Meet Team TTA

Kris Gray
Academy Founder and Director

Co-Founder and owner of Tenerife Tennis Academy, Kris is an LTA Level 5 qualified Master Performance Coach, and is the academy director, responsible for the development of all TTA player training programmes

Maks Shangichev
Academy Founder and Director

Co-Founder and owner of Tenerife Tennis Academy, Maks is a lifelong tennis enthusiast, and is responsible for all competition planning at TTA

Juan

Academy Coordinator

Juan, TTA coordinator, will usually be your main contact person at TTA.
Juan is originally from Malaga, and previously worked in the prestigious Club de Tenis Valencia before joining us at the academy in 2021. You can talk with Juan in both English and Spanish.

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Academy Coaches

Mamadou

Senior Academy coach Mamadou is himself an ex tour player who still likes to spar with our better players every now and then. Mamadou works with our full time players, as well as heading up our after school afternoon academy. Languages: english, spanish and french.

Patricio

Patricio is our kidstennis expert, he works daily with our youngest players, developing their skills so that they are ready for the orange ball green ball stages. He is also a favourite with the adults and organises the adult evening groups and the sunday competition mornings. Languages: english & spanish

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Leo

After graduating as a player from the academy, Leo decided to continue at the academy as a coach. Leo has shown a talent for coaching, and hopes to become a TTA senior coach soon. Leo is also our Head PRO Stringer having strung in various ATP and WTA events. Languages: English, Spanish and Russian.

Aku

TTA Senior Academy Coach Aku is a well accomplished coach from Finland. Aku has coached and traveled many international players on the Tennis Europe and ITF Tours before moving to Tenerife to joing the TTA team.

Aleks

From Serbia, Academy coach Aleks leaves no stones unturned when developing juniors, often seen analysing players techniques and point patterns on video- Languages: english, spanish & serbian.

Sports Science Team

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Raul

Raul is our Senior Strength and Conditioning coach, responsible for creating and delivering bespoke training programs for our academy players.

Salva

Salva is the physio to top WTA player, Karolina Pliskova. He is a world renowned physio, with his main base in South Tenerife.
All TTA players have access to Salva and his expertise whenever required

Jack

Jack is our senior Stregnth and Conditioning coach, along with Raul, he creates, and delivers our academy players training programs.

Synergy Academics Team

Elizabeth

Elizabeth Page, Director of Studies for Synergy, has worked for over 18 years in the field of education, as a Director, Head of Department, Ofsted Outstanding Teacher and an examiner. She has a passion for ensuring that all students achieve their academic goals.

Tania

Tania is our primary school teacher, she graduated from St Petersburg State University with a diploma in primary teaching and teaching english as a second language. Tania takes great care of the education of all our players under the age of 12 as well as teaching english and russian as second languages.

Jo

Jo graduated with a B.Sc. (hons) in Interdisciplinary Physics, with a Post Graduate Certificate of Education. She is our specialist in Maths and all Sciences for our english language students.

Conchi

Conchi is qualified as a french teacher, but is principally our spanish teacher. She guides our spanish speaking students with their CIDEAD online schooling, whilst also teaching spanish to our english speaking students. All our english speaking students have spanish included in their curriculum up to GCSE level.

Tony

Tony graduated as a MPhys Physics with Medical Technology back in 2002 at the University of Hull, and became a qualified Secondary Science teacher at the University of Exeter in 2005. In Synergy he brings his passion for Maths and Sciences to both our spanish and english language students to help them to achieve their educacional goals.