Staff

The dedicated team at the Abony Family Tennis Center is ready to help you with all your tennis needs.

Rufus Nel

Rufus Nel

Rufus Nel, Director of Tennis

I am originally from South Africa and immigrated to Canada 22 years ago. My love of tennis started when, at the age of 5, I began to play with a wooden paddle against a wall.

I’ve been coaching for 37 years and am a level 3 coach with Tennis Canada. I’ve coached in South Africa, Germany and Canada. Through my coaching career one of my students reached top 80 in world rankings. I began coaching Philip Bester when he was 5 and he was a French Open Junior Finalist, ranked 225 in the world and played in the Davis Cup for Canada.

Coaching doubles is of particular interest as I enjoy the strategies involved. My strength is coaching technique, technique, technique. It is very satisfying to help players improve their game leading to even more enjoyment of a great sport.

Before joining the Abony Family Tennis Center in 2013, I was the Director of Community Development for Tennis Canada and prior to that, I was the Tennis Director at a 25 court facility in Vancouver for 14 years.

A personal tennis highlight for me was coaching Neville Godwin at Wimbledon.

Favorite player: Roger Federer
Favorite mantra: "Believe in yourself"
Favorite food: Sushi


Dan Godwin, Assistant Pro

I was born in Saint John and grew up in Riverview. My life as a tennis player started when I was 13. I began coaching at age 16 and am cardio tennis and wheelchair certified, have my Club Pro 1 and currently working on my Club Pro 2.

It has been a privilege to coach across the province in Riverview, Moncton, Saint John and now Fredericton. Count me as one of the originals who started working at the Abony Family Tennis Center upon its opening.

Personal playing highlights include:

  • 2015 Saint John singles and doubles titles
  • 2015 Fredericton Open title
  • Currently ranked 3rd in men’s open singles
  • Ranked in NB since U14 with highest ranking of 3rd for U18
  • Multiple junior singles and doubles titles

I received my BBA from UNB which includes 3 years in the Faculty of Science specializing in Kinesiology and finishing my degree with a year and a half in the Faculty of Business.

Favorite player: Rafael Nadal
Favorite snack: Sour candy (Fuzzy peaches and Sour Patch Kids are personal favs)


Sharon Goya
Sharon Goya

Sharon Goya

I was born in Mexico City. I started playing recreational tennis when I was in grade 3 and it has become my favourite sport ever since. I came to Canada in 2015 and did my last year of high school at OHS. I love teaching kids and teens because this age is when players start to build up their skills and love for the sport. My goals are to finish my Club pro 1, to get more girls involved in sports and in tennis, and to build confidence in my students. Coaching tennis is a learning process that goes both ways: the students learn from you and you learn from them. That’s why I like coaching tennis; there’s always something new to learn.

Favourite player: Rafael Nadal and Bianca Andreescu
Mantra: “You only learn by trying” and  “Anything that you love requires patience.”
Favourite food: Tacos al pastor
Favourite snack: Fruit with Tajín

Hours of Operation

Monday to Thursday: 8:30am - 10:00pm
Friday to Sunday: 8:30am - 8:00pm

If no courts are booked, we may close early.

The Abony Family Tennis Centre will be closed until further notice.

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