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 either Art of Winning, LTA or RPT accredited qualifications.
  • To book a Tennis Tigers coach for 1:1 Lessons, please call the office on 07531 879 404


Vanessa Nickerson, Owner of Tennis Tigers

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 little boy!

“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”.  Contact the Tennis Tigers Office on: 07531 879 404

Dan Travis Msc, Head Coach & Founder and Co- Owner of Tennis Tigers.  Co- Founder of  The Art of Winning.

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. Contact Dan on: 07826 068 248



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 Jeff on: 07472 362 605

Michael Broner, LTA Level 2

Michael is a competitive player who has participated in the sport since he was 10 years old. Originally from Hertfordshire, he has played in regional, national, and international tournaments; he has also represented Herts on several occasions in the national county cup. He is currently a first-year undergraduate at the University of Sussex and plays for the 1st team.

Michael has now been coaching for 3 years, delivering hitting sessions for county level teens and adult as well as leading group sessions for young children. 

£30.00 per hour.



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. 


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

Gregor Shaw Tennis Coach LTA Level 2

Gregor began playing tennis in Brighton aged 4. In 2014, he became a county champion and was a part of the Sussex team that reached the county cup national finals. Gregor went on to study at the University of Birmingham and is now a semi-professional football player, but maintains his passion for tennis through coaching. A tall left-handed player, he is available for hitting with adults and juniors across all levels. 

£30.00 per hour Coaching & Hitting.



Clare Gravenell LTA Coach 'She Rallies'  

Clare has a sports background of Athletics, she was County Champion in Long Jump and Women’s football . She has a great passion for sport and great understanding of the discipline and practise needed to be the best!

Clare started playing tennis in her early 30s and has loved playing ever since. She won a trophy for ‘Most Improved Female Player’ after 2 years of joining a local club, and she regulary plays singles and doubles in the Parks Leagues.

Clare has a Community Sports Leadership qualifiacation and enjoys sharing knowledge through teaching in a fun and relaxed environment, with a focus on encouragement and support to learning. Clare possesses a wide range of experience of working with children and adults of all ages and diverse backgrounds. My focus is on individual development whatever the level of skill and to thoroughly maximize enjoyment through this.

For Clare, tennis is a beautiful game that is dynamic and graceful, full of skills and tactics, drama and excitement, all of which she loves to pass on to others through coaching.

£30.00 per hour Coaching & Hitting.

Max Laing RPT Nike Community Coach

Max has been playing tennis since preschool 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.  

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. 

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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

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