Haydn Leo’s coaching our future stars

How did you get into tennis?

Going along to tennis, football, and netball with my parents in Peterborough as a toddler, I just picked up a racket and started to swing.

How long have you played?

About 38 years! Now I feel old.

What’s been your greatest achievement so far?

Instilling the love of tennis into many children, who will hopefully become life long players.

Who has been a major influence on your career?

As a player, my dad, he taught me everything I know. As a coach, my wife Rebecca, for giving me the support I needed to follow my passion again.

Best current or former sporting talent in the area?

There are a lot of promising local juniors. As for former, Ben 'The Special' Dickson plays a brand of tennis that I really love to watch.

If you could be any current or former player who would it be and why?

John McEnroe or Pete Sampras, they produce the purest tennis of all the players I have had the privilege of watching. Both unplayable at their very best.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Once upon a time it was loud music and visualisation, now it seems to be rushing from the coaching court to the match court.

What do you like to do outside of sport?

Hang out with my wife and three daughters, going to the beach, relaxing.

Favourite player?

Current player Rafa Nadal and past player Andre Agassi.

Most memorable sporting moment?

The West Coast Eagles/Swans grand finals in 2005 and ‘06. Nadal beating Federer in the Wimbledon Final.

If you won lotto what would you spend it on?

I'd give half to my church, I'd set my children up for life, reward my parents and in laws, and finally build Gawler a new indoor/outdoor tennis facility.

Which teammate would you hate to be stuck in an elevator with?

None. I'd have to say that my team are a pretty cool bunch of kids, very entertaining.

Funniest teammate?

Brayden and Bert Cocks, those two should have their own fringe show. Very funny.

Which teammate would be your Phone a Friend?

The very studious Keely Silvy or Mackenzie Leo, or Robert 'Complete-o' Polito.