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  • Coaches really make a difference to your game. I can't give the Compete coaching team enough credit for their input. Great facilities. Wonderful place to come and play.

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Tom Higgins
Year that you started coaching:


First coaching job:

Full time travelling coach of an aspiring professional and then Esporta Clearview Club Coach.

Current coaching position:

Virgin active and Director, Head of Mini Tennis, New Hall School Programme Manager

How long did you compete full time for:

4 years

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Which countries have visited on your tennis travels:

India, Canada, Sweden, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ireland, Portugal, Norway and Morocco.

Best moment as a Coach so far:

Seeing improvement in many players through County to Regional to National and then International level.

Best moment as a Player:

Representing Great Britain, gaining my first world ranking points and qualifying for Junior Wimbledon.

Where did you train:

Gidea Park, then Clearview, then Redbridge Sports Centre and finally full time at Sutton Junior Tennis Centre.

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

Chris Bailey and Otto Buchholdt because of their belief in my ability and the impact they had on my game style. Kingsley Harris helped me enormously at the start of my coaching career, teaching me the basics as well as effective ways of developing the fundamentals.

Hobbies outside of Tennis:

Golf and Family Time!

Favourite Films:

Shawshank Redemption

Best piece of advice for the aspiring professional:

Deal with it!

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