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Every single bit and piece of tennis that I have picked up on my journey throughout Europe and now the US, I will use and magnify with the philosophy and knowledge that I gained with Tennis Central. The combination will enormously improve the progress of any player that goes on the journey with me and Tennis Central team of pros. If you think you can’t, you’re right. If you think you can, you’re right."
As a native of Slovenia, Rok has 17 years of tennis experience playing high-level international junior tournaments all across Europe. At the age of 14, Rok starting being coached by Slovenia's #1 coach and started practicing and playing with pros in the ATP top 50, which gave him first hand experience on what it takes to become a world class player. He won Slovenia's National Championship twice and decided to fully pursue his career in tennis. He received a full scholarship to the University of the District of Colombia where he was team captain and played #1 singles and doubles. In addition to graduating with Honors with a Health Science degree, he had a stellar collegiate tennis record, finishing 7th in the country in doubles. He was awarded MVP for three years, voted All Conference First Team twice and Best Player of the Year for the East Coast Conference.
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My coaching philosophy is called Exponential Improvement. I believe that with the right inspiration you have the potential to become the best tennis version of yourself. Our programs are designed to inspire, educate, and accelerate the learning curve of each of our pupils from age 3 to age 93. Our coaches are trained, certified and vetted to be your best improvement advocate and we will stop at nothing to get you to where you deserve to be."
CEO, TENNIS CENTRAL
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, was voted "Top 10 Most Influential Tennis Coaches Worldwide" by the Tennis Congress and is the #1 Footwork expert in the US.
Gabriel Mendez began his tennis career in Mexico at the age of 10. He was 3 times State Champion, 2 times National Champion and was ranked Top 5 Nationally in Juniors U16. Gabriel competed internationally at the professional level and was ranked in the ATP Tour before starting his college career. He graduated from Nationally ranked Queens College in New York, where he was captain and number 1 player of the team. Gabriel helped his team become Conference Champions, Regional Champions and Qualified for NCAA Nationals Sweet 16 for two consecutive years as well as being ranked #3 in the East Region.
Gabriel coached Top USTA Junior players and worked with the John McEnroe Academy in New York, the Annacone Tennis Academy and Sportime Club in The Hamptons.
My journey through tennis has helped me recognize the physical and mental challenges of the game. As a player and as a coach, I have the ability to guide you through those challenges and help you develop the ideal tennis attitude: to be physically loose and mentally strong.
Soccer has the power to bring people together, and as they say in Brazil 'blind is the one who can only see the ball.'"
BRAZILIAN SOCCER DIRECTOR
Gabriel is a native of Brazil where he played for one of the most prestigious clubs, the Sports Club Corinthians Paulista’s youth academy and participated in tournaments such as Gothia Cup and Norway Cup. He studied two years at Upper Iowa University where he helped the Peacocks win the MIAA conference for the very first time in the school’s history, earning second-team All-Conference honors, and making an appearance at the finals of the NCAA Central Region. He then earned a degree in International Relations and Management at Eckerd College where he helped the Tritons reach the semi-finals of the Sunshine State Conference.