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Lionel Eli

For more than 24 years, Lionel Eli, one of Canada's most highly rated and respected tennis coaches, has been the Director of Tennis and Operations at Banbury Tennis Club, serving the residents of Toronto/North in Ontario, Canada. During the winter months, Eli, a former Davis Club player for Barbados, serves as Director of Tennis at Tam Heather Curling and Tennis Club in Scarborough, Ontario.

Eli represented Barbados at the national senior level and has competed in Davis Cup competitions in Bolivia, the Bahamas, and the Dominican Republic. He also served as captain/coach of the national Barbados Davis Cup (men's) Federation Cup (women's) teams.

He began his teaching and coaching career in his native Barbados where he taught Physical Education at the Garrison Secondary School and The St. Michael School; and served as sports coordinator for tennis, golf and squash at Rockley Resort where he was also the Head Tennis Pro.

Later, Eli moved to North America where he earned his United States Professional Tennis Association Professional One qualifications, one of the highest tested ratings possible. Professional 1 or P-1 coaches are commonly considered eligible for directorships and other top tennis professional job opportunities. They are qualified to develop lesson programs, direct activities, manage pro-shop operations and oversee tennis facilities. A P-1 coach also handles executive tasks such as hiring, developing budgets, directing communications and serving as an integral part of the facility management team.

Eli also holds a fully certified Level 3 coaching credential with Tennis Canada, and is a candidate for Level 4 and 5. He is a certified coach for Wheelchair Tennis and Cardio Tennis; and is a Certified Advanced Coach with Van Der Meer Tennis Academy.

Now the president of the Lionel Eli Tennis Academy, Eli travels regularly to the Caribbean with Canadians to participate in tennis camps, tennis friendlies and fitness programs. He also conducts workshops on high performance training with tennis coaches in the Caribbean. A Can-Fit-Pro Certified Fitness specialist, he has helped prepare numerous top-ranked Canadian junior players to secure full tennis scholarships to colleges in the United States.


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