The Bergvliet Tennis Club Coaching Group was formed in 2021, bringing together coaches who had been working with BTC for some years. This Group provides professional coaching to both novice and experienced players. We believe and have observed that good coaching instills correct technique and confidence in young players; it enhances the game of regular players and enables those who return to the courts after years of absence, such as new retirees, to reacquire their competitive enthusiasm.

Our coaches advise the BTC Committee on coaching policy; they participate in the forward planning of facilities development. They take responsibility for the holding of club tournaments; they assist in the general running of social tennis at Bergvliet.


The Head Professional Coach at Bergvliet Tennis Club, Howard is a former top-ranked junior player from Durban, South Africa, who went on to feature as the number-one player for Auburn University (USA), leading his team to its first ever South Eastern Conference (SEC) Championship in 1983. After graduating with a degree in accounting, he competed internationally on the ATP tour.

At the end of his competitive playing days on the tour, he successfully completed the ATP tour professionals coaching course for past ATP Tour players. Throughout the subsequent 20 years he has taught players from as young as 5 years through to attainment of US Tennis Scholarships and so onwards to professional careers. Howard’s coaching activity at BTC ranges from beginners, intermediate, advanced juniors and adults.

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Two other professional coaches are members of the BTC Coaching Group. Both also offer a full range of coaching; both are particularly interested in the development of young persons as tennis players:



Mark is a qualified National Instructor with 15 years of coaching experience. Mark began his professional career in the US, holding the position of Head Coach for 3 years in Vermont. He brought his experience and passion back to SA and has for the past 15 years coached at local clubs and at Sweet Valley Primary School. Recently Mark has teamed up with SACS Junior School and Kirstenhof Junior School to share,  as he puts it, his knowledge and passion for the game. His love for tennis came early, firmly established as he first went on the court at age of four years.  Mark earned his two sets of provincial colours: provinces: in Kwazulu-Natal within age categories under 10 to under 12, then for Eastern Province in the under 14 and under 16 groups.

Over his 15 year career Mark has coached 13 youngsters to Western Province level. Mark’s passion lies in improving his pupils’ tennis game, boosting confidence on the court and, most importantly, making sure there is much enjoyment and fun while doing so. At Bergvliet he offers one-on-one individual and group lessons. His  ensures that his coaching is tailored to match the abilities and the level of play of his pupils. He has recently established the Valley Tennis Academy,


Mo’s journey to a professional coaching career began in Jan 2015, when he joined the Linden Natus Tennis Academy, as an untrained junior coach.  Under the guidance of Linden Natus, he progressed to become a certified professional coach with Tennis South Africa (TSA). His coaching experience now extends to working with  youngsters from most of the Southern Suburb model C and private schools, among them, Rondebosch Primary and High Schools, Bishops Junior and High Schools, Wynberg Boys Junior and High Schools, and SACS Junior School.

Mo has also been the Resident Coach at San Souci Girls High, where he was instrumental in re-organising the tennis program in 2017. San Souci entered their first two teams into in the schools league in Jan 2018, where they enjoyed success by coming 2nd and 3rd in their respective groupings at the end of the first quarter of the year. In January 2020 he joined Wynberg Boys Junior School as their resident coach, an activity that was curtailed by Covid. Mo Patel has established the M.Y.School of Tennis.  In his own words: I coach young kids from the age of 4/5 yrs and mature kids – 60 yrs and onwards.


Howard: 078 545 7010

Mark: 076 946 0220

Mo: 074 803 4786