Welcoming New Coaches to the Academy Team! – NEWS

New coaching team members at BNP National Tennis Academy


Oktay Huseyin has been newly appointed as the Academy’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, to commence in the role at the end of January.  Oktay attending the football academy system of professional UK football teams, played semi-professionally from 16 years old and throughout university.


Academically Oktay has a BSc [hons] degree from Kingston University and a MSc degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of East London. Oktay, most notably is an accredited Strength and Conditioning coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association [NSCA], Level 2 anthropometrics awarded by The International Society for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry [ISAK], Functional Movement Screen Expert Accreditation [FMS] and a level 2 British Weightlifting Coach [BWL].


His most recent coaching positions have been as head of Strength and Conditioning for WimX Tennis Academy for the last 4 years, working with a variety of players from developmental to internationally ranked pro players.  In addition to this, Oktay was Lead Sport Scientist for Leyton Orient Football Club Centre of Excellence from 2012 to 2014. Oktay has also worked with a variety of national level developmental players in Rugby, Golf, Hockey, Track and Field and Olympic Weightlifting.



James Cluskey is to join the coaching team with immediate effect.


James during his career, has represented Ireland at every level and amongst many accolades holds an U18 Fitzwilliam singles title, Winner of 15 professional doubles titles including the Irish Open and Winner of two ATP Challengers and four finals.  James played college tennis at LSU and ranked as high as number 3 in doubles in NCAA rankings. His career high doubles ranking is 145.

James turned professional in 2010, retiring late 2015.  He first represented Ireland as a Davis Cup player in 2006 and continued to compete with the team right up to retirement. 


There is no question that James kind nature and commitment to improving the Irish tennis game, will be a great addition to the already talented team in the Academy.



We wish Oktay and James continued success within the Academy and look forward to what 2016 will bring.