Richard Fidler talks sport with Mike James

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Mike James is head coach at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, which is operated by Sheffield International Venues.

What have you been doing today?

The day started today with a school assembly at 10am, then a meeting. After that it was on to the court at Graves with the Super Mini Tennis Programme.

It’s really busy at the moment with members of the public inspired by Wimbledon.

Who is your inspiration and why?

Nick Bollettieri, who has coached some of the greatest players in the world. He has worked with seven world number one tennis players and ran his own very successful tennis academy in Florida.

Which sports star did you admire when you were growing up?

American Andre Agassi, who won eight Grand Slam titles including at least one of each from the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.

What’s your favourite (other) sport?

Boxing – and I am really looking forward to seeing some of the GB boxers who are based at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield compete at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Who is your most famous person in your phone?

The singer - James Morrison.

When was the last time you cried?

The weekend.

Who or what are you most proud of?

My Mum – she is my inspiration.

What’s the best piece of advice you have received?

The most challenging job is the most rewarding.

When did you know you were good at what you do?

At the age of 14 I first started to develop coaching skills which made me think I could do it as a job in the future.

What one item do you take with you wherever you go?

My iPad – it is my life!

What is the most nervous you’ve ever been?

The Oblivion ride at Alton Towers.

Do you ever doubt yourself?

Never! I am really positive person, which is so important in sport. You have to believe in yourself.

What is your view on social networks like Twitter and Facebook?

I think they are fantastic and have changed the world we live in.

How do you relax away from sport?

Spotify! Music is one of my other passions.

Where was your last holiday – and would you go again?

It was in Berlin! It’s a great city and I would definitely go back.

Do you cook? If so what’s your favourite – if not, who provides the perfect meal?

I am not a great cook so it would have to be my house mates’ cooking!

What was the last book you read?

Barcelona - the making of the greatest team!

If you weren’t doing what you do, what would you do?

Because of my passion for music I would love to be a record producer or DJ.

Tell our readers in your own words why you think we’re interested enough to interview you?

I’m a passionate and inspiring tennis coach who wants to bring a tennis dynasty to Sheffield!

What’s your favourite TV programme?

Russell Howard’s good news.