Meet the Coaches

Vanessa Nickerson, Owner of Tennis Tigers & Coach. RPT National Professional. LTA Qualification Level 3. Contact: 07531 879 404

Vanessa is competitive tennis player in both singles and doubles who loves playing and watching the game. “I feel so lucky to have combined business with a great passion. I love to see children & adults getting out there and having a great time on court. Tennis is a game for everyone and once you learn a few basics, it’s for life”.

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Dan Travis Msc, Head Coach & Founder of Tennis Tigers. RPT European Professional. LTA Qualification Level 3. Contact: 07826 068 248 www.

Dan Travis is a leading expert in preparing people for competition. Dan has obtained international coach status form the Sanchez-Casal academy based in Barcelona where both Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal trained as players. Dan is also an associate of the American organization, The Human Performance Institute, in which he specialises in mental toughness training. Applying the methods of the Registro Profesional de Tenis (RPT) Dan runs the Spanish coaching system  and mental toughness training in the UK, USA and China. From £40.00 per hour.

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Jeff Taylor, RPT Coach –  Mark of A Pro, National Professional. Jeff is Head of Children’s Tennis and specialises in matchplay and the Spanish drills system. Jeff is an avid tennis player himself who still competes and has recently held the coveted title of Brighton & Hove’s men’s champion! £30.00 per hour.  Contact: 07472 362 605

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Ian Reed, RPT Coach – Mark of a Pro, National Professional.
“Success is a journey not a destination. The doing is usually more important than the outcome” Arthur Ash, Wimbledon Champion 1975


Having more than twenty years of experience playing tennis and captaining teams in the Sussex County since 2013 Ian started his professional coaching career as an RPT Community Coach in 2017. As a middle school teacher for many more years he has been enabling young people to have confidence in their own abilities and enrich their lives through play and competition. Tennis encapsulates many challenges of daily existence; winning and losing, self restraint and passion, dreams and disasters. Every match is a life in miniature.
£25.00 per hour.  Contact: 07769 971 440

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Joe Bracchi, RPT Mark of a Pro Coach, National Professional. Joe specialises in motivation and the Spanish Drills System. Joe is currently studying his final year in Modern History and International Relations at The University of Brighton. £25.00 per hour. Contact: 07429 478 146






Adam Kura, LTA Level 2  & Mark of a Pro National Professional Coach. Adam is from Hungary and  he plays competitive tennis on the challenger circuit.  £25.00 per hour. Contact: 07450 268 244


Jake Taylor RPT  Mark of a Pro – National Professional Coach. Jake is 18yrs old and tennis is his passion. He competes in tournaments in Sussex and has won the Withdean and Preston LTC junior tournaments. Jake is available as a hitter and for coaching at weekends and during the holidays.

£20.00 perhour. Contact: 07452 812 369

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Max Laing RPT Nike Community Coach. Max is 16 and a keen sportsman. He loves playing tennis both for fun and competitively -he is currently Brighton & Hove’s 2016 Men’s Singles Plate Champion. He also enjoys playing in a football team. Max enjoys teaching children and is happy to coach tennis or to hit – 121 or small groups. £15.00 per hour coaching & hitting

Jack Bracchi RPT Nike Community Coach £10.00 per hour hitting

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Logan Burgess Hayes has been playing tennis since he was 8 years old. He has competed for Sussex in every age group from U12’s to Mens and has competed internationally on the ITF circuit to achieve a junior world ranking. At 18 he decided to commit to playing collegiate tennis in the United States of America. He has just finished his first year and it was a great experience. Even as a young coach he can bring experience to the court after playing the sport for over a decade and travelling world wide to play at some of the highest levels. Logan has been taught by some of the best coaches in the country and has had the pleasure to be coached in America as well. As a coach he will bring enthusiasm, hard work and fun to tennis and he looks forward to seeing you all on the court soon.  £25.00 per hour.

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Ben Cummings, Assistant Coach, RPT Mark of a Pro, National Professional. Ben specialises in teaching children aged 4 to 7 years.
Ben also plays Golf for Sussex, playing off a handicap of 1.  £25.00 per hour.

  • All Tennis Tigers coaches have advanced DBS checks
  • All Tennis Tigers coaches have public liability insurance
  • All Tennis Tigers coaches are up to date with child safeguarding procedures.
  • All Tennis Tigers coaches are first aid trained. 
  • All Tennis Tigers Coaches have LTA and/or RPT accredited qualifications.

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