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 – 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.