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Colin Fleming Steps Up At GB National Tennis Academy

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Colin Fleming steps up at GB National Tennis Academy as Head Coach Leo Azevedo returns to Brazil for family reasons.

Tennis Scotland can confirm that Colin Fleming, the Billie Jean King Cup coach and former Davis Cup player, has been appointed interim GB National Tennis Academy Head Coach in place of Leo Azevedo, who has returned home to his native Brazil for family reasons.

Leo has been granted compassionate leave in recent weeks but following continual dialogue has intimated that he will require to remain at home to be close to his family. His contract has now ended by mutual agreement.

Colin Has Worked Closely With Academy Players

Colin has worked closely with the academy players since the academy was set up two years ago and will continue in his role as interim Head Coach as Tennis Scotland and the LTA agree the recruitment process for Leo’s successor.

Blane Dodds

Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland Chief Executive: “All of us at Tennis Scotland, and of course the players and coaching staff at the National Tennis Academy, are really sad to see Leo leave his role as Head Coach. We fully support his decision to remain at home to support his family during a challenging time and appreciate the commitment he has made to the next generation of players at the GB National Tennis Academy during his two years at Stirling.

“I would like to wish Leo all the best for the future and we will ensure that a relationship is maintained between both parties. We also look forward to supporting Colin Fleming in his role as Interim Head Coach and I’m sure he will continue to add great value to the academy set up as we progress with our recruitment.”

Leo Azevedo

Leo Azevedo stated: “It has been a privilege to serve as the Head Coach of the GB National Tennis Academy at the University of Stirling and it is a role I will proudly reflect on throughout my career. It has been satisfying to witness the exceptional development of both the players and programme throughout my time, thanks to the commitment of Tennis Scotland and the LTA, in addition to the support of sportscotland, Dollar Academy and the University of Stirling.

"I’m devastated to cut short my time here in Scotland as I’ve had such a positive experience with so many individuals within British tennis. I send my best wishes for the continued evolution of the academy and look forward to keeping track of the development in coming years.”

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