Mr Jonathan Hayes (Director of Tennis)

Mr Jonathan HayesI first held a racquet at the age of three and was soon addicted to the sport. From there I went on to represent my county, Kent, aged nine. Growing up, my favourite player to watch was Andre Agassi and it is still my dream today to meet him in person and even play against him. At 18 years of age, I was one of five players to be selected to train in the PTR National Tennis Academy. For three years, I travelled the world playing in British Tours and Futures events. My playing career ended having reached a national ranking of 88.

I started my coaching career at David Lloyd in Raynes Park where I had the privilege of working with Andy Murray on three separate occasions. In 2002, aged 17, I qualified with the Association of British Tennis Officials (ABTO) and went on to umpire at the 2003 Wimbledon Championships. This is one of my proudest and fondest memories in my tennis career.

Since then, I have gained my coaching qualifications with the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). I have worked in many different club and school coaching programmes and coached all abilities from recreational to performance players. I was the individual coach of a player for five years who now has a national ranking of 87 and an U18 national ranking of 18. At the same time I worked with our club's U14 Boys' and Girls' teams who went on to become the Aegon National Champions in the same year. I joined St Mary’s Calne in 2012 and I have thoroughly enjoyed working in this school environment.

In January 2018, I was honoured to receive confirmation that I had passed my Level 5 Master Club Coach Award, the highest level of award with the LTA. Now that I have completed every level of the coaching awards, I am looking forward to completing a post-graduate qualification in the near future.