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Iztok Bombac
Iztok Bombac is a USPTA Elite Professional and brings more than 20 years of experience to the tennis industry. Before he moved to US, he was the Managing Partner & Head Coach at TC Ljubljana, Slovenia, for a few years and was recognized as one of the most successful European tennis clubs, yielding several ATP and WTA players and medals from European Club Team Championships for men and women. As head coach, he successfully developed club teams and players and is the only Slovenian coach with a bronze medal from the European Team Club Championship for Men (2003). Bombac also worked for three years with Blaž Kavčič, the first Slovenian male tennis player that broke into the top 100 on the ATP World Tour. He works with several other players that compete on the ITF, ATP and WTA tours as their personal coach as well. He is currently a Tennis Pro at Life Time Peachtree Corners, USTA Regional Tennis Center and premier Atlanta tennis facility. He also serves as the Assistant National Tester for University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Sport and Slovenian Tennis association for all three levels.
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Mike Barrell
Mike Barrell has taught tennis for over 25 years working with players of all levels and is the founder and owner of evolve9. Mike has presented at numerous national and international conferences, and has authored magazine articles and manuals. He has worked on programs for USTA, Tennis Australia, LTA (GB), Chinese Tennis Association and tennis nations including Holland, Norway, Estonia, Cyprus, and Hungary. Mike is a co - author of the ITF Tennis10s Manual and has been a major contributor to Under 10 programs around the world. As well as his role as Director of evolve9, he also works for the LTA as a Coach Education Master Tutor, delivering coach education, certification, and training. Barrell is also a LTA Level 5 Licensed Coach.
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Nick Bollettieri
USPTA Master Professional Nick Bollettieri founded the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida in 1978, as the first full-time tennis boarding school to combine intense training on the court with a full academic curriculum. The Bollettieri approach not only builds athletes on the court, but more importantly, prepares them for a successful life. Bollettieri has coached 10 world No. 1s – Agassi, Becker, Courier, Hingis, Jankovic, Rios, Seles, Sharapova and Venus and Serena Williams, as well as a multitude of other world-class players, including: Haas, Kournikova and Arias to name a few.
In 1987, Bollettieri expanded his vision when he joined forces with IMG to turn the Tennis Academy into a multi-sport training facility, now known as IMG Academies. Located on more than 400 acres, the IMG Academies complex trains more than 13,000 junior, collegiate and professional athletes annually, including families and corporate groups. Bollettieri teaches private lessons, overseeing the progress of numerous professional players and elite juniors. He also travels the world on an annual basis conducting clinics, making appearances, and giving motivational speeches. Bollettieri was inducted in the USPTA Hall of Fame in 2013 and the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.
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Stan Smith
Stan Smith is a former world No. 1, member of the US Davis Cup Team and a 7 time Grand Slam champion including 2 titles in singles and 5 titles in doubles. A native of Pasadena, California, Smith also played for the University of Southern California where he was a three-time All-American. Smith was inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1987 and has served as the President of the ITHF since 2011. He is the owner of the Smith Stearns Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, SC along with Billy Stearns. Smith’s name is also well known for the widely popular and all-time best-selling Adidas tennis shoe bearing his name.
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Gigi Fernandez
Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Gigi Fernandez was first introduced to tennis on her seventh birthday with tennis lessons as a gift from her parents. She turned professional in 1983, becoming Puerto Rico's first female professional athlete, in any sport. After an illustrious career, Fernandez retired in 1997 ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles. She holds 17 Grand Slam doubles crowns and two Olympic Gold Medals. She was voted Puerto Rican female Athlete of the Century and is a member of International Tennis Hall of Fame.
After retiring, Fernandez continued her involvement in tennis by coaching the Puerto Rican Fed Cup team and mentoring several young Puerto Rican aspiring pros. She also coached top WTA doubles team Lisa Raymond and Sam Stosur to their first Grand Slam win. Fernandez helped launch the Chelsea Piers Tennis Club and was Director of Tennis for three years. She now spends time teaching recreational players of all levels.
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Katie Dellich
Katie Dellich is a tennis professional with Peter Burwash International (PBI). A USPTA Elite, PTR- P1 certified instructor, and 2016 PBI Professional of the Year, she is originally from Pennsylvania and played NCAA Division 1 college tennis at Robert Morris Universtiy.
Katie is currently the Director of tennis at Silverado Resort and Spa in Napa Valley, a top ranked tennis destination. She is additionally the coordinator for the PBI World Tennis Camp Series which hosts 4-5 day adult camps in Austria, California, Dubai, The Caribbean, Thailand, California, Florida and Georgia.
Before coming to Silverado, she was the Director of Tennis at Lansdowne Resort, Virginia, The Homestead in Virginia, did 5 seasons at JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort and Spa in Palm Desert, and seasons at the One&Only Kanuhura in the Malidives, Kapalua in Maui, and the Four Seasons Resort Nevis in the Caribbean.
During the summers while at university, she worked as a tennis professional at Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Sweet Briar, Virginia and in Hilton Head, South Carolina. She so enjoyed the experience that she chose to pursue a career in tennis upon graduation and has enjoyed her career and travels since.
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Kimberly Jones
Kimberly Jones, USPTA, is Director of Tennis at Lexington Country Club in Fort Myers. As a player, she achieved a world ranking of No. 25. Career highlights include: Singles Champion, US Indoors – 1983; Singles Finalist, Virginia Slims, Newport, RI – 1983, Mixed Doubles Semifinalist, US Open – 1983; 2x All American, San Diego State – 1978-79 and three seasons of World Team Tennis.
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Trish Faulkner
USPTA, is dedicated to USPTA professionalism and promotion and currently serves on the Florida Division Board as President. She is the Director of Tennis at BallenIsles Country Club, in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. - an exclusive, private gated community ranked no. 17 in the Platinum Club of America with twenty-two courts. In addition, she was the Tournament Chairperson for the 2014 ITF Senior World Championships coming to Palm Beach County. In the past, she has owned and operated an indoor facility in Michigan; worked as Head Tour Director for the WTA, responsible for the events in each city on a week to week basis; held the position of Marketing Director for the WTA, responsible for charitable events, marketing the association, sponsorships and player appearances; and formed a sports marketing and special event corporation owning and operating four of the Virginia Slims Women’s Professional Tour events. Trish also has extensive media experience working in radio and television providing color commentary for various Virginia Slims and Grand Slam events. An author, she wrote the Complete Idiot’s Guide to Tennis for MacMillan. (Still available) and produced a teaching manual for the ITF for the Middle East with accompanying slide show. As a player, Trish won seven titles on the Women’s Tour, including the British Indoor Doubles and Mixed and had wins over Betty Stove, Virginia Wade, and Ann Hayden Jones. After marrying, moving to Detroit and having two sons, she returned to the professional tour, playing a limited schedule. Reaching the round of 16 at the U.S. Open in 1971, she eventually lost to Margaret Court. After a long hiatus
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Stan Oley
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 new tennis/fitness program combining nutrition and a series of ball machine drills
Stan is a USPTA Master Professional. Less than 160 of the 14,000 USPTA Pros have this distinction. Stan is a member of the USPTA, PTR, USTA. 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 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 30 years as a teaching professional (29 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 25 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, (which recently won Honor of Distinction at a recent communications awards event), and “Zone It to Own It” featuring strike-zones and stroke production.
Stan is very proud to be sponsored by Adidas and Head tennis products
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David Herman
Professional sports performance coach and elite tennis player David Herman earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from the University of South Carolina College of Health. He began his career in the early 90’s as the Director of the Sport Science Programs at Lake Nona’s legendary LGE Performance Center (Dr. Jim Loehr, Dr. Jack Groppel, Pat Etcheberry). He also worked as the golf fitness trainer for the David Leadbetter Golf Academy before launching his own successful business, Sports and Body™ Management, Inc. His areas of expertise include evaluating, designing, training, and implementing sport specific performance programs for professional athletes and junior athletes. He has trained hundreds of professionals in many sports including golf, tennis, baseball, basketball, football, hockey, volleyball and watersports.
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Dave Fish
Dave Fish, the Scott Mead '77 Family Head Coach for Harvard Men's Tennis, enters his 42nd season with the Crimson in 2017-18. In his 41 complete seasons at Harvard, Fish has amassed an impressive 681-312-1 overall record for a .686 winning percentage. Fish is the winningest men's tennis coach in Harvard history, surpassing mentor and Crimson legend Jack Barnaby's previous record of 371 wins. His squads are a dominant 284-46 (.861) in Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association/Ivy League play and have won seven of the last 17 EITA/Ivy titles, as well as 21 of the last 36 conference crowns. Fish has been a steadfast contributor to college tennis since he first sat on the ITA Board of Directors and Operating Committee and NCAA Division I Tennis Committee beginning in the early 1990's. Involving himself in advocacy and administration beyond the normal expectations of a coach is a necessary responsibility for Fish. Fish's most recent initiative has been the advancement of the Universal Tennis Rating® (UTR), an advanced 16-level player rating system that "provides tennis players worldwide with a common language for accurately and objectively identifying their own levels of play" (universaltennis.com). UTR is now the official rating system of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association.
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Alan Cutler
Alan Cutler, USPTA Master Professional with over 25 years of teaching, coaching, and programming experience and is the founder of Playtennisforlife.info. He is the current Vice President on the USPTA Nation board of directors. Alan Holds two specialist degrees, computers and high performance, and is recognized as a leader in education within the organization.
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