-USPTA ELITE Professional*
-3 X Collegiate All American
-2010 NAIA National Player of the year
-Tennis Director Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
-Tennis Director Sheraton Hotel & Marina San Diego
-Former Tennis Australia Coach (Melbourne Park National Tennis Centre)
*To become an Elite Professional, a USPTA member must be at least 22 years old, pass the written Elite exam, which covers business, programming, sport science and tennis operations, Elite stroke analysis exam and the Elite-level on-court exams. In addition, members must earn 16 specialty course and 24 APC credits. Elite Professionals are required to earn 6 credits every three years to maintain their membership. They commonly are considered for director of tennis or head tennis professional positions.
An Australian native from Melbourne, Joel has competed and trained internationally in both North America and the Asia Pacific. A top ranked Australian junior player, Joel had the great opportunity to be personally mentored by many internationally acclaimed coaches including Nick Bollettieri and Pat Cash, and spent time training full time at their academies.
At age 16 Joel started teaching part time for Tennis Australia at Melbourne Park (The home of the Australian Open) and was heavily influenced by the top teaching professionals in the country. This experience teaching from an early age was intrumental in shaping the way Joel approaches his coaching today. Learning the value of being able to adapt to each players individual needs yielded great results for his students and also helped him in his own pursuit as a competitor.
In 2007 Joel accepted a 4 year scholarship to Point Loma Nazarene University as the teams #1 player and had one of the most successful athletic careers in the schools history. A 3 time NAIA All American (singles & doubles) Joel ended his career leading the Sea lions to their best ever showing at the NAIA national championship with a quarter final appearance in 2011 and a national ranking of #7. After receiving a BA degree in Psychology Joel chose to pursue his passion for tennis through the avenue of a career in coaching and in two years received the status of Elite tennis pro by the USPTA and became Tennis Director of both the Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego and The Sheraton Hotel & Marina San Diego, as well as a contracted pro for the City of Coronado. Joel has a true love for the game and relishes the opportunity to work with people in developing and improving their tennis, from beginner to professional.
"I have to say that out of all the instructors I've had (4 in the last 5 years), Joel is the best! I believe the difference is that he goes beyond the regular drills. I attend a regular 4.5 clinic with my team mates and we all love it! Besides getting a great workout, we learn strategic techniques that we may tend to shy away from in a match. We really work the doubles scenarios, which I love! Learning and practicing these has definitely given me the confidence to incorporate them into match play. I can definitely say that my game has grown under Joel's instruction. I'd highly recommend him!" - Patricia M
"Of all the tennis coaches that I have had so far, Joel is by far the best one. I highly recommend him as a coach." - Pia H
“My back-hand and serve are so much
better now thanks to Joel”– Dylan S
"I was recently in San Diego for a medical conference and I had the chance of meeting Joel Myers on the court for a tennis training session. Being both a physician and a teacher, I have come to realise the importance of having a right approach, reaching an accurate diagnosis, finding a proper remedy and communicating a comprehensive and practical solution. I must say Joel indisputably impressed me with how much he possessed such abilities.
Joel's presence on the court was charming, inviting and attitude-free. His words, his demeanour and his advice were always friendly, up-to-the point and pertinent: no time lost yet no pressure felt. He immediately puts his partner or trainee in a receptive spirit and in a productive mood. Rather than feeling being tested, I found my abilities positively rewarded and my weak points proficiently taken charge of.
Not the least professorial yet very teaching, Joel was swift to find my good points and positively bring them out and encourage them. He was also watchful of the weak ones, kindly pointing to each of them, skilfully suggesting a solution or an alternative. He had the right exercise for each deficiency, the efficient drill for each flaw. His suggestions were always easy to understand and simple to execute, confidence-building rather than fault-pointing. In other words, Joel's strength was in privileging both the technique and the mind-frame.
I came back home with a myriad of instructions to observe, exercises to rehearse and manoeuvres to apply. But I also came back with the feeling I had spent valuable, beneficial and delightful time with a most affable instructor. His promise to email me videos of my game with comments, observations and further suggestions was the icing on the cake. I can't wait to take his recommendations to my tennis coach here in Beirut; he's a respected pro and I believe he would really make his best to make the best of them. I am planning to keep in touch with Joel and to look him up whenever the opportunity to seek further training with him arises. I might even visit San Diego again just for that!" - Hassan R.
"Joel is wonderful! I was visiting San Diego and didn't want to miss a week of playing, so I booked a 60 min lesson with Joel at the Manchester Hyatt. I really enjoyed the lesson and he gave me some great tips to take home with me. I'm still a beginner (3.0) and he was a very patient and effective coach. Highly recommend!"
- Jill S
"Joel is an excellent tennis coach! I attend a weekly group clinic in Coronado and I always come away with an improvement to my game and something new to work on. He runs great drills and keeps us all moving so we get a great workout, too. I especially appreciate how Joel can pinpoint what I'm doing wrong and break it down in a way that I can immediately start to improve. Can't say enough good things--plus there's that adorable Aussie accent!"
- Jaime C
"Joel is a very good instructor. I think that if you consistently take lessons from him, you will improve. I don't think that is true of all tennis instructors. I would agree with all the other positive reviews and can validate their comments."
"Thanks to Joel my daughter is becoming a wonderful and competitive tennis player! :)
I like that he talks to her all the time and corrects her mistakes. He is a very good coach!!" - Carla G
"Joel is a fabulous tennis instructor. He is very in-tune to the player. He can quickly and efficiently assess the form/skills/weaknesses of a player thus maximizing the lesson time. My 17 year old son is Joel's client though I would recommend Joel for all ages and abilities. Not only is Joel talented and astute as an instructor, he has an extremely personable demeanor and can adapt to all ages and personalities."
- Cindy W
"My daughter, who is 11, recently started to take lessons from Joel. Every time she comes of the court she tells me how much fun it was. She has had Joel as a coach for 2 years now. She has improved a so much over this time. Joel teaches tennis extremely well to his clients no matter what level they are. He corrects your mistakes and explains the reason behind the correction. I have played tennis since I was young and I am now ranked a 4.5. Off all the tennis coaches that I have had so far, Joel is by far the best one. I highly recommend him as a coach."
- Richard T