UTA team throwing balls in the air
UTA team throwing balls in the air

Meet the team

Your Coaches

We’re powered by a great team of people who all share the same values and passion for our sport.

Junaid Hossain
Director and Head Coach

Junaid is the Director and Head Coach of University Tennis Academy. His 30+ years in the sport, encompassing his extensive playing and coaching background in multiple countries around the world, sees him bring a vast amount of experience and coaching methodology to lead the team. Junaid is highly certified and has a strong working background in Strength & Conditioning, creating programs and training high level athletes across multiple sports.

Fun Fact: Junaid developed an electronic filter which is in space!

Karina Jarlkaganova
Elite Coach

Karina is a highly experienced and certified coach and a former Fed Cup representative for Kazakhstan. She was a top junior and travelled the world playing many pro level tour tournaments before heading to the states for Division #1 college tennis. There she played in the top of the line-up winning the vast majority of her matches and making the All American Team throughout her career, graduating with the highest of honours in Accounting/Finance.

Fun Fact: Karina has travelled and played in over 40 countries during her junior playing career.

Andy Gomez
Elite Coach

Andy is a passionate, energetic and knowledgeable coach who brings the Spanish teaching methodology to our academy. Andy was born and raised in Spain and has coached at the ITF/WTA/ATP level. He continues to work with high level juniors and his attention to detail will go a long way in helping you improve your game!

Fun Fact: Andy has a passion for photo/videography!

Michela Isella
Assistant Coach

Michela, a PTR certified coach, is a full time consultant. She has coached internationally with an extensive playing background. Michela plays in our National Team and was one of the best juniors in Italy. She has a bubbly personality, is one of the hardest workers you will meet and her passion for playing and teaching tennis is very well alive.

Fun Fact: Michela can hit harder than you :)

Vienne Lu
Assistant Coach

Vienne, a qualified coach, is a Masters student in Occupational Therapy. Vienne has coached for a number of years both local and internationally with an extensive playing background, being in Macau's national team. She has represented Melbourne University in the Gold Medal winning National Team in 2018 and loves teaching tennis!

Fun Fact: Vienne has eaten at over 1000 restaurants in her life...and counting

Shen Yi Ling
Assistant Coach

Shen is a psychology student at Melbourne University and has a passion for playing and teaching tennis. Shen is a national level team player and she brings her past coaching experience from Malaysia under the National Team Coach to our academy. Shen's friendly personality will go a long way in making you feel at home.

Fun Fact: Shen's favourite words are "Thank You"

Weitao Li
Assistant Coach

Weitao (Victor) has more than 5 years of coaching experience. He is a first year physiotherapy student and specialises in biomechanics and tactical game planning. Victor is a former varsity tennis player and won the Ontario University Association championships 2017, 2019 as well as Canadian National Championship 2017!

Fun Fact: Victor has more abs than you

Sacha Singh
Assistant Coach

Sacha, a certified coach is a psychology undergraduate student at Melbourne University. Having coached internationally, Sacha has gained over four years of coaching experience. Sacha is very passionate to learn and teach, and will lend a helping hand on and off the court.

Fun fact: Sacha attended over 11 schools growing up!