The school's core coaches have been with Four Seasons Tennis since it opened in January 2002 and are certified by the Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association and/or Tennis Australia. Within this cohort of gifted coaches is a balanced range of skill and competitive backgrounds which allows for a truly optimum tennis experience.
Julio El AklFounder / Master Coach
The Four Seasons Tennis School founder, Julio El Akl is a Master Professional Level 3 qualified tennis coach, former tour player and is President of the Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association Ltd (ATPCA). He has been appraised as a coaching presenter at the highest level by Tennis Australia and has mentored over 1,200 tennis coaches throughout Australia and around the world for over a decade. He brings an in-depth knowledge garnered over 15 years during sojourns in the USA, UAE, South America, Middle East and Australia.
Julio set up Four Seasons Tennis School over a decade ago and works privately with students on the fusion of the psychological, mental and strategic elements of match play.
C. Strachan-BrownHead Coach
Cato is a Master Professional Level 3 qualified tennis coach. He has been coaching at Four Seasons Tennis School for 15 years and has been the school's Head Coach for the past 12 years. Cato has played several junior competitions in the local area and now focuses on developing the school's Junior Development Program through the teenage squad system. He is a qualified personal fitness trainer which feeds into his vision of junior sport development.
Cato works well with all ages and demands energy and commitment from all his group students. But he also provides a high level of expertise as a coach of private students. He is Co-Director and co-proprietor of the school.
Tony StrachanGeneral Manager / Coach
Tony has been coaching at Four Seasons Tennis School for over 14 years and has been manager since 2006. He is a Level 2 qualified Tennis Coach and has a range of teaching experiences with juniors and adults of all ages, with his previous experience as a high school teacher and through his work with the Deaf community. With 50 years of playing the great game of tennis he has his own set of practical and insightful hints to offer the wide range of players whom he meets at Marrickville and other centres. Tony is Co-Proprietor of Four Seasons Tennis School.
Zain is a Master Professional Level 3 qualified tennis coach and was ranked in the top 50 players as a junior in Australia. He competed in the satellite and Future Event tour for some years and still competes in club competitions in Sydney and beyond. Zain specialises in coaching our school's advanced adults in the private coaching program. His playing experience over the years as a top junior and A-grade adult player gives him a great depth of understanding of technique, strategy and pressure situations, which he imparts eloquently to his students. He is renowned for his calm personality and understanding manner.
ARLYN SWAINArlyn has been coaching for over 5 years, mainly at Gosford Tennis Centre and Killara Lawn Tennis Centre. He has been administrator too of the Northern Suburbs Tennis Association and has directed several tournament events over the years. His knowledge of digital competition software is extensive and his experience as a UNSW academic tutor has also led him to develop into a firm and commanding presence on court, whether with children or adults. In 2015 he took on the role of of University Games Tennis Team Manager with aplomb, and during his tertiary years was awarded a number of scholarships.
FILIPE RAMOSA world traveller who has recently joined us, Filipe has several years of intensive competitive tennis behind him in Portugal between 2002 and 2011. He went on to represent his tennis training school, ET Maia/AT Porto in recent times in southern Europe with his eyes set on playing the tour. University beckoned however, and while he went on to compete often in the last couple of years his mind became engaged in economics, financial services and mathematics. He has a cool and understated approach on court which students take to with alacrity.
SHARON HUANGSharon took to the racquet at 6 years of age with lessons from her dad, a qualified coach.
She trained with her brother as well, and competed with success in multiple junior tournaments and comp formats round the country. She eventually was ranked 300 for her age group before taking up her studies more seriously. Her coaching career started at 15, and she also found time during tertiary studies to represent and take out Silver for the UNSW unigames. Her other hat is as a digital marketing specialist. In both spheres she lives by the motto: ‘If it doesn’t challlenge you, it won’t change you’.
PATRICK MASSAPatrick is steeped in the world of competitive tennis, body conditioning and coaching. He spent a monthy in 2003 at the Bollettieri Coaches Workshop to gain invaluable experience and insight into the modern game. He has also attended other clinics and a Community Coaches Workshop in 2017 to burnish his credentials. He is mad about the game and played for several years in Premier Badge in Australia. Being a qualified fitness trainer he believes the underpinnings of enduring success needs the foundation of specific strength and conditioning for the particularities of the game. He confesses to loving the beach and food, but wears a blindfold and a nosepeg when passing pizza outlets.
JEONG BALDWINJeong has played tennis for as long as he can remember and is an inspriration to his younger siblings. At FSTS he fills a similar place with a supportive, patient and warm approach to children, especially during their times of frustration. He is constantly playing in tournaments in NSW to balance his studies and has developed a fine serve to strike fear into his opponents. He has been trained by Cato, the Head Coach of FSTS and is a member of the Australian Professional Coaches Association.
Troy has been coaching with Four Seasons since 2007. He grew up in country NSW and has been involved with tennis his whole life. He is fortunate to be able to play around the globe throughout the year and has coached regularly for many years in both Singapore and Australia.
He still enjoys playing competitive tennis at A1 level and lives by the adage that "too much tennis is barely enough". He has also completed fitness training courses and guarantees lessons with a high level of activity and regular ground stroke feedback.
Jill has a long history of competitive tennis and coaching. In her youth she entered and won a number of UK tennis tournaments and comps, both in singles and doubles. At the same time she was improving herself at St Andrews University completing a degree in psychology. This catapulted her into work as a Training and Development Consultant. With a move to Australia and a new horizon as a mother, Jill completed the LTA Tennis Assistant course in September 2004 and spent a year enlightening 7 to 9 year-olds. She qualified as an ATPCA tennis coach Level 1 in 2012, and then in 2013 went on to complete her Level 2. She is not only a gifted coach but is an accredited tennis official for Tennis Australia and Tennis NSW, for whom she officiates at major Australian Tournaments, including the Australian Open.
John has played tennis from 7 years of age. He played Junior representative tennis in Santiago, Chile from age 14 to 16 years and in NSW and went on to represent North West District in Sydney District Cup as the number 2 ranked player in his late teens. He has played in comp and tournaments over many years and is a fierce competitor.
In the 2000s he qualified as an ATPCA Level 1 coach and in 2013 went on to pass his Level 2 exam. He has been coaching for FSTS for 7 years and has the gifts of a natural teacher. He is the father of a son.
Milovan MaksimovicMilovan started playing at 10 in the under 18s. As a teen he won the Shell Open Series and Singleton Grass tournaments as well as several others over his teenage years. This put him in the top 25 within Australia and he continued to compete in satellite and associated events both down under and overseas. He qualified for the Australian Open Junior qualifiers, a very memorable and instructive experience. He has coached widely in Serbia but with a young family he is now a veteran of FSTS's coaching staff. He trains and mentors a number of young gifted competition players intensively each week, as well as teaching older dogs new tricks.
JMilan played tennis in the shadow of the Himalayas at an early age and competed in Junior ITF in Nepal. In the Antipodes he has completed the ATPCA coaching course as well as a Junior Development coaching course with Tennis Australia. Allied to his dynamic coaching abilities his other interest is natural health which he studies voraciously and practises assiduously. He lives dangerously in this urban jungle however, arriving at the courts on a motorbike.