First Strike Tennis was founded by Mark Gellard and provides professional tennis training to junior and professional players from all over the world. Mark has worked with a number of world class athletes and his coaching highlights and certifications can been seen below;
Some of Mark’s other clients have included: Vania King, Venus Williams, Kristina Kucova, Wen-Hsin-Hsu, Su-Wei Hsieh, Jelena Pandzic and many more.
Prior to coaching, Mark attended the London tennis academy as a player before travelling to the U.S.A where he played Division 1 NCAA college tennis and spent time competing on the futures and satellite tour.
After his own playing days Mark became the assistant women's tennis coach at the University of South Alabama (top 40 NCAA), and worked as a junior high-performance development coach. Mark’s dedication and enthusiasm for the sport and his players, have separated him from the competition and he is now one of the top professional coaches on tour. Mark currently resides in South Florida where he focuses on the development of high performance players and professionals.
"There are few coaches that offer the dedication, knowledge and passion that Mark does. He is quickly establishing himself as a strong developmental coach with excellent industry credentials".-Alastair Garland, Octagon Director of Client Management
"Mark was assistant coach for me at the University of South Alabama, because of his tremendous work ethic and desire to better himself and the people around him".- Jaco Keyser, Head Coach at the University of South Alabama
"Mark Gellard is one of the most well liked and respected tennis coaches in the business today. Not only is he affable and easy to get along with, it is widely known in tennis circles that Mark is one of the best young coaches and tennis tacticians anywhere".- Steve Pratt, USTA Challenger Circuit Presse Aide and freelance tennis writer