High Performance Coach of the Year

Highlighting the very best in women’s tennis

The Women’s Tennis Coaches Association was formed in 2015. The Association is the first of its kind; currently being the only professional global organization formed solely in support of coaches working with female players. The High-Performance Coach of the year award was established in 2015.

Voted on by the board of directors, the WTCA awards this honor to a coach who meets an exceptional standard in coaching.

To be nominated for this award, the WTCA determined that coaches must have achieved at least 3 out of the 5 criteria below.

  • Coached players during 2017 who won ITF Grade 1 titles in singles or doubles. Players must have won these events while under the coach’s tutelage.
  • Coaches who were selected as National Coaches by their respective federations to accompany and coach a player at Grade A and Grade 1 ITF junior events.
  • Coaches who have coached players during the time they achieved career high rankings on the WTA Tour or ITF Junior circuit in 2017.
  • Coaches who have coached players that won junior grand slam or professional grand slam events in 2017 whilst under their tutelage.
  • The coach worked at least one week at a WTA tour event or senior Grand Slam, officially in a head coach position.

The award winning coach:

– Must be a registered coach with a nationally recognized organization
– Coach may not have been fined by a governing organization being the national body, ITF or WTA tour.

Honor Roll

2015 – Kevin O’Neill
2016 – Ann Grossman Wunderlich
2017 – Thomas Downs