INTERVIEW WITH RAY JAMES – SPORTSMART RACQUET CATEGORY MANAGER

The winner of Sportsmart and Wilson’s tennis sponsorship program Scott Lyons sat down with the Racquet Category Manager for all Sportsmart stores, Ray James to discuss their passion for tennis.

What does your job at Sportsmart involve?

I have spent the past 25 years with Dunlop Slazenger (Pac Brands Group) in various roles including Victorian Territory Manager and later as Victorian State Manager. These roles included being responsible for ALL tennis racquet and tennis ball sales in Victoria under the Dunlop and Slazenger brands. I am also a level 2 TCAV (Tennis Coaches Assoc. of Victoria) coach.

For the past 2 years, I have joined Sportsmart as the Racquet Category Manager. I am responsible for the purchasing, merchandising and sales for the four Sportsmart stores in Melbourne.

How long have you played tennis for?

I have played tennis from the age of 6 or 7 years old, I started playing in school in boy’s tournaments from the age of 9 winning many under age events. I was selected in State Shell & Linton Cup training squads (under 14 & under 18 state squads).

I played many years of ‘B/ B Special’ Winter Pennant tennis (Current Grade 2/3 Pennant standard) for a few Melbourne tennis clubs including Lauriston T.C,  Dendy Park LTC and Parkdale T.C.

I currently coach part time, at Stella Maris Tennis Club in Beaumaris assisting the head coach Peter Le Breton.

What do you love most about the sport of tennis?

Tennis is a game that you can enjoy from an early age until very late in your life. The club atmosphere and the life long friendships you gain from being involved in tennis are the things you love about the game, whether that is gained from a weekly social hit with friends or competitive matches at night or on the weekend.

Who is your favourite tennis player?

Being brought up in an era of watching the great all court players such as John Newcombe, Tony Roche, John McEnroe and Pat Cash, I love to watch Roger Federer. He can play fantastic topspin or underspin ground strokes from the baseline as well as have great touch and control around the net. He is the complete player.

Why is Sportsmart a great place to come for all your tennis gear?

Sportsmart offers the largest range of tennis equipment, clothing & footwear in Melbourne. We also offer great advice for ALL of your tennis requirements from our expert staff in all four stores.

The Sportsmart website shows our extensive tennis range to our customers, whether they are Smart Card members or new customers to our stores.

We will not be beaten on any price offered by any competitor in the market place. This all adds up to a great place to shop for the tennis enthusiasts.

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