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Mathew Potter
Year that you started coaching:


First coaching job:

Assistant Coach to Vince Ranson at The Woodford Wells Club on Saturday mornings.

Current coaching position:

Performance Coach and S&C Coach

How long did you compete full time for:

I didn’t. I went straight from school to college, and then attended The University of Bath for three years studying Sports Science. During this time I represented the university in the British Universities Championships.

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Which countries have visited on your tennis travels:

USA, Spain, France and Portugal.

Best moment as a Coach so far:

The best is yet to come.

Best moment as a Player:

Training at the IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida amongst some of the best senior and junior players in the world.

Where did you train:

Predominantly at The Woodford Wells Club and then Redbridge Sports Centre.

Which coach had the biggest impact on your playing career and coaching career and why:

This is a difficult question to answer as I had many coaches as a junior player and I feel that they have all made an impact on me as a person, player and coach. Each coach has had their strengths and weaknesses but I hope to have absorbed as much useful information as possible so that I can share it with the aspiring professionals that attend Compete Tennis.

Hobbies outside of Tennis:

Going to the gym, travelling, watching sports- specifically MMA, Boxing, Football, Tennis, F1....

Favourite Films:

Black Hawk Down, Remember the Titans, Any Given Sunday, The Social Network, Dodgeball

Best piece of advice for the aspiring professional:

There are no short cuts to success so be prepared to put in the work, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the process.

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