Meet Our Academy Team


Our cadre of tennis professionals are truly unique and special in so many ways and truly embody our “Team-Family” philosophy.

  • All are accomplished and dedicated tennis players themselves.
  • All are longstanding Newks Tennis Academy team members.
  • All are focused on helping every player in the program both on and off the court.
  • Quite simply, they are the very best in the industry and are led by the indomitable and ebullient Phil Hendrie.

Coaching Staff

PHIL HENDRIE | Academy Director
“With over 30 years of coaching experience, I must say our Academy has the most unique environment. Every staff member and student is treated as family. Our program allows every student the opportunity to reach their true potential with family pride because we all share in each other’s successes.”
– Phil Hendrie

Phil has coached at the Ranch for over 25 years and has coached many top International and National players such as: Ryan Harrison, Michael Venus, Lleyton Hewitt, Byron Black, Mirijana Lucic, Alicia Molik and Li Na.

PJ HENDRIE | Assistant Director
“A native of New Braunfels, I grew up at the John Newcombe Tennis Academy and developed my game under world-class coaches. I played #1 singles and doubles for NB High School and made the 4A State singles final twice. Played Division I tennis at Saint Louis University where I obtained a degree in Communications. After graduation, I became the adult program director and junior program assistant director at Brickell Tennis Club in Miami. In 2012 I decided to re-join the Newks team-family and I have been a full-time member since.”
MARIEL TINNIRELLO | Director of Athletics
  • Played Division 1 Tennis for 4 years at the University of Idaho.
  • Women’s Tennis Team Assistant Coach at the University of Idaho
  • Undergraduate in Sports Science
  • Master’s Degree: Recreation
  • PTR Certified, level Professional

“Newks Tennis Academy is one of a kind. We combine world-class training for tennis players with a family atmosphere that promotes the development of the student-athlete both on and off the court. Our staff takes pride in the fact that no player is a number here. We get to know each student very well. We have personalized plans that work to help each individual reach their highest potential. I feel lucky to have the best job in the world for the past 7 years; to get to work with kids year-round and see them grow, improve and mature on a daily basis.”


Li Na #3 WTA, Aussie Open Champ
Lleyton Hewitt Career high #1 in World ATP Singles
Ryan Harrison Roland Garros Doubles Champion
Michael Venus Roland Garros Doubles Champion
Harrison Adams Texas A&M NCAA Div. 1
Sam Adams Texas Tech NCAA Div. 1
Emina Bektas University of Michigan NCAA Div. 1
George Goldhoff UT Austin NCAA Div. 1
Liza Fieldsend University of North Carolina State
NCAA Div. 1
Lilly Kimbell University of Georgia NCAA Div. 1
Ellen Tsay Stanford University NCAA Div. 1


“The John Newcombe Tennis Academy is a family of players, professionals and mentors who are unlimited in their goals, and who become one unified team. We are a home away from home, where building strong players with strong values is the heart of our game. We are professionals longing to develop the entire person, not just the player.”