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Jason Goodall

tennis player

Nickname: Hawk-Eye
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Bio He is an international sports broadcaster, specializing in tennis commentary and analysis. He is also a tennis coach who has worked with some of the best players in the world and is a former British number two professional tennis player.

Goodall started playing tennis in Zambia, Central Africa, when he was nine years old. Upon returning to the UK three years later he was chosen to represent Great Britain (under-12 level) and continued to do so throughout his junior career up to, and including, under-21 level. He was a silver meAt age 18 Goodall was given a wild card entry into the 1985 Wimbledon Championships where he met seventh seed Joakim Nyström in the first round. He was beaten by the Swede in four sets. His only other appearance in the singles draw at Wimbledon was in 1988, when he lost in straight sets to Italian qualifier Diego Nargiso. He participated in the Wimbledon men's doubles championships every year from 1986 to 1990.

He and partner Peter Wright were doubles runner-up at the Dublin Challenger tournament in 1987.

Goodall was ranked as high as British number two as a senior and was also national senior doubles champion. He was chosen to be part of the British team in two Davis Cup ties in 1989; away against Finland, which Britain won 4–1, and at home against Argentina, which the hosts lost 3–2.dalist in doubles at the under-14 European Championships and went on to compete in all of the junior Grand Slam events on several occasions in both singles and doubles.

At the age of 21 he retired due to a chronic elbow injury and thereafter turned to coaching (occasionally still playing on the tour up until the 1990 Wimbledon Championships), working initially with 21-times Grand Slam doubles champion Pam Shriver. Whilst doing so, she made the final of the US Open doubles in 1989 with Mary Joe Fernandez, only to lose to Martina Navratilova and Hana Mandlíková 5-7 6-4 6-4. He then worked with former world number four Fernandez and was coaching her when she made the singles and doubles finals at the Australian Open in 1990. Fernandez was beaten 6-3 6-4 by Steffi Graf in the singles, and teaming up with American Patty Fendick in doubles, lost 7-6 7-6 to top seeds Jana Novotná and Helena Suková in the final.

Goodall then worked with various other players on the WTA Tour including former world number 25 Betsy Nagelsen and former world number ones Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Jennifer Capriati as both coach and hitting partner before taking a position as International Squad Coach at the Lawn Tennis Association in London. As a fully qualified coach, he then worked with the best juniors in the country, both male and female, and oversaw their transition from the junior ranks to senior professionals.

Goodall was selected as Great Britain's Federation Cup coach in 1995.

He also worked with former world number four Tim Henman in the off-seasons at various stages throughout Henman's career, and travelled as his coach when his regular coach David Felgate was unavailable.

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