National Tennis Club Pros

National Tennis Club Pros 2017-08-17T10:54:55+00:00

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Mike Gooding – Head Professional

Mike is the Head Professional bringing over 30 years of professional experience to Newport.  In his time as a Touring Professional,  Mike had reached a World Ranking of #1 in Doubles, World Ranking of #2 in Singles and a past Ranking of #1 in the UK.  Additionally, Mike has worked as a Professional at several clubs in the UK before becoming the Head Court Tennis and Rackets Professional at the Racquet & Tennis Club in New York City from 2004-2014.  Immediately prior to joining the National Tennis Club in December (2016), Mike was Head Professional of Georgian Court University and Club (NJ), as well as having coached World Ranked #3 Steve Virgona in his 2016 World Real Tennis Challenge.

Mike brings a great deal of teaching experience at all age and ability levels, as well tournament organization and management, mentoring and developing young professional players , Pro Shop management and managing Junior Player Programs.  Mike has worked and learned from some of the greatest players in the game including Chris Ronaldson and Wayne Davies.

Nick Howell at the Champions Trophy 2017

Nick Howell – Senior Professional

Nick was born in Bordeaux, France but was raised in England. He grew up with the game of court tennis as his father is a professional tennis player and a former no 4 player in the world. Despite growing up with the game,Nick had a keen focus on other sports and had a sports scholarship to the Oratory School for cricket and rugby. He ended up taking the game of golf up during his school years and became a very good amateur and turned professional in 2005 with a handicap of +2.

Towards the end of 2011 Nick gave up golf and accepted a job at Royal Melbourne Tennis Club in March 2012. Nick quickly got to grips with the game and rose through the ranks during his first 3 years as a pro. He accepted a job as senior professional at the National Tennis Club in March 2015 and is now a top 10 ranked player in the world. He aims to break in the top 4 players in the world in the next 2 years and make it in to an eliminator spot by 2018.

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