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.

JIMMY BROWN | Assistant Director
Playing Career – #1 in Boys 16s and 18s; Finalist in the French Open Juniors; Ranked #5 in the World Juniors; Ranked #42 in the World ATP Finalist in five tour events; Ranked top 100 ATP for nine years. He earned wins over top-ten players including: Jim Courier, Andre Agassi, Jose Higueras, Michael Pernfors, Jose Luis Clerc, Boris Becker, Pat Cash and Jimmy Arias.

Coaching Career – Head Pro at Saddlebrook for eleven years, where he worked with Pete Sampras, Jennifer Capriati, Ashley Harkleroad, Mardy Fish and many top juniors and collegiate players.

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.”