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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 Cathy Coleman on 0274-2SMASH (0274 276 274) or email

  • Gavin Hill
    Gavin has a great passion for the sport of tennis and enjoys the challenge of imparting his knowledge to others. He is a qualified and registered Club Professional Coach with over 20 years' experience.It is wonderful to see the enjoyment Gavin gets from being on court, working with all ages and abilities.
  • Josh Mark
    Josh has been a Chelsea Cup player as well as a level 1 Professional Junior Development Coach. He has had 6 years' experience in high-level development coaching and is very confident with coaching all ages. Josh is very understanding towards all levels of player. He is known for being consistent and good at keeping kids focused.
  • Cathy Coleman
    Cathy got into tennis when her eldest son started to learn to play and she has never looked back. After all the sports played over the years, tennis ticks all the boxes for her. She loves the physical and mental challenge as well as the social side that tennis provides, and coaching has just added another dimension.

Community Coaches


Louis Yalland 


Reece Matuschka


Lukas Walton 

Howard Ho

Howard Ho 

Aleks Duranski

Aleks Duranski

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