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Meet our new Tennis Coach

26 April 2022 / Meet the Creator /

From now until September, The Grove will be home to talented Tennis Professional, Ryan Brough, from LUX Tennis. With more than seven years of experience as a player and coach and previously ranked in the top 10 in Great Britain and 1160 on the ITF Circuit, we caught up with Ryan to learn a little more.

Hi Ryan, can you tell us how you first got involved with tennis?

I started playing when I was six years old and was living in Switzerland with my parents. I remember sitting in front of the TV watching tennis matches quite a lot and my mum also had links to a club where there were tennis courts and a coach, so before I knew it I was bought a racquet and being taken for tennis lessons. From there, my passion for tennis really took off.

What do you enjoy most about the game?

I’m quite a competitive person so I’d have to say that I enjoy the competition the most!

What is the best thing about coaching and how did you get involved with LUX Tennis?

Working for LUX Tennis means that I get to travel a lot, and exploring the world is something that I enjoy greatly. Being able to coach tennis at the same time, to me, is the cherry on top of the cake! It was first suggested to me by a friend who was doing something similar at the time, so I got involved after graduating from university. What I enjoy most about coaching clients is seeing them have fun on the courts and watching them progress with each session.

What advice would you give to someone looking to take up tennis for the first time?

Make sure you listen to the advice your tennis coach gives you as that will form the foundation of the way that you play. But also ensure that that communication is two-way – let your coach know if you’re unsure of anything, they’re there to help you improve your game. And most importantly, just have fun!

Tennis courts

Which tennis player is your favourite and why?

Nick Kyrgios. He’s quite edgy and you either love him or you hate him, but he brings something different to the sport – a bit more entertainment – and I think that’s needed. Compared to the likes of Nadal and Federer who appear to do everything perfectly and elegantly, Kyrgios breaks the mould a little and is slightly fierier and gets the crowd going.

Can you share your top tennis tips with us?

It’s hard to give a particular tip as everyone has different skills and abilities when they start out. For example, some people are more natural with hand-eye coordination and some are a bit more comfortable with the racquet. It really depends on the person. The best thing to do is to go along to a session and allow your tennis coach to assess what needs to be worked on, before tailoring future sessions to your needs.

What can guests expect of your sessions?

All information can be found here.

Interested in private lessons? To enquire or book, please call 01923 296010 or email activities@thegrove.co.uk

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