We have built a very strong reputation with our tennis programme since its launch in 2012, finishing as the fourth ranked school in GB twice in the previous few years and winning several National titles. A top three spot is looking very likely for this year with a second-place finish in U18 National Championships already.
We offer a year-round, bespoke programme for all our Scholarship players based around their individual timetables and allow them the flexibility to be able to train externally as well. We work closely with players’ external coaches, sharing goals to ensure players have consistency within each session.
We also have year-round programmes in place for our players who play frequently, but not quite as much perhaps as the Scholars, as well as a programme over the Summer Term for those that simply want to play a little more.
The focus for our Scholarship players is the National Schools Team Tennis event, which runs throughout the calendar year. Every year since our programme launch, we have managed to make it through to the regional finals at worst; a great achievement as we are no doubt competing in the strongest region in GB. This tournament is closely followed on our priority list by the Independent National Schools doubles event, which is played over a few days towards the end of the Summer Term; then a few more localised events throughout the Summer Term also.
All our players who train and compete semi-regularly will represent us in the above events, but also focus on the Surrey League. Again, coming from such a strong county – means that these are always very competitive, but fun fixtures. They run over the Summer Term only and culminate in a final’s day for group winners.
For anyone interested, we also run many friendly fixtures, again over the Summer Term, so we have something for everyone over the school’s tennis season. We also run after school tennis clubs (Summer Term only) that are open to all players, irrelevant of level or experience. These are a great opportunity for everyone to play some fun, social doubles together.
Head of Tennis
The programme is run by Head Coach, Gregg Kovic, who joined Surbiton High School from Reeds School in 2011. Gregg is an LTA Level 5 Master Coach, who is also qualified through the Spanish system as an RPT European Professional. Gregg played to the highest level as a junior and has worked with all our top players in the past, all of which will compete in Tennis Europe events, ITFs, and British Tour as they get older and most recently at Junior Wimbledon. Many pupils are going on to top universities in the UK and more recently to the USA on full tennis scholarships.
Gregg is assisted by Zak Elbekri, an LTA Level 3 , Fully Accredited Plus Coach, who until not long ago was still competing full time himself. Zak is also still playing in the National club league for a very strong team. Zak came on board in 2012 due to the programme’s expansion. Zak was one of Cheam’s many strong scholarship players himself, so plays to the highest level.
We are also extremely proud to have Claire de Gubernatis working with us. Claire held a career with a high world ranking of 197 (singles), has won five ITF singles events and seven ITF doubles events during her playing career. Still winning National titles with David Lloyd Raynes Park as a player, Claire has now also set up an academy at The River Club in Malden and is also qualified as an LTA Level 4 Senior Performance Coach. Having Claire on board brings another dimension to our programme, with her knowledge and experience of the game and life on tour.
In our opinion, having coaches employed by the School, who get to see all our players compete regularly is essential. By spending time with all our players, both on and off the court, we can build strong, professional relationships with them all.
If you need any further information on any part of our programme, please do contact Gregg Kovic.