World Tennis News & Update: Simon Rea Holds New Zealand Tennis Into A High Performance Role

By Ralphy Bonn Sim , Updated Dec 12, 2016 07:58 PM EST
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Tennis New Zealand has appointed leading coach Simon Rea in the new position of High Performance Director. Simon Rea is a former "Davis Cup" player from New Zealand, former professional as well as two-time national champion.

Coach Simon Rea is most known for taking a teenage Australian Nick Kyrgios to the quarter-finals of "Wimbledon 2014" and keeping the talented player relatively focused on the court including a number of remarkable matches and a win over Rafael Nadal.

Coach Simon Rea, 34 years of age was part of the Tennis Australia coaching system where he was highly respected and worked with various players such as Kyrgios, Samantha Stosur and others. He returns home from Melbourne to Auckland to take up the role at "Tennis New Zealand." He is well-known by New Zealand's top players and coaches and has plenty of respect for his work ethic and ability to drive players and himself with goal setting and planning.

"I'm delighted and very humbled to be coming home and to be a member of the team attempting to make a difference to tennis in New Zealand. I really want to extend my sincere thanks to Steve Johns and to the board of Tennis New Zealand for such a wonderful opportunity," as stated by Coach Simon Rea in an interview.

"Tennis New Zealand" CEO Steve Johns is looking forward to Rea in his role and his skills with players as well in the administrative side planning the high performance direction for the sport.

"We are happy to welcome Simon to the Tennis NZ team in the new role of High Performance Director. There is no questioning Simon's experience and expertise. He has coached some of the world's best during his time with Tennis Australia including Nick Kyrgios and Sam Stosur," as stated by Steve Johns.

Simon Rea reached a career-high ATP singles ranking of 473 in the world in 2007 and won two "ITF Futures" titles. He also won the NZ Championship titles in 2001 and 2002. As a junior he reached a high ranking of 25 in the world.

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