Welcome to my website, Nick Howell Real Tennis
NICK HOWELL REAL TENNIS
Get to Know Me
Hi, I'm Nick Howell, a real tennis professional & one of the top ranked players in the world. I have started this website as way to stay in touch with the people who support me.
Here is a little bit about my background and how I came in to real tennis.
I was born in Bordeaux but grew up in in England. His Father is English and Mother is Australian. Sport runs in the family, his father Jonathan is a real tennis professional and a former world #4 and his brother Benny is a cricket professional playing for teams across the world
I had a love for all sports and went to the Oratory School on a full sports scholarship for rugby and cricket. It was golf that Nick became primarily focused on and at the age of 18 he had decided to turn professional. Nick spent the next 7 years playing on tours such as the Jamega Tour, Euro Pro Tour and Australasian Tour.
By the time I was 25,I had stopped enjoying golf and was seeking a new challenge. Becoming a top Real Tennis player was my new challenge. I grew up playing real tennis as a part time hobby sport and was always considered naturally talented at the sport. In 2012 Royal Melbourne Tennis Club offered Nick an opportunity to become a trainee real tennis professional. In the 3 years I spent there, I reached a world ranking of #no11 and handicap of +2.
In March 2015 I moved to the National Tennis Club in Newport to become the touring professional. Unfortunately, not long after he arrived the Head professional left and I took over as Acting Head Professional.
The National Tennis Club hired World #1 as Head Professional in July and were allowing Camden & myself to travel and play tournaments which was exciting.
as I could learn from Camden. Camden would only stay a year at the club and left not long after becoming world champion to concentrate playing full time on tour. The club hired experienced Mike Gooding to be the Head Professional and I was allowed to be the club's touring pro.
I left Newport in September 2020 in the middle of the covid pandemic to be the new Head Professional at the brand new club in Bordeaux. In my time in Newport I wend from no 11 in the world to no 5. i made 2 Open singles, making the final of the 2019 Australian Open and the 2020 US open. I also won 3 doubles Major titles. 2 Australian Opens and 1 British Open
I also qualified for the World Championship eliminators for the first time in my career at the end of 2019. The top 4 players who have picked up the most race points from tournaments over the 2 year cycle have the chance to play in the World Championship against the reigning World Champion which is Rob Fahey.
no 1 qualifier plays no 4 and 2 plays 3. The winner of those matches will then play each other in a final eliminator and the winner of the final eliminator will take on Rob Fahey in the World Championship in a best of 13 set match over a week.
I spent 2 years building the club up in Bordeaux and accepted a job to be the Head professional at Aiken Tennis Club in South Carolina.
I recently qualified again for the World Championship eliminators in 3rd place and will play Ben Taylor Matthews in Aiken in the best of 9 set match On March 29 and March 31
Thank you to my sponsor Grays, for their support these last couple of years. They have been the no 1 provider of real tennis racquets for over 150 years