Staff

The dedicated team at the Abony Family Tennis Center is ready to help you with all your tennis needs.

 

Rufus Nel, Director of Tennis

I am originally from South Africa and immigrated to Canada 22 years ago. My love of tennis started when, at the age of 5, I began to play with a wooden paddle against a wall.

I’ve been coaching for 37 years and am a level 3 coach with Tennis Canada. I’ve coached in South Africa, Germany and Canada. Through my coaching career one of my students reached top 80 in world rankings. I began coaching Philip Bester when he was 5 and he was a French Open Junior Finalist, ranked 225 in the world and played in the Davis Cup for Canada.

Coaching doubles is of particular interest as I enjoy the strategies involved. My strength is coaching technique, technique, technique. It is very satisfying to help players improve their game leading to even more enjoyment of a great sport.

Before joining the Abony family Tennis Center in 2013, I was the Director of Community Development for Tennis Canada and prior to that, I was the Tennis Director at a 25 court facility in Vancouver for 14 years.

A personal tennis highlight for me was coaching Neville Godwin at Wimbledon.

Favorite player: Roger Federer
Favorite quote: Believe in yourself
Favorite food: Sushi


Dan Godwin, Assistant Pro

I was born in Saint John and grew up in Riverview. My life as a tennis player started when I was 13. I began coaching at age 16 and am cardio tennis and wheelchair certified, have my Club Pro 1 and currently working on my Club Pro 2.

It has been a privilege to coach across the province in Riverview, Moncton, Saint John and now Fredericton. Count me as one of the originals who started working at the Abony Family Tennis Center upon its opening.

Personal playing highlights include:

  • 2015 Saint John singles and doubles titles
  • 2015 Fredericton Open title
  • Currently ranked 3rd in men’s open singles
  • Ranked in NB since U14 with highest ranking of 3rd for U18
  • Multiple junior singles and doubles titles

I received my BBA from UNB which includes 3 years in the Faculty of Science specializing in Kinesiology and finishing my degree with a year and a half in the Faculty of Business.

Favorite player: Rafael Nadal
Favorite snack: Sour candy (Fuzzy peaches and Sour Patch Kids are personal favs)


Steve Wolf, Assistant Pro

I was born in Toronto and moved to the East Coast in 2013. I started playing tennis at the age of 4 and still enjoying playing today.

Currently a Club Pro 2, I have been coaching for 10 years. Additionally, I am a certified umpire and am cardio tennis certified.

Prior to joining the Abony Family Tennis Center in 2013, I spent 7 years at the Wanless Park Tennis Club and 7 summers working at the Southhampton Tennis Club in Bruce County. I also worked for a year at the Beaumaris Yacht Club in Muskoka.

My personal tennis accomplishments include:

  • High school tennis team captain for 3 years. Also high school tennis team MVP helping the team to the district championships in my final year
  • Multiple Tennis Toronto doubles titles
  • Some Ontario Tennis Ranking for Under 12 through Under 16. Now I am Tennis New Brunswick open ranked
  • Coach for Indoor Junior Nationals and Junior Atlantics

Favourite player: Daniel Nestor
Favourite quote: In order to succeed we must first believe that we can
Favourite snack: Candy


Jared Brooks, Coach

I am from Bristol, NB and graduated from UNB in 2015 with a Bachelor of Recreation and Sport studies.

My introduction to the world of tennis started in September 2014. At that time I began working as a UNB intern at the Abony Family Tennis Center with the focus on sport marketing. During my internship I found a passion for coaching tennis to children and youth. I now have my Club Pro 1.

I have always loved sports and enjoyed my time spent coaching youth soccer, hockey and currently tennis.

Favorite player: Stan Wawrinka
Favorite movie: Coach Carter
Favorite snack: Fuzzy Peaches


Dima Zyhmantovich, Coach

I was born in Minsk, Belarus and have played tennis since the age of 7. I played Division I college tennis at Norfolk State University and Middle Tennessee State University at number 1 position. Im a graduate from Middle Tennessee State University with BBA in Finance.

My coaching career started when I was 17 while working with high performance junior players in Belarus. I've also coached  at The Meadow Club of Southampton and Lloyd Neck Bath Club in New York, as well as, at The Sequoia Swim and Tennis Club in Tennessee. I have experience working with players of all ages and levels.

My personal tennis accomplishments include:

  • Member of the U16 Belarusian National Tennis Team
  • #1 in Belarus U16 and consistently ranked in Top 3 U18
  • National Champion in Doubles U16
  • Top 100 ranking in Europe U16
  • Conference Player of the Year while playeing for Norfolk State University
  • Numerous singles and doubles titles in Europe and the US

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    Seven days a week

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