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.

Kevin Zhou
Assistant Coach

Kevin Zhou has a number of years of playing and coaching experience in multiple countries and has a Level 1 Tennis Australia coaching certification. He is 2nd year BComm student always open for conversations and is passionate about sharing his tennis knowledge and advice! Kevin can teach in Mandarin!

Fun Fact: Kevin's father runs a tennis club in Shanghai!

Mohit Suresh
Assistant Coach

Mohit is a passionate and dedicated coach who comes from a high level tennis background and is ready to share his analytical insights of the game. He has played and coached internationally with an impressive competitive resume. Mohit is a national level team player and is a Data Science major. He has a soft and calming personality and is excited to be part of the UTA team.

Fun Fact: Mohit has "indian hands"

Francis Forbes
Assistant Coach

Francis has been coaching tennis for numerous years among kids, teenagers and adults. He is a Graduate Professional coach with ATPCA and has coached the Collegiate Tennis Team in the top university in the Philippines. He is also a personal trainer and passionate about coaching people to get better.

Fun fact: He has a corgi named Chewie!

Jerry Shen
Assistant Coach

Jerry is a 1st year Actuarial Science major at Melbourne University. Spending numerous years playing high level tournaments as well as representing his school as the captain of the tennis team, Jerry is driven by a strong desire to see his students improve. Jerry is a near graduate of the Tennis Australia Level 1 course and he loves to share his passion for tennis with you in both Mandarin and English!

Fun Fact: Jerry has caught more fish than you!