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Top Spin Tennis Staff

We are first and foremost a 'real people' business with an associated web site. You will be made very welcome at any one of our pro-shops by the staff listed below where we can offer advice and help you to select suitable rackets, strings, clothing and other products and services.

Karen Goodman - Owner & Cambridge Shops Manager

Karen Goodman - Owner & Cambridge Shops Manager

A bit about me:
I am constantly amazed at our team of young players that work at TST. A phenomenal bunch that always rise to every challenge (including many that have moved on but we love it when they come back to see us). Roll on team Top Spin Tennis! I am a Pro Tour Striger (PTS), a Master Racket Technician (MRT) and a Master of Racket Sports (badminton and squash). 2015 will see my 3rd year stringing at Roland Garros for Babolat and my 12th year in the Wimbledon stringing team.

Sport/level:
I'll have a go at anything but generally stick to the racket sports, more commonly tennis and squash (although I'm known to have had big family battles at table tennis over the years!!). I play club tennis at Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club and vets county tennis for Cambridgeshire. I also enjoy playing club squash for Ely Squash and Leisure.

Best shot:
(Wait for it...) the 'drive-volley-drop-shot' that hits the frame and dribbles over the net to make it an un-returnable winner! Love it!

Hobbies:
My main hobby is building things in the garden - hen house, bottle shed, compost heaps, etc. - hours of happy fun!

What you don't know about me is:
I am a pretty dab hand at playng the violin (at least, I was... bit rusty now!)

Favourite inspiration:
It has to be Kim Clijsters even though she has retired - such a friendly person, happy to have a chat, very down to earth. I love watching Gael Monfils too.


Mark Goodman - Owner & 'Office Boy'

Mark Goodman - Owner & 'Office Boy'

A bit about me:
Having spent 21 years in IT (yes I did use punched cards and paper tape years before PCs were thought of!), Karen and I decided to change direction and start Top Spin Tennis in 2003 and haven't ever regretted that decision! I am a Master Racket Technician (MRT) and Master of Racket Sports (badminton and squash) and have strung at many tournaments around the world. I have strung at the Yonex All England Badminton Championships for over 15 years consecutively but the highlight (so far!) has been stringing at two Olympic Games - London and Rio (both tennis) and being Head Stringer at the London Paralympics. Also, 2 years stringing at the Australian Open and 3 years at Wimbledon come pretty high up! I have been creating the ERSA International badminton qualifications and am the ERSA badminton manager. If you are still reading this - thanks! I hope you get the flavour that Top Spin Tennis is a 'people' business and we all work very hard to have very happy repeat customers!

Sport/level:
My only 'effective' sport is badminton - I gained around 75 caps for Bedfordshire before representing Suffolk at Masters level. I played the All England Masters a couple of times but sadly a dodgy hip has stopped me playing now. 

Best shot:
My best shot was always the 'jump-drop-shot' or deceptive flick - love it!

Hobbies:
Whilst I like top flight rallying, I still love to watch the Irish Rally Champisonships with hairy rear wheel driven Escorts and Sunbeams. I'm a huge fan of Rick Wakeman and rock music in general - Planet Rock is a regular at home!

What you don't know about me is:
In my youth (ok, so it was a long time ago!), I played the drums in lots of local bands and nearly got a professional contract at the age of 16. I've always loved fast things - I used to rally having far more success at Road Rallying during the 80s and 90s and probably more success at navigating rather than driving. 

Favourite inspiration:
I have loads of sporting greats - I have always admired Leyton Hewitt for never giving up... ever! His followers always liven up the crowd! I love watching single-handed backhands - Gonzales was a favourite but having watched Stan that has to be up there.


Sarah Bloomfield - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team & 'Office Girl'

Sarah Bloomfield - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team & 'Office Girl'

Sport/level:
Tennis dominated my childhoos until I went to university where i decided a change would be good, so picked up lacrosse for the majority of my uni life. Can't stay off a tennis court for long though and am now back on the court.

Best shot:
It was always my backhand but after habing three years of not playing (which i don't recommend), getting the ball back over the net is a challenge. I'm sure it will come back to me soon though! In lacrosse I played straight attack for Leeds Beckett university 1st team.

Hobbies:
I am a bit of a foody - I love cooking, baking and eating out (although I am vegetarian!)

What you don't know about me is:
I'm a qualified scuba diver!

Favourite inspiration:


Ryan Martin - Stringer & Norwich Shops Manager & Events and Coach Manager

Ryan Martin  - Stringer & Norwich Shops Manager & Events and Coach Manager

Sport/level:
I am an enthusiastic sports player, playing many sports over time, however the one sport I have played the most is tennis, playing for about five/six years. I play at club level where I am involved in playing league matches for East Anglia Tennis & Squash Club.

Best shot:
My best shot has to be the cross-court forehand.

Hobbies:

What you don't know about me is:
I used to be a county runner for Norfolk.

Favourite inspiration:
My favourite personality has to be Gael Monfils for his flare play.


Hannah Robertshaw - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team & Office Administration

Hannah Robertshaw - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team & Office Administration

Sport/level:
I've been playing badminton since I was 11 years old, and I haven't stopped playing since! My love for the game means that I play/train every day. My ultimate dream is to play badminton professionally and compete in tournaments around the world such as the Olympics and the Yonex All England Open Championships.

Best shot:
My favourite shot to play is my reverse-slice-cross-court-smash; it is very effective as it has the element of surprise and I can disguise the shot well.

Hobbies:
I love to bake and am always making all different varieties of cake.

What you don't know about me is:
I have sung at the O2 Arena twice, and I have never watched films such as Titanic, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Mary Poppins - despite numerous attempts from my mum and friends to watch them.

Favourite inspiration:
I have quite a few sporting icons such as Chris and Gabby Adcock, Lee Chong Wei and Lin dan as they are such nice, down-to-earth people and always have time for their fans. They put so much time and effort into badminton; they're really inspiring. 


Ali Woollatt - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team

Ali Woollatt - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team

Sport/level:
I've played tennis since I was 8 and play league matches for Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club and for the Grasshoppers in the Cambridgeshire Business House Lawn Tennis league.

Best shot:
My killer shot is the cross-court backhand drop shot, easily disguised when the opposition have forgotten I'm a lefty.

Hobbies:
I walk with a group of friends on Saturday mornings, generally seven or eight miles including an obligatory coffee stop. I also belong to a fabulous acapella choir run by Roger Jackson: I promise not to sing in the shop!

What you don't know about me is:
I've spent 20 years in publishing. My claim to fame is advising Steven Weinberg (who won the Nobel Prize in Physics) on the design and typesetting of his book The Quantum Theory of Fields. Don't ask me what it's about!

Favourite inspiration:
My sporting icon is Rafael Nadal for his gracious attitude and fabulous rip forehands.


Olivia Hyde - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team

Olivia Hyde - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team

Sport/level:
I've played tennis since I was 4 and I am a dedicated member of Shelford tennis club. I play several sports including hockey (county level), tennis (club level), volley and badminton - but I'll give any sport a go!

Best shot:

Hobbies:
My hobbies include walking my dog and going to the gym. I also love listening to music.

What you don't know about me is:
I'm grade 8 flute.

Favourite inspiration:

 


Libby Azim - Stringer & Cambridge Sales Team

Sport/level:
I am a gold medalist in jujitsu and enjoy going to the gym. I also played badminton and tennis a lot in school however, I prefer to play badminton and hope to carry on the sport further.

Best shot:
My best shot in badminton is my deceptive drop shot which lands before the service line for an un-returnable winner! When I compete in jujitsu I am very fast at grappling and pinning the opponent to the floor.

Hobbies:
I have loved art from a very young age and will draw whenever I have any free time. I also enjoy drama from previously taking it for GCSE and now at A level. I also love dogs and have three of my own. I'm interested in travelling around the world for my gap year after college and can't wait to try all the different traditional food as I also love food

What you don't know about me is:
I met the mayor of London from coming first place in a poetry competition on Rememberance Day, I also had to read my poem infront of the mayor and the army. My picture and poem was published in a newspaper!

Favourite inspiration:
My inspiration is my mum as whenever she sets a goal for herself, she is very determined to achieve it. She is also a very healthy eater and goes to the gym twice a day.


Sam Henden - Stringer & Norwich Sales Team

Sam Henden - Stringer & Norwich Sales Team

Sport/level:
I've played squash since a very young age and I'm a level 2 coach. I've played competitively for nearly a decade and won the Norfolk Junior Champsionships in 2014.

Best shot:

Hobbies:
I am a former county U23 racquetball champion, and a keen cyclist. My longest bike ride was 125km!

What you don't know about me is:
I've been to America on 5 occasions to train with squash professional Richard Millman.

Favourite inspiration:


Hugo Evoli - Stringer & Norwich Sales Team

Hugo Evoli - Stringer & Norwich Sales Team

Sport/level:
I've played tennis since I was 17 and am a qualified level 2 tennis coach. I mainly play doubles, but play a fair amount of matches and tournaments.

Best shot: 
My best shot is my forehand where the ball travels straight down the line and in!

Hobbies:
My hobbies are sailing, tennis, working on luxury yachts and snowboarding. I once did a skydive for charity! I also enjoy going out with friends and family for meals.

What you don't know about me is:
I am qualified Super Yacht Deckhand where I deal with ropes, cleaning and fire safety. I am half Italian - I'm good at making pizza and know a lot of knowledge about the culture of Italia. I am also very proud to have completed and received my Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award back in 2013, where I met and shook hands with Prince Philip.

Favourite inspiration:
EMINEM is my inspiration as he stands for what he believes in. I feel that its very important that you stand for something you believe in and believe in yourself!

 


Ollie Frary - Stringer & Norwich Sales Team

Sport/level:
I've been playing tennis the majority of my life and I play every week.

Best shot:
My best shot is the unexpected cross-court drop shot after playing a few balls to the baseline!

Hobbies:
I enjoy playing football and basketball with my friends amd I'm always willing to play any sport. I love to watch Norwich City play at home and away and going out for bike rides. I'm currently still at school and that occupies most of my time, but my small amount of free time is spent either doing sport or playing on my xbox.

What you don't know about me is:

Favourite inspiration:
Messi, never gave up when being told he could not play by coachs and doctors and then became the worlds best.