old Deer Park in Richmond and helped to create a regular attendance of over 500 players each year.
In 2011, Phil established Best Tennis with the aim to make tennis easily accessible to all the family. By developing a loyal and competent coaching team, Best Tennis has now expended to 6 sites across the borough of Richmond.
Baz Van Cranenburgh
Baz was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he started playing tennis from his teenage years. He moved to London almost 30 years ago where he, after a successful career in business, qualified as a tennis coach.
Baz teaches all levels, both individual and groups, providing technical guidance, drills and fun games to his clients. His main guiding principle is that if people enjoy his sessions, they learn more, better and quicker. He obtained his coaching qualifications for youth and adults through the American Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), and is fully LTA accredited. Baz is based in Richmond, and designs and coaches the Adult program at Old Deer Park. He is also licensed to coach at the exceptional tennis facilities at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, where he coaches both individual private lessons and group sessions.
David can offer something for everybody, and is popular with both Adults and Juniors. His friendly approach and extensive knowledge of technique mean that he is is very popular with our players. David is available for private lessons and runs a number of our group programs.
David’s journey in Tennis started at the age of 16 playing on a full-time basis in Hampshire. He went through a variety of experiences as a player and he realised there’s a difference between training and competing and ‘LEARNING’ to train and compete. Every player is unique and learns in different ways and he takes this approach when coaching each individual. David went on to study Sport Psychology and Coaching at University and believes the psychology of Tennis is important at all levels of the sport whether that’s playing for fun, playing to stay fit or looking to compete at the highest level
Nauman joined the Best Tennis Team in 2017 and is available on Saturdays at Teddington and on Sundays at Hampton. Nauman has a wealth of experience, particularly in performance tennis and is very popular with our players.
Nauman holds an LTA License and is currently enrolled on an LTA Level 4 Qualification. His playing standard is excellent and he has a fantastic knowledge of the technical mechanics of the game. Nauman has taken on the tennis programs at Teddington and Hampton and has done a fantastic job. His players really enjoy the lessons and his coaching style.
Originally from Romania and after a very successful junior career, Valentin reached number 35 in the men’s national tennis rankings and competed in Future’s $10K prize money tournaments (first level of professional tennis). Valentin is very flexible and extremely popular with players who want to learn the game at a very high level.
At the age of 18, Valentin decided to qualify as a coach in order to better understand and address the challenges that a coach is facing to bring out the best performance out of his pupils and at the same time to inspire future generations of tennis players to respect the sport.
Valentin came to the UK in 2003 and continued his coaching qualifications, ultimately achieving a Senior Performance Coaching Award Qualification (Level 4). During his coaching career that spans for over 20 years, he has coached both children and adults of all levels; beginner, intermediate, advanced, performance as well as professional ATP players.
Being firmly coached and made to understand from a young age the principles of hard work and DISCIPLINE by his own coach, Valentin thrives on working with players that share the same attitude and commitment during training sessions. “Be true to yourself, play your game, you will succeed”
Valentin’s hourly rate is £40 and this includes the court fee. He welcomes players of all levels as long as they are committed and passionate about improving their game.
“Philip’s lessons and courses are enjoyable as well as challenging. I’ve been coached by him for nearly a year and even though I am moving away, I think I will still be coming to his great lessons.”
“Phillip is a great coach; young, motivated and reliable, but most of all he knows his tennis!”
“In rain and in sunshine Phil is a cool, calm and clear teacher. Always a good atmosphere and people respond well to him and his lessons. Thanks Phil – really enjoying playing tennis again.”
“Phil, I have taken lessons before, thinking that I am hopeless! You’ve made me believe that I can learn. Thank you.”
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