Contact: Meadowlands 09 533 3343


At Ace Sports we want all of our clients to play their A Game and our friendly, professional qualified tennis coaches are dedicated to helping you reach your potential.

We cater for children and adults, at beginner and advanced levels. A variety of individual and group coaching options are available to suit your ability, timetable and pocket!

Our Coaches

Jono Frankle

Jono Frankle has been coaching tennis for over 15 years. 

Jono is a director of AceSports and the Wilson Tennis Academy. He has coached a number of players including regional and national champions as well as coaching Auckland's Regional 12s, 14s, 16s teams over the last 10 years.

Jono is one of New Zealand's coaching facilitators and has run a number of courses for Coaches throughout NZ.

Jono is Manager of the Honda Cockle Bay Caro Bowl Team

Brad Paterson

Brad has been a member of the coaching team at Manukau Tennis for many years.
Playing Caro for Karaka Tennis Club.

Playing Career:
- National Ranked Junior 1988-1994
- ABAC Junior College, USA 1994-1996
- Caro Bowl Player for Pompallier Tennis Club 1996-2002
- Caro Reserve Player for Pompallier Tennis Club 2008-2011
- Auckland Senior Teams Event Rep 1998-2000

Coaching Career:
- Pompallier Club Coach 1998-2001
- Auckland Tennis Squad Coach 1997-2001/2008-present
- Papakura & Manurewa Tennis Club Coach 2003-2008
- St Heliers Club Coach 2002-2003
- Windmil Hill Tennis & Golf Resort,UK - Resident Coach 1995-1996

Darren Ward

Club Professional (ITF grade 2) Coach
Director Cyperus Limited, operating a Tennis program in the Counties area.
Tour Coach, Performance Junior Tournaments. In recent years has toured throughout New Zealand, Australia and Europe.

Originally came from a basketball background, former NZ Under 20 representative, a total of six National Titles as a player, assistant coach and head coach, National Director of Coaching for NZ Basketball for an eight year period.

Worked for over ten years in the fitness industry; gym instructor, personal trainer, sports trainer (rugby & netball teams), operated own private fitness gym.
Diploma of Sports Studies through Otago University.

Loveleen Singh (Lucky)

(High Performance Coach )

I'm a passionate and dedicated tennis coach who can help you take your fitness out of the equation. I will work side by side with you to maximize your potential. Hard work, tough fitness

Loveleen represented his state for 2 times in national tournaments and was ranked No.3 in juniors in Madhya Pradesh (India).

Coaching Career:
2005 - 2006 All India Tennis Association

Private coach, Hitting Partner, Motivational & Mental Coach, Developmental Coach, Physical Coach

Marcel Thorpe

Marcel has been a full-time coach with Ace Sports for the past five years spending most of his time working at Cockle Bay Tennis Club, Manukau Tennis Centre and running coaching programmes in over 50 schools throughout Auckland.

Marcel is a qualified Junior Development Coach through Tennis Australia and is registered through Tennis New Zealand. He considers developing junior players as his strength although he is equally comfortable coaching adults in either group or individual lessons and enjoys coaching players of all ages and abilities.

Marcel likes to ensure that everyone he coaches has a fun and enjoyable experience while they learn the technical, tactical, physical and mental skills required to get the most out of their tennis.

He still likes to play competitive tennis and last season captained the Cockle Bay 2nd Grade interclub team to promotion into 1st Grade and is looking forward to playing again this season.

Nic Burnie

Nic started working with AceSports in 2016 and his national and international experience is proving an asset to us with his ability to work with all age groups and good sense of humour. 


  • Nic has 13 years of coaching experience
  • Australian Junior Development Certified
  • Coached internationally in New Zealand, USA, India and Germany
  • Workplace First Aid Qualified
  • Caro Reserve and 1st Men’s player for Remuera Rackets 2004-2017
  • 2013 Remuera Open Doubles Runner up
  • 2013 Remuera Open Doubles Runner up
  • Remuera Open B Grade Men’s Singles Winner 
  • 2012 Carobowl Reserve Men’s Winners 2008-09 
  • B Grade Remuera Club Champs Men’s Winner 2009

Rob Reynolds

Rob is now part of our coaching team and is excited to work with juniors as well as adults

He will join our team in the mid of term 3, 2017. His high level of playing experience will be beneficial for upcoming players with his energy on court


  • 5 years of coaching experience
  • 3 times doubles champion at New Zealand nationals
  • Runners up in singles U-18 nationals
  • Won doubles titles in ITF tournament
  • Runner up in ITF tournament
  • Rob played top 50 Division 1 College in USA
  • Rob plays Caro Bowl for Cockle Bay Tennis Club