Mike Ratcliff has been instructing at the Waterloo Tennis Club since 1994. Mike began playing tennis at the age of twelve and in his later teens began playing amateur grass and clay court tournaments in Europe. As a top junior in England in 1964, Mike won the 1963 British Junior Indoor Double’s Titles and the British Junior Singles Title in 1964.
A fan of all racquet sports, Mike won the Squash Championships in the 1980 Atlantic Open and has won tournaments outside of Canada.
In 1975, Mike became a part of helping tennis legend Billie Jean King make a comeback to professional tennis, creating the World Tennis Association Training Camp for women. During this time, Mike worked with future tennis star Martina Navratilova.
Loaded with tons of tennis strategy and technique experience, Mike’s knowledge of the game helps those looking to improve their game or those who have picked up a racquet for the first time.
Mike is a fan of soccer and squash and looks forward to many more years of coaching at the Waterloo Tennis Club.
Mike plays with the Dunlop 2 Hundred AeroGel.
Ned LazojaPROFESSIONAL TENNIS COACH
Ned was born in Montenegro and competed in Junior tennis tournaments in former Yugoslavia. He resided in Vienna, Austria for four years where he continued to play competitively.
Ned moved to Canada in 1995, where he began coaching his kids at an early age which inspired him to pursue coaching programs. Ned is passionate about tennis and his mission is to grow the sport of tennis. He is a Tennis Canada Coach 2 pro. Ned plays with Head Prestige racquet.
Martin HolyPROFESSIONAL TENNIS COACH
Martin has moved back home to K-W after living and coaching in Prague, Czech Republic for 7 years.
He started playing tennis at the age of 5 and has been coaching for over 14 years. In that time he has coached in Texas at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch, working with junior players who were either heading to university on scholarships or playing ITF Futures tournaments and later on the ATP Tour. From there he traveled with a player in Germany playing DTB and ITF Futures events before settling for a few years at the 5 star Inn at Manitou just north of Toronto.
He’s flown to Spain to get a certification from RPT Europe at the Academia Sanchez Casal in Barcelona.
Martin has been ranked in the Top 40 nationally and Top 10 in Ontario in men’s singles. He plays with the HEAD Prestige MP.
Mohsen SoleimanipourPROFESSIONAL TENNIS COACH
Mohsen was born into a tennis family in Iran and has been teaching tennis full-time for more than 25 years. He has his educational background in Architecture but his passion for the sport and personal goals shifted his career towards tennis coaching. His tennis experience in Canada dates back to 2000 when he immigrated to Quebec and started working at different tennis clubs as a coach, head pro and club manager. He was a Quebec tennis champion 40 and over and ranked in top 10 Iranian tennis champions from 1996 to 1998.
Mohsen coaches all skill levels for any age from beginners through to advanced players. He always encourages people to play tennis even later in life. Everybody is welcome to his cheerful environment of tennis lessons. Joy and happiness are his keys for teaching and he uses them as his essential parameters in every single lesson.
Mohsen is a Tennis Canada Club Pro 2, a PTR Professional (USA), and also an ITF level 2 Coach. He plays with Wilson Blade racquet.
He was an Iranian former national basketball player and currently enjoys playing tennis and golf.
Raj SolankiPROFESSIONAL TENNIS COACH
Raj Solanki was born and raised in KW and has returned to where he first learned to play tennis, the Waterloo Tennis Club. Returning as a tennis coach he specializes in beginner and senior tennis with an emphasis on doubles and having fun with tennis. His competitive career was cut short by Crohn’s Disease but not his passion and love for the game. He looks forward to sharing those with everyone he teaches.