WARWICK BASHFORD - DIRECTOR OF RACQUET SPORTS
Hi, my name is Warwick Bashford. I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, in 1967. I grew up in the suburbs of Sandton City, now an affluent area situated within the Johannesburg Municipality, Gauteng, South Africa. Ever since I was little, I had a lot of hobbies and played many sports. Tennis was my favorite! In 1980 my parents immigrated to the United Kingdom to follow a family dream.
I quickly improved, enjoying junior success as a former British Schools National Champion & later competed on the ATP tour. At the early age of 19, I was forced to retire prematurely from professional competition due to years of consistent back problems. Warned by doctors that if I continued to pursue tennis as a professional player, I would end up in a wheelchair and was advised to hang up my racket & dreams.
With an unparalleled desire to succeed, I was not prepared to give up and spent the the following years traveling & learning from the likes of the late Harry Hopman, Nick Bollettieri, Robert Lansdorp and Jean Claude Labout. I was determined to learn where things went wrong on my path to greatness and have since devoted my life helping tennis players around the world avoid making the same mistakes.
It was in Paris, France where I spent 18 years honing my tennis coaching skills, learning from one the worlds best tennis organizations and coaches. I have been privileged to advise and coach elite athletes and coaches including, Michael Chang, Marcos Baghdatis, Amelie Mauresmo and Sandrine Testud.
What began as a commitment to helping individuals improve their performance, has grown into transforming the qualities of people’s lives, whether it is peak performance athletes, coaches, world class entertainers, CEO’s, businesses, teachers and parents.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to make a difference through teaching tennis and life skills through tennis. For me, it is all about giving back, I have since devoted my time to community tennis, working with kids who might never have the opportunity to work and train with an elite coach.
Former ATP & WTA tour coach, member and certified professional tennis coach of the PTR. (Professional Tennis Registry for International tennis coaches – USA & France)
Advised and counseled elite athletes and coaches around the world, including:
- Michael Chang (USA) Career best ranking ATP tour # 2
- Marcos Baghdatis (Cyprus) Career best ranking ATP tour # 8
- Amelie Mauresmo (FR) Career best ranking WTA tour # 1
- Sandrine Testud (FR) Career best ranking WTA tour # 7
Certified with the following organizations:
- ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) professional tour coach
- WTA (Women’s Tennis Association) professional tour coach
- LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) level 4 professional coach – UK
- BE2 (French Tennis Federation) level 2 professional coach – France
- PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) level 3 professional international coach – USA & France
PATRICK FLYNN - TENNIS COACH
Patrick Flynn has over 40 years playing experience, with numerous state and regional tournament titles throughout the Southern region of the USA. As an active member of United States Tennis Association, he reached the NTRP level of 5.0. He has been an active tennis coach for over 22 years and has worked closely with students from beginners up to advanced collegiate players. He was formerly the head tennis coach at Spartanburg Methodist College. As a coach and an active player, Patrick has a passion for the game of tennis, and desires to instill his love for the game into all his students from the lowest levels up to highest.
- USPTA Certified
- 22 years coaching experience
- Worked with numerous highly ranked juniors and collegiate players seeking a career in professional tennis
- Worked as a coach at numerous private tennis clubs and academies, including the Racquet Club of Memphis.
- Active player, formerly ranked 5.0 USTA.
- Has played in numerous USTA sanctioned state and regional tournaments.
- Head coach of the Men’s and Women’s tennis team at Spartanburg Methodist College (2018-2020)