Mark Cunningham


As a player, Mark Cunningham is ranked 1 in Kent, number 5 in the UK, and number 63 internationally with the seniors rating system of the ITF. (all rankings taken on the 1st of June, 2011)

With over 15 years of tennis coaching experience both in the UK and USA, Mark is a qualified coaching professional who has achieved the high standard of 'instructor' with the PTR. He is also a fully qualified LTA coach, with CRB Certification.  He has coached other coaches, especially in his role as Director of Coaching for the Modern Tennis Coaching Academy, 2007, under the guidance of Oscar Wegner, an internationally recognised tennis teacher of teachers.

Mark’s thoughts on coaching both Modern Tennis and his own teaching method ‘Zennis’:

Tennis is fun and exciting, especially if you are playing out in the open air! But it is also a very technical game. Riding a bicycle well is not just 'as easy as riding a bike', nor is kicking a football well, just ' as easy as kicking a ball.' These activities are learned and practised skills that require dedication, effort and time before they can be mastered, and made to look easy.  Nevertheless, fun social tennis is not hard to learn. Remember: a tennis racket is simply a very specialised stick with a small trampoline at the end of it.  If you learn how to use the stick well,  it can become one with your body and hand.  A good racket can really amplify the throwing power of your body and arm, but if you don't really know how to use it, you may even end up hurting yourself. Still, the essence of tennis remains the same: get the little, light, slightly fuzzy ball over that net and inside that bounded space, using the most effective means possible. That is it. So simple, yet so complicated.

I have learned from Oscar that tennis is a "vertical game", where the player is always battling gravity, hitting across the ball. In one word: ACROSS.  The essence of tennis is very simple, and the simpler you keep your stroke action, the better off you'll be. Just imagine that you are trying to build your game into a VW beetle that has the power of a formula 1 racing car! Endlessly durable, but with wicked power!

My teacher Oscar, tells me that when teaching forehands to juniors, just get them to touch the ball then touch the shoulder.  He focuses on the 3 "f"s: finding, feeling and finishing. Key tennis technique can be concentrated down to a few simple statements, but to put these into practice can take a lifetime of practical application. If you understand the fundamentals, and then find a way to apply them, in time, you will become a great player.



Mark Cunningham

MTM Tennis Professional


London, Englnd



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020 8293 0276


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