John Hicks

18 May 2011

John Hicks

Title >
Tennis Coach – Performance

Date and Place of Birth >
1933, Coventry

Athletes Coached >
Mark Hilton
Mike Walker
Nick Gould
Lucie Ahl

Biography >
It’s fair to say that John has done a fair bit in his career!

His first sport as a player was football. He played for Coventry City FC (by choice as an Amateur), and later for both Banbury Town & Atherstone FC.

He played Group 1 National Tennis for 3 different Counties: Warwickshire, Cambridgeshire and North Wales.
He moved into Tennis Coaching in the 1960’s, and soon it became clear that this was his passion and strength.
He worked his way up through numerous positions and became Great Britain U16 Coach in 1989.

For 11 years John worked both on the practice court and on world junior tour with pretty much every top British player out there including Tim Henman, Miles Maclaglen, Andrew Richardson.

During the 90’s he started to build his own squad at Wrexham. He became individual coach to Mark Hilton, Nick Gould and Mike Walker (all Davis Cup squad) and Lucie Ahl (Fed Cup); and his players won at least 15 National Junior titles. John passed this squad on in 2004/5 to work for the LTA once again with the U18 National Girls Squad based at Queens Club.

John is married Jan in 1966, and has two children and three Grandchildren. He lives in Calne.

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