Craig Andrew Webster was born in Johannesburg South African on the 30 August 1951 of Scottish and Yorkshire descent. He excelled in sports and in Leadership roles at School. After his military service where he was a Physical Education Instructor he concentrated on tennis full time and had jobs at Court & Sport and Eric Sturgess sports shops to pay bills and save for his overseas trip. Craig was coached by Franjo Puncec, Russell Seymour and Lou Silvester.
In 1970 Craig decided to travel on the European Tour. The new format of the ATP came into fruition in 1973 and he quickly realised that he would not be able to make a full living on tour, which resulted in him finishing in 1974. During that time Craig made personal friendships with some of the legends of the game including Ilie Nastase, Stan Smith, Roger Taylor, Kim Warwick, Harry Turnbill, Ion Tiriac, a young Bjon Borg and many more.
In 1974 Stan Smith arranged a job for Craig at the world Famous Fonteinbleu Hotel on Collins Ave South Beach Miami, where his coaching career started working for the late Gardner Mulloy the famous American top tenner. In 1976 Craig returned to South Africa and started working with all the top juniors and was the Gauteng Central provincial coach. In 1976-77 Craig worked for Dennis van der Meer and achieved his certification as a master Pro and National Tester in the USA. In 1980 and 81 Craig was the first and to date the only coach to undertake multi racial top junior tours to Florida and NY. The kids did brilliantly winning many tournaments and competed at the Orange Bowl world junior Champs and the Rolex Champs bumping into a very young Jim Courier, Mats Wilander and Joakim Nystrom.
On returning from the tours Craig worked with Tanya Harford, Robbie Venter and other top South African players on both the WTA and ATP tour. In 1984 through Niki Pilic, Craig was given the opportunity to coach the German National Womens Team which include Claudia Kohde Kilsch , Bettina Bunge and a young Steffi Graf who was already going to be the next great womens star.
There has been a gap in Craig’s resume on the tennis front due to inheriting a family business outside of the industry, however this makes Craig even more passionate about the game and the value he can bring to professional ATP / WTA players or striving ITF juniors.
Craig misses the passion, competition and challenge of using his knowledge and experience in having played with and coached the very best in the world so he has decided to re-enter the Tennis Industry and has started the WEBSTAR TENNIS brand.