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Russell Dykes

How long have you been at Reigate Priory LTC: I am lucky enough to have been Head Coach since 2006! I have loved every minute and have enjoyed seeing players of all ages develop through our programme.

Earliest playing memory: I remember starting when I was about 4, using an old Bjorn Borg wooden tennis racket – It was almost the same size as me! My family all played and being the youngest I wanted to be good enough to join, which created my early drive.

Favourite tennis player: Roger Federer - My hero and probably the reason I changed career paths from marketing to tennis coaching – to play and teach others to play like him.

Coaching philosophy: Footwork, hit 1000s of balls, have lots of fun and make everyone smile!

What do you love most at Reigate Priory LTC: The beautiful setting - We should rename where we are Reigate Priory Sports Park, plus its just 2 mins from the high street, yet feels like the middle of the country.

If you could have dinner with any tennis great who would it be: John McEnroe, played when tennis was at its best or Steffi Graf for her legs!

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George Ellis

How long have you been at Reigate Priory LTC: I first started Coaching at RPLTC in 2015 and over the years I have met many lovely people who have kept me coaching here! My interest in coaching grew when I started helping out at the age of 16 at Leatherhead Tennis Club.

Earliest playing memory: My friend Rebecca introduced me to tennis when we were very young. We used every opportunity to adapt an activity to incorporate tennis. I hit loads of balls against the garage wall and finally succeeded in taking it over as a hitting wall rather than a horticultural wall!

Favourite tennis player: Rafael Nadal. I admire his work ethic, his intensity, discipline and his humble manner. As a left handed player myself I found it particularly helpful to watch him play when I was younger.

Coaching philosophy: Firstly, one needs to develop as an athlete and build tennis skills on this foundation. My focus is on a good warmup as I feel that sets the tone for the lesson. My main emphasis then is on footwork, technique, stamina and attitude.

What do you love most at Reigate Priory LTC: For me it has to be the peaceful surroundings yet accessibility to the town.

If you could have dinner with any tennis great who would it be: Nadal..it would help my Spanish!

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