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Tony Roth

 

Noble Tennis School Founder and Director 

 

Education: Queens University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada), B.A Philosophy, M.A. Philosophy

 

Certification: Coach 4 (Tennis Canada), High Performance Coaching Degree (National Coaching Institute, Canada)

 

Coaching History: 

 

  •     National Touring Coach (Tennis Canada): 2000 - 2003

  •     Provincial Touring Coach (OTA): 1998 - 2005

  •     Assistant Coach, Queen's University: 1998 - 2003

  •     Tennis Director, Ottawa Athletic Club: 2004 - 2020 

  •     Director, Kingston Racquet Centre: 2022-Present

 

Awards: 2005 Coach of the Year (Tennis Professionals Association - Tennis Canada), 2006 Coaching Excellence Award (Tennis Canada)

 

Writings/Publications:  Noble Tennis: The Wisdom of Sport, OTA Code of Conduct Preamble, Published Articles: "Taking Fun Seriously", "Competition & Cooperation: The Connection?", "From Recreation to High Performance", "The Dignity of Sport".

 

Volunteer History: OTA Player Development Committee, National Capital Tennis Association (NCTA), OTA Code of Conduct

 

Playing History: National Competitor, U16, U18; Open Men's Ranking #1 in Ontario, Winner - Varsity Individual and Team Championships (Queen's University)

Tony Roth
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Carlo Zambri

Noble Tennis School - Co-Director

 

Education: Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, University of Windsor, 1999

 

Certification: Coach 2 (Tennis Canada)

 

Teaching History: 

  •     30+ years in Tennis

  •     20+ years as a teaching professional

  •     Noble Tennis School: 2003 - present

  •     Co-Developer of the Noble Tennis Methodology

  •     Assistant Tennis Director, Ottawa Athletic Club: 2004 - 2020 

  •     Lead NTS Professional, Ottawa Tennis & Lawn Bowling Club: 2021-Present

 

Playing Highlights: Eastern Canadian O35 Indoor Singles Champion, 2015; winner of multiple tournaments at local and regional levels at both junior and adult levels. 

 

Teaching Highlights: Whenever a student from the present or the past has a breakthrough, it's a highlight, no matter what the playing level.

Carlo Zambri
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Ben Etheve-Meek

Noble Tennis School - Co-Director

 

Education: Advanced Sports and Recreation Degree, South Devon College, England 1991.

 

Certification: Coach 3 (Tennis Canada), Level 1 & 2 (International Tennis Federation), Level 1 (Peter Burwash International), Certificates: High Performance Conditioning Strategies, Physical Preparation (International Olympic Solidarity) 

 

Teaching History: 

  •     Teaching Professional: 1992 - present 

  •     Noble Tennis School: 2003 - present 

  •     ITF Touring Coach

  •     Tennis Canada/OTA Touring Coach

  •     Co-Developer of the Noble Tennis Methodology

  •     Assistant Tennis Director, Ottawa Athletic Club: 2004 - 2020

 

Playing History: Winner of multiple events and tournaments in the Ottawa region, Coached by Patrice Hagelaeur (French Davis Cup coach and coach of Yannick Noah), National Junior Champion: Tanzania, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Ranked #1 in Seychelles for 6 years, represented Seychelles at Indian Ocean Games, 1993 & 1998

 

Specialties: Footwork, mobility and court coverage, physical conditioning, technical fundamentals and advanced biomechanics.

 

Message from Ben:

“It was a hot and sunny mid-morning when, after having found some balls in the surrounding bushes, I picked up a plank of wood and started to paddle away at the practice wall. I had been at if for four hours before realizing I was late and my mum was gonna have my tush for it. There and then my love for tennis had begun. This same beautiful game would take me to six continents and over 15 countries around the world as I gathered tremendous experience and exposure as a player and aspiring teacher. I never thought I would find myself in a northern country, blessed with four beautiful seasons. Here in the land of snow, ducks, ice and beavers, I am still enjoying my true calling of teaching tennis amongst exceptional teachers, sharing their love of wisdom and learning.

Ben Etheve-Meek
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Kamaksh Dave

 

Certification: Tennis Canada Instructor, Club Pro 1, Club Pro 2, Coach 2 (in progress)  

 

Teaching History:

  • Neon tennis Academy, India - High Performance Assistant coach, High performance fitness coach (2018 - 2020)

  • Quinte Tennis Club, Belleville - Assistant Coach (2021)

  • Whitby Tennis Club, Whitby - High Performance Assistant Coach, Summer Camps (2022)

  • Noble Tennis School, Kingston, Next Level Camp (2023) 

  • Kingston Racquet Centre - (Current)

Player Highlights: 

  • #17 Ranking in Ontario (Open Men’s)

  • Ranked Top 50 in U16 and U18, India

  • Winner of 18 State and National titles, India 

  • Player of the year - 2017-2019, Neon Tennis Academy

 

Personal Comment :

My motivation for teaching: What is more fulfilling than to see players hitting their first overhead or backhand slice? Any coach understands that feeling of accomplishment when a student starts to grasp what you are teaching. It's a one-of-a-kind experience. This kind of pleasure keeps me motivated to teach tennis. 

Experience from tennis: The thing I learned from tennis is that If you have the mentality to never to give up, you can truly "give it your best." Even if you have a bad day or don’t feel great, you can still try your best at that moment, with the resources you have available. There are some big waves, but we can make it to the other side if we stay steady and never stop!

  

Kamaksh Dave
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Nadine Klajman

 

Current Level of Certification: Tennis Canada Instructor, Club Pro 1

Teaching History: 

 

  • Clinics and Camps: Juniors (ages 4-16) at various clubs in Toronto (2015-2022), including Davisville Tennis Club, Wanless Tennis Club, Swansea Tennis Club, Howard Park Tennis Club, York Racquets Club, and Bayview Golf & Country Club. 

  • Full-Time: Private and group lessons, adults and juniors, Lawrence Park Tennis Club (2020, 2021) and Sir Winston Churchill Tennis Club (2022). 

  • Noble Tennis School, Kingston, Next Level Camp (2023) 

  • Kingston Racquet Centre - (Current)


Playing Highlights: Ranked in the top 25 in Ontario and top 50 in Canada as a junior. I won several tournaments as a competitive player. As a varsity athlete at Brock University, I was named the tennis team’s rookie of the year.

Personal Comment: I was only able to compete at an elite level until age 14, after sustaining a serious injury. While rehabbing, I turned to coaching to keep involved in the sport. Coaching quickly became a passion for me, as I have learned the joys of helping players at various levels, from age 4 to 84.  

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Tait Becke

 

Education: Ashbury College, Royal Academy of Music (London, UK) 

 

Certification: OTA Instructor, NTS Teacher Apprentice Program Graduate (Sept 2020) 

 

Coaching History:

  •      Noble Tennis School: 2016-Present,

  •      NTS Futures Tennis Camp, Program Leader: 2018

  •      Compound Performance, High Performance Program, 2021-Present

 

Personal Message or Motto: 

I was 19 years old when I found out I loved tennis, I was playing semi-pro soccer while studying music in UK, and I came back to the OAC during the Christmas holidays. My friend and mentor Carlo Zambri was playing in a tournament (Endless Summer year 1) so I watched his match, and went to the bar with the guys afterwards for what has become the traditional Quarter finals party. During the typical bar banter, the idea was floated that I would lose to a 9 year old girl if I attempted to step out on the court again, I had taken lessons when I was extremely young ages 5-10 but hadn't touched a racquet since. Being the cocky 19 year old who thought he was an amazing athlete, I confidently told them they were insane. Carlo organised the match for the following day. I arrived at the OAC feeling a little bit bad for my poor young opponent and even more so when she was introduced to me, she was at most half my height, had glasses, and pig-tails. I was not intimidated, and it turned out neither was she. I went on to lose in glorious fashion 6-0, 6-0 and I've been in love with the game ever since.

 

I've tried to spend as much time as possible on court since that moment, improving and learning, and now I'm very lucky to be able to share my enthusiasm and passion for the game with everyone who comes to the NTS!  

Tait Becke
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