Meet the Tennis Scotland Coaching Team

Lea Azevedo GB National Tennis Academy Coach

The GB National Tennis Academy at the University of Stirling have a world-class coaching team leading an extraordinary programme.

Leo Azevedo GB National Tennis Academy Coach

Leo Azevedo, Head Coach

Renowned as a world-class coach - including for his work with former world No.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero - Leo Azevedo brings vast experience at the highest level of both male and female professional tennis, with a particularly strong record in developing juniors.

The 42-year-old has coached across the world for almost 20 years, from junior level to Grand Slam, Davis Cup and Olympic Games preparation, and has worked with some of the world’s most promising players such as Juan Carlos Ferrero, Cici Bellis and Guillermo Garcia Lopez.

Leo Azevedo, GB National Tennis Academy Head Coach: “It is an honour to be appointed the first Head Coach of the new GB National Tennis Academy at the University of Stirling. Tennis in Britain and Scotland has been on a fantastic journey over the last two decades and we don’t need to look far from Stirling to be inspired by just what is possible.

“I’m very passionate about the development of young talent and this will be the perfect environment to achieve that – everything is in place to allow young players to thrive. I could not wish for a better team to work alongside, with Colin, Toni, Bruno and Esteban all bringing different strengths and experiences to the programme which will help provide young players with a truly world-class tennis education.”   

 

Colin Fleming GB NTA coach

Colin Fleming, Lead Performance Coach

Colin Fleming is the Lead Performance Coach at GB National Tennis Academy. Colin will bring all his experience in professional tennis as winner of eight ATP World Tour Doubles titles, as a double Olympian competing at London 2012 and Rio 2016, member of GB Davis Cup Squad, Gold medallist in The Commonwealth Games in Delhi 2010 and Grand Slam Quarter-finalist of Men’s Doubles (Wimbledon and twice in the Us Open). Colin is currently a member of the GB Fed Cup Coaching Team and Tennis Scotland Performance Consultant.

Colin was previously Tennis Scotland National Coach where he supported lead Individual coaches in the development of young Scottish talent including Jonny O’Mara, Aidan McHugh, Gordon Reid, Maia Lumsden, Jacob Fearnley, Connor Thomson and Ali Collins. Colin also coached the GB Age Group.

Upon his appointment, Colin Fleming said: “The team that has been assembled is unique and I do believe we will complement each other well which in turn will be a real asset for the academy.”

 

Toni Gordon GB NTA Coach

Toni Gordon, Performance Coach

Before joining the GB National Tennis Academy Toni had worked in a variety of roles, from club and academy coaching to working on the professional tour. He has worked with Albert Portas (former Top 20 ATP player) and coached the Club Team in Barcelona with Carla Suarez (WTA top 10 player). Most recently Toni worked with Gabriella Taylor a WTA top 200 player on the LTA Pro Scholarship Programme (PSP).

As a player Toni was a top international junior and played on the ATP Tour in singles and doubles. Toni has a degree in Physical Education graduating from the same college as Esteban Carril and Cameron Norrie at Texas Christian University (TCU).

“Toni is extremely dedicated; he loves tennis and has incredible passion for the game. I am amazed at his daily hard work, his consistency and his knowledge on and off the court. He has great skills on emotional intelligence which I believe nowadays is key to educate and train young kids. He is very popular with young players, families and his colleagues.” Albert Portas.

 

Esteban Carril GB NTA Coach

Esteban Carril, Performance Advisor

Esteban Carril is a highly sought after, world-renowned coach who will bring vast experience and genuine world class quality to the GB National Tennis Academy. Esteban has been LTA Performance External Consultant since 2017, working together with the Performance Team to help in the development of young British tennis players.

Previous to this appointment, Esteban was coach of Johanna Konta who reached the Top 10 of the WTA rankings under his guidance. Esteban also coached Spanish Roberto Bautista, consolidated for many years as an ATP Top 30 player.

Ahead of the opening, Carril says: “I am excited to work with aspiring juniors at the GB National Tennis Academy at the University of Stirling with the vision of developing players to fulfil potential and enjoy careers in tennis.”

 

Bruno Argudo GB National Tennis Academy Coach

Bruno Argudo, Academy Coach

Bruno started as the Academy Coach in August 2020. Bruno is a former tennis scholar at the University of Stirling gaining an MSc in Sports Management. Combined with his studies Bruno worked as a Graduate Assistant Tennis Coach, establishing and leading the women’s tennis programme, as well as assisting with coaching for talented Tennis Scotland junior players at the time which included: Aidan McHugh, Ali Collins, Maia Lumsden. Bruno then set up his own academy in Spain where he also worked part-time for the Soto Academy.

“Bruno is a gentlemen and I could genuinely wax lyrical about him for pages. His people skills stand out. Bruno has an amazing ability to connect with people of all ages/sexes from young players to parents and he was a big favourite with all of our staff members. I have no doubts Bruno will be an absolute asset to Tennis Scotland.” Dan Kiernan, SotoTennis Academy Director and former British number 1 doubles player.