Meet the Team
Kevin Baker: Head Coach
Kevin Baker is the Director of Tennis at Portsmouth Tennis Academy. He has been at Portsmouth Tennis Academy for over 25 years, and several of our coaches and adult players learnt to play under Kevin’s instruction. Kevin holds professional teaching qualifications with the RPT, PTR and the LTA, and reached an ITF Seniors World Ranking of 74 in 2005. Currently Kevin spends his time between the Gomez Tennis Academy in Naples, Florida where his son Blu is based, and back here at the Academy.
Claire Overton: Coach
Claire is one of our longest-standing coaches at Portsmouth Tennis Academy, having played here since she was 10 and coached here for the last 15 years. As well as coaching our Mini Tennis and Nadal Performance programmes, Claire leads our Little Smashers classes for pre-school children and the girls-only Miss Hits groups, and spends a lot of time coaching juniors and performance players one-to-one.
Ollie Barnes: Coach
Ollie is one of our longest-standing coaches at Portsmouth Tennis Academy, having played here since he was 12 and coached here for the last 16 years. He coaches our Mini Tennis and Nadal Performance programmes. Ollie offers individual lessons for juniors and performance players, working one-to-one with some of our best players.
Josh Barrett: Coach
Josh started coaching 10 years ago and has been playing at PTA for 15 years. He coaches our Mini Tennis and Nadal Performance programmes and leads our Adult courses. Josh also works closely with the University of Portsmouth, coaching the University Men’s Teams and running university Cardio Tennis sessions. Josh offers individual lessons for juniors, performance players and adults of all abilities.
Alex Panayides: Coach
Alex has been coaching for 3 years, and joined Portsmouth Tennis Academy 2 years ago. He started playing tennis when he was 5, and played at Division 1 University in America as well as playing semi-professional and professional events. He coaches on our Mini Tennis, Nadal Performance, and some adult programmes. He also coaches Beginner and Improver classes through our partnership with the University of Portsmouth, and runs our PGS extra-curricular clubs. He coaches individual lessons for juniors and adults.
Martin Shepherd: Coach
Martin has been coaching for over 30 years, and has been a part of the team here at Portsmouth Tennis Academy for over 20 years. He coaches private lessons for individuals and small groups of adults. He has LTA, RPT and PTR certification.
Mish Omer: Assistant Coach
Mish joined the PTA coaching team in 2018, but had already been coaching elsewhere for a couple of years before this. She is an assistant coach on our Mini Tennis and Nadal Performance programmes, and teaches individual lessons for juniors.
James Lawton: Assistant Coach
James joined the PTA coaching team in 2018, having already coached elsewhere for 3 years before this. He is an assistant coach on our Mini Tennis and Nadal Performance programmes, and teaches individual lessons for juniors.