Our Guildford coaching team

James Auckland

James is a Level 5 Master Performance Coach, who spent 11 years on the ATP circuit and was world ranked 279 in singles and 52 in doubles. He is the former British No.1 doubles player, reaching the last 16 at Wimbledon with wins against 14 Grand Slam champions including Nadal, McEnroe and the Bryan brothers. On finishing his pro career, Aucks became the LTA men's touring coach, helping both Jamie Murray and Jonny Marray become Wimbledon champions. He partnered a third in Andy Murray. Besides that, he's a proper decent bloke and we are fortunate to have him as our Director of Tennis, leading the recruitment and training of coaches, and dropping on court for a masterclass here and there!

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.