David Felgate named ‘Performance Coach of the Year’ at LTA Tennis Awards



The man behind Dan Evans’ impressive rise up the rankings has scooped the ‘Performance Coach of the Year’ award at the 2020 LTA Tennis Awards.

One of 18 national winners, Twickenham-based David Felgate received the accolade from the governing body for tennis in Britain on account of his work at the top level of the sport.

David helped Evans get back into the top 50 in the ATP rankings last year, while also establishing himself as the current men’s British No.1.

As a result, Evans featured in all four majors in the same season for the first time last year, while also matching his best performances at Wimbledon and in the US Open.

The Performance Coach award recognises those who have made significant impacts to those battling in tennis’ upper echelons, with David presented his award in a virtual ceremony by Leon Smith OBE, the LTA’s head of men’s tennis and Davis Cup captain.

My pleasure with any tennis player I work with is the success I see on the court, that’s the biggest reward for me.

Speaking about his award win, David commented:

“It’s nice to win any award, the recognition of the work that anyone puts in as a coach is nice. As a coach, we’re just part of a player’s journey, and if I’ve been able to help Dan in any way achieve what he does in tennis, I’m delighted.

To come back from where he was in terms of his ranking was an outstanding achievement. My pleasure with any tennis player I work with is the success I see on the court, that’s the biggest reward for me."

Currently in their fifth year, the LTA Tennis Awards celebrate the achievements made by outstanding tennis volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players in Britain.

Streamed live on LTA channels and presented by Leon Smith OBE, the national ceremony – which was digital for the first time in the awards’ history – saw David pick up his award alongside 17 other national winners, including current British No.1s Dan Evans and Johanna Konta who were named the LTA Men’s and Women’s ‘Player of the Year’ respectively.

This year saw more than 2,000 nominations across grassroots categories including Young Person of the Year and Club of the Year.

Nominations were drawn from more than 25,000 volunteers, 4,400 coaches, 940 officials, 20,000 schools, 2,700 clubs and more than 9,700 LTA approved tournaments, demonstrating the extraordinary contributions of individuals and venues who help to open up the sport and bring new fans and players to the game.

“The LTA Tennis Awards are a real celebration of the people that make our sport thrive,” said LTA president, David Rawlinson. “They celebrate the achievements made by outstanding volunteers, coaches, officials, venues and players, who are all vital in helping us to grow the game.

“To be named a national winner out of over 2,000 public nominations is a fantastic achievement so I’d like to congratulate all of this year’s winners and extend my thanks to each and every one of them for all that they do to help tennis in Britain.”

National Runners Up

Simon Grieve

Simon has been put forward for his development work with Ben Gusic-Wan who, as we’ve already heard, won the Under 12 Orange Bowl and Auray events in 2019.

Justin Sherring

Justin is the Performance Coach for Surrey and is shortlisted for his work with Joe Salisbury. Justin helped Joe reach the double’s final at Queens, the Wimbledon men’s doubles semi-final and the Nitto ATP Tour Finals at the O2. 

LTA Performance Coach of the Year 2020 – National Shortlist

  • Amanda Twigg from Cheshire
  • Andrew Higham from Nottinghamshire
  • David Felgate from Surrey
  • Justin Sherring from Surrey
  • Nigel Mann from Berkshire
  • Simon Grieve from Kent
  • Tim Webster from Cornwall

To see a full list of winners from the LTA Tennis Awards 2020 click here.

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