Gene Ridgway is employed by the ITF as the ITF Development officer, Pacific Oceania. He is based in Lautoka, Fiji and travels extensively through the Pacific Oceania Region.
Gene commenced in this role in early 2012 having previously been the Regional Traning Centre Coach from 2010-2012. He brings a background of being qualified at USPTA Level 2 having previously managed the Cheryl Tennis Club in Norfolk Island from 2003-2004. Additionally in his earlier days he was a teaching pro at the Hopman Tennis Academy in Saddlebrrok, Tampa, Florida from 1996-1997. Subsequently he was an integral part of Atomic Tennis Training in Wellington, New Zealand from 1998-2004.
Additionally the OTF contracts Pacific coaches to act as OTF Development Officers and to visit Nations to assist with the Mini Tennis Programme and also to assist with setting up Junior Programs. Over recent years Development officers have included Lave Toli, David Detudamo, Johnson Taliki and this year Andrew Mailtorok, from Vanuatu, will continue in his Head Coaching Role.