Our team of coaches are here to help you develop your game, whether you are a beginner or a seasoned tournament player through individual lessons or the club programme.
Official Club Coaches are Ross Sheppard, Dominykas Jurkus, Dan George and Georgie Gent.
All enquiries about adult and junior coaching should be made with our Head Coach, Ross Sheppard.
Ross, Dom, Dan and Georgie will be very pleased to help you with your game. Full coaching profiles contact details can be found below.
Simon Ainley - Tennis Director
Simon grew up playing tennis at The West Hants Club, a multi-sport club in the South of England where he began his tennis career developing into a national level junior. He moved to North Wales where he trained full time competing in senior events before deciding on a career in coaching. He first worked as a club coach, progressing to become Welsh regional and national coach overseeing the development of leading Welsh tennis players.
He subsequently worked as a national coach for the Lawn Tennis Association, during which time he developed a keen interest in coach education.
In 2006 Simon took up a position as performance manager at Chiswick, Riverside where over 9 years he built and managed a coaching team to deliver a programme that was widely recognised, by peers and the LTA, as a leading example of best practice throughout the country. Players graduating from this programme have gone on to represent Great Britain at the Commonwealth Games, Fed Cup and junior grand slams.
Hourly private rate £50
Michaela Knespl - Tennis Administrator and Welfare Officer
T: 020 8971 8090
Michaela started in the part time position of Tennis Administrator in January 2018. Michaela has a strong tennis background, she is a Level Three coach (working towards Level 4) and played at a high level; more recently she was the Tennis Coordinator at Loughborough University where she also played in the very successful BUCS team.
Please send all tennis related communications to Michaela.
Ross Sheppard - Head Coach
T: 07730 560354
Ross’ tennis journey started fairly late in comparison to the world of elite tennis players.
At 15 he fell in love with the game and hasn’t stopped playing since. Aged 18 he went to train at one of the top academies in the country where he experienced what it is like to train as a dedicated full-time athlete. Over a two-year period, of training for up to 8 hours a day, he established himself on the tennis circuit competing regularly at National level events.
Graduating from player to coach, Ross honed his coaching skills at Sutton Tennis Academy for 8 years. Ross’ main role saw him lead Sutton Tennis Academy’s prestigious Scholarship programme, where he coached many Top 5 national players travelling both Nationally and Internationally with them to watch them play in some very high profile competitions.
More recently Ross was working as Tennis Director at Vrgin Active West London and he now joins us at The Wimbledon Club as Head of Adult Coaching. He will bring with him a wealth of knowledge and experience that will help him to develop and enhance our members tennis and experiences at the club. There’s no doubt you will find his enthusiasm and passion for the game infectious.
Hourly private rate £42.
Georgie Gent - Junior Coach is an LTA Licensed Level 3 Coach
T: 07717 313246
Georgie joined the Wimbledon Club coaching team in 2013 whilst recovering from an injury which has interrupted her successful professional tennis career.
As a player she reached a career high WTA singles ranking of 178 (no. 5 in Great Britain) winning two ITF singles and two ITF doubles titles along the way. Georgie has competed at all 4 grand slams and came close to causing a major upset at Wimbledon in 2009 when she narrowly lost to world no.7 Vera Zvonareva in three sets. That same year she reached the second round of the Wimbledon doubles draw (partnering Laura Robson) bowing out in a close contest against grand slam champions Amelie Mauresmo and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
Despite injury currently preventing her from competing at the highest level of the game Georgie retains her love for tennis and has embarked upon a coaching career, enjoying working with players of all ages and abilities. Her infectious enthusiasm is irrepressible (as anyone who has spent 5 minutes with her will testify!) and she can found on court coaching all areas of the club membership.
Hourly private rate £40.
Please note that Georgie is on maternity leave as of July 2019.
Dominykas Jurkus - Club Coach is an LTA Level 3 Licensed Coach
T: 07411 402910
Dominykas joined the Team in April 2014 as a Level 2 assistant coach. After completing his LTA level 3 qualification early in 2015 Dom has taken on more roles at the club, leading mix in sessions, delivering individuals and delivering within our schools programme.
Hourly private rate £38.
Dan George - Club Coach is an LTA Level 4 Licensed Coach
T: 07909 516235
Dan is a highly regarded tennis coach who has worked with all levels of players throughout his career. He has consistently produced international tennis players at both a junior and senior level, as well as being a key coach in driving growth and standards in many different programmes.
Hourly private rate £42.