Meet the

Meet Our Coaches

  • 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.


Vanessa Nickerson, Owner of Tennis Tigers.

The Art of Winning

Contact: 07531 879 404

Vanessa is competitive tennis player in both singles and doubles who loves playing and watching the game. Vanessa is also a temporarily 'retired' tennis coach so she can spend valuable time with her 2 year old!

“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”.

Dan Travis Msc, Head Coach & Founder and Co- Owner of Tennis Tigers.  Co- Founder of  The Art of Winning - Contact: 07826 068 248

I collect and analyse Data from tennis matches. From ATP tour to club player. Based on this Data, I create and deliver tennis programmes for people who want to become better competitors.

I am the creator of The Art of Winning along with my colleague Styrling Strother. The Art of Winning is dedicated to helping tennis players become better, more confident competitors and to raise their win rate by 100%. We deliver this objective with online and on-court programmes. The Art of Winning extends around the world with courses in the US, UK, China and Australia. Our programmes are designed specifically for competitive players, parents and coaches.

From £45.00 per hour.



Jeff Taylor, RPT Coach, Mark of A Pro, National Professional. LTA Level 3 Accredited Plus 

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!

£35.00 per hour.  Contact: 07472 362 605

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.
£30.00 per hour. Contact: 07769 971 440



Io Kaloudi - LTA Level 1

Io is originally from Greece. She has been playing tennis since the age of 6. She went on to play and continues to compete in both national and regional tournaments.
Io has always had a deep passion and enthousiasm for sport and physical training. Alongside tennis, she has tried many different sports throughout the years, such as swimming, sailing and windsufing.
Io gained her experience and love of coaching in Greece at her local tennis club, delivering group and private lessons to young children, teens and adults.

£30.00 per hour. Contact: 07581 083 593


Jake Taylor RPT  Mark of a Pro – National Professional Coach. 

Tennis is Jake's passion. He competes in tournaments in Sussex and has won the Withdean and Preston LTC junior tournaments. Jake is available for coaching and hitting practice. Jake also enjoys training young aspiring coaches every year out in Lebrija, Spain as part of an Erasmus sports project.
 £30.00 per hour. Contact: 07452 812 369

Max Laing RPT Nike Community Coach.

Max has been playing tennis since pre-school age, learning with Tennis Tigers. He coaches tennis and plays for fun and competitively, being the Brighton & Hove 2016 Men’s Singles Plate Champion. He also plays football in local adult and youth teams. Max really enjoys teaching children and is also available for hitting practice.

£30.00 per hour coaching & hitting. Contact: 07712 102 582



Jack Bracchi RPT: Nike Community Coach and The Art of Winning ‘Competitive Intelligence’

Jack has trained with Tennis Tigers since he was 4 years old. His passion for tennis has spilled over into his love of coaching young children and adults.
In addition to tennis he is a Sussex County Swimmer. Jack is available for hitting and coaching.

£30.00 per hour coaching & hitting. Contact: 07818 838 629

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work with us

We always welcome new coaches to our team. If you are studying at The University of Brighton or Sussex, already a coach or just love to play tennis. Please give us a call, text or send an email introducing yourself.
  • Deliver Tennis Coaching Programmes to primary age children
  • Host Tournaments for primary age children
  • Run holiday courses
  • Hold a Tennis Coaching Qualification
  • You are paid for delivering Courses.
  • Coaching programme runs year round
  • You do not need any specialist tennis coaching experience