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 over 12 years and has been the school's Head Coach for the past 9 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.
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 of the school.
Tony StrachanGeneral Manager / Coach
Tony has been coaching at Four Seasons Tennis School for over 12 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-Director 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.
Mikey has been in love with tennis from the age of 4 when he had his first lesson. He stayed with it and eventually competed for the UK and Ireland at both junior (U16 and U18), and at university level, winning accolades along the way. A resident of Sydney since 2007, Mikey still competes and reached the singles final of the Sydney Mardi Gras Tennis Championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012, winning in 2010. He is an ATPCA Master Professional Level 3 coach and has been with Four Seasons since 2009. Not only is he a tennis madman but a dedicated fitness fanatic who is never seen without his bicycle.
With several years as a junior competitor in tournaments round Australia, David has an acute understanding of the psychological and tactical elements which can improve young players today. He works in the FSTS junior program, coaching beginners and intermediate players, who warm to him.
In keeping with his career as a high school teacher, David combines a dynamic personality with a high energy style of coaching, while using inventive tennis drills to hold his students’ attention.
With a tennis court as his backyard it was impossible to keep Billy away from a tennis ball whilst he was growing up. These skills were then transferred onto a competitive stage and Billy played extensively as a Junior, competing regularly on the national stage. His love of the game hasn't waned as he has transitioned into the coaching realm. Billy places a strong emphasis on improving students' serving and preparing for matchplay. He still plays competitive tennis regularly representing the University of Sydney in Badge tennis.
Bill Bruce is a Qualified Level 2 coach with ATPCA and has been coaching at Four Seasons Tennis since 2011. At the end of 2014 he was appointed to run a children's tennis program for several months in 2015 in East Timor.
Jill started hitting balls with inate ability at the age of 10. She soon took to a regular squad regimen and competition followed with many tournaments and improving ranking. She won the South Coast Open as a junior.
Between 1992-95 Jill represented NSW in state tennis. In 1996 she qualified for the Under 18 National Team.
She parlayed her experience as a competitor to train as a coach and now combines this with her empathic qualities to coach children for FSTS. She is a Qualified Level 2 coach with ATPCA and has been coaching at Four Seasons Tennis since 2005.
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.
Played tennis from 7 years of age. He played Junior rep tennis in Santiago, Chile from 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 four years and has the gifts of a natural teacher. He is the father of a son.
Milovan 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 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
Jose played at the Catholic University and other affiliated clubs in Chile from 2000-2004. In 2005 as he was graduating in Physical Education he was appointed as a trainer at the University to coach a team of students and worked there for a number of years. He received his Certificate 1 in tennis coaching in 2006 and in 2008 he was appointed as coach to lead a team of students at the Aiep Institute of Chile. He was also a personal trainer at the Tennis Club of Curico.
In 2013 he graduated with Certificates 3 & 4 in personal training at the Australian College of Sports and fitness Sydney and in 2014 was appointed as a regular coach at Four Seasons Tennis School.