Our team

Paul Johnson

Head Coach

LTA Level 4 - Senior Club Coach

Private Lesson Price - £28 per hour* - 07747 503338

 

Paul is passionate about passing on his knowledge and enthusiasm of tennis to others. He enjoys teaching all ages and abilities, and emphasizes enjoyment, while improving players tactical and technical understanding of the sport. His speciality is in helping players who are regularly competing to get to the next level. 

 

When not at Roundhay he is U.18 Vice Captain/Coach for Yorkshire and coaches at Leeds Beckett University, where he did his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in Sport Business, as well as his LTA Level 4 qualification.

He currently competes in LTA British Tour and Grade 3 events and is always working on improving his own game. His current LTA rating is 1.1 and has been ranked top 70 in Great Britain. He was a hitting partner at Wimbledon 2018, working with Kyrgios, Monfils, Simon, Diatchenko, and Vekic.

Northern Coach of the Year
(Development) 2020/21

Amy Ball

Lead Coach

LTA Level 3

Private Lesson Price - £26 per hour* - 07465 209250

 

Amy was a coach at Leeds Beckett for 3 years and has been at Roundhay TC for 2 years. She has coached a variety of players from Red/Blue all the way up to Development Team at the university and competing players at Roundhay.

She has been playing tennis since she was seven and played for the Women's second team at university. She loves the sport and is always working to see the players who she coaches progress from beginners to advanced and into competition.

Amy also assists in County Squads for Yorkshire and is using this experience to help Roundhay develop some county players of our own.

Matias Destefanis

Lead Coach

LTA Level 1

Hitting Session Price - £19 per hour* - 07543 471108

Matias has been in a coach role since 2018. His first experience was in Auburn University at Montgomery in United States where he was assistant coach of the Men's and Women's tennis team. Then, he had experience coaching in Argentina (where he's from) with kids, juniors, and adults for a year, and finally arriving at Roundhay and Leeds Beckett. 

He was a player before becoming a coach. He played the NCAA leagues in the USA, the French Leagues and Summer Tours, Argentinean National Tours, and currently playing for Leeds Beckett since 2019. He also briefly played on the ATP tour where he reached a career high of 1700 in the world.

He enjoys being on court and loves when players come full of energy to learn and improve. He believes that one of the most valuable things about tennis is that it gives people an opportunity to express and develop their personalities. However, he also loves the competitive aspect of tennis and how a player strives to get better to meet their goals.

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Eleanore Lake

Lead Coach

LTA Level 3

Private Lesson Price - £22 per hour* - 07512 764949

After playing tennis from the age of 6, Eleanore started on her pathway to coaching at the Hallamshire Tennis Club in Sheffield and progressed to achieve her Level 3 coaching qualification. She has worked as a coaching assistant for a variety of sessions including Blue and Red all the way up to Full Ball. Eleanore also gained experience volunteering in disability tennis sessions.

Eleanore has competed for many years and continues to play to this day. At the age of 14 she qualified to play at the Road to Wimbledon finals at Aorangi Park. Whilst working as a Tennis Coordinator at The Sheffield College she was nominated for The LTA Young Person of the Year award in which she reached the national finals as a runner up.

Eleanore is currently studying Sports and Exercise Therapy at Leeds Beckett University and continues to develop her own tennis skills as well as her coaching experience, hoping to pass on her passion for tennis on to the next generation.

LTA Young Person of the Year
(National Runner-Up) 2019/20

*Lesson prices incur an additional £2 under floodlights & £1 non-members fee.