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Michelle Jaggard-Lai - Tennis Player Mentor


I am the founder of Jaggard Sports and I mentor athletes alongside their support teams on how to create sensationally successful careers from sport.

My background as a professional athlete has allowed me to understand the importance of putting the person first , engaging inner motivations and having clarity around the athlete\’s vision of success with sport. I mentor the athlete to take step by step action to ultimately realise their own talents, have more balance of fun and fulfilment on and off court whilst working towards improving their personal performance.

My own personal trust networks around the world provide pro level support from the ground level to support the athlete\’s journey with sport. We at Jaggard Sports provide varied environments for education and expertise for player improvement through our trusted networks and partners around the world. Athletes gain experience to build self awareness, learn how to track and progress consistently and are exposed to the training methods of a high performing athlete. Our mentor programs welcome athletes and their support teams to work fluently with us at Jaggard Sports.

Jaggard Sports mentoring for athletes provides:

A) 1:1 mentoring sessions with former world class champions
B) On the road tournament support either online or in person, including pre, during and post match preparation, feedback with reviewing.
C) Homestay experiences introducing players to Australia\\\’s best who have produced or worked with world number 1\\\’s.
D) Mentor Camps & training blocks collaborating with head coaches, academies and clubs around the world.

I have a committed passion for education and my vision is about helping others know that you can transfer an athletic mindset into any career pathways or personal ambitions.

  • Student of Ravenswood School for Girls
  • Tennis Australia Club Professional Coach ( current )
  • ATPCA Master Tennis Pro Course  ( completed)
  • Business Certificate 111 in Digital Business Mastery ( recent )
  • Head coach of Queenwood School for Girls Tildesley Shield team and Junior school coaching business (15 years combined )
  • Director of vision for St Augustine’s College for Boys Tennis program & competition pathways.
  • Head coach / Business owner of Wakehurst Tennis 10 court venue on Northern Beaches in Sydney ( 19 years)
  • Director of Jaggard & Lai Pty Ltd
  • Founder of Jaggard Sports / Tennis mentor


Coaching times & fees

1) “StartUP” mentoring package 10 x sessions online ( $ 1500.00 AUSD)

2) ” Homestay” mentoring on Sunshine Coast ($1200.00 AUSD) Extra options: Food , accommodation, coaches/ trainers of champions & fitness and player assessments.

3) ” On the Road ” Tournament / training support

a) Virtual tournament support pre, during and post event ( $500.00/ event AUSD ) * Bonus extra semi /finals, video reviewing

b) Team tournament mentor support: Guardian or mentor for 1-4 players ( priced from $250- $400/day AUSD + expenses & meals per diem )

4) Mentor Camps in Australia: $300 – $500 AUSD / 3 days

5) Targeted Touring Groups: Assisting key exposure bursts at global training bases / coaches trusted networks of Jaggard Sports Founder Michelle Jaggard-Lai  ( EOI for 2024 )


Further information
  • Tennis Australia
  • Tennis Australia Coach Connect Women’s group


I grew up in Sydney, Australia and have also based in USA and Europe during my tennis career. My dad introduced me to tennis with my 3 brothers and I fell in love with it from 12 years of age, then became very determined to make a career out of sport. I went on to being ranked number 1 in Australia and became a professional WTA player and Australian Federation Cup representative. My key learning was from Australia’s best coaches and Davis Cup players such as Phil Dent, John Alexander, Tony Roche, Harry Hopman, Kim Warwick and the famous Sheriff family trained personally by Gail Chanfreau (Sheriff) in France.

As a junior I played softball, enjoyed sprinting, netball and music. As an adult I love to play tennis with my kids, swimming laps, walking, self education, writing, reading and playing with my ” sausage squad ” dogs and simply hanging out with my family on our little mini farm.

I began teaching tennis and coaching in my own business after being selected by Tennis Australia as a mentor for National Champions guided by Multi award winning Grand Slam champion Lesley Bowrey as her understudy. I was awarded the TA Women’s Coaching Scholarship and pursued roles with national players progressing from junior to pro pathways.  After teaching tennis for 30 +years and running sporting venues with my family for 19 years, including numerous head coaching roles I decided to evolve from my coaching career as I noticed coaches were being overloaded with too many jobs so I wanted to support the coaches and players more. This motivated me to provide first hand playing experience and founded  Jaggard Sports working as a tennis mentor and coming back full circle excites me so I can service the tennis industry even more but on a global scale.

I am a tennis mentor and I draw from my 3 skillsets:

a) Former tennis coach

b) Professional WTA Tennis Player

c) Parent/ Parent Coach of two international playing children

I understand the high demands of sport on the athlete and their families, the need to be the link of communication to the team behind the athlete and keep the vision of the player clear and achieving growth at the same time. From personal playing experience and realising my own 20 year long term journey to becoming a pro athlete it now allows me to provide a complete education for players and their families, offer sports mentoring as a tennis mentor and be able to communicate to the the team to not overload them and allow them to enjoy the journey with the athlete.

A mentor provides leadership learning and data shows that 89% of those mentored in life end up mentoring others and this gives us the power to impact more than just the player and person. This excites me for the future of the tennis industry to be able to lead the way for a new innovative approach to sport.

I am now based on Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.

Jaggard Sports partners with:

  • World class coaches & Academies known for specific methods and outstanding niche qualities as training grounds.
  • Australia’s most awarded development coaches who personally produced world class champions.
  • Racquetworldonline for tennis equipment, personalised clothing line, performance strings & expert advise.
  • Sportsprosconnect for player support.
  • Lifetime Tennis Director Gary Stickler ( Yoda).
  • Tennis Fitness by Nathan and Giselle Martin providing fitness assessments, online programs and player education support.
  • WTA physios & Health alliances recommended by pros.
  • We are a growing business partnering/ collaborating with local and global businesses and people that put the player first.


Our 7 core values include:

  • Belief
  •  Integrity
  •  Education
  •  Trust
  •  Teamwork
  •  Growth mindset
  •  Positive Impact.

  • 2 x Grand Slam Champion :
  • Australian Open Junior Singles Champion
  • Wimbledon Junior Doubles Champion
  • Jal Cup Junior Champion
  • Australian Federation Cup player Finalist
  • WTA Top 50 player / 12 pro career titles
  • QF of Australian Open Doubles & Wimbledon Mixed Doubles W/ Kimiko Date & Mark Woodforde
  • Guest speaker Role : EGM of NewsAmp, Newscorp Australia presenting to Top 30 National marketing team to be the best.
  • Guest speak : Sunshine Coast University seminar for track athletes & voluntary sport organisations
  • Guest speaker : Mark Tennant AO presenter topic discussion ” The journey to pro” online
  • Guest presenter: Kai Gerber Online presenter for 10/under tennis development & Coach the Coaches conference
  • Guest presenter / Talent coach : NT National 10/u Talent camp & Parents of 10/u talent
  • Author / Writer : Elite Agent online magazine mindset contributor
  • Education Contributor / expert for Facebook groups: Tennis parents NSW, Sydney Tennis Community NSW



Your unwavering commitment to their success on and off court has made a tremendous impact on their lives, and we cannot thank you enough. " HOMESTAY" mentoring program

MR & MRS H family


Since beginning mentoring online 6 months ago I have gained valuable insights on how to become a better player and individual. I don't waste as much time, are more proactive and have built some great self awareness. Jaggard Sports is slowly helping me shape myself into the best version of myself. "StartUP" Mentor program Online athlete

Ms D


It was great to watch the young players interact with the mentors/ coaches in person and via zoom sessions. How powerful and motivating it was for my children to be exposed to the calibre of professionals that were part of the mentor camp. Mentor Camp Parent



I know it's always nice to be at a tennis tournament watching your child play but if you can't be it's great to know they are in capable care. I think it's much less stressful as well as a parent not being at the tournament. Nice also not to take time off work for another tennis trip. Thank you to Michelle for taking the tour. " On The Road " touring team Parent organizer



Amazing few weeks with amazing people. My daughter got back last night and she loved it. Couldn't stop talking about the trip. As for you Michelle don't know what you've done to my daughter but she keeps saying I love that Michelle. She really enjoyed your company and can't wait for the next trip. " On the Road" private group Parent

Mr A


Thank you for all your team for looking after our son. It is a precious experience not just for tennis but for his life. I cannot thank you enough for all the care and support you have given him. Really look forward to seeing you again and giving you a big hug. " HOMESTAY " exposure trip to Australia. Parent of 16 yr old boy from a full time Academy in Europe.

Mrs D