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Craig Andrew Webster was born in Johannesburg South African on the 30 August 1951 of Scottish and Yorkshire desent. 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 travelled to Europe and played on the European Tour until 1974, the ATP started in 1973 and Craig quickly realised he was not going to earn a living on the Tour. However during his time on the tour, Craig said it was a great big family and the good guys looked after the young and not so talented.
I had great friends from Illie Nastase, Pato Rodriquez, Edison Manderino, Tomaz Koch, Billy N" Godrella France first top black player, Ross Case, Geoff Masters, Kim Warwick, Harry Turnbill, Keith Handcock, Steve Krulevits, Robbie Rhineburger, Wojtek Fibak,
Rodger Taylor, Marcelo Lara, Ion Tiriac, Stan Smith a 17 year old Bjorn Borg and the rest of the gang way too many to mention.
Listening and learn all the tricks of the trade from Lennart Bergelin Bjorn Borg coach also served me well. My three hippie friends were Torben Ulrich, Jeff Borowiak and Ray Moore they were very colourful and a great inspiration. To bring back the memories remember Spike Spicharla at Slazenger, Captain Mike Gibson at Wimbledon and Jacques Dorfman who ran the French Open at Roland Garros.
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 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. In 1984 Craig's Dad was critical ill and Craig inherited the 110 year old family business. Craig has grown the business and Brand WEBCO TOOLS which, manufactures measuring tapes and spirit levels and distributes a large range of hand, gardening and mining tools.
I miss the passion, competition and challenge of using my knowledge and experience in having played with and coached the very best in the world so I have decided to re-enter the Tennis Industry and having started the WEBSTAR TENNIS brand.
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