Our global network of faculty is comprised of an illustrious group of master professionals, Grand Slam legends and Olympic medalists, elite physical conditioning trainers and nutritionists, high-performance coaches, renowned sport psychology experts, leading equipment gurus, and rising stars in the coaching world. In addition to having distinguished track records, they all share a commitment to raising the bar in delivering world-class training to nonprofessional adults. Faculty members rotate participation in various Tennis Congress events depending on their availability and the size and thematic focus of each event.
Top 100 Junior in Australia. Head Professional at Topnotch Resort.
Shaun is the Head Staff Professional at Topnotch Resort. He originally hails from Brisbane, Australia. During his time at Topnotch he has trained many successful USTA teams and competitive players, sharing his experience from working with some of the world’s best coaches and players.
Throughout his junior playing career, Shaun finished top 10 in state and top 100 in national rankings, in both singles and doubles. After graduating, Shaun started training full time under former Wimbledon Champion, Ashley Cooper. Over the following years, he travelled around Australia and internationally competed in many ITF and national tournaments. During this time, Shaun was fortunate enough to train with many great Australian champions, such as former world no.1 Patrick Rafter and top 25 player Scott Draper, who both shared with him a lot of their secrets to success.
Shaun started his coaching career working with some of Australia’s top junior players. To further his education, Shaun studied under one of Australia’s most respected coaches, Mal Murphy. He completed his Level 1, 2, and advanced coaching degree with the Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association (A.T.P.C.A.). Shaun then moved down to Australia’s Gold Coast and began working alongside former Wimbledon Champion, Pat Cash, and top physical trainer, Gavin Hooper. There he was exposed to many different coaching methods and learned first hand what it takes to be the best at the sport.
After leaving Cash Hopper, Shaun was offered the Head Tennis Professional position at the prestigious Hayman Island Resort. After 2 years of building a successful tennis program he moved back home to Brisbane and began working as the Head Pro at the state’s top tennis school and helped them win a state championship.
In 2003 Shaun moved to Stowe and began working as a seasonal tennis pro at Topnotch. In 2005 he became the Head Staff Professional, helping to make Topnotch one of the most renowned tennis programs in the country.
Shaun’s motto is, “Practice doesn’t make you perfect, perfect practice make you perfect.”
🇦🇺 Shaun Zemanek
Editor and Founder of Tennisplayer.net
John Yandell is the publisher of Tennisplayer digital magazine. For 20 years he has been filming and analyzing technique in world class players and developing powerful teaching protocols that allow players at all levels to understand and develop true fundamentals. John has spoken at dozens of coaches conferences worldwide including Wimbledon and the U.S. Open and done personal video analysis for tour players including John McEnroe, Justin Henin, Novak Djokovic and many others, as well hundreds of players at all other levels. He is also an instructional editor for Tennis magazine and a technical consultant for Stanford men’s tennis. The John Yandell Tennis School is located in San Francisco, California.
🇺🇸 John Yandell
Ian Westermann is the owner and founder of Essential Tennis, an online leader in digital tennis instruction.
He founded ET in 2008 after becoming frustrated with the daily challenges of being a full time on-court tennis pro. Since then his online instructional courses have been taken by over 20,000 tennis players in over 100 different countries. Ian specializes in both video and audio instructional content including the first audio tennis instruction podcast in the world: the Essential Tennis Podcast. Since 2008 he has published over 200 episodes of the show which is the highest rated tennis podcast on iTunes. Before leaving his on court teaching job to run Essential Tennis full time in April of 2011 Ian was a teaching professional at Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Maryland for six years. Congressional is currently rated the #2 private country club in America and hosted the PGA U.S. Open in 2011. His college career was spent in the Professional Tennis Management program at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Ferris created the very first PTM program in 1989 and it’s still the biggest of it’s kind in the US. While there Ian played both singles and doubles on their UCAA Division II men’s team while earning a bachelors degree in Business Marketing and a minor in Professional Tennis Management. Ian recently moved back to his home town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife of 9 years, Alison, and their two children. He plans to continue using the most cutting edge and innovative methods possible to reach passionate tennis players all over the world.
🇺🇸 Ian Westermann
Masters Degree in Exercise Science from Ithaca College. Certified Integrated Positional Therapist. Sport Psychology Consultant
Josh Warren, MS, LMT, holds a Masters Degree in Exercise Science concentrating in Sport Psychology from Ithaca College. He founded neuromuscularbalancing.com to share his passion for and approach to empowered optimal living. He lived with low back pain for over seven years and tried numerous therapies and nothing was working. After finding a simple practice to start bringing the body into alignment, the pain quickly resolved. Having experienced this approach firsthand, Josh is eager to share this knowledge.
Josh was the founder and developer of Integrated Tennis, a unique training method that combines western Sport Psychology with eastern Yoga along with the Neuromuscular Balancing approach.
As Head Women’s Tennis Coach, Josh started Husson University’s first tennis team in 2015 in Bangor, ME. They rapidly advanced by winning their conference and making it to the NCAA Tournament in just four years while the team maintained above a 3.5 GPA.
Josh worked at Sankaty Head Golf Club, Nantucket Island, MA, for nine consecutive seasons and was the Head Tennis Professional, directing all aspects of the program in his last three years. Currently he is the Head Tennis Professional at the Harbor Club, Seal Harbor, ME.
He has experience coaching in a variety of settings including Van Der Meer Tennis Academy, Hilton Head, SC, Ithaca College, Colby College, and Armstrong Tennis Center. Josh has taught at the Yoga Teacher and Integrated Positional Therapy Trainings at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshire Mountains, Stockbridge, MA. He leads Integrated Tennis and Neuromuscular Balancing sessions with individuals and groups and speaks at international events.
Josh contributed to the “Mental Mechanics” chapter of The Tennis Drill Book 2nd Ed. 2014 Human Kinetics, written by Tina Hoskins-Burney and Lex Carrington. Josh also helped edit Yoga for Pain Relief: A New Approach to an Ancient Practice by Lee Albert, which received the 2018 Gold award in the Health and Fitness category. He also wrote the Yoga chapter in Dr. Alabaster’s Peak Performance book that is coming out soon.
🇺🇸 Josh Warren
USTA Director Adult Individual Play, Former top UK junior and world-ranked player, 2012 PTR Newcomer of the Year.
Joanne Wallen is the Director of Adult Individual Play for the United States Tennis Association, based at USTA’s national headquarters in Lake Nona, Florida.
A native of England, Joanne Wallen became a top junior player there after taking up tennis at the age of four. She came to the U.S. in 1988 on a six-year scholarship to the Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Fla. That year she also signed with sports marketing giant IMG, the youngest player ever to do so at the time. She played for 14 years on the International Tennis Federation and Women’s Tennis Association tours, winning 15 events and achieving a world #252 ranking in singles and and #179 ranking in doubles.
In 2005 she joined the Lexington Tennis Club in Kentucky as Director of Junior Development and was promoted to General Manager in 2009. Throughout her career, Wallen has devoted countless hours to growing the sport of tennis by developing her own skills and teaching those around her. Wallen’s involvement in tennis has been multifaceted, and includes serving on Board of Directors of USTA Kentucky, and chairing its Junior Competition Committee. She also served on the USTA Southern Junior Competition Committee. In addition, Wallen has coached multiple USTA Southern junior teams. Meanwhile, she has become a USTA Certified High Performance Specialist, working with top juniors to prepare them for competition, and a tester for the U.S. Tennis Professional Association (USPTA), certifying tennis instructors in Kentucky and surrounding states. In 2012, she was named “Newcomer of the Year” by the Professional Tennis Registry.
Fitness Expert, ITPA-Certified Tennis Performance Trainer, Master Pilates Trainer
Debi Vincent has spent more than 20 years in the fitness industry as a trainer, educator and competitor. She is a recognized leader in the industry and is regularly called upon to share her knowledge and expertise with other trainers across the country.
Debi holds numerous fitness certifications, including being a Tennis Performance Trainer (TPT) of the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA). She is also a Nationally Certified Peak Pilates Instructor and Master Trainer, a Nationally Certified personal trainer and TRX trainer, and a group exercise, zumba and spinning instructor. She is the owner of Active Body & Health Inc., a 2000 square-foot Personal Training, Pilates and Sports Performance facility located in Severna Park, MD that features the A3 Sports Performance Program designed for athletes seeking to develop and improve their skills in their respective sports.
As a competitor, Debi has been a national aerobics competitor, regional champion, and a highly competitive collegiate gymnast. Her specialized training and competitive experience, coupled with her energy, enthusiasm, and passion for sharing knowledge, have been the foundation of her successful business. She has numerous dedicated clients who are continuously inspired by her enthusiasm, knowledge, and constant support.
Debi holds a degree in Fitness Management from Lock Haven University.
Learn more at https://activebodyandhealth.com
Director iTPA México, iTPA Master Performance Specialist, Davis Cup Assistant Coach for Mexico
– Owner Top Tennis Team Academy
– Director of iTPA México (International Tennis Performance Association)
– Davis Cup Assistant Coach and Fitness Coach in México
– JR FED Cup captain
– JR DAVIS and FED cup fitness and assistant coach
– Currently working with ATP and WTA players
– BS Kinesiology and Sports. University of Texas at El Paso College of Health Sciences. Minor: Education. (2002)
– Master’s Degree in Tennis Teaching and Training Methodology. Valencian International University (Valencia, Spain 2011)
– USPTA Certification Professional 1 (1998)
– USTA High Performance Certification (2012)
– CTPS Certified Tennis Performance Specialist by the International Tennis Performance Association (2012)
– MTPS Master Tennis Performance Specialist by the International Tennis Performance Association (2013)
Three-Time Paralympian on Team USA, Member of the UNIQLO Tennis Tour, Associate Director of ParaSport Flagstaff
Kaitlyn Verfuerth is a Three-Time Paralympian on Team USA, participating at the Paralympic Games in Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and Rio 2016. Other career highlights include silver medal in singles and bronze medal in doubles at the Pan American Games 2015 in Toronto, gold medals in both singles and doubles at the Pan American Games 2007 in Rio 2007 , and also 2002 USTA Most Improved Female Player of the Year. Kaitlyn also plays professionally on the UNIQLO wheelchair tennis tour.
Besides acting as the TSR for Flagstaff, Arizona, Kaitlyn’s non-profit organization is called ParaSport Flagstaff, which helps adults and kids participate in adaptive sports. Kaitlyn also runs an after school tennis program in Flagstaff, Arizona, which teaches tennis to ten different elementary schools and two middle schools within the Flagstaff Unified School District.
When not on the court, or studying recreational therapy in grad school, Kaitlyn’s hobbies include camping, hiking, going off-roading, being outdoors and spending time with her partner Greg and her dogs.
🇺🇸 Kaitlyn Verfuerth
Former ATP World-Ranked Player in Singles and Doubles. Founder and Director of CourtSense
Gordon, a former ATP (Association of Tennis Professionals) world-ranked player both in singles and doubles, is Founder and Director of the CourtSense program. In 2013, he was honored by the United States Olympic Committee and the United States Tennis Association for his outstanding contributions to using sports science in the game.
At a young age, Gordon excelled in multiple sports which helped prepare him for his true passion in tennis. During his last three years on the tour, Gordon trained under Jose Higueras, one of the most accomplished coaches in tennis, and travelled with Coach Carlos Cano, currently Director of Player Development and Coaches at CourtSense. He also worked with Dr. James Loehr, recognized as the most influential sports psychologist in tennis, and later was a student of his work. While on tour, Gordon trained with top world-ranked players such as Pete Sampras, Jim Courier and Todd Martin.
Through these extraordinary experiences, Gordon gained an extensive knowledge and a deep understanding of the game of tennis. He is currently part of Novak Djokovic’s coaching team (Currently #1 in the world) as an advisor/consultant and was part of Christina McHale’s coaching team from 12 years old to her early 20’s (highest ranking 22 in the world WTA and United States Olympian at the 2012 London games). In the past Gordon has worked with world class players, Vince Spadea (formerly #19 in the world), Dmitry Tursunov (formerly #21 in the world) and Luis Flores (formerly #9 in the world in ITF Juniors), among many others.
🇺🇸 Gordon Uehling
Coached three doubles teams to NCAA championship victories. Started ITA Sports Science committee.
Coach Toon is President and Founding Coach of Glam Slam Tennis, which delivers holistic content and training exclusively for women who are passionate (if not obsessive) about tennis.
She a jack-of-all (coaching) trades and master of a few. Her quest to gain an edge on the competition led Coach Toon down many paths: sports medicine, exercise physiology, nutrition, time management and sports psychology to name a few.
COACH: From 1990-2004, Kathy was the Associate Head Coach for Women’s Tennis at the University of California-Berkeley, where she guided three doubles teams to NCAA championship victories. Her collegiate tennis coaching career includes stops at the University of San Diego and Mills College.
CONSULTANT: Kathy also serves as a sports psychology and performance consultant to university and high school teams in the Bay Area. Her client list includes the University of California- Berkeley, where she works with the women’s basketball, men’s soccer, women’s field hockey, women’s golf and lacrosse teams. Other clients include Menlo High School, Marin Academy, Campo Lindo High School, Katherine Delmar Burke School and the Riekes Center. In addition, organizations such as the ITA, USTA, LGPA, NCAA, Pac-10 and Prince Corporation have hired Kathy to lead performance seminars.
SPEAKER: In addition, Kathy is a senior trainer for the internationally recognized Positive Coaching Alliance, having conducted hundreds of workshops for thousands of coaches, athletes and parents across the country.
AUTHOR: Coach Toon’s first book, Get Your Game Face On!, teaches you the powerful yet little-known 4-step process top athletes use to deliver their best performance under pressure. Complete with a daily training log, Get Your Game Face On! is the essential guide for anyone seeking excellence both on and off the playing field.
Kathy is also the author of the book Raising Champions: Revealing Stories from Parents of Great Athlete—and Great People. In this book, ordinary parents of some of the world’s most extraordinary athletes—on and off the field—share their stories about what it was like to raise them.
Achieved World #135 in the ITF Juniors. Competed at Junior French, Wimbledon, US Open.
Camelia is a USPTA-certified teaching professional with Tenndeavor, a premium tennis instruction program in the California Bay Area founded in 2010 by world-ranked players and tour coaches. Tenndeavor develops tailored programs for players of all ages and abilities, from first-time students to professional athletes. She has also been a teaching professional at the Barnes Tennis Center and a coach at the Southside Tennis Academy.
• Junior World Rank: #135 ITF
• Collegiate: Univ Arizona (NCAA Division 1)
• Canadian U18 ITF Doubles Champion
• Competed at Junior French, Wimbledon, US Open
🇧🇬 Camelia Todorova
El Conquistador Instructor, Former All-Conference College Player
Chip has been teaching at the El Conquistador for nine years and has amazing enthusiasm and energy. Chip played collegiate tennis for Carleton College in Minnesota where he won “All Conference” honors and was named “Freshman of the Year.” He then decided to use his great personality, love and knowledge of tennis to pursue a career teaching and inspiring others. Chip thoroughly enjoys working with players of all ages and levels, and continues to be an invaluable asset to the El Conquistador.
🇺🇸 Chip Tidd
USPTA and PTR certified Professional. Accepted into PTR Masters of Tennis Program for Adult Development. Formerly ranked competitive high performance junior player who trained under Michael Koury.
Melissa L. Tafoya is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). Through PTR, Melissa has speciality certifications in Adult Tennis Development, Senior Tennis Development, 10 & Under Tennis Development, Junior High Performance Development and Wheelchair Tennis. Every year Melissa attends continuing education courses at USPTA and PTR conventions. Melissa has thirty years of combined experience as a player and a coach.
In May of 2017, Melissa was very honored to be accepted into the PTR Masters of Tennis Program for Adult Development.
Melissa was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and grew up in Mesa. She was a ranked competitive high performance junior player who received her training from Santa Barbara, California. Melissa trained under world class tennis player and coach Michael Koury. During those competitive years she won many USTA junior and adult tournaments throughout the United States. As a high school player, Melissa set several records at Westwood High School in Mesa and played the number one varsity singles and doubles positions for all four years.
Her senior year, Melissa won the Mesa Tribune Athlete of the Year Award as well as the prestigious Mutt Ford Memorial Athlete of the Year Award.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from Northern Arizona University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She is a graduate of Valley Leadership and was a facilitator for high school students in the Revlon Career Options in Hispanic Business Program at ASU. Melissa also completed professional certification in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) from Consulting Psychologists Press at Arizona State University.
Before Melissa started her own business as a tennis professional, she worked for 10 years in government relations as a lobbyist in both Arizona and Washington D.C.
🇺🇸 Melissa Tafoya
Achieved ATP Top 200 Doubles Ranking. Former #1 Junior in India. Represented India in Davis Cup.
Founder, Level7Tennis Academy
USTA Middle States Pro of the Year 2017
Coached former world #1 doubles player Mahesh Bhupathi and Martin Dam (top 10 Doubles) in 2005 US open circuit
Coached US Open 2005 Mixed doubles Champion Mahesh Bhupathi
Competed on the ATP tour achieving a Top 400 ranking in singles and Top 200 ranking in doubles
Represented India in Davis Cup 1998-2001
US 35’s Singles National Grass Court champion 2011
US 30’s Doubles National Grass Court champion 2010
National grass court Champion of India 2000
Earned sportsman of the year by Calcutta Sports Journalists Club 2000
Earned #1 ranking as an Amateur by the USTA 1997-98
Winner of USTA National Clay court championships 1997
Bronze medalist for India in Asian Games in Bangkok
Played collegiate tennis at Temple University (#1 singles and doubles)
Elected captain of Men’s Tennis at Temple University
Ranked # 1 as a junior (U-18) in India
🇮🇳 Fazal Syed
WTA Tour Coach. Founder Women’s Tennis Coaching Association. Former World #131 in Doubles.
An Australian native, professional tennis coach, Sarah Stone has been coaching on the WTA tour for over 10 years. A former professional player, Stone has a vast amount of experience at the very top of women’s tennis. Currently, she is the coach of American Fed Cup player Alexa Glatch. Formerly, Sarah was the coach of Samantha Stosur who was a 3-time grand slam champion whilst under her tutelage.
Sarah Stone is the founder and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Coaching Association and is the chairperson of the Women’s Tennis board at the Professional Tennis Registry.
Professional playing Career
Multiple players reached a career high ranking during the time they worked with Sarah:
Junior playing Career
• Winner of several national titles
🇦🇺 Sarah Stone
Former #1 in Brazil, 2015 PTR Mississippi Professional of the Year
Milena played for Delta State University for four years. In 2006, 2007 and 2008, Milena was voted onto the all Gulf South Conference Team. In Brazil, Milena was the Junior Athlete of The Year for 1995, 1996 and 1997. She was ranked #1 in Brazil from 1995-1998 and was ranked in the top 10 from 1999-2003.
Milena holds Professional Level PTR Certifications in the following Pathways:
- 10 and under
- Adult Development
She is also a PTR 11-17 Clinician and Tester.
Milena was named the 2015 PTR Mississippi Professional of the Year.
🇧🇷 Milena Stephens
National Tennis Director for Midtown Athletic Clubs. PTR Master Professional. Former USTA Trainer of the Year, PTR Pro of the Year.
Butch Staples is currently the National Tennis Director for Midtown Athletic Clubs, which owns and operates 7 clubs around the United States and one in Montreal, Quebec.
He is a PTR Master Professional, a USPTA Professional 1 and a Tennis Canada certified coach. From 1982-1989, he was Chairman of Tennis Canada’s Coach and Instructor Development Committee. He has been a USTA RCW and 10 and Under Trainer since the inception of these programs and he is currently a USTA Master Trainer. He was named USTA Trainer of the Year in both 2006 and 2009. In recent years Butch has been recognized for his industry involvement being honored as the 2009 USPTA Midwest Pro of the Year, 2009 PTR Clinician of the Year and 2010 PTR Pro of the Year. As a result of his work in youth tennis and his application of scientific principles in his teaching, Butch was awarded the 2009 USOC “Doc” Counsilman Science Award. Also, he was a co-recipient of the 2010 RSI Junior Tennis Champion Award.
Butch spent 8 years with Tennis Corporation of America (TCA) as Director of Tennis at the Midtown club in Weston Florida and the Head Tennis Professional at Midtown Tennis Club in Chicago. While at Midtown Chicago, he led a team of 34 professionals, helped build the largest indoor tennis programs in the country and was instrumental in developing the model for 10 and under tennis programming. Midtown juniors were the poster children for USTA Youth Tennis. As a testimony to his success, five of his young players were selected to play between the quarter final matches of the US Open in 2010 and four participated in the stadium show of the Arthur Ashe Kids Day.
Butch began his tennis coaching career after graduating from college with a B.A., a B.P.E. and an M.S. He spent 4 years teaching primary, elementary and secondary physical education and then spent 10 years on the athletic staff at McGill University in Montreal where he coached Tennis and Basketball.
🇺🇸 Butch Staples
USPTA Master Professional. Former USPTA Florida Pro of the Year. National Advisory Staff for Head/Penn and for Reebok. Former All-American in Doubles.
Paula Scheb, is the Director of Tennis and Fitness at the Bonita Bay Club, which encompasses 18 clay courts and a 10,000 square foot fitness facility. She is a USPTA Master Professional, the highest accreditation given to tennis professionals. Currently, less than 130 professionals in the country (less than 1% of the 14,500 members in the USTPA) have this distinctive title.
She is on the National Advisory Staff for Head/Penn and is also on their National Speaker’s Bureau. Paula presents regularly throughout the country on various tennis and business topics. She most recently presented a doubles seminar “Infinity and Beyond: Progressing your Players form 3.0 to 4.5” at the USPTA Florida Division Conference in West Palm Beach.
Scheb was the Director of Testing and Certification for USPTA for over 12 years, certifying and testing over 1,300 professionals. She was also the USPTA Pro of the Year for the Florida Division.
Paula grew up under the tutelage of Nick Bollettieri, when he first arrived in the States from the Rockefeller Resort in Puerto Rico. As a teenager she taught various clinics with Nick all over the world. And more recently has hosted clinics with some of the biggest names in tennis Evonne Goolagong, Gigi Fernandez, Rick Leach, Billie Jean King, Tom Gorman, Jim Loehr, Tim Mayotte, Rick Macci, Stan Smith, Jack Groppel, Fred Stolle, Mikael Pernfors and Jimmy Arias, to name a few.
Paula has been a regular contributor to “Tennis Magazine”, with various tips and articles that have been featured in the magazine. “Tennis Magazine” also featured Paula and some of her teaching tips, in a special edition periodical titled “Tips from the Masters”, which they promoted at the US Open.
Her You Tube videos, “Paula’s Pointers for Club Players,” have received praise and accolades from recreational and professional players alike. Paula and the Bonita Bay Club members host one of the largest tennis fundraisers in the country, with over 20 former touring professionals, eight former #1’s and 4 Tennis Hall of Famers, the event raised over $300,000 this year for a pediatric cancer pharmacy in the new Tom Golisano Children’s Hospital in Ft. Myers.
Paula graduated from the University of Florida with a BS degree in Business Marketing. She played college tennis for the #2 nationally ranked Lady Gators and was a doubles All-American while attending the UF.
🇺🇸 Paula Scheb
Assisted 2 grand slam champions and 1 gold medalist
Gustavo is a passionate tennis coach who enjoys the sport as a lifelong journey that teaches invaluable lessons. From amateurs to seasoned touring pros, Gustavo’s exceptional solution-oriented style of coaching adapts to players of any rating.
COACHING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Former hitting partner to Grand Slam champions Victoria Azarenka and Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
- Former hitting partner to Monica Puig, Gold Medalist in Rio 2016 Olympics.
- Former assistant coach to USA’s Angela Haynes, who achieved a WTA rank of 95.
PLAYING CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
- Career-high ATP Doubles Ranking: 870
- Career-high NCAA National Singles Ranking: 7
EDUCATION & PERSONAL
- Fluent in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Attended Dowling College in New York, and Grand Canyon University in Arizona, obtaining degrees in Sport Management and Master of Business Administration respectively.
- Completed coaching certifications through the PTR, iTPA, and USPTA.
- Gustavo is the co-founder of EntourageTennis.com, an online tennis instruction site serving players of all levels.
- Originally from Valencia, Venezuela. Gustavo currently lives in Gilbert, AZ with his wife Jessica, son Adrian, and daughter Mila.
🇻🇪 Gustavo Sanchez
3-Time Grand Slam Doubles Champion. Olympic Silver Medalist. Former World #1 (Doubles) and #7 (Singles)
Emilio Sánchez is President of the Academia Sánchez-Casal, located in Barcelona Spain and Naples Florida. The Academia Sánchez-Casal uses a unique training system, based on the Spanish method of understanding tennis, focused on maximizing the strength, balance, speed, stamina and agility of the student’s lower body. It incorporates specific exercises used by successful Spanish players, which have boosted the game of students including Svetlana Kuznetsova, Andy Murray, Daniela Hantuchova, Grigor Dimitrov, Juan Monaco, among many others.
As a player, Emilio won three Grand Slam doubles titles and the men’s doubles silver medal at the 1988 Olympic Games. He achieved an ATP world #7 ranking in singles and #1 ranking in doubles. He was the coach of multiple Grand Slam winner (and sister) Arantxa Sánchez Vicario. He also captained Spain’s Davis Cup team to success in 2008. In 2012 Sanchez was a tournament director for two wheelchair tennis events.
🇪🇸 Emilio Sánchez
Achieved #1 NCAA Ranking in Doubles. Reached #223 on WTA Tour. Played Fed Cup for Norway.
Tina brings 30 years of experience in the tennis arena as a player and coach at the national, collegiate, and professional level. Most recently, she has served as Head Women’s Coach at the University of the Pacific (2016-2018) and Head Women’s Coach at the University of Wisconsin – Madison (2013-2016).
• Collegiate Grasscourt Singles Champion 1993
• All-American 1994, 1995
• SEC Championship 1994
• NCAA Team National Championship 1994
• NCAA Team National Indoor Championship 1994, 1995
• NCAA National Claycourt doubles championship 1995
• #1 NCAA Ranking in Doubles 1995
• US Open Qualifying in singles 1994, 1995
• Singles, Doubles, and Mixed doubles Champion ITA Summer Circuit 1995
• Sports Illustrated “Faces in the Crowd” 1995
• Played on the USTA/WTA/LTA Pro Tour
• Played Federation Cup for Norway 1996, 1997, 1998
🇳🇴 Tina Samara
Former Top 100 ATP Tennis Player. High Performance Tennis Coach. Expert In Peak Performance, Nutrition, Fitness, Rehab and Motivation.
Jeff Salzenstein is the founder and president of Jeff Salzenstein Tennis, an organization focused on helping tennis players improve their games through online tennis instruction in the areas of technique, footwork, nutrition, injury prevention, motivation and athletic development. He is a USPTA Professional 1, Specialist in Competitive Player Development and a Certified Nutritional Therapy Practitioner.
A member of the Colorado Tennis Hall of Fame, Salzenstein set the standard for tennis in Colorado with an unsurpassed record as a player at the amateur and professional levels. As he regularly competed against the best players in the world, he became a serious student of the game and an accomplished world-class competitor.
Salzenstein turned professional in 1996 after graduating from Stanford University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. In 1997, Salzenstein was named Rookie of the Year by Tennis Week magazine. He played in all four Grand Slams—Wimbledon, US Open, French Open, Australian Open—and had wins over Mardy Fish, David Nalbandian, Greg Rusedski, and Fernando Verdasco. In 2004, despite having two major surgeries, Salzenstein broke into the top 100 in the world for the first time and was the first American to accomplish this feat after his 30th birthday. He concluded his playing career in 2007 and became a high-performance tennis coach in Denver, Colo.
Salzenstein’s website, www.jeffsalzensteintennis.com, shares cutting-edge tennis tips and lessons to help players improve their games.
🇺🇸 Jeff Salzenstein
USTA High Performance Coach and PTR certified in multiple pathways
Currently Director of Tennis at Moss Creek, 2015 Outstanding Tennis Facility, in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. PTR Professional 10 & Under, 11-17, and Adult Development as well as a clinician in the 11-17, Adult Development and Senior Development pathways. Went through the USTA High Performance Coaching Program in 2011. He is also an iTPA-certified Tennis Performance Trainer (TPT). Has served the USTA SC as coach at Southern 10 and Under camps and tournaments as well as Southern 14 and Under Sectional Tournaments. Currently Head Coach for Early Development Camps in South Carolina. Tom also serves on the USTA SC and USTA Southern Tennis Professionals Committees. Formerly Tom was the Youth Tennis Professional in Sumter, SC from 2009-2012. Played collegiate tennis at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, IN where he earned All-GLVC (Great Lakes Valley Conference) honors.
🇺🇸 Tom Ruth
Holds the all-time record for Men’s USTA Singles Circuit Titles. Achieved ATP #60 in the world. Competitor in 34 Main Draw Singles Grand Slams and 115 Main Draw ATP Singles Events.
Michael grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan and attended a private high school, where he even played high school tennis including winning the State Championships. Growing up, Michael was fortunate to be able to practice with several ATP Professionals and his father, a top level pro, which helped in his development. After winning the USTA Boy’s 16 Nationals in Singles and Doubles in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Michael achieved the year end #1 Ranking in Singles and Doubles. Weighing the options to turn professional or attend a university, he committed to play at the University of Miami, Florida on a full scholarship, after turning down several offers to play at Ivy League Schools. At the time Michael finished his freshman year with the best single season singles record of any player in University of Miami history, including winning the Rolex National Indoor Championships and being named Rolex National Rookie of the Year.
Michael turned professional in 1998, and after two and half years on tour he broke into the top 100 in the world after reaching the fourth round of the French Open. Throughout his 17 year career, he overcame three career threatening knee surgeries, a torn labrum and rotator cuff, a broken arm, a bulging disc, pulmonary blood clots, multiple ankle sprains, and numerous muscle strains. Most athletes would have walked away from the sport with all of the adversity faced, however Michael’s perseverance and determination is unmatched by most. He played in 34 Main Draw Singles Grand Slams, 115 Main Draw ATP Singles Events, he holds the all-time record for Men’s USTA Singles Circuit Titles, and is on the top 10 List of Most ATP Singles Challenger Titles. He defeated many players in the ATP World Tour top 10 Rankings including Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, Marin Cilic, Grigor Dimitrov, Mardy Fish, James Blake, and Lleyton Hewitt. Michael played against numerous ATP World Ranked #1’s (Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick, Lleyton Hewitt, Marcelo Rios) and competed on the Stadium Court at all four Grand Slams including Night Match at both the US Open and Australian Open as well as opening the Wimbledon Championships.
Michael is currently coaching on the ATP WorldTour and he has worked with Frances Tiafoe, Taylor Fritz, Sam Querrey, Mackenzie McDonald, Donald Young and Ryan Harrison. When he is not coaching on tour, Michael coaches privately in Houston.
- Turned professional in 1998
- In 2001, he was the first player to qualify into all four Grand Slam events consecutively
- As a qualifier reached the round of 16 at the 2001 French Open holding match point against eventual champion world #1 Gustavo Kuerten
- Missed the entire 2003 and most of 2004 seasons recovering from bi lateral knee surgeries
- Reached the round of 16 at the 2007 BNP Paribas Indian Wells event defeating top 10 player Tomas Berdych
- Reached a career high ranking of ATP #60 in the world in 2007
- Missed 9 months in 2008 with a torn labrum and rotator cuff tear
- Reached first ATP Doubles Final at the 2012 BB&T Atlanta Open
- Reached the Semi-Finals of three ATP World Tour events on three different surfaces: 2012 U.S. Men’s Claycourt Championships, 2013 International
- Tennis Hall of Fame Grass Court Championships, and the 2014 U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships
- Holds the all-time record 23 USTA Pro Circuit Singles Titles
- Has won 15 ATP Challenger Singles Titles which is tied for fifth all-time
- Has competed on Center Court at all four Grand Slams
- Has competed in 34 Main Draw Singles Grand Slams and 115 Main Draw Singles ATP World Tour events
- Ranked in the top 100 for the majority of 17 year career including five straight years over the age of 30
- Notable wins include Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin del Potro, Mardy Fish, James Blake, Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Grigor Dimitrov, Ivo Karlovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Nicolas Almagro, Jack Sock, Steve Johnson, Fabio Fognini, Donald Young
- Has competed against top 5 players Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Stanislas Wawrinka, Kei Nishikori, and David Ferrer among others
🇺🇸 Michael Russell
Former # 1 in Tanzania. Coached Top 10 ATP Doubles Player
Pro Rating: USPTA Professional
- Northwestern Nazarene University (MBA)
- Boise State University (B.S. CIS)
- New Mexico Military Institute (A.A. CIS)
Experience: Boise Racquet & Swim Club, since 2003
- Competed on ITF Men’s Future event & ATP Challenger tournaments
- Boise State, NCAA Championships Participant Recognitions
- Boise State, Big West Conference Championship Team
- NJCAA All American- New Mexico Military Institute
- Member of ITF Junior Worldwide Traveling Team
🇹🇿 Ronald Rugimbana
DIRECTOR OF TENNIS AT WESTON RACQUET CLUB, USPTA P1/ELITE, PTR TEACHING PROFESSIONAL & USTA HP & MENTAL SKILLS CERTIFIED.
Angelo currently serves as the director of tennis at Weston Racquet Club. He is a USPTA P1/Elite & PTR teaching professional, being first certified in 1992.
Angelo played Varsity tennis at Hamden High School en route to being a top Division I player at the University of Connecticut, where he earned a B.S. degree in Sports Marketing. He won the USTA New England Sportsmanship award in 2005. In 2007, he & his identical twin brother, Ettoré, were ranked #1 in New England Men’s Open Doubles and top 10 in singles. Angelo is a 2X Guinness World Records™ Title Holder of two different tennis titles; the longest tennis rally and the longest tennis volley rally.
Angelo earned the 2007 USPTA Regional Teaching Pro of the Year & 2007 Open Player of the Year. He earned the National 2009 USPTA Tennis Industry Excellence Award, also for New England in 2008 as well as the National 2016 USPTA Lessons for Life Award by raising over $100,000 for the Save the Children charity. Angelo has both coached women’s teams & played on 5.0 & Open USTA men’s teams that have gone to nationals. His most recent certifications are Developing Mental Toughness & USTA High Performance.
In August of 2008, he & Ettoré, set the official Guinness World Record™for the Longest Tennis Rally totaling 25,944 continuous strokes, lasting over 14 hours & 31 minutes. On August 8th of 2015, Angelo and his brother set the Guinness World Record™for the Longest tennis volley rally, 30,576 volleys lasting 5 hours and 28 minutes. Both records were contemplated and set to raise money and awareness for charities.
Angelo has spoken several summers at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, where their record is featured in the permanent exhibits. He is philanthropic-minded & still raises money for notable charities. He has spoken at several schools and also to over 3,000 people at the CT Invention Convention. Angelo & his wife, Pam, live in Hamden with their daughter, Madison and son, Andy. Angelo has a passion for caring and inspiring people at every age, on and off the court. He believes in the 4 Gs: Get a Dream, Goal Set, Goal Get and Give Back, which leads to success in tennis and in life. His daily goal is to BE INSPIRED & INSPIRE SOMEONE every day. He serves as the USTA CT President (2018-2020) and on the USTA New England board of directors, and was recently appointed to the USTA National Sportsmanship Task Force.
Angelo maintains a mental skills blog for tennis players and athletes at www.tennacity.org.
🇺🇸 Angelo A. Rossetti
Tennis Channel Instructional Show Host. Executive Director of USPTA New England Division. USPTA Master Professional.
Born and raised in the Netherlands, Hans has been active in the tennis industry for over 25 years and started his coaching career after obtaining a BA Degree in Physical Education from the prestigious CIOS Sport College. In addition to being the only USPTA Master Professional in the State of Maine he has achieved a PTR Professional 5A rating and earned his KNLTB (Dutch Tennis Association) High Performance certification. After hosting the USPTA 2012 World Conference in Monterey, CA he received the 2012 USPTA NorCal “Pro of the Year” Award. Hans appeared on the Tennis Channel™ hosting two instructional shows titled “Secrets to the One-Handed Backhand” and “Depth: The #1 Weapon”. During the winter months he conducts his own TENNIS207 programs in Maine and in the summer he is active as Director of Tennis at the prestigious Edgcomb Tennis Club in Kennebunk, ME. Since March 2018 Hans is serving the USPTA New England Division as its Executive Director.
USPTA Alabama President, USTA Alabama Pro of the Year, USPTA Elite Professional, PTR Master Professional in Junior Development
Jenny grew up playing a variety of youth sports in Birmingham, Alabama before playing college tennis at Samford University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English/Language Arts. Jenny is passionate about education. She is an Elite Professional with the USPTA and earned the distinction of Master of Tennis – Junior Development, in addition to a Professional Certification in Adult Development with the PTR. Jenny is a Master Tennis Performance Specialist with the iTPA and a faculty member of the United States Tennis Congress.
Jenny was the Tennis Professional of the Year for USTA Alabama in 2015, the PTR Alabama Member of the Year in 2013 and 2015 and has been recognized with USPTA Southern Appreciation of Service awards in 2015, 2017, 2018, and 2019. She is co-author of Champion Minded with Allistair McCaw and contributing author of The Complete Player with Tim Bainton and Jeremy Carl. Jenny has presented at a variety of workshops, conferences, and conventions including the USPTA Southern Convention, the PTR International Tennis Symposium, the PTR Director of Tennis Conference, the USTA Southern Annual Meeting, and the United States Tennis Congress. She was the manager of the Ball Persons for Davis Cup and the PowerShares Series in Birmingham, AL. Jenny’s podcast, “On the Line” is for tennis players, coaches, and fans with lively discussions and insightful interviews.
When she’s not in the USTA Alabama office or on the tennis court, Jenny loves to read, walk her dogs (Buddy and Mollie), greet guests at the restaurant (Blueprint on 3rd) she co-owns with her husband, Dean, and spend time with friends and family. Her favorite hobby is photography.
🇺🇸 Jenny Robb
PTR, USPTA & USTA High Performance Coach. Recipient of Tennis Professional of the Year awards from USTA, USPTA and PTR
Bill is a veteran with over 29 years of college, junior and club coaching and management experiences and is recognized as a High Performance Tennis Specialist by the PTR, USPTA & USTA. No stranger to entertainment and tennis promotions, he created and co-hosted the award winning weekly radio show called “Tennis Talk” that aired on WLAC out of Nashville.
In 2012 Bill served as an “on air” TV announcer and commentator for the WTA Tour Dallas Women’s Pro Tournament on the FOX Sports South Network and ESPN. He currently serves as a host and producer for a new internet based tennis show called “5 Questions” on Around the Court Around the World. He has also been featured on local and regional TV and radio networks promoting tennis and offering tennis tips.
He serves as the Director of Tennis for the Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club in Hendersonville, Tennessee and now also oversees the new tennis program at Temple Hills Country Club. For the last 20 years he has directed the tennis program at BYCC coaching and teaching all levels of players. During his time there, Bluegrass has been recognized as a Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center in the nation and was awarded the Professional Tennis Registry Facility of the Year for Tennessee and the USPTA Tennessee Tennis Facility of the Year in 2013.
Bill spent nine years coaching tennis at the collegiate level. His college teams and players have had success both on and off court at the national levels. He has coached 9 All-American players and numerous with national singles and doubles rankings. While coaching college tennis he was a two time recipient of the USPTA Southern Division College Coach of the Year award and a two time ITA/ USTA College Coaches Community Service award. Additionally he was named TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year.
He has been a speaker at a number of national and international coaches and player workshops and seminars around the world including the Grand Slam Coaches Conference at the Australian Open, the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference at the US Open, the PTR International Tennis Symposium and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention. He is a member of the Global TIA Cardio Tennis Alumni and has conducted numerous workshops and seminars for tennis coaches, professionals and fitness providers. www.billriddletennis.com
🇺🇸 Bill Riddle
President ProTenn International
Alex is the founder and president of ProTenn International. ProTenn was founded in 1998 as a tennis academy and has grown into a company that not only trains and develops players but also offers its clients financial services, video analysis software and services and is now venturing into the online media business and sponsorship of professional tennis players.
Alex’s system of training along with his team of experts is truly a world class combination. Players come from all over the country–many from Mexico, Canada and Europe– to train part-time and full-time in the program.
Alex competed as a junior, played collegiate tennis and competed as a professional before focusing his efforts to the development of players. His system has developed local, sectional, national and international champions. Alex has worked with many world class tennis players as a consultant to the head coach, as an assistant coach overseeing stroke development and as a video analysis expert on stroke production and match strategy analysis. Currently he is coaching full time on the women’s tour and consulting on the men’s tour.
🇺🇸 Alex Ramirez
Coach to elite atp and wta players. former #1 singles and doubles at pace university. held itf world singles ranking and usta national singles and doubles rankings in 35s.
Extensive experience in the tennis industry, as well as coaching players of all ages and levels, helps Christopher Pucci stand out as one of the nation’s premier tennis professionals. Currently, Christopher wears multiple hats for CourtSense located in New Jersey. He is a ‘Master Coach’, the Director of Adult Tennis and the CourtSense Director of Tennis at Alpine Country Club. He has been with CourtSense since 2013.
At Pace University, Christopher was a “walk-on” freshman; played #1 singles and doubles for four straight years, and was team captain for two years. He graduated with a BBA in Accounting from the Lubin School of Business and was named Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges along with receiving the “Pace Setter” of the Year and “Pace Setter” Extraordinary awards.
In 1989 Christopher played his last professional event to pursue his coaching career. He has coached adult and junior players from beginner to high profile world ranked. Some of the elite players he has coached were Tim Mayotte, Martina Navratilova, David Witt, Chris Cocotos (NCAA Champion), Haig Schneiderman (Columbia University standout) and Li Fang (China’s #1 ranked player, WTA top 40) as well as being involved with other world ranked players as a practice partner or specialty coach. Christopher has been affiliated with other coaches such as Billie Jean King, Craig Kardon, Tom Gullickson, and has worked in conjunction with the USTA Rookie Pro Program. Christopher would later return to competitive tennis and held an ITF world singles ranking and a USTA national singles and doubles ranking in the men’s 35 and over category until his mid-forties.
Christopher’s playing and coaching have taken him all over the world including Asia, Europe, Central America and throughout North America. He has been recognized in Sports Illustrated, New York Tennis Magazine, Tennis Week, Smash, National Tennis (China), and Platform Tennis, as well as on HBO, CBS, Area Sports Network (China), USA Network, and various industry websites. Past Facilities and Clubs that Christopher has been affiliated with were: The West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills, New York as the Club’s Tour Professional from 1986 – 2001 and the Director of Tennis, Head Professional from 1996 – 2001, Franklin Lakes Indian Trail Club in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 2001 – 2008 and West Rock Indoor Sports & Entertainment Complex’s in Bardonia, New York, 2008-2013.
Christopher is a USPTA and PTR certified professional, a Nike Club Professional and Product Field Tester since 1996 as well as on the Yonex Professional Team since 1992. He resides in New Jersey with his wife, Sonia, and daughter, Kylie.
🇺🇸 Christopher Pucci
USPTA San Diego Pro of the Year, High Performance Coach, Expert in Stringing and Racquet Customization
Matt is a private and traveling high performance coach in La Jolla California, where he has led the La Jolla High men’s tennis team to an 85-11 record over the past 6 years. In 2011 the USPTA named him “Pro of the Year” in San Diego. Since then, Matt has helped his Father Bill pioneer “The Previdi System”– a doubles system geared towards adults who want to master the art of doubles.
Matt’s enthusiasm for tennis equipment knows no bounds. His background as a sought-after coach of all levels led him on a journey to better understand what the pros on tour know: that your equipment and how it is pieced together may be equally as important to your game (and your health) as technique, fitness and strategy/decision making.
Matt currently serves as the resident equipment expert for Solinco. His quest for equipment enlightenment has led him to take the Solinco stringing team to events such as the Easter Bowl, the Ojai, and the 2011 Fed Cup where Matt was the stringer for the Championship Team from Italy. His love of customization and modern string theory has led him to string for Rafael Nadal and lead seminars for the USPTA.
Matt’s goal is to take the knowledge that Pro players receive on the tour from top stringers and customizers and disseminate it to the general public and people who play for fun!
🇺🇸 Matt Previdi
Specialist in Doubles Training. Earned #1 New England and #20 US Ranking in Father-Son Division in 2008.
Bill Previdi has been teaching tennis full time for 40 years. He has been a Head Pro, a High School and College Coach and has had several articles published in tennis publications. Bill specializes in teaching adults and has created, with his son Matt, The Previdi System…Doubles for the Smart Player. This year Bill and Matt have introduced The Previdi System 90 Day Doubles Diet which is the first program of its kind developed specifically for adult doubles players. It is available at their website, www.theprevidisystem.com. Bill and Matt travel the country speaking at conventions and giving clinics and seminars on doubles and doubles instruction. Bill still teaches full time at the Guilford Yacht Club and Madison Racquet and Swim Club in Connecticut.
🇺🇸 Bill Previdi
USPTA Master Professional. Provides match analytics for players on the ATP and WTA tours. Former NCAA-1 collegiate player. Winner of 10 USTA balls on USTA senior circuit, including four national championships.
Warren Pretorius, USPTA Master Professional, is the founder of Tennis Analytics, a company that provides detailed match analytics, scouting and also technical analysis for players on the ATP and WTA tours, federations, numerous collegiate teams, academies, and camps. A former NCAA-1 collegiate player, Warren also successfully competed on the USTA senior circuit, winning 10 USTA balls, including four national championships.
- USPTA Master Professional (designation held by less than 1% of membership)
- Recipient of 2015 USOC Coach of the Year – Doc Counsilman Science Award
- Played NCAA-1 Tennis at Weber State University, 1986 – 1989, Big Sky champion all 4 years
- On USTA Senior Circuit, has won 11 balls, including 4 national championships
- Former Director of Tennis, Park City Racquet Club, 14 years
- Former Manager, Dartfish Southwest Region – clients included USOC, MLB, NHL, NFL teams and numerous universities, US Military as well as managing Tennis Market
- Current – Tennis Market Manager, Dartfish – key accounts include ITF, Tennis Canada, USTA, LTA, IMG Academies (consulting basis)
- Founder and CEO of Tennis Analytics. Provide analytics services to Tennis Canada, USTA, over 30 NCAA teams, ATP/WTA players, Davis Cup scouting, tennis academies, individual players. ATP/WTA clients have included Novak Djokovic, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Grigor Dimitrov, Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Vasek Pospisil, Shelby Rogers.
- Provide video services and analytics at select events including US Open, Indian wells, Rogers Cup, Jr Easter Bowl, Orange Bowl, Jr. Orange Bowl, Rogers Junior Nationals, John McEnroe TA College Combine, USTA Zimmerman Johnson Stanford National.
- 2016, 2015 Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Naples Florida
- 2015 ITF Worldwide Coaches Conference, Turkey (Keynote)
- 13 USPTA World Conference on Tennis (2001 – 2014)
- 2014 ITF Conference, Pretoria South Africa
- 2013 ITF World Conference, Cancun, Mexico
- 2012 USTA Tennis Teachers Conference, US Open, New York
- 2011 ITF World Conference, Marsa Alam, Egypt
- 2010 USTA Tennis Teachers Conference, US Open, New York
- 2010 Sports Medicine Conference, Bastad, Sweden
- 2010 ITF Regional Conference, Mar del Plata, Argentina
- 2009 ITF World Conference, Valencia, Spain
- 2008 National Educators Conference, Park City, Utah
- 2008 ITF Regional Conference, Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
- Numerous presentations at USPTA divisional conventions, USTA High Performance workshops, Regional Training Centers, AAHPERD and PEACH conferences
🇿🇦 Warren Pretorius
Tennis Canada High Performance Coach and Coaching Association of Canada Master Learning Facilitator and Evaluator.
David Phillips is the Coach Business Development Manager for Tennis Australia, located in Melbourne. He is a broadly-experienced sport educator with demonstrated capacity in integrating performance standards with academic research in the areas of player and curriculum development, teacher education, and facility management.
David holds a Masters of Arts in Higher Education from OISE at the University of Toronto, is a Tennis Canada High Performance Coach and Coaching Association of Canada Master Learning Facilitator and Evaluator. He has consulted with numerous national and state sport organizations, as well as commercial and community facilities.
David’s career in coaching and coach development spans some 30 years. As a performance coach, David led provincial teams to gold medals in the Canada and Western Canada Games. His players have won numerous national titles and over 40 have achieved full scholarships at US Universities. In 2007 David was awarded the COA High Performance Coaching Excellence Award. He has twice been the Ontario Tennis Association (OTA) Provincial Coach for the Ontario Summer Games (’92, ’94). He was the Ontario and Canada Winter Games Coach for Squash Ontario (’93-’95) and the Canada Games Coach for the Northwest Territories (2005).
David also strongly believes in the necessity for professionals to volunteer in sport. He collaborated with national and international sport organizations to showcase an inaugural professional tennis event in the Prairies (ITF Saskatoon Futures) and received the 2012 Saskatchewan Sports Tourism Award. He was also the OTA’s Vice-President of Player Development from 1994 – 1996 as well as the Instruction Editor in the inaugural year of Ontario Tennis Magazine in 1997.
Simply put, David’s passion is to support those around him and to share knowledge, expertise and insights that facilitate growth and development.
🇦🇺 David Phillips
PTR and USPTA Master Professional, Former PTR Pro of the Year, Chair for the USTA National Ten and Under Committee
As the National Tennis Director for Life Time, Ajay oversees 32 Life Time tennis clubs and 330 coaches across the United States. Prior to joining Life Time, he was Senior Vice President Operations for the Junior Tennis Champions Center (JTCC), in Maryland and JTCC satellite operations in Florida and Connecticut. He was also the National Tennis Director for Tennis Corporation of America (TCA)/Midtown clubs.
Ajay is one of 10 tennis pros who have been designated Master Professional by both the PTR and USPTA. He served on the PTR Board of Directors, and as the two-term Chair for the USTA National Ten and Under Committee. Currently an ambassador and faculty trainer for USTA’s Net Generation initiative, Ajay was also honored by the Tennis Industry Association as “Person of the Year” in 2018.
🇺🇸 Ajay Pant
Pro Tour coach. World leader in teaching tennis tactics. 2015 Strategy analyst for Wimbledon, Australian Open, ATPWorldTour, WTATennis and the New York Times.
Craig is an Australian tour coach and Director of the Brain Game – a sports science website that specializes in the video analysis of tennis matches that teaches the patterns of play that dominate our game.
Craig is widely recognized as the world leader in teaching tennis tactics and is the strategy analyst in 2015 for Wimbledon and the Australian Open as well as the ATPWorldTour, WTATennis and the New York Times.
Craig has researched thousands of matches using his unique Dartfish Match Tagging software to unlock the secrets of our game and uncover the patterns and percentages that really matter. He teaches this knowledge through his website and also on court with players at all levels of the game.
Craig started coaching on the pro tour 20 years ago and recently helped direct Kevin Anderson from outside the top 150 in the world into the top 50 in around 12 months. In 2011 he resurrected the career of Rajeev Ram who was 28 years old and languishing at 272 in the world. Within twelve months Craig had Rajeev back inside the top 100 enjoying his first top 20 win of his career. Craig has coached on center court at Wimbledon, the US Open and the Australian Open and passes along the learning from his pro tour experiences to juniors just beginning their life-long journey in our wonderful sport.
Craig began his coaching career in 1991, working with world-renowned tennis management company, Peter Burwash International (PBI) in the Woodlands, Texas. Craig was voted runner-up for Rookie of the Year in 1992, and was part of the globe-trotting PBI Tennis Show, performing in California, Guam, Seoul, Jakarta, Bali and Oman in the Middle East.
Craig moved back to his homeland of Australia in 1995 to open the O’Shannessy Tennis Academy at the Wodonga Tennis Center — Australia’s largest tennis facility with 52 courts (30 grass/22 clay). It quickly developed into one of the leading academies in the region, attracting players from New Zealand, Indonesia, Korea and Japan. In 1997, Craig guided Andrew Bronneberg to victory in the Australian National Junior Grasscourt Championships in singles and doubles.
Craig also worked with Canadian, Vanessa Webb, who won the 1998 NCAA Women’s Singles Championships while at Duke University. Craig then coached Andrew and Vanessa as they transitioned to the pro tour. Craig returned to the U.S. in 2001 to direct the junior academy at the T Bar M Racquet Club in Dallas, Texas. Craig also continued his work on tour with tour players Jeff Salzenstein, Andrew Ilie, Amer Delic, Brendan Evans and Ansley Cargill. At Wimbledon in 2011, Craig directed #262 Melinda Czink, from Hungary, to a first round, straight-sets victory over world #10 Samantha Stosur, of Australia.
🇦🇺 Craig O’Shannessy
USPTA Master Professional and Florida Pro of the Year. Internationally Renowned Ball Machine Expert
Stan is employed by Playmate Ball Machines as their Product Marketing Specialist. Stan is Founder of FBT60. (Fit By Tennis in 60 Days) FBT60 is a tennis/fitness program combining nutrition and a series of ball machine drills.
Stan is a USPTA Master Professional and PTR Tennis Professional. Less than 160 of the 14,000 USPTA Pros have this distinction. Stan is also a USTA member. Stan was named 2016 Florida USPTA Pro of the Year. Stan was named 2016 Florida USPTA District 15 Pro of the Year. Stan was the USPTA District 15 President from 2007-2012. Stan was Florida USPTA District President of the Year in 2007 and his District was District of the Year in 2008. Stan is a former member of the Cardio Tennis Global Speakers Team.
Stan has attended 20 USPTA World Conferences, speaking at 11 of them. Stan has spoken at over 100 USPTA Divisional Conventions. Stan has performed different USPTA Specialty Courses at 18 USPTA Division or World Conferences.
During his 34 years as a teaching professional (33 years USPTA Certified), he was a teaching professional at John’s Island Club in Vero Beach, FL, the head tennis professional at the International Tennis Center in Key Biscayne, FL (Home of the Miami Open Championships), as well as a teaching professional at the Eau Gallie Yacht Club in Indian Harbour Beach, FL.
He has been working and teaching with ball machines for over 30 years. He has also published drills and articles for USPTA Addvantage Magazine, Tennis Week, and PTR Tennis Pro Magazine. Stan was featured on the Tennis Channel’s One Minute Clinic, “On-Court with the USPTA” and has three full length DVDs, “Ball Machine Drills, Drills, Drills” featuring drills with a ball machine, “Rip Your Returns Like the Pros” featuring the serve return.
Stan is sponsored by Adidas and Head Tennis Products.
🇺🇸 Stan Oley
High Performance Coach. Achieved #1 Ranking in USTA Norcal Men’s Open Singles. Hitting partner for top ATP and WTA players.
Devin has traveled around the globe, coached some of the nation’s elite players, and worked with top ATP and WTA players on tour. A California native, Devin was a top junior player before competing at UC Santa Barbara and later, UC Santa Cruz. After achieving Northern California’s number one ranking spot and a brief stint in professional tennis, Devin shifted his focus to coaching and player development. Since then, he has worked with players of all ages and levels, ranging from beginners to ATP and WTA players ranked within the top ten in the world.
Devin prides himself on his people and communication skills, and his ability to “simplify” the game of tennis to his audience. His focus is to be clear, concise, and transparent as he helps break down the sport for players, regardless of their level. Devin considers himself an open-minded tennis coach, and adopts the mindset that tennis is not a sport where “one size fits all.” He understands that the game is highly situational and focuses heavily on each player as a unique individual, catering to his or her specific needs.
Devin’s has an immense drive for competition, which is in accordance with his values of discipline, persistence and sportsmanship. He appreciates the challenges and lessons that tennis presents, and constantly looks to grow both on and off the court.
Tennis Career Highlights
- Achieved number 1 ranking, USTA Norcal Boys 14s singles (2004)
- Achieved number 1 ranking, USTA Norcal Men’s Open Singles (2011)
- Top 100 USTA National Ranking, Boys 16s singles (2005)
- UC Santa Barbara Men’s Tennis team
- UC Santa Cruz Men’s Tennis team
- Qualified for the main draw of an ITF Futures Event (Chico, 2011)
- Reached three semifinals and one final in the 2013 Pacific Northwest Summer Circuit (2013)
- USTA Norcal Sportsmanship Award (2005)
- Hitting partner for top ATP, and WTA players, notably Tomas Berdych, Fabio Fognini, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Cici Bellis, Melanie Oudin, Christina Mchale, Sloane Stephens, and Olga Puchkova
- Traveled as a coach/hitting partner to events across the globe, including trips to Italy, Turkey, and the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows
- Coached players of all levels; worked at various tennis clubs, academies, and resorts across the United States
- Currently works as a Tennis Professional at the Phoenician Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona
- University of California, Santa Cruz Graduate-Honors in Psychology (2012)
- University of California, Santa Barbara (Fall 2008-Winter 2010)
- Half Moon Bay High School Graduate (2008)
🇺🇸 Devin Nerenberg
MENTOR & INSTRUCTOR FOR ALL TENNIS LEVELS; FROM BEGINNER TO PROFESSIONAL; FORMER COLLEGE COACH, TENNIS DIRECTOR & SPARRING PARTNER TO SEVERAL CURRENT AND FORMER WTA/ATP TOUR PLAYERS; OWNER OF WAM SPORTS; OTI MASTER INSTRUCTOR AT ONLINETENNISINSTRUCTION.COM
Nadim is a former top-rated German junior, who came to the USA in 1998 as a 17-year old to play the pro circuit. He achieved a world ranking in singles on his first attempt, but a severe shoulder injury changed his path. In January 2000, Nadim joined the University of South Florida men’s tennis team and player 4 years for them, winning conference championships, captaining his junior and senior years, and making the All-Conference USA Team.
After graduating college with a B.A. in Marketing in December 2003, Nadim took on coaching high performance juniors (incl. No.1 U16 in the USA) full-time before going back to school and earning his M.B.A. from the University of Tampa, where he acted as Assistant Tennis Coach for the women’s team between 2005 and 2007.
From 2007 until 2017, Nadim resided in Miami, FL. In early 2017, he moved to San Diego, CA and most recently to Los Angeles, CA where he currently resides. While in Miami, FL he enjoyed a 4-year spell from 2007-2011 as Co-Director and Head Pro at the renowned Cliff Drysdale Tennis (CDT) operated Ritz Carlton Tennis Garden in Key Biscayne, FL and Co-Director of the CDT Junior Summer Camp at Crandon Park. This is where his passion for technical tennis instruction came to the forefront, honing his skills in high-performance junior development, as well as recreational adult training.
During his first year in Miami, Nadim met Florian Meier, founder and owner of OnlineTennisInstruction.com (OTI), quickly forming what now is a life-long friendship. Since that time in 2007, Nadim has studied the game of tennis extensively from an instructional perspective and adopted the OTI progressive system later on, ultimately joining forces with Florian as OTI Master Instructor in 2014. To date, Nadim has hosted numerous OTI private lessons and clinics around the US, Central America and Europe and travels to several destinations monthly to instruct the OTI method to eager athletes. Also, on YouTube, the OTI team around Florian Meier, Gregg LeSueur, Ean Meyer and Nadim enjoy global popularity in the online tennis community. Nadim will represent OTI at the 2019 United States Tennis Congress.
Coveted as one of the most well known tennis technique instructors online, Nadim is always eager to enhance his knowledge and instruction skills and become the best tennis instructor he can be – for all ages and all levels. “I love to learn – when someone tells you they know it all or act like they do, it’s only downhill from there. Stay curious, always look for new ideas and stay open-minded. Enjoy the process and the result will come, good things will happen and you will achieve your vision”.
🇩🇪 Nadim Naser
Original Member of the Global Cardio Tennis Team, Founding Member of Peter Burwash International
Ted Murray’s has nearly four decades of experience in the tennis industry internationally, working in over 30 countries while developing new programs for numerous first-class clubs, resorts, and academies. He was a founding member and 20-year contributor to Peter Burwash International (PBI), the worlds first and largest tennis management company founded in 1975. He owned a world-class tennis and fitness club in Florida for 10 years and has taught students of all ages from absolute beginners with no athletic ability to juniors who went on to win Olympic medals and dozens of Grand Slam titles. He has shared his passion for the game by training thousands of coaches, writing articles and books, and being part of some of the revolutionary trends in the sport. He was an original member of the Cardio Tennis Speakers Team in 2005 that trained coaches throughout the world.
Ted is the founder of “Tennis From The Heart,” an organization dedicated to creating a new paradigm for teaching tennis that emphasizes not only world-class training techniques but also the potential for tennis to be a forum for self-discovery, personal growth, and skill building needed to be a champion in life. He is also Senior Advisor to the Tennis Legacy Fund, a nonprofit founded in 2014 to catalyze high-impact initiatives in the tennis industry that benefit both people and the planet.
🇺🇸 Ted Murray
Arizona PTR Pro of the Year, Coached Several USTA teams to Nationals and Nationally-Ranked Juniors
Since 2008, Benny Morentin has been the Director of Tennis at the Tucson Country Club. He is a member of both the PTR and USPTA. In 2013, Benny was named PTR Pro of the Year for Arizona. With the PTR, Benny is a certified clinician and is certified to teach 10 years and under children, as well as 11-17 year olds. Currently he is working on his Master of Tennis with the PTR. For more than 25 years Benny has inspired junior players in the Tucson community. He began teaching in 1989 at Himmel Tennis Center where he was the Director of Junior Development and the Assistant Head Pro. Since then he has been Assistant Head Pro at the Tucson Racquet Club and Director of Tennis at Omni Tucson National before coming to Tucson Country Club.
Benny has been the coach for the USTA inter-district and inter-sectional teams and Area Training Center. At one time he was the head coach for St. Gregory Preparatory School. Many of Benny’s students have gone on to become successful high school and collegiate athletes, as well as nationally ranked juniors. Additionally, Benny teaches adults and interclub teams. He has coached five USTA teams to Nationals in the past six years at the Tucson Country Club.
Benny’s own accomplishments include being an All-American collegiate player and was ranked 4th in the nation in doubles while at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. He played three years at the USTA National 5.0 Tennis Championships, and was a member of the 2010 USTA National 4.5 team. In 2008, Benny was one of a small group of professionals in Tucson to have been invited to complete the USTA Elite Coaches High Performance Training class. This accolade truly establishes Benny Morentin as one of the top tennis-teaching professionals in the area, as evidenced by his coaching popularity from beginners to elite players.
🇺🇸 Benny Morentin
Program Director at Saddlebrook Tennis Hopman Program. USPTA Elite Professional. RPT Master Professional
As a young junior born in England, Howard was coached by the late Australian Davis Cup coach, Harry Hopman. Moore joined Hopman’s staff in 1978 and during that time Howard ran the Harry Hopman International Tennis Club in Balonia, Italy. Howard holds a BA in Hotel Management, Florida International University. He is also a P-1 with the United States Professional Tennis Association. Moore has been in the capacity of Program Director of Saddlebrook International Tennis since 1986.
🇬🇧 Howard Moore
CEO of Premier Tennis Consulting, Certified USPTA Elite and PTR National Tester and Clinician, FORMER #1 U.S. MIXED DOUBLES PLAYER.
Scott is currently the CEO for Premier Tennis Consulting and is considered an industry leader in first-class facility management, junior and adult coaching, and program design and implementation. He has been an Executive Director of Tennis with 28 years’ experience at private clubs, public facilities and resorts. Scott has been a coach with oversight of extremely successful programs, events, and tournaments: Dow Tennis Classic, Savannah Challenger, adult and junior programs and social events. He currently serves in leadership positions; USTA National Pro Circuit Committee Chair, USTA Midwest Schools Committee, V.P. USTA Northeast Michigan Tennis Association. Scott is a Master of Tennis Junior Development: PTR and a USTA Coach Youth Tennis Faculty Member. Scott is a sought-after speaker on tennis operations, management and coaching with the USPTA, USTA and PTR.
Scott has years of experience designing and implementing successful adult and junior programs. His success is based upon building a strong team culture, strategic planning and team development. In 2015 Healthiest Club Report stated that the adult and junior programs that Scott designed and implemented were “the most advanced of the clubs they surveyed”. In 2015, The Landings Club, under Scott’s leadership was awarded the Tennis Community of the Year by Bliss Awards.
Scott oversaw an almost 2-million-dollar budget and day to day operations for The Landings Club as well as Greater Midland. In addition, Scott oversaw all operations as Tournament Director of the largest Pro Circuit event in the U.S., the $100k Dow Tennis Classic. During Scott’s tenure the DTC received 4 straight years of Gold Star Standard by the USTA and has become the benchmark of all Pro Circuit events. Annually serving over 15k fans and 4k youth through outreach programs during our event. 2019 was a year where significant improvements were made which resulted in an almost $500k revenue increase from sponsorship and ticket sales over 2018. Scott was also responsible for all operations of the Savannah Challenger during his tenure in Savannah.
Scott is certified USPTA Elite and PTR National Tester and Clinician for all aspects of their pathways; adult and junior development. Scott has won many awards over his career and in 2016 he was awarded the USPTA Midwest General Manager of the Year. 2013- USTA Georgia Director of Tennis of the year, 2011 USPTA GA Professional of the Year and many other great USTA, PTR and USPTA awards.
Scott’s coaching background is extensive as he has won a National Championship as an assistant coach at Georgia Perimeter College. He also coached the GPC #1 player to a win over then NCAA #1, has been a USTA National Zonal Coach working with many of the nation’s top boys and girls. Scott is one of the industries leaders in developing both adults and juniors and their tennis. He has coached numerous juniors to play collegiate tennis and has coached over 50 adult league champions.
He is married to Ashley, a former Florida State University player and ACC doubles champion, and they have 3 children, Brady-11 and girl/boy twins, Brooklyn and Cason, 8 years.
🇺🇸 Scott Mitchell
USPTA Elite and Tucson's Top Senior Level Coach
Doug Miller has been an integral part of Tucson’s Tennis community for 15 years, though his career as a coach began long before, back in 1981 at the Port Washington Tennis Academy. Over the years, his career has grown to encompass teaching and coaching at all levels, and all ages. A USPTA Professional Elite coach, Doug brings a unique perspective to the court, as well as an infamous sense of humor.
Doug’s coaching career has been built on being an active participant, on the court and off. Currently a member of the Head Advisory Staff, USTA Southwest Slam Series Doubles Champion, and 2014 Tucson City Champion in Men’s 55 and over.
As a sectionally and nationally ranked player, in both singles and doubles, Doug relates to all levels of play, whether competitive or social. Currently Doug divides his time between Senior Team Coaching, individual player development and a few budding junior players as well. Doug’s priority on the court for any player is enthusiasm for the sport… bring a positive attitude and have fun.
🇺🇸 Doug Miller
5-time USPTA National Coach of the Year. PTR International Master Tennis Professional. Legendary High School Coach.
Recently inducted into the USPTA Hall Of Fame, Anni is also a PTR International Master Tennis Professional, USPTA Elite Professional, and on Wilson’s National Speaker’s Bureau.
She is also the 5-time USPTA National Coach of the Year, 5-time USPTA PNW Pro of the Year, 7-time Oregon Coach of the Year, and winner of the National High School Coach of the Year for all US high schools.
Anni’s legendary high school teams won over a dozen Oregon State High School Tennis Titles during her 24 year High School Coaching career at Lakeridge High School.
In the 1970’s Anni was cutting off wooden racquets for Tiny Tot lessons, in the early 80’s she ran the original high school “no cut” policy, in the early 90s she pioneered tennis in China, and at the turn of the century she was a spokeswoman for the Leukemia Society fighting for her grandson’s life and others like him.
As a 28-year Director of Tennis for the City of Lake Oswego, Oregon, programming and teaching have been a passion for her for all ages, 5 to 95!
Other than being a clinician both here and abroad, Anni’s travels annually include teaching trips to Jamaica. Anni has been published in numerous magazines and newspapers, as well as been a Tour Photographer and a Player Services Representative.
Currently her time off court is writing a book, For The Love of Play!, which is being contributed to by her 3 grandchildren– 9th generation Oregonians! And as a member of the legendary Order of the O, Anni’s team passion is for the Pac 12 Champion Ducks!
🇺🇸 Anni Miller
Former Top 100 in the World in Singles and Doubles
Rick played on the Pro Tennis Tour for 10 years. In Grand Slam events, he reached the round of 16 at The Australian Open in 1983 and the third round of The US Open in 1980, losing to McEnroe in four sets. He won titles in singles and doubles, and had wins over players in the top 15 in the world included Nastase twice, Panatta, Fibak, Scanlon, Kriek, Stockton, Pfister, Cox and Taylor. He played doubles with Lendl, Gerulaitis, Newcombe, McMillian, Mayotte and Lapidus.
Rick is originally from Great Neck, New York. He played on the Great Neck North High School Team with Michael Fishbach of double strung fame. He then went to The University of Pennsylvania and The Wharton School of Finance, where he played on the team for four years and was the captain.
🇺🇸 Rick Meyer
Sanchez-Casal Coach, Former Spanish Top 100 player, Achieved ATP World Ranking, Was #1 NJCAA-Ranked player in U.S.
Lucas is an RPT & USPTA-certified tennis coach. He has been the Tennis Director at the Academia Sánchez-Casal in Naples, Florida for the last 6 years. Formerly a student at the Academia Sánchez-Casal in Barcelona, Lucas was of Spain’s Top 16 players under 16 and under 18 and went on to become one of the Top 100 Spanish nationally ranked players from 1998 to 2002, winning over 30 National Tennis Tournaments. He achieved a World ATP ranking in doubles in 2002.
He became the #1 ranked player in the United States in NJCAA in 2003 and was #2 in 2004 while playing for Georgia Perimeter College in Atlanta and got his degree in Business Administration at Georgia State University. While in Atlanta, Lucas coached at Tennis Academy of the South and at Country Club of the South where he taught adults and began a junior academy.
In 2009, Lucas was a travelling hitting coach for top 20 WTA player Maria Kirilenko. And in 2011, he also coached another top 100 WTA player, Edina Gallovits. He also assisted World #1 team Bob and Mike Bryan in 3 tournaments as hitting partner. He has also coached at Tennis 360 in Dubai, UAE.
🇪🇸 Lucas Regas Melero
Strength and conditioning coach at Magnus: Expand Human Potential. Expert in Tennis-Specific and Functional Training.
Trevor is a strength and conditioning coach at Magnus: Expand Human Performance, a leading fitness facility located at CourtSense in New Jersey. He is also an iTPA Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS). Trevor has a strong passion for the health and fitness industry, and his training draws on extensive experience as a tennis player and long distance runner. Trevor was a ranked junior in the United States Tennis Association (USTA) for over 5 years. Tennis gave him a strong understanding of body movement, endurance and flexibility. As a distance runner, Trevor has completed various half and full marathons all over the tri-state area. Searching for creative and dynamic ways of training is the constant goal for Trevor, who is certified in the Functional Movement Systems (FMS), as well as being a certified personal trainer through the ISSA.
🇺🇸 Trevor McPherson
Sports Performance Specialist & Fitness/ Movement Coach to 11 Grand Slam Champions, Six Olympians, and Four World Number #1’s
Allistair McCaw is an internationally recognized leader in the field of athletic performance enhancement. His well-proven method of athlete training, “The McCaw Method,” has set the standard for providing world-class athletes and coaches with cutting-edge training and knowledge.
A fitness expert and highly motivated coach, with over 20 years experience, Allistair has trained a host of world class athletes including 11 Grand Slam Champions, 3 World #1 Tennis players, 4 World #1 & World Champion Squash players, PGA Golfers and several Olympians.
He holds various qualifications in the field, and is a certified Tennis coach, USA Track & Field coach, USA Youth Basketball coach and ISSA Performance specialist.
Allistair is a highly sought after keynote speaker and has regularly appeared on national television in the United States. He is a former 5 time world championship Duathlete competitor, 2 time national fitness champion and just recently completed 7 marathons and 7 half marathons in 7 weeks.
Voted as one of the most 50 Influential coaches by Coachseek, Allistair released his first book in 2016 entitled “7 Keys to being a great Coach” and regularly contributes articles to various magazines on performance enhancement training, motivation and mindset.
Allistair is based in Tampa, Florida.
🇿🇦 Allistair McCaw
Olympic Silver Medalist, Former World #7 (Singles)
A native of Springfield, MA, Mayotte burst upon the pro tennis scene fresh on the heels of capturing the 1981 NCAA Men’s Singles title at Stanford University. During an impressive professional career “Gentleman Tim” captured 12 ATP singles titles from 1981-90, with nine of them coming in 1987-88. He defeated tennis legends Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, and Ivan Lendl and achieved a World #7 singles ranking during his illustrious career. He played in more than 35 Grand Slam tournaments — advancing to the quarterfinals seven times and reaching the semi-finals twice — at the Australian Open and Wimbledon. He also won the men’s singles Silver Medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul.
After his retirement, Tim was tapped by the USTA to launch the USTA High Performance Training Center in New York. It was there he met Lee Hurst and, after they got the center off the ground, the duo realized that their common philosophical beliefs offered them the unique ability to help junior tennis players achieve success at all levels. Together they created the Mayotte-Hurst Tennis Academy at Cunningham Tennis Center to further develop players, coaches and people to the highest levels.
🇺🇸 Tim Mayotte
Former #1 tennis player in Bosnia in every age division. #1 and Team Captain at Texas Tech University. Played for Bosnian Davis Cup.
From Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina where he grew up playing tennis competitively. No. 1 ranked tennis player in Bosnia in every age division. While competing for junior national team he got recruited to play for Texas Tech University ( top 20 Div 1 school). Represented Texas Tech University for four years playing singles and doubles. Played at No. 1 spot and was a team captain in senior year. Ranked nationally in singles and doubles. Three times NCAA appearance with the team.
Competed on a professional level and achieved ATP ranking in singles and doubles. Played for a Bosnian Davis Cup team in 2006 with Ivan Dodig. Has been coaching full time since graduating from college and has worked with juniors and adults from all different levels, including many nationally ranked players.
🇧🇦 Sinisa Markovic
Head Women's Tennis Coach of the Arizona Wildcats, Four-Time All-American
Vicky Maes is head women’s tennis coach of the Arizona Wildcats.
One of the greatest players in Arizona women’s tennis history, Maes has been at the University since 1994. She first got her start as a student-athlete, then continued on as a coordinator for the model Life Skills Program and has been the head coach of the women’s tennis team since October 2001. Aside from her duties at Arizona, Maes also currently serves as the Southwest Regional Chair for the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
A native of Belgium, Maes has achieved many coaching successes at Arizona in her twelve seasons at the helm of the program. The Wildcats have recorded a remarkable record against teams that are continuously ranked among the top in the nation. Consequently, Maes has led the Wildcats to team and/or individual postseason competition each year, won the 2003 Ojai Pac-10 title, and produced several first team All-American and All-Pac-12 singles and doubles players along the way. Maes has built a reputation for developing her players and continues to recruit young women who are eager to get better on and off the court.
As a tennis player for The University of Arizona, Maes was the squad’s No. 1 singles and doubles player throughout her entire career. She was named the Pac-10 Conference Player of the Year in 1996, as well as being tabbed a four-time first team All-Pac-10 selection.
Maes was named to the Pac-10 All-Decade team in 1998, was the 1996 Arizona Women’s Sports Foundation College Athlete of the Year, a four-time All-American (1995-98) and the nation’s top-ranked player in 1996 and 1997.
Maes, who is fluent in Dutch, English and French, holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a Major in Marketing and a Minor in International Business Studies.
She was a three-time Pac-10 All-Academic selection and a GTE Academic All-America choice in 1996. In 1998, Maes was a finalist for the NCAA’s Great Eight award and won the Ruby Award, which recognizes UA’s top female student-athlete in the field of athletics, academics and personal development.
For her efforts, Maes was inducted in the University of Arizona’s Hall of Fame in the fall of 2003.
Former Top 5 Junior in Belgium
Ben is orginally from Hamme, Belgium. He started playing tennis at the age of 8. Always in the Belgium Top 5 rankings in his junior career, Ben was selected to represent his country on the Belgian National Team multiple times. His most significant career wins include victories over Filip De Wulf (French Open semi-finalist) and Dick Norman (Wimbledon quarter-finalist). Ben won four International Doubles Tournaments in Ireland and England with Frank Ofori (who represented Ghana in the Davis Cup).
Ben’s coaching career began at the Waregem Happy Tennis Academy under the supervision of Carlos Rodriguez, the current coach of Justin Henin-Hardenne. Ben became co-owner of the academy in 1993 before joining his sister Vicky (the University of Arizona head women’s coach) on the professional women’s tour from 1996 to 1998. In 1998 Ben was hired as the Raquets Manager for David Lloyd Leisure in Belfast, Northern Ireland. In 2001 Ben was nominated Racquets Manager of the Year across the chain of clubs in the United Kingdom, and served for many years as head professional at the Peachtree City Tennis Center in Georgia.
Ben is currently the Racquet Sports Director of the Rochester Athletic Club in Rochester, MN.
Two-Time Arizona PTR Member of the Year. PTR Certified Professional in all Pathways. USTA High Performance Coach.
Michael is a Professional Tennis Registry, PTR, National Clinician and Tester, United States Professional Tennis Association, USPTA, Elite Professional, and USTA High Performance Coach. Michael is a PTR certified professional in all PTR Pathways including Junior Development 10 and Under, Junior Development 11- 17, Junior Performance, Adult Development and Senior Development.
He was awarded the Arizona PTR Member of the Year Award in 2005 and 2015. In addition to coaching, Michael plays USTA sanctioned events & has played in USTA Pro Amateur Events and on legs of the ATP Tour.
With over 30 years of experience in the tennis industry, Michael has served as director of operations at nationally acclaimed, award winning tennis resorts receiving such distinctions as Tennis Magazine’s ‘One of the 50 Greatest U.S. Tennis Resorts’, Gentleman Quarterly’s ‘Top 25 Tennis Resorts in the U.S.’, and World Tennis’ 5 Star Award of Excellence’. He was Senior Staff Professional and Director of Tennis for World Renowned ‘Teacher of the Pros’ Dennis Van der Meer both on Hilton Head Island, SC and Lake Ozark, MO. While serving as Director of Tennis at Van der Meer Tennis University, Midwest, Lodge of the Four Seasons Racquet and Country Club, the facility was the recipient of the Missouri Valley Tennis Association’s Facility of the Year Award.
Michael is widely acknowledged for developing creative tennis instructional programs, adapting progressive teaching methods, providing fun learning environments, coordinating and conducting business briefings workshops, trainings, clinics and camps, fund-raisers, sanctioned and non-sanctioned tournaments, charity events, special events and generally promoting the great game of tennis.
From 1987-1990 Michael served as Director of Tennis at Van der Meer Tennis Centers on Hilton Head Island, SC and Lake Ozark, MO. In this capacity Michael worked directly with Dennis and Pat Van der Meer in all aspects of tennis instruction, including private and group lessons, adult clinics, senior clinics, team practices, exhibition matches, and high performance juniors with former ATP #50 singles player and Director of the VDM World Class Program, John Hill. As Director of VDM University, Midwest, Michael was responsible for management, program development, and efficient execution of all phases of operation of the award winning Lodge of the Four Seasons Racquet and Country Club.
Michael currently serves as Founder and Director of Professional Tennis Management Services, a tennis management company, that oversees tennis instructional programs, leagues, ladders, tournaments, corporate outings, socials, benefits, and other tennis related events in the Phoenix Metro Area. Michael offers his professional services at Val Vista Lakes Tennis and in the East Valley. Michael has been a contributing writer for two community newspapers and has written articles for TennisPro Magazine, Sun Tennis, and Arizona Tennis Living.
🇺🇸 Michael Lowdermilk
Expert on Sport Nutrition, Advisor to ATP and WTA
Page Love, MS, RD, CSSD, LD, CSCS, USPTA, is an expert on sport nutrition and eating disorder issues particularly with elite athletics. In 1992, she founded Nutrifit Sport Therapy Inc., a company of professionals dedicated to helping clients reach their wellness goals through performance eating. Page has assembled a team of caring and experienced dietitians with specialties in nutrition for disease prevention and control, weight management, treatment of eating disorders, development of nutrition and fitness plans, and much more.
She has worked with professional players, college teams as well as individual athletes. Her past and current clients include the ATP Men’s Professional Tennis Tour, the Women’s Professional Tennis Tour (WTA), U.S. Tennis Association, the Atlanta Braves, U.S. Figure Skating, and U.S. Synchronized Swimming and she served as a nutrition consultant during the Olympic Games in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004.
Page’s tennis experience includes being a certified tennis teaching professional with the United States Professional Tennis Association and serves on the Sport Science Advisory Board for the Professional Tennis Registry. She played division one collegiate tennis at Baylor University and still plays competitive league tennis in Atlanta year round. She shares a passion to help young through professional tennis players learn how to better fuel and hydrate their bodies. She has just published a tennis sport nutrition specific education kit for players and coaches. See nutrifitga.com for more information. Page has served as the dietitian for the Australian Open, The Sony Open, Indian Wells, The Kremlin Cup, and the US Open. Page will serve as the onsite dietitian for the China Open in fall of 2014.
Page Love’s extensive credentials include being a Registered Dietitian and a Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics of the American Dietetic Association, a strength and conditioning specialist certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association, past president of the Atlanta Dietetic Association and past media spokesperson for the Georgia Dietetic Association. Page is often consulted by media both locally and nationally, and she has been featured many times as an expert by programs and publications such as CNN’s On the Menu, CNN Headline News, Peachtree Morning, Good Day Atlanta, Women’s Sports Illustrated, Tennis Magazine, People Magazine, WSB Radio, Z93 Radio, and Fox News.
The Focus Coach. winner of 21 National titles. Achieved #1 in the World Ranking 55 & Over and #1 in USA in 65 & Over. Author of "Live the Best Story of Your Life: A World Champion’s Guide to Lasting Change".
Bob Litwin, of Boulder Colorado, was a Long Island tennis teaching professional for thirty-five years. In 1992 he founded the Sports Focus Institute to develop and teach athletes in all sports how to improve performance through all aspects of the mental game.
Bob is known as The Focus Coach. He has worked with every sport imaginable and consulted for the NY Knicks and the NY Islanders. The founder of The Focus Coaching Group, LLC, Bob is a full-time performance coach for Hedge Funds and individuals in any field of endeavor, business and sports alike.
- He never played in college or on the tour and at 32 started to compete thinking he might be able to win some matches. He lost a lot for several years.
- Then he won a gold and bronze medal at the 12th Maccabian Games in the 35 and over. In summer 2013, 20 years later, he won the Gold Medal in the 65s singles at the 19th Maccabian Games.
- He has won 21 USTA National Championship titles.
- He won the ITF World Championships in 2005 and was ranked #1in the World in the 55 and over.
- He was inducted into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame in 2011.
- After being out of the game for nearly three years due to two hip surgeries, he got back to work and has climbed back to the top and in June was the #1 ranked 65-and-over player in the USA.
- After going undefeated in Colorado tournaments this year his 18-year undefeated streak in sectional age group matches continues.
- His book, Live the Best Story of Your Life: A World Champion’s Guide to Lasting Change, was released in May and touted by Huff Post as the #1 self-help read for the summer of 2016.
🇺🇸 Bob Litwin
Mad Dog currently serve the tennis community as the USPTA Board Member and Regional Vice President in the Middle States Section and also is on the USTA Middle States Board of Directors.
Bruce “Mad Dog” Levine has been involved in the tennis industry 36 years and during that time has gotten his hands into most aspects of the industry and game. His diverse experience includes playing, coaching and teaching from the grassroots through high school, college, and the tour levels of tennis. Bruce has also owned and managed clubs in the northeast and is currently working as a consultant in several clubs.
One of the “Dog’s” main responsibilities in the tennis industry has been that of the Technical Advisor and Lead Racquet/String Tester for Tennis Magazine and tennis.com. Bruce has been helpful to players and coaches alike in understanding the technical and playing characteristics of the multitude of racquets and strings in today’s market.
In addition to his playing, coaching, and management experience, Mad Dog currently serve the tennis community as the USPTA Board Member and Regional Vice President in the Middle States Section and also is on the USTA Middle States Board of Directors.
🇺🇸 Bruce Levine
2009 PTR Member of the Year for Arizona. Former #1 Singles Player for 4 Years at University of Minnesota Duluth.
Tom Lepisto recently joined the Omni Tucson National Resort as their Director of Tennis and is working to invigorate the tennis and recreation program, bringing energy and enthusiasm to all of the resort’s adult and junior tennis programs. Tom’s been teaching tennis for over 30 years and was previously at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona for 12 years. Tom taught tennis in the Fountain Hills area northeast of Phoenix for 15 years, most recently as Director of Tennis at Firerock Country Club and served on the town’s Parks and Recreation committee. He spent seven summers as Director of Tennis at the Northland Country Club in Duluth, Minnesota. Tom is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Duluth, as well as a tennis team alumnus. He led the team as the number one singles player for four years.
Tom was named the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Member of the Year for the State of Arizona in 2009. Tom also assisted Westward Look in becoming USTA Facility of the Year for Southern Arizona in 2013. Tom works closely with several non-profit organizations to promote and grow tennis in the Tucson area.
🇺🇸 Tom Lepisto
Winner/finalist for seven NOVA 7 Awards. Developer of multiple athletic facilities, including a USTA Facility of the year. served as the national tennis director for LifeTime Fitness. Author of Tennis Doubles, Wining Strategies for all Levels, a national bestseller.
Greg played college tennis at the University of Minnesota. After traveling the world for a few years through tennis he settled in Minnesota holding various tennis teaching and director positions.
In 1985, he conceived of and developed the Flagship Athletic Club, a 19 court multipurpose club in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.
In 1993, he moved to Rochester, Minnesota where he developed the Rochester Athletic Club, a 270,000 square foot multipurpose club also with 19 tennis courts. Greg served as the general manager for 300 employees and 13,000 members. Greg was also a minority owner. The tennis program produced a world junior champion; players who participated in all the Grand Slams; Sports Illustrated National Athlete of the Year winner; numerous Division 1 scholarship recipients; multiple state champions. It averaged 3 adult teams per year going to USTA Nationals. The RAC was named a USTA Facility of the Year.
Greg served as the national tennis director for LifeTime Fitness for 2012- 2015. He oversaw the tennis operations for 21 clubs.
Greg has received IHRSA’s Dale Dibble Distinguished Service Award, was a winner or finalist for seven NOVA 7 Awards. These are the Academy Awards for the fitness industry. He was the first recipient of the USPTA General Manager of the Year Award. The Rochester Athletic Club received the Better Business Bureau Integrity Award for the state of Minnesota in 2009.
Greg authored Tennis Doubles, Wining Strategies for all Levels, a national bestseller.
Greg was elected to the Board of Directors of IHRSA and the TIA. He has served as President for his USTA & USPTA sections.
Greg has been a volunteer for the USTA at the national level for over 20 years serving on the Adjunct Facility, various committees, and chaired the Learning & Leadership committee. Currently, he serves on the Nominating committee.
Greg was selected by the USTA in 2015 to write the Rally the Family guide- a guide to redefine how to attract new tennis players to the game.
Greg has been a presenter at multiple IHRSA, USPTA, PTR, ATP, WTA, and USTA conferences.
🇺🇸 Greg Lappin
DIRECTOR OF RACQUETS AT COLLIER’S RESERVE COUNTRY CLUB IN NAPLES, FLORIDA.
Alison was a four year starter on the lacrosse team at Dartmouth College. She was selected to the United States development lacrosse team.
Alison’s love of teaching tennis has taken her career all over the world from Puerto Rico and the Caribbean to Australia and the Ukraine. She is a graduate of the Peter Burwash International (PBI) program that teaches tennis professionals the importance of customer service, planning tennis programs and clinics, and the overall business of running a tennis / racquets operations. PBI has managed the tennis operations at many of the top hotels, resorts and clubs around the world. Alison currently the Director of Racquets at Collier’s Reserve Country Club in Naples, Florida.
Alison’s certifications include USPTA elite professional, PTR Adult Professional, Cardio Tennis and Hot Shots (10 and under tennis) through Tennis Australia.
🇺🇸 Alison Lane
Director of Instruction at Bonita Bay Club. Certified by both PTR and Tennis Australia. Four-Year All-Conference player in Singles/Doubles at Belmont University.
Adam Lane has coached and played tennis all over the world. He was a four-year All-Conference player in both Singles and Doubles at Belmont University where he majored in History and Political Science.
He started his coaching career at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. His teaching career has taken him to Korea, Costa Rica, New York, Florida, China, Australia, back to Puerto Rico, where he directed tennis at Dorado Beach, a Ritz Carlton Reserve, the first 6 star resort in the Western Hemisphere. He is currently the Director of Instruction at Bonita Bay Club in Florida. Bonita Bay was named the top private tennis facility by the USTA in 2016.
Having worked with recreational players, resort guests, top internationally ranked juniors, and top 50 ranked professionals on the WTA tour his experience covers all facets of tennis teaching. In 2014 he was named the Junior Federation Cup coach for Puerto Rico. He is certified by the USPTA, PTR and Tennis Australia.
🇺🇸 Adam Lane
World Top 50 as Junior, Top College Coach, 2013-2014 PTR College Coach of the Year
Sujay just completed his 19th year of coaching in college. During this journey, he has had the privilege of working with players and teams of all levels and taking them to the top. At Florida, he was part of 3 undefeated seasons and 4 national titles as an assistant. At Illinois, he took the team ranked #75 to #16, 5 NCAA tournament appearances, and multiple wins in the tournament — a first for the program. At North Texas, he took a team that was dead last in the conference (and ranked in the #300+) to #40 and to multiple conference championships and NCAA berths — once again a first for the program.
As head coach, Sujay currently has a 214-161 record and never shied from playing a tough schedule. At Illinois, his teams had wins over many top ranked teams including Notre Dame, Northwestern, Baylor, Michigan, and Duke (which was ranked #1 in the nation going into the match). At North Texas, his teams have upset teams such as TCU, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, Arizona, Rice and Kansas State. He has garnered numerous coach of the year awards, including 2009 USPTA Collegiate Coach of the Year and 2013-14 National College Coach of the Year by PTR, the world’s largest tennis teacher’s organization.
Prior to coaching college, Sujay was senior professional for the Van Der Meer Tennis Center and served as the touring coach for WTA professionals and travelled with top 20 ranked players Amanda Coetzer and Naoko Sawamatsu, including 12 grand slams.
As a player, Sujay achieved the #1 ranking In Nepal and represented Nepal at the Asian Games in Beijing. As a junior, he was ranked in the Top-50 (ITF) in the world.
Leads US and International Cardio Tennis Program
Michele Krause is the Cardio Tennis Manager working for the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). Cardio Tennis is a fun, group fitness activity consisting of fast paced tennis drills and games for players of all ability levels providing a full body calorie-burning workout. Michele has overseen the program since its inception in 2005 and since the rollout and there are now 1,800 Authorized Providers, 1.4 million Cardio Tennis participants in the US and the program has spread to over 30 countries.
Michele oversees the entire Cardio Tennis program both in the US and internationally. Her responsibilities include all the day-to-day operations: administration, programming, curriculum, event planning, training and marketing. She manages the TIA Global Cardio Tennis Team which is made up of 25 Trainers who assist her with training, educating and consumer events. She also serves as the coordinator for those countries who are in the process of establishing, launching or continued development of Cardio Tennis. She speaks at many industry conventions, (PTR, USPTA, IHRSA, ITA, ITF, PBI and USTA) meetings and events to provide ongoing education on the Cardio Tennis program.
Tennis Congress Director of Performance and Fitness Education. Executive Director, International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA). Former All-American and NCAA doubles champion.
Dr. Mark Kovacs, Tennis Congress Director of Performance and Fitness Education, is a renowned performance physiologist, researcher, university professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background training and researching athletes at all levels. He serves as both the Executive Director of the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA) and Director of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Dr. Kovacs’ work has helped improve the way the physical aspects of tennis are trained throughout the world, and he has personally tested and trained hundreds of world class athletes in numerous sports. He formerly directed the Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning and Coaching Education departments for the United States Tennis Association (USTA).
Dr. Kovacs is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, has published over 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles and abstracts in top journals and was the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Strength & Conditioning Journal. He is on the editorial board for multiple journals including the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition and has presented workshops, keynote addresses and well over 100 presentations on four continents.
Along with his academic and scientific background, Dr. Kovacs is also a coach and former professional athlete. While originally from Melbourne, Australia, he was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion in tennis at Auburn University. After playing professionally, he completed his graduate work at Auburn University and earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from The University of Alabama. Dr. Kovacs is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS) through the ITPA, a certified Health/Fitness Specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine, a United States Track and Field Level II Sprints Coach and Certified Tennis Coach.
He has published five books on topics ranging from dynamic stretching to recovery. Mark has organized a number of medical and sport science conferences aimed at improving the education of medical professionals, coaches, athletes, parents and sport administrators. In 2010 he was awarded the prestigious Plagenhoef Award for sport science achievement (youngest ever recipient); in 2012 he was the youngest ever International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award winner.
🇦🇺 Mark Kovacs, PhD
Head of Athlete Development at Halton Tennis Centre, an LTA High Performance Centre and an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC).
Dom is Head of Athlete Development for Everyball Tennis at Halton Tennis Centre, a leading Tennis Centre in the UK.
He is an iTPA Master Tennis Performance Specialist (MTPS), one of only a small number to hold this designation worldwide, as well as an Accredited Strength & Conditioning Coach (ASCC) with the UK Strength & Conditioning Association, NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and holds numerous other professional qualifications.
As Head of Athlete Development he works as part of an interdisciplinary team to deliver, among other things, Strength & Conditioning Coaching, Mental & Emotional Skills Training and Nutritional & Lifestyle Management.
Based at Halton since 2007, he has a wealth of experience in training players of all ages and abilities. As part of the High Performance Programme, this can range from 6 years old up to professional, aware of the different needs at each age and stage and what is required to train a player ‘from the cradle to the tour’!
He also trains club players anywhere from 8 to 80 + years old and loves helping each person improve and develop as a tennis athlete.
His own tennis-playing background and Tennis Coaching qualifications mean he is able to understand the requirements of the sport and help the transition ‘from the gym to the court.’
Dom is a highly motivated coach, committed to getting the best out of each athlete he works with; he also trains athletes from other sports and likes to explore the transferable aspects of training between all sports.
🇬🇧 Dominic King
PTR Director of Education
Steve has been a PTR member since 1986, is now responsible for the educational direction and content of the organization’s four certification pathways as well as the Master of Tennis programs. He will oversee PTR clinician training to ensure continuity of content delivery as well as design and develop professional development courses to create opportunities for certified members to fulfill the new continuing education requirements. Steve will also serve as the national liaison to the USTA Coaching Education department. Prior to joining PTR, Steve spent 18 years with the Van der Meer organization directing sites in Missouri, Florida and South Carolina prior to joining Tennis Corporation of America. Steve earned the distinguished USTA/PTR Public Service Award in 1996.
Director of Club & Resort Tennis Services
Larry is the director of Club & Resort Tennis Services; the company provides valuable resources for tennis teaching professionals, coaches and tennis players. Larry also teaches tennis at a 22 court facility in Durham, NC, Hollow Rock Racquet and Swim Club. He has been in the Tennis Industry for over 30 years, working at two of the top 50 Tennis Resorts for 10 years and at one of the premier Country Club developments for 13 years. He also directed the tennis program at one of the top sports camp in the country for 7 years. A member of both the PTR and USPTA he conducts seminars and specialty courses for both organizations. Karageanes’ unique drills, programs, and manuals have been used throughout the tennis world.
Karageanes is also involved with new products and services for the Tennis Industry. His most recent innovation is with the development of the BATT (Big Absorbent Tennis Towel). The new way to dry hard courts (www.battowel.com)!
🇺🇸 Larry Karageanes
USTA-U director of professional development & education. former USTA director of junior play.
Craig S. Jones is the Director of Professional Development and Education for USTA-U. Craig is responsible for developing coaching resources, training opportunities, and overseeing USTA adjunct faculty to deliver professional development throughout the US. Previously, he served as Director of Junior play and was responsible for all local competition and 10 and under tennis.
Before joining the USTA, Craig was a Club Owner, Director of Tennis and Teaching Professional, working with hundreds of junior players from novice to national champions. He is a certified USPTA and PTR pro, and the owner of the Petersburg Racquet Club in Martinez, Ga.
🇺🇸 Craig S. Jones
Former top 40 player in usta men’s rankings and #2 in men’s 35s.
A former top 40 player in the USTA men’s rankings and #2 in the Men’s 35s, Merritt has more than 20 years of tennis coaching experience. He also competed on the USTA Professional Satellite circuit for two years and has been a practice partner for several top 300 WTA Tour players.
Merritt is currently a volunteer assistant coach for the University of Arizona Wildcats Women’s team, after spending spending the last year as a volunteer men’s and women’s assistant coach at George Washington University. The men’s program finished the season 14-9, going 6-0 in conference play and earned a bid to the NCAA Team Championships after winning the Atlantic-10 Championships.
He previously spent five years at College Park Tennis Training Center as a High Performance Senior Coach, working with nationally and ITF ranked students such as Denis Kudla, Mitchell Frank, Francis Tiafoe and many others. Prior to that, Johnson spent 15 years coaching at the high school level. He was the head tennis coach at St. John’s College High School in Washington DC from 2006 to 2014, winning eight of nine girls’ championships and finishing with a 112-1 record. In 2007 and 2013, Johnson was named the Girls’ High School Coach of the Year by the Washington Post.
🇺🇸 Merritt Johnson
Former atp tour player and itf pro circuit player. sparring partner for williams sisters and dmitri tursunov.
- USPTA Professional
- Teaching Professional, Tenndeavor
- Teaching Professional, SF Tennis Club
- Lead Video Instructor, Zepp Tennis Training
- Consultant for Masterclass project with Serena Williams
- Sparring partner for Venus & Serena Williams
- Consultant & Sparring Partner – ATP Tour #20 Tursunov
- ATP Tour player
- ITF Pro Circuit player
🇺🇸 Lance Johnson
PTR Master of Tennis. Two time ITA (Intercollegiate Tennis Association) doubles champion. Achieved NAIA #14 Doubles Ranking.
Gary Innes serves as Project Director for the NetGains Foundation, which is the philanthropic arm of the Tennis Congress that taps the power of tennis as a catalyst to transform lives and create positive social and environmental impacts.
Gary is also the co-founder of Serves You Right (SYR), which is committed to improving tennis experiences for clubs, teams and individuals. SYR specializes in club management, program development and group events/retreats.
He was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa where he competed as a junior before coming to the United States to play college tennis at Walsh University. After graduating, Gary started coaching and directing tennis programs throughout Westchester and Fairfield County.
In 2016 Gary earned the PTR Master of Tennis certification in Junior Development. He continues to pursue new levels of tennis education and build strong adult and junior programs.
🇿🇦 Gary Innes
Education and Multimedia Manager for the USPTA. named 2015 USPTA Texas Tester of the Year. former WTA-ranked player and a two-time NCAA Division II National Team Champion with BYU-Hawaii. part of the USPTA Under 30 initiative.
Ramona Husaru is the Education and Multimedia Manager for the USPTA. In her role, Ramona is in charge of overseeing the continuing education program and expanding its resources, including: the “On Court with USPTA” TV show that airs on the Tennis Channel, stroke analysis, conferences, workshops, webinars, and TennisResources.com. She is also a USPTA Tester and part of the USPTA Under 30 initiative, developing opportunities through education and leadership for fellow young professionals.
Ramona was named the 2015 USPTA Texas Tester of the Year, being one of the youngest females to win the award. She is a former WTA-ranked player and a two-time NCAA Division II National Team Champion with BYU-Hawaii. Ramona holds a master’s degree in Sports Psychology.
🇷🇴 Ramona Husaru
Director of fitness and sports performance at Club Sportif Cote-de-Liesse. MTPS, CSCS, highly regarded author, speaker, fitness and performance consultant.
Dean Hollingworth, MTPS, CSCS
With over twenty-five years of experience in the health and fitness industry, Dean has established himself as a highly regarded author, speaker, fitness and performance consultant. He is the only strength and conditioning coach in Canada to be certified as a Master Tennis Performance Specialist by the International Tennis Performance Association. Dean is also a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Speed and Agility Coach. He is currently the Director of fitness and sports performance at Club Sportif Cote-de-Liesse, in Montreal. Dean has extensive experience working with youths and young adults in helping them to develop speed, agility, coordination and strength.
Dean’s rapid rise amongst the fitness community can be attributed to his honest dedication to excellence in his field. Working with various Quebec organizations as a performance specialist has given Dean many opportunities to develop athletes in tennis, hockey, figure skating and football. Dean’s work with world-class athletes over the last 15 years has given him a deeper understanding of the requirements and balance for high performance. In 2014, he also worked as the strength and conditioning coach for Canada’s Fed Cup team win against Serbia.
Dean’s strong passion for sports has led him to work and consult with both amateur and professional athletes including those belonging to prominent National teams. He has published various articles on performance, speed and agility and his knowledge has brought him to speak at various conferences.
🇨🇦 Dean Hollingworth
Former USTA top 10 player, Three time HCAC All-Conference
Keith is currently Director of Tennis at Genesis Health Clubs in St Joseph, MO. He formerly served as the Director of Tennis at Danville Country Club and Director of 10 and Under Tennis in Lexington, KY. He was the Director of 10 and Under Tennis at Greater Midland Tennis Center in Midland, MI. He also worked as a coach at the USTA National Campus. He is a PTR Professional for 10 and Under Development, Junior Development (11 to 17), Adult Development and High Performance. Keith played college tennis at Transylvania University and was a three-time recipient of HCAC All-Conference honors. Keith also served as the USTA KY Early Development Chair in 2016 and USTA Kentucky Junior Southern Cup Coach in 2013, 2015, and 2016. In 2014, Keith was a Special Recipient for the Paul Arber Young Coaches Award presented by the International Tennis Performance Association (ITPA).
🇺🇸 Keith Henderson
Author "Playing Into the Sunset", Developed 15 national champions at the junior level and 4 at the senior level
Rod Heckelman’s career started in 1966 the summer after his junior year in high school when he began his five-year role as a teacher at John Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch in Carmel Valley, Calif. Later he opened as the resident pro for Gardiner’s Tennis Ranch on Camelback in Scottsdale, Ariz. At 20 years of age, he was one of the youngest pros to be the Head Pro at what some considered one of the top tennis resorts in the world.
In 1976 he made his way back to his home state of California, where he took over as Head Pro/Tennis Director at the Mt. Tam Racquet Club in Larkspur. He added the title and responsibilities of General Manager in 1982. From his early teaching years, Rod has been involved with developing top players. He has developed over 15 national champions at the junior level and 4 at the senior level. As a competitor he has played and been ranked at both national and sectional levels, breaking the top 5 in 1991. Rod published an instructional manual in 1992 for tennis teachers to use with their students called “Down Your Alley.”
For the last couple of years, excerpts from his “Facility Manager’s Manual” were being published in Racquet Sports Industry magazine. The manual is now available digitally through the Tennis Industry Association for managers and clubs to use as a model for operating their businesses. More recently, he created a “Business Handbook for Tennis Pros,” that is also being produced by T.I.A. In 2010 he was awarded “Manager of the Year” for the USPTA NorCal division and later announced by the USPTA as the “Manager of the Year” at the World Conference. Rod travels the country lecturing to fellow pros about management skills and helping them transition into management. Rod continues to expand his knowledge on all aspects of the tennis business, and he is a frequent presenter at industry events throughout the country including speaking at IRHSA World Conference in San Francisco in 2011, the first person to represent the tennis industry at an IRHSA convention in over 25 years.
Rod recently was selected to the new Babalot Advisory Board and came out with his second instructional book, “Playing Into the Sunset,” an instructional book for senior players available through BoomerTennis.net.
🇺🇸 Rod Heckelman
Tennis Congress Director of Education. 2011 USPTA Professional of the Year. 11-time USPTA Division/State Pro of the Year. Member Head/Penn Racquet Sports National Advisory Board.
Feisal Hassan, Tennis Congress Director of Education, is a USPTA Master Professional and an RPT Master Professional. He is also a member of the Head/Penn Racquet Sports National Advisory Board and National Speaker’s Bureau and holds USPTA specialist degrees in Competitive Player Development, Facility Management, Little Tennis and Sports Science. He is a USTA Recreation Coach National and Quickstart Trainer, a member of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team and co-chairs the USPTA National Education Committee and the USPTA College Curriculum Committee. He is also on the USPTA Testing Committee and USTA National Youth Education Committee. He was also the Director of Certification & Testing for the USPTA Middle States division and was co-chair of the USPTA National Diversity Committee.
Feisal was also the Director of Coaches’ Education and Junior Davis Cup Team Coach for Tennis Zimbabwe. He was also voted in Tennis Industry magazine’s prestigious “40 Under 40” list for being one of the top 40 men and women under 40 years old who have had and will continue to have a strong influence in the sport and in the business of tennis– both nationally and internationally.
Hassan writes and conducts seminars, workshops and clinics for international, national and sectional organizations and events. He has also written the book, How to Handle Difficult Players and Conditions, and is currently working on his second book, Doubles: Phases & Situations.
In 2011, he was awarded the USPTA’s most prestigious award, the Alex Gordon National Professional of the Year and the 2011 Racquet Sports Industry Champions of Tennis Award. This is the Racquet Sports Industry’s (RSI) most prestigious awards recognizing and honoring the people, businesses and organizations that are making a difference in the tennis industry. He was also a recipient for the USPTA Mid-Atlantic Hall of Fame recipient Inaugural Class of 2012 and the 2012 USPTA George Bacso National Tester of the Year.
Previous accolades include the USPTA Industry Excellence Award in 1999, 5-time Division Tester of the Year, 11-time USPTA Division/State Pro of the Year, and 9-time national Top-10 point holder in the USPTA’s Career Development Program.
🇿🇼 Feisal Hassan
USTA High Performance Coach, Former NJCAA All-American
- Owner, Harp Performance Tennis
- 1993 NJCAA All-American
- USTA High Performance Coach
- PTR Performance Professional Level 3
- PTR Adult Professional
- ITPA Tennis Performance Trainer (TPT)
- 2010, 2011 Georgia Professional Tennis Association Board of Directors
- Inventor Blinking and Whistling Vibration Dampeners US Design Patent 2009
🇺🇸 Jim Harp
National Manager and Head Coach of Team USA Wheelchair
Jason Harnett is National Manager and Head Coach of Team USA Wheelchair. In this role, he leads Team USA in the World Team Cup and other international wheelchair tennis events, while also serving as the national manager for the USTA’s Wheelchair Division.
Harnett, who coached the quad wheelchair team to seven world championships during his tenure, was named Paralympic National Coach of the Year for tennis by the United States Olympic Committee and the USTA in 2013. The year earlier, he received the Order of Ikkos medal, the most prestigious award a coach can receive at the Olympic or Paralympic Games. His players achieved gold medals in the 2004, 2008 and 2012 Paralympics.
🇺🇸 Jason Harnett
Founder of FuzzyYellowBalls.com
Will is the co-founder of FuzzyYellowBalls.com. He’s worked with Bob & Mike Bryan and Patrick Rafter to create instruction for recreational players so they get more fun and enjoyment out of the game.
In his spare time, Will likes to invent silly handshakes.
🇺🇸 Will Hamilton
Renowned sports psychology consultant. Former No. 1 world-ranked ITF men’s 35 tennis player. Winner of two senior ITF World Championships.
Jeff Greenwald, M.F.T. is an internationally recognized sport psychology consultant, author and licensed family therapist. He was named Athlete of the Year at UC Santa Barbara in 1988 and went on to become a world-ranked player on the ATP Tour in singles and doubles. He was also formerly the No. 1 world and U.S. ranked ITF men’s 35 player, and is winner of two senior ITF World Championships. Jeff has been the mental coach for numerous top professional, college and junior tennis players around the world for the past 15 years. From 1993-1995 Jeff coached top junior players as the Director of Junior Development at the Uhlenhorster Hockey and Tennis Club in Hamburg, Germany. He has been a certified tennis professional by the USPTA since 1996 and currently serves on the Speaking Bureaus for both the USTPA and Wilson Sporting Goods.
Jeff has spoken across the world at numerous tennis clubs, associations, universities and corporations. He also was an adjunct faculty member and supervisor at JFKU for graduate students in the sport psychology program. He served as a consultant for the USA High Performance coaches program from 2005-2010. He earned his B.A at the University of California at Santa Barbara. He has been in private practice since 1998. He holds as Master’s Degree in Clinical psychology with a specialization in sports psychology. He is author of Amazon’s best-selling double-CD audio, Fearless Tennis and The Best Tennis of Your Life and serves as Associate editor for TennisPlayer.net.
🇺🇸 Jeff Greenwald
Former WTA world top #30 in singles and top #10 in doubles. 1992 WTA Most Impressive Newcomer. 3-Time Fed Cup Player. USTA National High Performance Coach.
Debbie Graham Shaffer is a former top #30 in the world singles on the WTA Tour and top #10 in the world in doubles. She was awarded the WTA award for the “Most Impressive Newcomer” in 1992. As a touring pro Debbie played Fed Cup for the USA three times and was undefeated in Fed Cup play. Debbie was a semifinalist at Wimbledon, the Australian Open, and the US Open. Before becoming pro, Debbie was the NCAA singles Champion at Stanford. Debbie played on three NCAA winning teams and then left school to play professional tennis. Debbie graduated from Stanford in three years in order to play professional tennis. For 8 years Debbie was one of the “National High Performance Coaches” for women with the USTA at the USTA Training Center in Carson, CA. Debbie Currently works with top pros, juniors, and collegiate players. Two of Debbie’s players have made it to Grand Slams including the US Open, French Open, Wimbledon, and Australian Open. Currently she is the Director of Little Aces Tennis, where she is teaching young kids to play tennis with low compression balls, smaller rackets, and smaller nets.
🇺🇸 Debbie Graham
High Performance Coach, USTA and USPTA Southern Coach of the Year
Julio Godreau holds certifications with the USPTA (Elite), PTR (Master of Tennis Performance), and the USTA (High Performance). He currently serves as the Director of Junior Tennis for the USTA Texas section.
As a coach he has developed players in Orange Ball (2 Southern #1 ranked players and 3 Southern Closed Champions) and Yellow Ball (player ranked as high as #5 in the US and quarterfinalist at Orange Bowl and Eddie Herr tournaments). At the collegiate level his students have accomplished scholarships at prestigious conferences such as the Pac-12 and SEC, and have won NCAA Division 1 team championship. Aside from his on court success with Junior Players he has also guided adults to State, Sectional, and National Championships.
He has been the recipient of numerous awards from the USPTA, PTR, and USTA including Southern Pro of the Year. As an educator he often presents at sectional events and has been a speaker at The USPTA World Conference and PTR International Symposium.
Julio was a top Junior player in the Caribbean, NCAA Division I Scholarship Collegiate Player, and has played at the Pro level. He is also fully bilingual (English and Spanish) and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration and an undergrad in Psychology. He has been married for twelve years to Charisse and has two daughters, Emma (6) and Sophie (9).
- PTR Master of Tennis Performance (Equivalent to ITF Level 3)
- USPTA Certified Professional Level 1
- PTR Certified Professional Level
- USTA High Performance Certified
- PTR 10 & Under Certified
- USPTA & PTR Player Development Specialist
- USTA High Performance Orange Bowl World Class Junior Player Development Study
- USTA High Performance US Open Pro Player Development Study
- USTA High Performance 10 & Under Certified
- USTA Referee Certified
- USTA Tournament Director Certification (TDM)
- PTR Mississippi Member of the Year 2014
- USPTA 10 & Under Southern Pro of the Year 2012
- USPTA Southern Pro of the Year 2007
- USTA Southern Pro of the Year 2008
- USPTA Mississippi Pro of the Year 2006 & 2007
- USTA Mississippi Pro of the Year 2008
- USPTA Developmental Pro of the Year 2004
- USPTA North Cal Rookie Pro of the Year 1997
- Selected to coach USTA National Level 1 camp at USTA Center in NY (US Open Location) along with coaches Tom Gullikson, Richard Ashby, Kent Kinnear, Jay Gooding, and Geoff Russell.
- Chairman 10 & Under USTA Southern Committee
- Vice Chairman USTA Southern Player Development Committee
- Representative for USPTA & PTR Pros in USTA Mississippi
- Chair USTA Southern Talent Identification Camps Committee
- Chair USTA Mississippi Junior Council Committee
- Member USTA National Pro Circuit Committee
- Head Coach USTA Competitive Training Center (CTC) Mississippi
- Coach USTA Southern and Mississippi Talent Identification Camps
- Coach USTA Southern and Mississippi Talent Identification Camps
- Coach USTA Middle States 12 and under Zonal National Team
- Coach USTA Southern 14 and under Zonal National Team
USPTA AND PTR INVOLVEMENT
- Speaker at USPTA World Symposium
- Speaker at USPTA Winter Southern Conference
- Chairman USPTA Multicultural Committee
- Speaker at PTR International Symposium
- Speaker at USPTA Southern Conferences
- Speaker at USPTA Tennessee, Mississippi, & Louisiana Workshops
- Speaker at Mississippi’s High School Coaches
🇵🇷 Julio Godreau
2 Decades of High-Performance Elite Coaching. Coach to Numerous Top 20 National Players.
Ryan is Senior Director of High Performance and Player Development at INTENSITY Fitness Club in Connecticut. He has been coaching for over 20 years and has worked with only high performance players, consistently developing them into top 20 national players and beyond. His junior players have won Gold and Silver balls, numerous USTA national titles and are competing in ITF and Pro Circuit events. He has been successfully sending players on to flourishing college careers as well.
Ryan believes in building all-court tennis players who posses well rounded skills, including self awareness, adaptive skills, and the ability to concentrate at extremely high levels. He feels that players achieve success through hard work, commitment, problem solving and struggle. Difficult periods in training and in matches are where greatness is discovered, cultivated and refined. “Nothing great was ever accomplished without setbacks and obstacles. It is these moments in which we develop our resolve and determination. It is in these situations that we are defined as a competitor.”
Ryan is married and has two daughters; his oldest Ellyse (16) is one of the top players in the United States. Grace (4) is a champion in the making. Having chil
30 Year Sports Education Veteran. Awarded USPTA Southern CA Tennis Director of the Year. Best Selling Author. Instructional Writer for ITF.
Frank Giampaolo is a 30 year sports education veteran. He was honored as the USPTA Southern California Tennis Director of the Year and received numerous awards as a top teaching professional by Southern California Tennis & Golf Magazine.
Frank is a popular international convention speaker, a sports educator, instructional writer for ITF (International Tennis Federation) Coaching & Sports Science Review, UK Tennis magazine, the USPTA, Tennis Magazine and Tennis View Magazine. He is the best selling author of Championship Tennis (Human Kinetics Publishing), Raising Athletic Royalty, The Tennis Parent’s Bible.
His television appearances include The NBC Today Show, OCN-World Team Tennis, Fox Sports, Tennis Canada and Tennis Australia.
Frank founded The Tennis Parents Workshops in 1998, conducting workshops across the United States, Mexico, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, Canada and Spain.
Frank’s commitment to coaching excellence helped develop approximately 100 National Champions, hundreds of NCAA athletes, numerous NCAA All-Americans and several professional athletes. His innovative approach has made him a worldwide industry leader. Frank is currently the Vice Chair of the USTA/SCTA Coaches Commission.
“I am very interested in giving back to the game that has brought me everything. I’m seeking the brotherhood. The elite coaches on the faculty are my colleagues . Everything I’ve heard from them about you… points me there.”
🇺🇸 Frank Giampaolo
ATP Tour Traveling Coach. Former ATP-ranked player.
Geoff is the founder of Tenndeavor, a premium tennis instruction program in the California Bay Area founded in 2010 by world-ranked players and tour coaches. Tenndeavor develops tailored programs for players of all ages and abilities, from first-time students to professional athletes.
• USPTA Elite Professional
• PTR Certified Professional
• Certified ATP Professional (Grad 2011)
• ATP Tour Traveling Coach (Cipolla – world #70)
• Career High Rank: #709 ATP Tour
• Collegiate: Cal Poly (NCAA Division 1)
• Best win over world #21 Bracciali in doubles
🇺🇸 Geoff Gehrke
Top 150 Spanish nationally ranked player. Expert in applying Spanish System to biomechanics and positioning.
Isaac Galindo is Founder and Academy director at Galindo Tennis USA, a subdivision of GMG United, a full-service sports company providing complete management services worldwide.
Isaac brings great expertise in stroke analysis and sports science. He has put great emphasis in the development of young American athletes by bringing the Spanish system to the U.S by understanding and applying principles of perfect biomechanics and positioning.
He also represents and counsels several top ITF/ATP players in the world.
He recently started Love 4 Sports Foundation with the goal of helping the community and less fortunate through sports.
- Top 150 Spanish nationally ranked player
- Played professional ATP events around the world with wins over top 500 ranked players
- Posted a record of 32-6 at Florida Southern College NCAA D2 School leading the team to the highest national ranking in school (3rd in the county)
- Ranked #9 in the Nation in singles
- 2005 All-Region Team(S). 2005 ITA All-American(S). SSC Commissioner’s List of Outstanding Achievement (2007)
- Hitting partner for both ATP and WTA players
- Galindo Tennis USA, Academy Director.
- Beerman Tennis Complex, Florida: Head Tennis Professional
- Private Coach for Top Junior/ ITF Players: Stephen Madonia, Benoit Paradis, Isaac Nortey.
- Florida Southern College Assistant Coach
- Coach and Teaching Pro – San Diego, California. Taught private and group lessons at the Scripps * * Ranch Tennis
- Center. Coached top juniors, organized summer camp programs and assisted with coordinating junior adult leagues.
- Florida Southern University, Florida 2007- Bachelor of Science in Sports Management
- Universidad Autonoma Barcelona, Spain 2000- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology.
- Certificates in Psychology of Sport and Fitness: Instruction and Prescription.
- Fluent in Spanish, Catalan and English.
🇪🇸 Isaac Galindo
Former Top 150 Spanish nationally ranked player and Top Junior in Spain.
Gerard Galindo is co-founder of Galindo Tennis USA. He is the ITF/WTA/ATP Academy Director. He is also in charge of the international business department which embraces the marketing and finance areas of all international programs the academy offers abroad.
- Top 150 Spanish nationally ranked player
- Top Junior Player in Spain. Classified for the Under 16’s national championship.
- Played professional ATP events with wins over world ranked players.
- Hitting partner at several ATP events.
- Posted a record of 14-2 at East Carolina University (Division 1) and 15-2 at Alliant International University.
- ITA Rolex Southern California Regional Singles Finalist
- Ranked #16 in the U.S.
- 2005 ITA All-American (S)
- Pro Player Academy Director at Galindo Tennis USA.
- Coach and Assistant Pro at Bermudez Tennis Academy.
- Assistant Coach at the University of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas.
- Coach and Teaching Pro – San Diego, California. Taught private and group lessons at the Scripps Ranch Tennis Center
- Participated in several exhibition matches and clinics in Europe and U.S.
- University of Arkansas- Bachelor in International Business with Minor in foreign languages: Spanish, May 2008.
- Certification in Nutrition (ISSA)
- Concussion in Sports Certificate (NFHS)
- Personal Trainer (International Sports Science Association)
- Fluent in Spanish, Catalan and English.
🇪🇸 Gerard Galindo
Former #1 Junior in the US, WTA Competitor in All the Grand Slams
Jennifer has been the Director of Tennis at the El Conquistador since 1999. A former world class touring pro, she has distinguished herself as an outstanding player. As a junior, Jennifer became the number one ranked player in the nation. She was also a part of the Junior Federation Cup and competed in both the Junior US and Italian Open, where she and her partner won the doubles. Following her junior career, Jennifer played two years at UCLA, becoming a two time All-American. Having played all the major events and all 4 grand slams as a touring professional, Jennifer reached the round of sixteen in the Australian Open Doubles Championship.
🇺🇸 Jennifer Fuchs
Expert Tennis Strength and Conditioning Coach, iTPA Master Tennis Performance specialist
Jonny Fraser, Tennis Congress Deputy Director of Performance and Fitness Education, has a wealth of experience in tennis. An expert in movement, footwork, and tennis-specific strength and conditioning, he has worked with a range of junior tennis players to full-time professionals.
Jonny is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) alongside being a certified Level B coach with the GPTCA and a licensed tennis coach with the LTA in the United Kingdom. Jonny has certification as a Master Tennis Performance specialist with the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA). Jonny is also the owner of Science in Tennis, a sport science provider solely focused on providing support to tennis centers and players.
Academically he has an MSc in Sport and Exercise Science from Sheffield Hallam University and has also taught at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK teaching on sport science and sports coaching degrees.
🇬🇧 Jonny Fraser
Four NCAA Division III Tournament wins as coach. 2011 Michigan Tennis Pro of the Year. Certified HPI Mental Toughness Specialist.
Adam Ford is Director of Tournament Training Program at the Greater Midland Tennis Center.
He formerly served as the Hope College men’s and women’s tennis coach, and guided the Flying Dutch to three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles (2013, 2015 and 2016) and four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances (2013-16). He also was Head Pro at Hope College’s DeWitt Tennis Center.
Ford was a two-time state champion at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central High School. He played tennis for four years at Division I Northern Illinois University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He and a doubles partner were ranked as high as 33rd nationally among Division I players.
His teaching prowess was recognized by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), which named him the 2011 Michigan Tennis Pro of the Year.
He is a USPTA P1 Tennis Professional, a PTR Professional and United States Tennis Association (USTA) High Performance Tennis Coach. He is also a Certified Human Performance Institute Mental Toughness Specialist.
🇺🇸 Adam Ford
ATP / WTA / ITF - Player Development and Tour Coach
Justin has over 15 years of coaching experience and has worked with professionals for over 10 of those years. He has spent time at some of the country’s top academies and working with ATP and WTA players.
🇺🇸 Justin Fitzpatrick
17-time Grand Slam doubles Champion. 2-Time Olympic Gold Medalist. Former World #1 in Doubles
Gigi Fernández has been a dominant fixture in the tennis world since turning pro in 1983. During her 14-year WTA Tour career Fernández won seventeen Grand Slam doubles crowns, as well as two Olympic Gold Medals. Fernández was Puerto Rico’s first professional female athlete and coach of the year in Puerto Rico in 2003. In 2000 Fernández was named Puerto Rican Athlete of the Century.
Fernández was ranked first or second in the world from April 1991, up to the time of her retirement in 1997. She is also a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Since retirement, Fernández has coached the Puerto Rican National Team, along with serving as head coach at the University of South Florida in Tampa. She also coached tour pros Sam Stosur and Lisa Raymond to their first Grand Slam win in 2005.
She currently works at Chelsea Piers where she runs the adult curriculum and also conducts “Master Doubles with Gigi” clinics throughout the country.
She is the proud mom of 6 year old twins Karson and Madison.
- Wimbledon doubles titles: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997
- French Open doubles titles: 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1997
- U.S. Open doubles titles: 1988, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996
- Australian Open doubles titles: 1993, 1994
- Olympic Gold Medalist: 1992, 1996
🇵🇷 Gigi Fernández
Southern California 2011 USPTA Tennis Pro of the Year, Tennis Channel Celebrity, Member Babolat Advisory Team
Southern California 2011 USPTA Tennis Pro of the Year…published author…Tennis Channel Celebrity…keynote speaker…tennis entrepreneur…elite member of the Babolat Advisory Team – Mary Pat Faley can be described in five words: A spirit of boundless energy!
A “Tennis Pro’s Pro” – Mary Pat is committed to sharing her tennis teaching secrets with tennis pros and players all over the country. After publishing a blueprint for healthy living on and off the court – Winning in Tennis and Life in 2009, Mary Pat went on to produce a series of YouTube videos in 2011 demonstrating the unique, action-packed tennis drills that made her a success on and off the court. The summer of 2013, she launched her new program, Mary Pat’s Force of Three – designed to help tennis professionals run productive, challenging tennis drills for groups of 4-10 players on the tennis court. In addition last year, Mary Pat was a featured tennis professional on the Tennis Channel series Celebrity Tennis– showcasing her Mary Pat’s Force of III method of playing tennis. She has also been featured in many one-minute clinics on the Tennis Channel. The book, “Winning in Tennis and Life” is now also available on kindle and eBook from Amazon.com, as well as her website.
Mary Pat played tennis at University Of Alabama, Birmingham on a full scholarship and she was sectionally and nationally ranked. She has coached middle school, high school and college tennis – working with thousands of players, many who have gone on to receive college scholarships and national rankings. Many of her students have become full time tennis professionals at various clubs around the country.
Mary Pat’s teaching method is deceptively simple – if you can count you can play tennis. She also stresses the importance of physical and mental training and she has developed a TNT program – Tennis…Nutrition…and Training.
Mary Pat divides her time between Southern California – where she lives and works as a tennis professional at Calabasas Tennis Center – and the professional tennis speaking circuit where she works as a speaker/consultant. In January 2012, she was a speaker at the USPTA CA convention held at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA. In 2010 she was one of the premiere speakers at the USPTA World Conference in Palm Springs, California. In February, 2011 she was a speaker for the Professional Tennis Registry in Hilton Head, SC and was a speaker at the USPTA Conference in Missouri Valley. She is available to speak at your tennis facility and share the “secrets” to her successful 30 year tennis teaching career.
For more information check out her website and tennis videos:
🇺🇸Mary Pat Faley
Writer and Editor for The Tennis Channel and Tennis magazine. Historian-at-Large for International Tennis Hall of Fame.
Joel Drucker is one of the world’s leading tennis writers – spanning everything from coverage of the contemporary game to recreational play, history, humor and more. Over the last 30 years, his work has appeared in dozens of print and broadcast media. These include Tennis, Tennis Week, USTA Magazine and many others. Drucker’s tennis work also extends to dozens of general interest media, including Men’s Journal, Los Angeles Magazine, the San Diego Reader, People and Cigar Aficionado. In television he has worked with Tennis Channel since the network’s start ten years ago, starting as co-producer of the interview show “Center Court” and currently as Tennis Channel’s story editor for its coverage of the Grand Slam events, as well as an ongoing series of tournaments, documentaries and special programs. His book, Jimmy Connors Saved My Life, is considered one of five “must-read” tennis books by Sports Illustrated. Joel has been playing tennis for more than 40 years, including experience as a Southern California junior and instructor for Tony Trabert.
In August 2016 Joel was appointed the first American “Historian-at-Large” for the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
🇺🇸 Joel Drucker
Vice President of RacquetFit
Dr. Sean Drake is Vice President of RacquetFit, an educational organization dedicated to the study of how the human body functions in relation to tennis. RacquetFit’s mission is to educate tennis players and industry professionals on the Body-Tennis Connection™ through its one of a kind ‘RacquetFit Certified’ educational program.
Dr. Drake received his bachelor’s degree at Florida State University where he was a walk-on to the Track & Field team. He received his Masters in Sports Health Science with an emphasis in Sports Injury Management as well as his Doctorate in Chiropractic from Life University in Atlanta.
Dr. Drake holds numerous professional certifications including Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP) from the American Academy of Chiropractic Sports Physicians, Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Graston Technique Certification, and specializes in performance for athletes.
In addition to running multiple chiropractic clinics, Dr. Drake has extensive experience in treating amateur and professional athletes, serving as the Team Doctor for the Mississippi Hound Dogs, Team Chiropractor for the Life University and Life West Rugby Teams. He is currently Medical Director for the Summer and Winter Dew Tour, Nitro Circus World Games, Nitro Circus Live Tours, and the UCI BMX Supercross World Cups.
After founding and serving as the Sports Performance Institute Director at Life Chiropractic College West, Dr. Drake became Vice President of RacquetFit in Oceanside, CA.
Dr. Drake’s hobbies include tennis, surfing, cycling, swimming, skydiving, sailing, and running.
🇺🇸 Sean Drake
Director of Ace Coach. Tennis Australia High Performance Coach (USPTA – Pro 1 & PTR – PC). Expert Communicator (NLP, EI, Life / Workplace Coach).
Emma Doyle is a world-renowned speaker and coach from Melbourne, Australia helping you turn your motivation into activation, to unleash your potential and reach higher levels of achievement. Emma has been coaching for over 28 years and through her keynote speaking, mentoring, coaching, and consultancy she inspires, improves, and impacts players, coaches, teams, and corporates in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S.A.
She is a High-Performance Coach with a strong background as tennis touring professional, a talent development coach and she is the current Australian Junior Fed Cup Captain-coach. Emma’s pioneering approach to communication and coaching encourages deeper longer-term thinking and provides individuals with the tools to better understand how they use their language to bring out the best in themselves, understand their teammates, as well as engage and empower others. She specializes in helping people to develop a high-performance mindset, enhance confidence, and how to access Emotional Intelligence both on and off the sporting field.
Emma is passionately involved in creating gender equality in all sports and the workplace by educating coaches and empowering females; aiming to stretch their comfort zone, build their confidence and discover their inner coach.
The best way to describe Emma is to invite you to spend just over 13 minutes listening to her TEDx talk entitled:
“Unleashing Female Potential” New York.
🇦🇺 Emma Doyle
PTR and USPTA Master Professional. 2012 USPTA Texas Pro of the Year. Founder Oncourt Offcourt.
Joe Dinoffer has had an extensive “world class” career in the tennis industry, and has conducted clinics and exhibitions in over 50 countries, personally logging over 30,000 hours of instruction in English, Spanish, and German. He is a Master Professional in both the PTR and USPTA, a distinction awarded to only a select few in the tennis industry. Joe also received the prestigious 2006 USPTA Tennis Industry Excellence Award and was also selected as the 2012 USPTA Texas Pro of the Year. Joe is the author and editor of 7 books and 17 DVDs. He writes regularly for www.TennisOne.com and Racquet Sports Industry Magazine, and also has numerous tips airing on the Tennis Channel. As a member of the Head/Penn Advisory Staff and National Speakers Bureau, Joe is a frequent speaker at national and international tennis conferences, having conducted over 250 workshops since 1995. He is also the founder and president of Oncourt Offcourt, Ltd., a company exclusively serving the needs of tennis, fitness, and physical education coaches with innovative training aids and educational tools. Joe lives in Dallas, Texas, with his wife, Monika, and their daughter, Kalindi. Read some endorsements for Joe´s work here.
OWNER AND DIRECTOR OF TENNIS OF THE BOULEVARD TENNIS CLUB. ELITE PROFESSIONAL RATING BY THE USPTA, PTR, MTM AND A MEMBER OF THE PTCA.
Christophe holds a Professional #1 Elite rating from MTM, PTR, PTCA, and USPTA. He has competed and coached at every level from juniors collegiate and professional. He has been the USPTA District #9 President since 2010 and is also a monthly contributor to TennisOne.com, one of the leading tennis teaching web sites in the world.
Christophe is currently the Director of Tennis at the Boulevard Tennis Club in Vero Beach FL. During summer months, he is at The New Seabury Club on Cape Cod, MA from Memorial Day to Labor Day. He also serves as a board member of the Indian River Tennis Foundation, a foundation dedicated to raising funds to award lesson scholarships to local juniors.
During summers has has acted as Director of Tennis of The Lloyd Neck Bath Club in Cold Spring Harbor NY (1996-1999), Tennis director of the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe MI (2000-2006), Tennis Director at the Walloon Lake Country Club in Wallon Lake MI (2007-2011), and Tennis Director at The New Seabury Club on Cape Cod MA (2011-present).
In 1987 he was the original founder and Director of the Sugarbush Tennis School, which was rated as one of the World’s Best Tennis Schools by Tennis Magazine. Roger Cox, Senior Travel Editor for Tennis Magazine, described the Sugarbush Tennis School as the most dynamic and innovative tennis school in the country.
Christophe is the author of Tennis Atlas: The Ultimate Doubles Program, a 200-page tennis teaching manual geared to help teaching professionals guarantee improvement to their students. He holds a B.S Business degree from Franklin Pierce University, (1987).
🇫🇷 Christophe Delavaut
Inducted into PTR International Hall of Fame. Dual PTR/USPTA Master Professional. DIRECTOR OF TENNIS AT SILVER CREEK VALLEY COUNTRY CLUB. EXPERT COMMUNICATOR (NLP, EI, LIFE / WORKPLACE COACH)
Ken DeHart, Director of Tennis at Silver Creek Valley Country Club in San Jose, California, is one of the most decorated teaching professionals in the United States with a deep commitment to continuing education. He was recognized as having the most Continuing Education points for the USPTA for 3 years in a row.
He also remains a competitor in both the USPTA and PTR Championships for tennis teaching pros: in February 2017 he won the PTR Doubles Championship for the 2nd year in a row after winning the singles championship in 2016.
Ken is a renowned speaker and presenter, and in 2016 presented at the Wimbledon PTR Conference and the Australian Open Coaches Conference. He has produced 7 DVDs for all players: Games and Drills for Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced players, 50 Best Tennis Tips, Defeating the Monsters in the Mind, 20 Best Games and Corrective Techniques and Myth Busting.
- PTR International Hall of Fame (1 of only 8 along with Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, Dr. Jim Loehr)
- PTR International Board of Directors
- The only 2-time PTR International Pro of the Year
- First Master Professional in both the USPTA and PTR in the world
- 3-time USPTA Career Development Award Winner
- 2-time Southwest USPTA Pro of the Year
- 2-time NorCal USPTA Pro of the Year
- USPTA NorCal Regional Director
- PTR Regional Site Director
- PTR National Tester
- PTR and USPTA Mentoring Program
- Wilson Racquet Sports Premier Advisory Staff
- National Speaker for Wilson Racquet Sports (1 of 10 in the US)
- Member of the PTR Education Committee
- National Cardio Tennis Alumni Speakers Team
- Speaker for Billie Jean Kings’ Eye Coach Training System
- USA High-Performance Coach
- USTA NorCal
🇺🇸 Ken DeHart
12 Grand Slam titles, One of 13 winners of a Calendar Year Grand Slam
Owen is one of the most well rounded tennis professionals of his time. He finished his junior career as the no. 2 junior in the World to John Newcombe. Owen then went on and played on 5 winning Australian Davis Cup Teams from 1962-1967. Throughout his career he was coached by the greatest coach of all time, Mr. Harry Hopman. In 1967 he was named All England Club Professional at Wimbledon and Manager of British Competitive Tennis. He held that job until leaving in 1971 to resume his professional tennis career.
During his professional career Owen won 13 Grand Slams, 4 Wimbledon’s, 5 US Opens, 1 French Open and 3 Australian Opens. He spent three years as Director of Tennis at the Houston Racquet Club and then eight years as Director of Tennis at the Woodlands Inn and Country Club, in Texas. He was also the Director of the John Newcombe/Owen Davidson Competitive Edge Tennis Academy at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch in New Braunfels, TX, coaching thousands of juniors from all over the world and specifically Texans. Owen spent many years on the Professional Tennis Tour coaching such players as his mixed doubles partner, Billie Jean King, Andrea Jaeger, Bill Scanlon, Sammy Giammalva, David Wheaton, Annabel Croft, Susan Mascarin, and numerous others.
Owen played on and coached World Team Tennis Teams in Minnesota, Boston, Hawaii, and Houston. In 1991 he also became Chief Operating Officer of Grand Slams Sports Marketing, marketing specialty tennis events to hundreds of major companies throughout the world. He continues to this day in that capacity. From 1976 – 1986 he worked as Tour Director for the ATP in the Woodlands, Texas, initiating the advent of the Satellite Circuit. Currently he is working at the Woodlands Country Club, in the Woodlands, Texas, coaching members and juniors. In 2010 he was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame and in January of 2011 was inducted into the Australian Tennis Hall of Fame. Owen, with Leslie Bowrey and Billie Jean King, won the calendar Grand Slam in 1967. Most people consider his partnership with Billie Jean King as the greatest of all time!
🇦🇺 Owen Davidson
Former Top 150 Junior in Brazil. Head Coach Lindsey Wilson Men's and Women's Tennis Teams.
Marlon is from Foz do Iguacu Brazil, where he was the #3 ranked junior in the state of Parana and one of the nation’s top 150 juniors under 18. He went on to study and play tennis at Lindsey Wilson College in Kentucky, and in 2013 was named Mid-South Conference Men’s Tennis Player of the Week.
He currently serves as Head Coach for the Lindsey Wilson college men’s and women’s tennis programs, following a successful tenure as assistant coach from 2014-15. In his first season at the helm of the tennis teams in 2016, Dal Pont took both programs to new heights as the women’s team advanced to the NAIA National Championship match and the men’s team advanced to the NAIA National Semifinals, the highest finishes in history for both squads. Both teams had tried and failed multiple times to advance past the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds before Dal Pont helped guide them to the best finishes in history in 2016.
Dal Pont guided both teams to both the MSC regular season and tournament titles and was named the MSC Coach of the Year on the women’s side in 2016. In his first season, Dal Pont coached four NAIA All-Americans, one MSC Player of the Year, one MSC Freshman of the Year, eight First Team All-MSC selections, three Second Team All-MSC selections, three NAIA Scholar-Athletes and 10 Academic All-MSC honorees.
Prior to his coaching days, Dal Pont had an outstanding three-year playing career with the Blue Raiders from 2010-13. He compiled a 40-13 singles record and a 51-11 doubles record. His singles and doubles victories rank him in the top 10 all-time in Lindsey Wilson men’s tennis history. He earned First Team All-MSC honors as a senior during the 2013 season.
Marlon received extensive training in Brazil through the (FPT) Parana Tennis Federation and (CBT) Brazilian Tennis Confederation. He speaks English, Spanish and Portuguese fluently.
🇧🇷 Marlon Dal Pont
Trained at Harry Hopman International Tennis Academy, University of Arizona, Pac-10 Team '82-86.
Christian “Bruce” Connors is Director of Tennis at the Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa and USPTA Elite professional.
Raised in New York City, Bruce began playing at 11 years of age. Trained at The Port Washington Tennis Academy on Long Island. He finished his junior and senior year training at the late Harry Hopman’s International Tennis Academy in Largo, Florida. He was ranked #13 in Boys 18’s with the Eastern Tennis Association. He went on to the University of Arizona and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in French. He was a member of Pac-10 tennis team (1982-1986) and traveled throughout Europe and Australia playing satellite circuits, as well as playing club tennis in Germany for one season.
Bruce has worked in the tennis industry for over twenty years, travelling to Japan, England, France, Germany, and various parts of the United States teaching tennis. Over the past five years, he has had the opportunity to work with tennis greats John Newcombe, Roy Emerson, and Fred Stolle, to name a few, at Fantasy Tennis Camps in Texas and the Caribbean.
Bruce enjoys teaching all levels and his philosophy is simple… “if you can get to the ball, you can hit it!” He is eager to share his tennis experience with anyone looking to improving their game.
🇺🇸 Bruce Connors
One of the most successful developmental coaches in the US, Coach to several national champions, dozens of top college players, and players on ATP and WTA tour
Craig has been a dedicated and passionate tennis coach for 25 years and has helped take several juniors to #1 national rankings – earning the distinction of being “one of the most successful developmental coaches in the country.”
He is co-developer of the innovative “GRIPS” program, which progressively builds tennis skills for juniors and adults.
Craig has coached several national champions, dozens of top college players, and has traveled around the world as coach to players on both the ATP and WTA tours.
🇺🇸 Craig Cignarelli
Director of both Tennis and Player Development at the Rocky mountain tennis center. Named PTR member of the year for the state of Colorado. Over 22 Years of coaching experience. Certified as a PTR Master of Tennis - Performance.
Kendall is the Director of both Tennis and Player Development for the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center. He is a former professional player trained by some of the top coaches in the game with over 22 years coaching experience. Kendall directly oversees all aspects of the teaching programs and is widely recognized for his success in developing competitive players. Kendall also has his PTR Master of Tennis-Performance certification.
Kendall was named PTR Member of the Year for the State of Colorado. This award is presented to a PTR member in the United States who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR.
PTR certified in 1989, at just 18 years old, Chitambar has spent his life in tennis. As a player, he was trained by some of the world’s best coaches, including Agassi’s coach, Fritz Nau. He competed internationally on the ITF Satellite Circuit, playing in Bulgaria, El Salvador, France, Hungary, Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Turkey and the USA.
As a tennis instructor and coach, Chitambar has worked with some of the industry’s top names, including Dennis Van der Meer, under whom he got his start.
Currently, Chitambar is managing a year round high performance program that has been instrumental in developing many of the top juniors in Colorado and the USTA Intermountain Section. Since its inception in 2008, the program has also helped nearly 30 juniors achieve national rankings.
In 2011, Chitambar was in the inaugural class of the PTR Master of Tennis – Performance program, and earned the highest rating offered by PTR. He is currently enrolled in the PTR Master of Tennis – Junior Development program.
With his wife and business partner, Donna, Duke Paluch and Bill Boothby, Chitambar spent six years developing the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center. The doors opened in 2012. The facility boasts 33 courts, eight of which will be clay and 14 indoor. The courts are lined for regulation tennis, as well as for 10 and Under Tennis. The Rocky Mountain Tennis Center is a major contributor for tennis development in the Colorado area.
High Performance Coach. USRSA Master Racquet Technician.
A.J. Chabria, has played, covered, and coached at circuit events all around the globe and is host of the podcast, “At the Net.”
After working for over 25 years as Head Pro and Tennis Director at historic clubs in Marin County and Dallas, he now coaches elite players and customizes frames for college, tour and club players. He also serves as a teacher and tester for the USRSA’s Master Racquet Technician program.
A board member of the Texas division of the USPTA, he is the liaison to the national office of the USPTA Foundation. He is the proud owner of a family vintage racquet collection which goes back three generations dating to 1905.
🇺🇸 A.J. Chabria
ACHIEVED WORLD RANKING #451. USPTA ELITE PROFESSIONAL. PTR PROFESSIONAL COACH AND CLINICIAN.
Margot, formerly world ranked 451, is the Founder and CEO of Spherical Yellow Inc, a company dedicated to all aspects of growing Tennis. She is a USPTA Elite Professional and PTR Professional Coach and Clinician. Margot has presented at multiple USPTA workshops, the WTCA Conference in NYC 2018, the WTCA ITA collaboration in Naples, FL 2018 and most recently the Jacksonville area USPTA RED day.
This journey in Tennis began when at the age of 18 Margot left her home in Winchester, England, to attend Tennessee Tech University after being awarded a full Tennis scholarship. She competed in the top 3 of the university team, succeeded in making the record books at number 5 on the all time season victories list, while also completing a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology. It is after this that she then went on to compete on the Professional Tour, travelling around the world extensively and achieving a world doubles ranking high of 451. She returned to TTU as the assistant coach, and this time qualified with a Master of Science in Environmental Biology. However, Margot’s passion for Tennis couldn’t be stopped, and yet again, she found herself on a tennis court, this time completing various USPTA and PTR coaching qualifications, to elite professional and professional standard. This led to coaching opportunities all over the world, including a 1 month stint in the Caribbean successfully coaching two local girls to get scholarships to universities in the USA.
There was just a little something missing in life though, and Margot just had to return to the world circuit for some quality competition! She re-established herself with a world ranking in 2014, which peaked at 850, when a ruptured Achilles tendon slowed things up. It was at this point that Margot formed Spherical Yellow and launched herself into the world of coaching and tennis business full time. Aside from coaching and speaking at conferences, Margot also trains coaches as a PTR clinician, and is the voice of the WTCA podcast, “A Tennis Connection.”
🇬🇧 Margot Carter
Achieved Top 10 US Ranking in Women's 35 Division, Coach to Nationally Ranked Juniors
Marti has been a certified tennis professional for more than 30 years and has worked with players of all level including many nationally ranked juniors. Marti has been ranked in the top 10 nationally in USTA women’s 35 division. Marti was a member of the 5.0 USTA women’s team that finished 2nd in the national championships. Marti still plays competitively and is still rated as a 5.0 player at age 54. She is a Tennis Pro at the Dewitt Tennis Center at Hope College in Holland MI and works extensively with her husband and Master Professional, Jorge Capestany.
One of 10 People Worldwide Honored by PTR and USPTA as a Master Professional. 2015 USPTA National Professional of the Year.
Jorge is one of only ten people worldwide that is a Master Professional with both the USPTA and PTR. He is a 6-time Michigan Pro of the Year a 2-time Midwest Pro of the Year. In 2015 he was named USPTA National Professional of the Year and in 2019 he was named the PTR National Pro of the Year.
Jorge has developed more than 185 HS State Champions, hundreds of USTA League Champions, and countless high-performance Junior players including 3 separate National Champions.
Jorge is the founder of two tennis industry websites, one for coaches and the other for players. Both of his websites can be found at CapestanyTennis.com.
Jorge has been a featured speaker at most of the largest tennis conferences in the world including, the PTR International Symposium, the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference in NYC at the US Open, the Australian Grand Slam Tennis Coaches conference in Melbourne, the Norwegian Tennis federation’s tennis coaches conference in Olso, the USPTA World Conference on tennis, the ITF’s world-wide coaches conference in Mexico, the PTR Asia Conference in Shanghai China, and the PTR Wimbledon Conference in London.
🇨🇺 Jorge Capestany
A PTR INTERNATIONAL MASTER PROFESSIONAL, USPTA MASTER PROFESSIONAL AND GPTCA LEVEL “A”
Donato Campagnoli officially works for the Coach Education System (ISF “Roberto Lombardi”) of FIT as a freelance advisor for the “Technical Area” since 2014, unofficially since 2002.
Being part of the scientific task force of ISF, he works primarily as a Lecturer, as a Player Analyst during the National Training Camps U10-18 at the FIT National Training Center and is in charge of the development of International relationships of the Coach Education.
He is FIT Level 4 certified since 2005 and within his past cooperation with FIT has worked hand in hand with experts like Paul Dorochenko (2002-2006), Prof. Bruce Elliott (2005-2008) and Prof. Richard Schmidt (2009).
With a university background as a professional interpreter and an MBA in “Management and Economics of Sport”, he has been a coach for professional ATP players for several years within his tennis Academy.
He also works privately as an advisor for pros/clubs providing services for the education of the coaches and for the technical and financial health of tennis facilities and companies.
He is PTR International Master Professional and was named ITALY PTR Professional of the year in 2014.
He owns a high-tech start-up company, Mas-Tech srl, creating technology products and promoting innovation in the Sport of Tennis.
🇮🇹 Donato Campagnoli
Tennis Director at Midtown Athletic Club. Holds 4 Professional Tennis Registry Certificates. TIA Cardio Tennis Global Trainer.
Tim Bustle is the Tennis Director at Midtown Athletic Club in Palatine, Illinois. Prior to this directorship, Tim oversaw the largest adult instructional program in the US with over 600 weekly participants, as well as the largest Cardio Tennis program in the US with over 16,000 participants per year. Tim was instrumental in the development of Midtown’s Adult Development Pathway, which is utilized at all 10 Midtown family of clubs and is responsible for its on court content delivery by the clubs 35 coaches. Tim’s coaching has led USTA and CITA teams to local, regional and sectional championships and he is a lead administrator for Midtown’s patented Tennis in No Time program.
Within the industry, Tim holds four Professional Tennis Registry certifications: Adult Development, Junior Development, Junior Competitive, and 11-17 Pathways. He has been a speaker at PTR Midwest Conferences and has been published in TennisPro Magazine. Tim is also a TIA Cardio Tennis Global Trainer and has been a part of the development of the L2 Cardio Tennis certification.
🇺🇸 Tim Bustle
Director of Content and Community Management at PlayYourCourt.com, Director of High-Performance at the Princess Anne Country Club, USPTA Elite, Former Top 100 Junior in the United States
Nathan Bolling of Virginia Beach, Virginia is the Director of Content and Community Management for PlayYourCourt.com. PlayYourCourt is a nationwide mobile tennis business that connects players for practice, matchplay, instruction, and lessons that are made more accessible by sending certified professionals to clients on any court of their choice.
Nathan is a USPTA Elite Certified tennis pro who has built a 16-year career with titles ranging from Staff Pro to Director. He currently resides as the Head of the High-Performance Academy at the prestigious Princess Anne Country Club in Virginia Beach, Virginia. As an instructor, he has been a standout in the industry with his strong knowledge of establishing fundamentals and implementing modern techniques at various levels of play. He excels at working with teams to optimize peak performance through motivation and understanding of the mental game. He has coached several teams to National Championships and continues to coach numerous juniors to play Division 1 tennis.
Nathan’s tennis career started as a junior in Virginia where he was ranked top 5 in the Mid-Atlantic and top 100 nationally throughout his junior career. Despite a devastating arm injury and several surgeries leading him to play with his non-dominant arm, Nathan went on to play at the collegiate level where he was named All-ODAC at Virginia Wesleyan College and later walked onto Division 1 James Madison University.
While Nathan now spends the majority of his time creating content and managing the community at PlayYourCourt his passion and focus lie with growing the game of tennis and helping others reach their full potential within the sport.
🇺🇸 Nathan Bolling
Former #1 Junior in the United States and member of US Junior Davis Cup Team. Four-year letter winner at University of Arizona.
Carlos was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and has played tennis of all levels nationally, internationally, and at the collegiate and professional levels. He has spent thousands of hours on court with world-class coaches and the world’s most elite tennis players. He was part of the first group of eight top American Juniors to be selected to attend the USTA high performance training center in Boca Raton, Florida. Carlos reached as high as No. 1 in the nation as a junior and has won several national titles, as well as earned a silver (clay) and bronze ball (hard). Carlos is also the holder of three Arizona state titles and received the Fred G. Acosta student-athlete of the year award, was the selected twice as the Arizona player of the year, and also received the AZ most valuable player award for both his Junior and Senior years of high school. Thereafter, Carlos went on to play for the NCAA Division 1 University of Arizona tennis team where he was a four-year letter winner; competing at the No. 2 position as a freshman and compiling wins over top ranked opponents like USC, Cal, Oregon and Utah. Carlos graduated in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Public Management and Policy with an Emphasis in Criminal Justice Administration and minored in Education. Carlos was also an assistant coach for the University of Arizona wheelchair tennis team for the 2014/15 years, and has spent three years coaching under Master Professional Rosie Bareis and former ATP top ten player Wayne Ferreira in Berkeley, California. Carlos is currently a full time teaching professional at the El Conquistador Resort in Tucson, Arizona.
- Academic Champion Award, University of Arizona – 
- Four-year varsity letter winner for University of Arizona Tennis
- Played for the University of Arizona (Division 1) Pac-12 tennis team as a freshman. No. 5 and 6 as a sophomore. Wins over top ranked USC, Cal, Oregon and Utah.
- Three-time AZ state champion for Palo Verde High School
- Student Athlete of The Month, University of Arizona, C.A.T.S. Academics 
- Team state title 
- ESPN Cover Story 
- MVP of Arizona, Junior  and Senior years 
- Fred G. Acosta Student Athlete of the Year Award, 
- Congressional recognition from U.S. Representative Raul Grijalva for academic and athletic performance 
- AIA Scholar-Athlete Award, [2010-2011]
- Selected among top eight American juniors for U.S.T.A High Performance Training in Boca Raton, Fla.
- U.S. Junior Davis cup team 
- Formerly ranked #1 in the United States as a Junior
- Won five national titles, one silver ball, and one bronze ball
- ITF Pro Circuit (International Tennis Federation) contender
🇺🇸 Carlos Bermudez
CEO & Founder of PlayYourCourt.com, Achieved Top 150 Ranking in US Juniors
Scott Baxter is the CEO & Founder of PlayYourCourt.com, a nationwide mobile tennis business that makes lessons more accessible by sending certified professionals to clients on any court of their choice. Scott’s tennis career started as a junior in Virginia Beach, VA where he was ranked as high as #4 in the Mid-Atlantic and top 150 nationally before going on to play Division I College Tennis at the University of Maryland.
In addition to his strong playing background, Scott is a USPTA P1 certified tennis pro and has taught all over the Mid-Atlantic in positions ranging from staff pro all the way up to director. While Scott now spends the majority of his time running PlayYourCourt, he still spends some time on court and has differentiated himself in the teaching industry with his strong knowledge base of strategy and how it applies and changes at varying levels of play.
🇺🇸 Scott Baxter
Elite Level Etcheberry-certified trainer. Student of world-renowned teacher Dennis Van Der Meer.
Bruce brings over 30 years of teaching experiences to players at all levels. He is a student of world-renowned teacher Dennis Van Der Meer and has been a PTR-certified pro since 1981. He is also an Elite Level Etcheberry-certified trainer in strength, conditioning, and movement, and a certified tennis racquet stringer with the United States Racquet Stringers Associations (USRSA) and has worked with Jimmy Connors, Mats Wilander, John McEnroe, Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova. Bruce has been the Assistant Director of Tennis for Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club in New York City for many years and is a training pro for Tennis Ventures in Australia and Couples Resorts in Jamaica.
🇺🇸 Bruce Barney
Nationally ranked junior and former stanford team member. achieved #2 ranking in doubles and #7 in singles in u.s. age group in 2016.
Andrea grew up playing tennis tennis on the Golden Gate Park courts in San Francisco where she developed into a nationally ranked junior player. She attended Stanford University where she played on the women’s tennis team and graduated with a degree in history. She continues to enjoy competing in USTA national senior events and in 2016 she was ranked number two nationally in doubles and 7 in singles in her age group.
She was the long time tennis director at the Stanford Campus Recreation Association. She is currently the Executive Director of the USPTA Northern California. She was the USPTA Northern California Division Pro of the Year in 2011 and served as the Division President from 2012 – 14. She was the USTA Northern California Junior Volunteer of the Year in 2014., and chairs the USTA NorCal California R-O-G-Y (10 and under tennis) and Junior Team Tennis Committees in addition to serving on the USTA National Junior Team Tennis Committee. She is a frequent lead coach at USTA Norcal Early Development Camps and Coaches Training Workshops.
🇺🇸 Andrea Barnes
Top-Ranked US Junior and College Doubles Player
Shawna has been involved and had a love for tennis her entire life. After growing up in Southern California where she was consistently a top ranked junior she went on to a very successful college career where she was one of the top ranked doubles players in the country, and an all American. After travelling and competing all over Europe Shawna realized her true passion for the sport was through teaching others.
For the past 14 years, SBW has coached many up and coming juniors that have gone on to receive college scholarships. She has also worked with top high school players, beginning juniors, as well as adults of all levels. Shawna loves to teach anyone at any level that shares her love and desire to learn the sport. Her unmatched energy and love for the game comes through with every lesson that she teaches.
🇺🇸 Shawna Barasch Wilson
USPTA Elite Professional. Assistant Coach for 7 years for Division I Men's Team at Appalachian State University
Matt is a USPTA-certified Elite Professional with experience in collegiate coaching and club management. He is the Director of Tennis at the Timuquana Country Club in Jacksonville, Florida, where he previously served as the Club’s Head Tennis Professional.
Matt was formerly the Assistant Men’s Tennis Coach at the Division I Appalachian State University in North Carolina (2007 – 2014). He trained at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, Florida.
🇺🇸 Matt Bacon
Achieved #91 in the world ITF Junior Tour. Played in Davis Cup and was ranked #7 in NCAA Division 1. Had wins in the top 100 on the ATP tour.
In his playing career, Yann was ranked #91 in the world ITF Junior Tour and had wins in the top 100 on the ATP tour. He was a Davis Cup player by age 16 and became the NCAA Div 1 ranked #7 in the US. In his coaching career, Yann has personally coached over 20,000 tennis players and touched 3 million worldwide through online instruction. He has been voted “Coach of the Year” twice by the Washington Post.
🇫🇷 Yann Auzoux
Wimbledon Champion with Sister Tracy Austin, Director of Tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
John Austin is the Director of Tennis at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island.
Winning a Wimbledon trophy is a major accomplishment for any tennis player, but winning a major championship with a sibling is a rarity in the record books of any sport. For John and Tracy Austin, the 1980 Wimbledon mixed doubles title put them in the record books as the first brother-sister team to win the prestigious Wimbledon championship. They also reached the Wimbledon mixed doubles final in 1981.
There is no question that Austin has tennis in his DNA. Born into a family of five siblings, four of whom competed at Wimbledon, Austin climbed the international rankings to a top 40 world ranking in six years competing on the ATP Tour. Among his wins were victories over #1-ranked John McEnroe, former French Open champion Yannick Noah, Andres Gomes, Wojtek Fibak, and twins Tim and Tom Gullikson. He was also selected three times as an alternate/practice partner for the US Davis Cup team.
Prior to entering the professional ranks, Austin was a member of the victorious 1976 UCLA NCAA championship team and a 1978 NCAA doubles champion. He reached the NCAA doubles final in 1977.
Austin’s earliest memories are from the vantage point of the tennis courts at the historic Jack Kramer Club in Rolling Hills, CA where his mother worked in the tennis shop, and Austin received his tennis direction from renowned coach Robert Lansdorp.
Austin followed in his famous coach’s footsteps becoming a teaching professional upon his retirement from the professional tour. Among the players Austin has worked with as a Touring Professional are Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, Jim Grabb, Chuck Adams, Robbie Weiss, Alexandra Stevenson, and Amy Frazier.
While pursuing his teaching career, Austin remained passionate about his own tennis, attaining two No. 1 USTA national rankings in the Men’s 40 Singles in 1997 and Men’s 35 Doubles in 2002.
Austin’s wife, Karen, is a teacher. He has two sons, Christopher, 28, and Reed, 18.
Defeated #1 John McEnroe, Yannick Noah, Andres Gomez, Wojtek Fibak, Tim and Tom Gullickson, Tim Wilkison
- 2002 Ranked #1 in the US Mens 35 and over doubles
- 2002 USTA National Mens 35 and over Hard court doubles champion
- 1998 USTA National Men’s 40 and Over Grass Court Singles Champion
- 1997 USTA National Men’s 40 and Over Grass Court Singles Champion
- 1997 USTA National Men’s 40 and Over Indoor Singles Champion
- 1997 USTA National Men’s 40 No. 1 Ranking
- Member of the 1989 First Place “New Jersey Stars Professional Team Tennis”
- 1981 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Finalist with sister, Tracy Austin
- 1980 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles Champion with sister, Tracy Austin
- 1978 NCAA Doubles Champion
- 1977 NCAA Doubles Finalist
- US Davis Cup team – selected 3 times/alternate/practice partner
- 7 Career titles won
- 6 Career finalist appearances
As a touring professional coach, he has worked with Pete Sampras, Michael Chang, Jim Grabb, Chuck Adams, Robbie Weiss, Alexandra Stevenson, and Amy Frazier.
🇺🇸 John Austin
ACHIEVED #12 JUNIOR RANKING IN ARGENTINA, FORMER CO-DIRECTOR OF SUPERTENIS
Marcelo was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a junior, he competed in regional and national tournaments and attained the #12 ranking in the country for the 14 year-old class. He went on to play regional, national and professional tournaments throughout Argentina and Chile.
Marcelo served as an Assistant Director at SUPERTENIS Escuelas, Buenos Aires from 2007 – 2014, where he oversaw all aspects of the program to ensure delivery of the optimal training and highest level of development for each tennis athlete at the junior, high school, postgraduate, and professional levels.
After moving to New York City in 2014, he has worked as a tennis instructor at Millennium, the West Side Tennis Club, and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Marcelo currently coaches juniors and adults at CityView in Long Island City and teaches privately in Southhampton, New York.
Marcelo is a certified tennis professional accredited by the Argentina Tennis Association.
🇦🇷 Marcelo Asta
ACSM-certified Personal Trainer; Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
* ACSM-certified Personal Trainer
* Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) from the Swedish Institute College of Health Sciences
* Pursuing RacquetFit Certification
“Optimistic by nature, I’ve always been eager to help, create positive vibes and make those around me healthier and happier. While growing up in the fast-paced environment of New York City, I witnessed the damaging toll stress can take on others’ physical and emotional well-being. That’s what first inspired me to study massage therapy, which I saw as a means to help people live more complete, balanced lives. As I progressed through my massage career, I realized that further education in sports science, movement, and personal training could improve my ability to help clients—both by understanding better how bodies work and by learning new modalities to address root causes of common problems. As a competitive athlete myself, I intuitively understood the power of combining smart training routines with massage and other active recovery techniques, but my formal training only underscored the value and armed me with tools be even more impactful with others. Today, I’m lucky to have found the sweet spot where I can translate my experience and passions into a variety of science-based approaches that help others. When I’m not massaging or training, you can find me playing beach volleyball, practicing handstands or doing acro yoga.”
🇺🇸 Fermin Andujar
2d in World to Become Dual PTR/USPTA Master Professional. Former PTR President. Venezuelan Davis Cup player and captain.
Jorge is the Immediate Past President of the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), the most global teaching organization in the world. He is also Director of Tennis Operations at the Lexington County Tennis Complex/Cayce Tennis & Fitness Center in South Carolina.
Jorge Andrew was recently honored with the Tennis Educational Merit Award, presented by the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
A former Venezuelan Davis Cup player and captain, Andrew played on the professional tour for more than ten years, including appearances at Wimbledon, U.S. Open, French Open and Australian Open. His highest ATP ranking was 61st in singles , while he reached 69th in doubles.
Jorge is a member of the USTA National Local Play and Competition Committee. He is a member of the USTA Southern Junior Team Tennis Committee and a member of the USTA South Carolina nominating Committee. Jorge is a member of the USTA South Carolina Hall of Fame.
He is a USTA National 10 and Under Master Trainer, a Recreational Coach Workshop Master Trainer. Andrew is also on the National Advisory staff and Speakers team for Head/Penn.
In 2008, Jorge received the USTA South Carolina Lucy Garvin Award as “Volunteer of the Year”, the USTA Southern Quick Start Tennis “Trainer of the Year”, the Racquet Sport Industry “PTR Member of the Year”, and the USTA/USPTA “Community Service Award.”
Jorge was the 1991 PTR “Pro of the Year”, 2003 and 2006 PTR “Member of the Year for South Carolina”, and the 2006 USPTA Southern “Professional of the Year.”
🇻🇪 Jorge Andrew
Certified Fitness Trainer. Yoga Instructor. TRX Trainer.
Patricia was born in Lisbon, Portugal. Now based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she has completed world-renowned courses in Personal Training, Group fitness instruction, Pilates, and Active Isolated Stretching/strengthening (AIS). A life long learner, Patricia’s specialist areas include strength and conditioning, improving mobility and flexibility. A trainer with a passion for people, her vision and purpose has always been to keep it fun, but challenging! Her life moto? “Positivity is an attitude!”
🇺🇸 Patricia Alves
CTPS. Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Magnus: Expand Human Performance. Expert in Functional and Tennis-Specific Training
John is Director of Fitness and Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Magnus: Expand Human Performance, a leading fitness facility located at CourtSense in New Jersey. He is also an iTPA Certified Tennis Performance Specialist (CTPS). John has a deep resume of working with high profile clients in both the athletic and rehabilitation facilities, and has had the honor and pleasure of training various CEO’s, celebrities, Division I and professional athletes. John holds numerous certifications including; Certified Personal Training, Corrective Exercise Specialist, and Performance Enhancement Specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine; Sports Performance Coach through the United States of American Weightlifting; and High School Strength and Conditioning Specialist from the International Youth Conditioning Association. John is an active member of the Greater New York Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine where he is on the Education Committee.