Our Guildford coaching team

James Auckland

I’m former professional tennis player and although I was fortunate enough to play a number of Grand Slams and be part of the GB Davis Cup team, I was looking for more of a challenge…so I had three kids!

Although I’m a Level 5 MPC coach and worked with and coached several top 100 ATP players, through playing tennis with my kids I’ve re-discovered the joy of what tennis can bring to people’s lives. Whether it’s exploring new worlds and splatting monsters in our “Space” themed tots sessions or seeing adults share quality social time whilst re-living the shot they played last week in the park – the goal of improving people’s lives through tennis is my fundamental goal.

Kit Wallen Russell

Having been part of the rise of ‘Modern Tennis Coaching Academy’ while growing up (my parents ran it), this is what drove me to choose tennis as my main sport at UCL (I chose to represent UCL at tennis instead of football and rugby which I’d played my whole life). I reached a peak of 5 in Berkshire in tennis while growing up, and was on the committee for UCL tennis for 3 years, playing BUCS leagues for 4. Having a multi sports background, I was often disappointed in the inability of tennis coaches to teach the game in a fun, engaging and loud manner. My mission is to transform tennis coaching and the techniques it uses.

Sam Wallen Russell

My mission is to inspire children not just to play tennis but to do it for the right reasons: the love and burning desire to pick up a racquet. I want to show children that tennis is exhilarating and a hard fought sport. By playing for, leading and being awarded honours for playing in sports teams throughout my life, I want to relay my love for surrounding myself with a group of leaders by coaching children to do the same. I hope to play a part in driving a new generation of mass British Tennis Players.