The Director of Tennis Operations, Assitant Pros, Coaches and Court Monitors are here to serve the members and enhance your Kew Gardens experience! Please introduce yourself to staff on duty.  Suggestions are welcome here.  


We would like to welcome back Rachel Gould and Ira Sherman in their new role as our Directors of Tennis Operations (DTO’s). This expanded role aims to create an integrated approach which connects both the clubs programming and management divisions with the goal of an improved member experience. The DTO’s will continue to operate as the Head Tennis Professionals by leading, organizing and managing all adult and junior programming, as well as leading and managing the day to day operations of the club.

The DTO’s look forward to providing excellent service standards in all areas to achieve high satisfaction for the Kew Gardens Tennis Club membership.



Ira Sherman is the Co-Director of Tennis Operations (DTO) alongside Rachel Gould at Kew Gardens Tennis Club.

Growing up in Toronto Ira trained as a junior at the All Canadian Tennis Academy. With over two decades of teaching experience, he has travelled the world as a teaching pro in California, Australia, Mexico, Thailand, and the Caribbean working at a variety of clubs and resorts. Ira is a certified Tennis Canada Club Professional 3, which is Tennis Canada's highest certification in the club professional stream. 

Ira is the co-founder of Progressive Tennis League (PTL). PTL is an innovative organization that focuses on offering quality tennis programming during the indoor season for children across the GTA. PTL has collaborated with Tennis Canada and the Ontario Tennis Association with various grassroots initiatives, building communities around the sport of tennis.

Ira has also combined his love of travel with tennis by offering exciting tennis retreats for adults during the winter season through his company First Serve Travel. Ira has coached all levels and abilities. He has great passion and enthusiasm for the game and brings out the best in his players.

Ira's style of teaching uses a Game-Based Approach, which encompasses all aspects of the game: technical, tactical, physical, & psychological.

Ira looks forward to sharing his knowledge and expertise with all KGTC members for the 2021 season. They will be offering a wide range of programming for both juniors and adults at all levels.

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Phone - (647) 700-8306


Rachel Gould is the Co-Director of Tennis Operations (DTO) alongside Ira Sherman at Kew Gardens Tennis Club (KGTC). Born and raised in Toronto, she started playing tennis and her coaching career at KGTC. As a junior competitor, Rachel was ranked provincially and nationally. She graduated from Flagler College in Florida where she received an NCAA tennis scholarship and a BA in Sport Management/Business Administration. Rachel is a certified Tennis Canada Club Pro 3 (Tennis Canada's highest certification in the club professional stream) and Tennis Canada Coach 3 (high performance coaching certification). Rachel is also certified as an Adult Development Professional by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), for Wheelchair Tennis through Tennis Canada, and has had previous experience as a personal trainer certified by the National Council of Strength and Fitness (NCSF). Rachel has over 15 years of extensive coaching experience as an NCAA collegiate coach, high performance academy coach and a tennis professional at clubs throughout Toronto, Florida and Australia. Rachel is a Tennis Canada Coach Developer/Course Facilitator, delivering tennis professional coaching courses and workshops. As a Community Tennis consultant, Rachel has worked on many grassroot level initiatives with various community organizations, with the Ontario Tennis Association, and in the Development Department at Tennis Canada. Rachel is the co-founder of the Progressive Tennis League and First Serve Travel. Rachel's love for tennis can be seen in her enthusiasm and dedication to coaching, grassroots initiatives and community development. She has a passion to grow the game of tennis and help players of all ages and levels develop. Rachel and Ira are very excited to be leading Kew Gardens Tennis Clubs coaching and programs for the 2021 season.

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Phone - (647) 627-9549


Lorenzo was born in Venice Italy and grew up in Toronto. He is a Tennis Canada Certified Instructor. He began teaching in 1991 and has worked in several tennis facilities including Eglinton Flats Tennis Club, Pine Point Tennis Club, Cutten Fields Country Club and Columbus Centre Tennis Club. In the winter months, you can find Lorenzo working out of the North York Tennis Club. This will be Lorenzo’s 6th season as part of the Kew Gardens Tennis Club coaching team. Lorenzo has worked with both recreational and high performance juniors.  He has helped motivate many young players to grow and develop not only as players, but also as people. Lorenzo’s love of tennis remains strong and can be seen regularly on court sharing his passion with many of our club members. Lorenzo looks forward to help all members at any level in any aspect of their game. Feel free to contact him for both lessons or equipment needs.

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Phone- (647) 868 5309

Club Monitors

Welcome our club monitors for 2021


My name is Carter. I am 20 years old and I started playing tennis at the age of 5. I attended the Kew Gardens tennis summer camp program for 6 years. I volunteered for the spring program for 3 years and have been working as a summer camp tennis coach for 5 years. The image provided shows myself (far left) after a long doubles game with my father and grandfather, a rivalry through the generations. This will be my first year within the monitoring position and I am very excited for this year's tennis season. 


 My name is Jovana and Kew is where I found my love for tennis!  I've been coaching at Kew for about 3 years and is now where I spend most of my summers.  Aside from tennis, I am also passionate about the arts and environment. I have my own small business as an artist where I sell custom portraits and am currently studying Environmental biology with a specialization in wildlife biology at McGill University.


Hi, I’m Stein, one of the new court monitors this year.

Professionally, I am a designer/co-founder of Hi Thanks Bye, a multidisciplinary design studio. My work fuses materials and medias in different dimensions in order to create compelling experiences. 

I joined Kew a few years ago and have enjoyed the vibe of the club. Through this position, I hope to meet more of the club’s friendly faces while helping make this season a fun and safe one for all.


Hi, I’m Megan and I am so thrilled to be a part of the Kew Gardens team this season! I grew up in a family of tennis players and have loved the sport from a young age. I’ve just finished a Bachelor of Medical Sciences at the University of Western in London, Ontario. I love being active and outdoors so I’m looking forward to spending the summer working right on the beach before beginning graduate studies in the Fall. Can’t wait to see you at the club.





Hi everyone! My name is Emma Leishman, I grew up playing tennis and have had a love for the sport for as long as I can remember. My dream is to one day make it to Wimbledon and watch Federer play in the final. I worked at Kew for half the summer last year and am looking forward to seeing some familiar faces, and of course, some new faces as well!



Longtime Kew player and returning staff member. Tennis lover, arts and crafts hobbyist, and baker for pleasure. Excited to see everyone back on court! 




I am Katie and I attend Queens University studying psychology. I have been    playing tennis since I was little and love the game. I am new to the beaches, and Kew Gardens, but am looking forward to spending the summer learning about the club and becoming an active member of the community!