Jose has been involved with tennis since he first picked up a racquet when he was 8 years old. Jose began playing in Ipswich and moving up the fixtures ladder every season. By the time Jose was 12 he was already playing in junior tournaments, though his record was not great to start with losing in the first round of many of the tournaments he played. When he realised that he needed to include more match play (under mental pressure) to his training program, he developed more confidence. Once he had more confidence under pressure the results started to show, quarter-finals, semi-finals, finals.
But when Jose was just 16 he had his first serious injury, a knee dislocation which put Jose out for 8 months. When he tried to make a return he couldn't quite get to the same level again.
But that was when he found his true calling was in coaching young players looking to build a future in tennis.