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Tennis academy appoints new head coach

Leonardo Azevedo has been appointed head coach at the University of Stirling’s new National Tennis Academy.

The Brazilian says he’s “passionate about the development of new talent”.

He said, “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, Esteban and Leon all bringing different strengths and experiences to the programme which will help provide young players with a truly world-class tennis education.”

The academy will be one of two in the UK, when it opens in August.

The programme will also work in partnership with the nearby Dollar Academy.

Blane Dodds, Tennis Scotland Chief Executive added, “It’s a genuine coup for tennis in Scotland and Great Britain to attract a coach of Leonardo’s calibre, bringing with him a truly world-class reputation.

“Our recruitment process for this key role was thorough and we have excellent references from some of the most respected coaches in the game, including Ivan Lendl and José Higueras.

“Not only do we have confidence that we’ve made the best possible appointment but also that we’ve built a world-class coaching team around him – Colin, Esteban and Leon all providing invaluable support, insight and skillsets.

“With Scotland and Britain recently enjoying such unprecedented levels of success in world tennis through Andy and Jamie Murray and Gordon Reid, the time is now to capitalise on their success and achievements.

“I’m confident we have put everything possible in place to help young talent thrive in Stirling when the GB National Tennis Academy opens later this year and we all share an excitement at what lies ahead.”

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