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Rufus Nel, Director of Tennis

Contact Rufus at [email protected].

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

Lessons:
Private: $65.00
2 people: $38.50
3 people: $30.00
4 people: $25.25

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