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Meet Our Coaches

Mark Nielsen

Mark Nielsen 
Mark, who is owner of SMASHTENNIS and Head Coach, has been playing professional tennis for over 16 years.  He has taken part in Grand Slam tournaments and beaten several top 100 ATP ranked players.  Former national Number One player for eight years, he is also the third-highest New Zealand Representative in Davis Cup history.

Mark has extensive coaching experience of players at all levels and runs a busy programme out of Belmont Park Racquets Club


Read more about Mark's career on his Bio page.     

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To book a private lesson with any of the SMASHTENNIS coaches, call or text Jo on 021 0493 489 or email

  • Louis Yalland
    Louis started playing tennis and squash at Belmont Park at the age of 8. He spends his winters working at summer camps in Maine, and is currently working on completing his Junior Development Coaching course. Louis assists Mark with delivering ongoing school coaching programmes and enjoys introducing new players to the sport.
  • Simon Booth
    Simon comes back to us after gaining a wealth of experience in Brisbane. He worked for the Pure Tennis Academy, Australia's leading tennis academy, where he was a Head coach and Director of Tennis, managing the Queensland Tennis Centre. While in Australia, Simon also gained his Level 2 Club Pro qualification from Tennis Australia, Level 2 ATPCA , Diploma in Sport Centre Management and was nominated for Queensland Hot Shots coach of the year in 2015.

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