Jim Stewart, Club Director and Supervisory Tennis Professional
Zé Lopes, Tennis Development and Head-Tennis Professional
“Enthusiasm, hard work and fun, in equal measure!” – that's zestful Zé's recipe for tennis success. His passion is infectious,enthusing children and adults and with the sense of satisfaction and sheer enjoyment of the game.
Qualified to ITF / FPT Level 2, Zé coached for 7 years in his native city of Porto before heading south to run the Vilamoura tennis centre, then finally settling at Jim Stewart's. As a junior player he was the national inter-club Under-12s champion. Nowadays he still competes at Futures ATP tournaments. At Jim Stewart's he is Club Captain for the Mens 35s, 45s and 55s teams; also for the Juniors Under-10s, U-12s and U-14s.
Zé has trained numerous national players from Portugal, UK, Ireland and Brazil, and is also proud to tell - albeit tongue-in-cheek - of a practice session once with John McEnroe: “He was one of my better sparring partners”...!
With a positive approach to life that embraces diverse pursuits such as surfing, rugby, yoga and fine arts, tennis is still Zé's real passion and vocation: “My ambition is to develop a player able to compete at ATP / WTA level.”
Hana Tkadlecova, Customer Service Manager
Hana is JSTA's welcoming front-of-house face, her role covering all activities in the daily running of the academy: organising bookings, coaching schedules, shop sales - plus behind-the-scenes administration.
From the Czech Republic, Hana studied Human & Social Sciences at university in her homeland but came to Faro University in 2008 as part of a student exchange programme. After graduating, the lure of the Algarve's sunshine lifestyle proved too strong to resist, so she settled and joined the tennis academy, where her calm assurance and winning smile has made her an integral and focal part of the team.
Min Spieres, Accounting Assistant
A long-time resident of the Algarve, with broad experience in retail and business accounts, Min is responsible for the Accounts & Administration at JSTA.
Although only working at the Academy on a part-time basis, nonetheless Min is up with the larks at 6am every morning, as a dedicated practitioner of yoga – which in the case of a woman, she informs us, is known a 'yogini'....
It is perhaps this inner calm that is Min's inscrutable secret in keeping the books balanced...?
Rosanne Smith, Programmes Manager
Nuno Delfino, Senior Resident Tennis Coach
Nuno is quite simply 'The Champ' at JSTA, having won no fewer than 24 national titles since the age of 35. His list of successes speaks for itself -
He has also represented Portugal internationally at U-16, U-18 and Over-35 level. One of JSTA's regular inter-club players over the last decade, he joined the staff more recently and is taking his FTP coaching qualifications. He coaches all ages and levels, developing mental discipline along with solid technique. Nuno has sparred with many of the game's greats, particularly at the annual Grand Champions event in Vale do Lobo. John McEnroe, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich, Yevgeny Kafelnikov, Goran Ivanišević and the genial Henri Leconte are among the names that Nuno casually calls to mind.
Roque Rocha, Tennis-Coach
A recent addition to the coaching staff, Roque is qualified to Portuguese Federation FPT Level 2 and is now gaining internship experience at JSTA, where he coaches all ages and levels of ability.
Albufeira-born, Roque took up tennis at just six years of age, and has been playing competitively since aged eight. His talent for the game flourished throughout his teens and saw him playing regularly at national level. Now in his early 20's, he is ranked at No.8 in Portugal for 2012 and plays at national tournament level, reaching the quarter-finals of the Portugal Championships held in Guimarães, and has defeated several players ranked above him.
Set on a career in tennis coaching, Roque is ready to roll !