The Challenge Tennis Team

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Challenge Tennis provides tennis coaching for players of all ages and abilities.

Formed in 2012 by founder James who now oversees the business. In 2015 they joined Great Missenden and introduced their Adult and Junior programmes.  During the last few years, these programmes have continued to grow as the team continue to bring their high quality coaching to the club.

James has been joined by some great coaches along the way. Challenge Tennis now have 5 coaches as well as junior assistants.

Challenge Tennis also offer a bespoke collect and drop Racket Stringing Service.  Please see our website for more details.

Below you will find more information about the current Challenge Tennis team.

Chris Graham  
 

Chris Graham

Head Coach, 07754 695152, chris@challenge-tennis.com 

Chris took on the role of Head Coach at GMLTC in September. He has been playing tennis for nearly 30 years and involved in coaching for 22 years. In 2016, he received his level 4 senior club coaching qualification having been a development club coach for 18 years. Chris can successfully adapt his coaching style to suit any age or ability. He has an excellent rapport with all his students creating a fun and high energy session making sure he never treats any student the same. Has worked with the Maltese and Gibraltan national teams, The Cliff Richard trust and Berkshire county teams. He has also trained Rikardas Dromantas in preparation for the 2016 County Cup which he ultimately won within his age group both in the single and doubles whilst coming 3rd in in the U16’s. Chris gives 100% to gain the best from all of his clients and in running many tennis courses, camps and individual lessons, he has successfully given people an opportunity to play tennis for years to come.

Lara Fear  

Lara Fear 

Club Coach  lara@challenge-tennis.com

Lara joined us over the summer and ran many of the tennis camps at GMLTC during the holdiays. She is a very experienced LTA L3 Tennis Coach and has great energy and enthusiasm for making tennis fun and enjoys working with juniors and adults.  Lara will run junior group sessions and is available for individual lessons too.     

 

Phil Fowler, Head Performance Coach
07976 556602, phil@challenge-tennis.com,
 

Phil is a level 5 LTA Performance Coach and has worked with a number of performance players over his years in the game. He has been a national coach and national team captain in his time at the LTA at Bisham Abbey and Cambridge as well as a Fed Cup coach based at Wimbledon. More recently he was the Head Pro at the prestigious Stoke Park Tennis Club. Phil has worked with and produced numerous National/International Champions as well as coaching ITF, WTA, ATP Players. In his playing career Phil has represented GB in various tennis events and currently competes on the ITF senior tour where he has a ranking of 25 in the world.

 

Lee Nixon, Club Coach
Club Coach, 07477 810724, lee@challenge-tennis.com

Lee is an LTA Level 3 Tennis Coach. Having played tennis from an early age, he played County Tennis in many local tournaments whilst growing up in County Durham. During his time at University Lee played for the men's A team in both singles and doubles. More recently, he represented his club (David Lloyd Teesside) in local and regional Level and also captained the Men's A Team. During his time coaching Lee has coached people of all standards and levels from juniors to adults. Having 27 years of experience in the sport, Lee is able to adapt to any type of player to help improve their game. As a tennis coach, he likes to focus on doing the basics correctly as these are the building blocks to your strokes and game, whilst making sure every session is fun and enjoyable!  Lee is available for individual lessons at GMLTC. 

 

Ollie Murray, Club Coach

Ollie has joined the coaching team after coming through the Challenge Tennis coaching channels as a Tennis Leader.  He is now a fully qualified Level 2 coach and is looking to take his Level 3 qualification soon.  Ollie has a huge passion for tennis and has been a member at Great Missenden for many years.  He plays for the team, run's our Saturday morning Mini lessons and Junior Night.

 

Fin Barratt, Assistant Coach

Fin has joined Challenge Tennis after being a member at Chesham 1879 for many years. He is a Level 1 coach and will undertake his Level 2 qualification under Challenge Tennis in 2019. Fin assists Chris with the junior lessons whilst still playing for the club teams.

 

 

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