Among the most well-known and respected coaches in the sport, the Gomez Tennis Academy coaching staff have trained and traveled with top-ranked players attending the largest tournaments in the world, including Grand Slams. Dedicated to the intense training of junior and professional tennis players, our multi-lingual coaching staff has the patience and understanding required to motivate and develop players of different styles, levels and personalities.
Lead by the knowledge and experience of Rene Gomez, Gomez Tennis Academy practices a philosophy based on commitment and individualized training.
We believe a commitment to the process by both the player and coach is essential to developing an elite player. Our program schedule and training intensity remain the same year round to provide consistency and routine, which is one way we practice this philosophy.
We believe every player is different and individualized training is required. Lead by Rene Gomez, the coaching team develops a course of training for each player based on their unique skills and goals.
Paired with dedication, work ethic and discipline these two components are what create elite tennis players.
Rene Gomez | Owner & Academy Director
Bringing a lifelong successful tennis career both as a player and as a coach, Rene Gomez serves as Head Pro and Gomez Tennis Academy Director. Rene competed as a junior in his native Colombia and went on to become a successful professional player on the international scene. He was a member of the Colombian Davis Cup Team from 1980-1986 and competed on the ATP tour for seven years, holding rankings in both singles and doubles competition.
Journey to Coaching
Following his competitive days on the circuit, Rene shifted his focus to coaching, serving at the Bollettieri Tennis Academy. While there, Rene was responsible for the daily training and traveling with some of the greatest players in the sport who, under his supervision, became top-ranked players in the world: Mary Pierce, Jim Courier, Tommy Haas, Max Mirnyi, Vince Spadea, Andre Agassi, Anna Kournikova and Monica Seles.
Rene spent three years as head training professional in the tennis division of the sports psychology center, LGE Performance System in Orlando, FL. In November of 2009, at the special request of the Chinese Tennis Federation, he traveled to Beijing, China. There, Rene trained the Chinese Nike Davis Cup Team and the team’s coaching and support staff.
More recently, Rene spent four years as Director of Coaching at the Evert Academy until he and his family opened the Gomez Tennis Academy. Today, Rene brings his extensive coaching career to new students, developing young juniors into Grand Slam players. Rene understands that, in order to develop a player for high-level competition, it takes enormous dedication from both coach and student. It is this understanding that has defined his success in tennis for his entire life.
Insight and Experience
During his lifetime, Rene has gained insight from both his own teachers, as well as his students, which has shaped the coach he is today. His former players impacted him in profound ways:
Rene had the honor of helping shape a young Monica Seles into an elite Grand Slam player. From her, he learned the importance of consistency and discipline, as well as a strong commitment to daily training.
An incredibly hard worker, Jim Courier had an unmatched dedication to the game. Rene was deeply inspired by Courier’s belief in himself to becoming one of the best tennis players in the world.
2000 Silver Medalist Tommy Haas taught Rene about the commitment, dedication and strong mind that it takes to become a great player of the game.
Max Mirnyi was one of the hardest working players that Rene has ever had the opportunity to train. During his time on tour, Mirnyi earned the nickname “The Beast” due to his incredible discipline to physical conditioning.
Brother to Rene, Raul Gomez grew up in Colombia playing both professional tennis and soccer before coming to the United States. He attended the University of South Carolina and later spent 10 years coaching at the Bolleteri Academy. While at Bolleteri, Raul coached Iva Majoli, Peter Korda and Jimmy Areas, to name a few. In January 2010, Raul moved to Naples with Rene to join the Gomez Tennis Academy coaching team.
In 2012 Rafael Reyes joined the Gomez Tennis Academy coaching team with more than 10 years of management and coaching experience. Fluent in Spanish, English and Italian, Rafa has travelled the world with both ATP and WTA players.
Prior to joining the Gomez Tennis Academy coaching team in 2011, Jonathan David competed at the highest levels of tennis in Canada, including playing on the Canadian junior Davis Cup team for two years, winning the Canadian Junior Nationals and competing on the ITF and ATP tours.