Charles du Toit

Charles du Toit

Tennis Manager / Head Coach / Owner

Charles currently holds the position of tennis manager at the Great West Fitness & Tennis Club. In addition, he is the owner and operator of the Performance Tennis Academy programs at the club. Born in South Africa, he started playing tennis at the age of 4. He was first introduced to the sport by his father, Andre du Toit, who owned and ran a highly successful tennis academy in South Africa for over 30 years.

Charles competed at the provincial and national U10–U14 levels as a junior in South Africa. After moving to Canada while in high school, he competed at a top provincial level U16 and U18 in BC. He studied Kinesiology at Trinity Western University, British Columbia. Charles has been teaching tennis for over 12 years and has worked at respected tennis academies in South Carolina, Philadelphia and South Africa. He was also Head Coach of the Langley Tennis Center for two years before founding the Performance Tennis Academy.

Charles’s younger siblings, Riaan and Trudie du Toit, also had illustrious junior tennis careers, competing at both national and international levels. His sister, Trudie, received a division one scholarship at the University of Oregon, and his brother, Riaan, is currently competing on the men’s pro circuit. Charles enjoys teaching people of all ages and levels. His philosophy is that a combination of learning and excitement is essential to students developing a long term love for the sport.

Qualifications:

  • Instructor (Canada)
  • Club Professional 1 coach (Canada)
  • Club Professional 2 coach (Canada)
  • Professional Tennis Registry (USA)
  • Tennis Professionals Association (TPA) member
Andre du Toit

Andre du Toit

Co-Founder / Coach/ Tournament Co-ordinator

Andre du Toit is a tennis professional with over 30 years of experience as a director of tennis academies. In addition to having served on the Board of Examiners for tennis coaches in South Africa, Andre holds a level 3 ITF Certification (International Tennis Federation Highest Coaching Qualification).

He lectured on Sports Biomechanics at the University of the Free State, South Africa and then worked as a Project Administrator for the Department of Sport. In South Africa, Andre founded one of the largest and most successful tennis academies during its time, which taught over 1200 students a week. Further, Andre has trained hundreds of tennis coaches throughout his career. Many of his players have played at the top national and international levels.

He has been with Performance Tennis Academy since 2015. Andre has a great passion for tennis and enjoys teaching players of all ages and abilities.

Qualifications:

  • Level 3 ITF Certifcation (International Tennis Federation Highest Level: 1978-2000)
Charles du Toit

Tony Iliesu

Coach

Tony was born in Romania and moved to Alberta, Canada, when he was twelve years old. Tony soon became a top-ranked junior in Alberta and, after graduating high school, played one year as an ATP pro in Australia.

After moving to BC, he competed at a top men’s open level and was ranked 8th. He has been teaching tennis since 2002, and his previous experience includes teaching at the Calgary Winter Club & World Health Club in Calgary.

Tony joined the Performance Tennis Academy team in 2020. He enjoys teaching players of all ages and levels.

Qualifications:

  • Tennis Canada Instructor
  • Tennis Canada Level 1 Coach
  • Tennis Professional Association Member (Canada)
  • Certified by United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR)
  • Certified by the European Registry of Tennis Professionals
riaan du toit

Riaan du Toit

ATP Professional / Coach

With a background as a top-ranked provincial, national, and international level junior, Riaan currently competes on the men’s pro tour. He is ranked among the top 20 men’s players in all of Canada.

Qualifications:

  • Top provincial and national player as a junior
  • Ranked in the top 200 in the world as a junior
  • Received an NCAA Division 1 scholarship for Tennis
  • Ranked in the top 30 in Canada as a professional

Riaan du Toit (Far Side) VS Kaichi Uchida (Top 200 World Professional)

Matias Orego

Matias Orrego

 Coach

Matias Orrego was born in Chile and moved to Canada in 2012. He previously taught at Langley Tennis Center and has been with Performance Tennis Academy since 2018. Matias specializes in teaching adults and U10 juniors.

He follows the Tennis Canada Progressive Tennis methodology and the Long-Term Athlete Development program.  Matias strives to ensure the development of tennis in the community and has a strong passion for the game.

He now lives in Abbotsford with his wife and three children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing with his 9-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter.

Qualifications:

  • Tennis Canada Certified
  • Tennis Professional Association Member (Canada)
  • Bachelor in Business Administration (Minor in Commerce)
  • Former COSAT tennis player, supported by the ITF.
  • Former Top Ranked Junior player in Chile

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