Coaching Information

The High Performance Tennis Academy has a great team of coaches with experience of training players at the highest level.

Nick Watkins, Mitch Walden and Brett McFarlane, together with Cameron Becker-Jones, Corey Smith, Codey Quigan and Ryan Thomas, train players at Miami Tennis Club on the Gold Coast, six days a week Monday to Saturday. They enjoy helping players of all ages and standards and have experience of training players at state, national and international level.

Nick Watkins established the High Performance Tennis Academy in 1999 to help elite players train full time and to reach National and International level. Samantha Stosur trained with Nick from the age of 10 until she turned 19, when she began travelling on the pro tour full time.

Nick Watkins

Nick is the head coach of the High Performance Tennis Academy. I have played the best game in the world since I was 5 year old. I have been fortunate to teach tennis for the past 36 years & even though I have trained many players at a national & international level, I love just as much helping club players achieving their goals, & beginners starting their journey into our amazing sport. I have coached 2 juniors that have played in the Australian Open junior event . It was a great experience for them & myself to see them play at the highest level.  In November 2018 Sam Stosur ask me to help her with her game & coach her through the 2019 Australian Open summer. Because I had coached Sam from the age of 10 to 19 & have had a strong relationship with her ever since. I thought i could really help her at the end of her AMAZING career. With only 4 weeks training before the Brisbane international Sam had played very good singles that summer in Brisbane,  Sydney & the AO. Sam also won the AO Ladies doubles title that year with her regular partner Shuai Shang. Working with Sam, Shuai & her coach Robert was a great experience. Considering they were not seeded & also defeated the top 2 ranked teams in the world in the semi final & final, it was a great result for the 4 of us.  I have volunteered on different committees for Tennis Gold Coast & been chairman of the junior fixtures & grading Committee for the past 25 years. 

Mitch Walden

Mitch is an accredited Tennis Australia Club Professional Level 2 Coach. After a playing career which involved competing in Open, satellite and futures events, Mitch has spent the last 16 years coaching. On court  full time, he works with students ranging from beginner to elite in all ages and has had success in developing junior players who compete at a local, national and even international level. Over the past 9 years Mitch has coached Moerani Bouzige and in that time has been able to achieve great results including 16 & under December Showdown National Champion, Winner of 3 Junior World ITF tournament titles, competed in the Junior Australian Open twice and reached a career high Junior World Ranking of 76. Moerani is now competing on the Mens futures circuit . Overall Mitch enjoys helping anyone that comes to Miami Tennis Club looking to improve their game. 

Brett McFarlane

Brett has 24 years of coaching experience. He started coaching at the age of 15 helping at holiday clinics then started to do his own lessons when he was 17. After starting full time coaching at Forestville Tennis Club in Sydney in 1998 he then completed his Level 2 Advanced coaching course in 2002. He grew his experience with elite talent by assisting the state squads for tennis NSW.  He then moved to the Gold Coast in 2006 after moving up from Sydney, where he joined the HPTA family.  Brett prides himself on finding the balance between making sure his clients improve every lesson and also enjoying their time on the tennis court. 

Corey Smith

Corey has been coaching with the High Performance Tennis Academy, at Miami Tennis Club, since July 2019. Before joining our team Corey had coached at other clubs in Melbourne & the Gold Coast, coaching in different Tennis Australia development programmes. Corey has gained very important experience at all levels. Corey is currently coaching all standards & all age groups in both small groups & private lessons. Before starting his coaching career Corey had played as an elite player in Australia & New Zealand having good success in both singles & doubles. While Corey still enjoys playing competitively in local tournaments & competitions, his main priority is helping anybody enjoy our amazing game.

Codey Quigan

Codey Quigan has been coaching with the High Performance Tennis Academy at Miami Tennis Club since February 2020. With more than 10 years coaching experience & coaching at several other clubs, Codey wanted to join our team at Miami Tennis Club. As a fully qualified coach Codey has great experience working with beginner's right through to elite players of all ages. Codey has coached at 4 other clubs that have all won the award "Tennis Club of the Year", at the annual Tennis Gold Coast awards night. In 2019 Codey was a finalist for coach of the year. Codey is also a qualified court official & has helped to organise many tournaments at all levels on the Gold Coast. Codey has played tennis from the age of 6 & trained at Tennis Australia's National Academy in Brisbane for 3 years. Codey has played at an international level as a junior & adult player. Codey is passionate about helping people reach their tennis potential.

Ryan Thomas

Ryan recently moved to the Gold Coast from Melbourne, to join the amazing coaching team at the High Performance Tennis Academy at Miami Tennis Club. Ryan is a level 1 qualified coach with more than 10 years experience. Ryan also has a certificate 3 & 4 in fitness & is a qualified Osteopath. Ryan has coached at all levels in private, group & squad training. With an incredible love for the game, Ryan gets great satisfaction helping all players of all ages develop their skills & reaching their goals. Ryan has a vast playing background at a national & international level. His highest Australian ranking was 50. Ryan also achieved an ATP ranking of 1203, a great achievement when you have many thousands of players playing at that level. Ryan also received an All American Scholarship to the University of Oklahoma in 2005 till 2009.

Cameron

Becker-Jones

Cameron has 8+ years coaching experience and achieved a career high 140 Australian ranking while he was playing. He competed at the Futures level and also held a scholarship at the Queensland Academy of Sport. He loves working with kids and enjoys sharing and teaching knowledge from past experiences. Cameron loves teaching our great game to anyone who would like to learn either competitively or for recreation.

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