Respected British Tennis Coach Alan Jones Dies Aged 75

Alan Jones, one of the most respected coaches in British tennis, passed away at the age of 75 following a short illness. He coached for over half a century and worked with many high profile and successful British players during that time, including Anne Keothavong, Elena Baltacha, Jo Durie, Jeremy Bates, and Laura Robson. Jones was also an LTA National Coach in three separate stints.

Jones was known for his infectious energy, passion for the game, and commitment to developing British players for success at the very top of the sport. He coached 33 British players who played at Wimbledon, and influenced the lives of many. He was a pre-eminent coach of the sport, always with a keen eye on future generations.

Jones was a mentor and friend to many, and his passing has filled the tennis community with deep sadness. Tributes poured in from players and officials alike, including Billie Jean King, who called him a passionate and dedicated coach. Scott Lloyd, LTA chief executive, said that Jones will be sorely missed by all who met him.

Jones taught his players not only the skills needed to succeed on the court, but also the importance of working hard and committing to something. His energy and passion for the game were infectious, and he encouraged players from the first to the last session. His coaching influenced generations of players, and his legacy will continue to inspire future generations of British tennis players.

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Off the court, Jones was known for his lovely family and much beloved huskies. His influence extended beyond the tennis court, and he will be remembered as a giant in the tennis world.

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