Jaguar Tennis Academy
I have a vast experience. I have taught privately, high school, college, professional for 38 years.
I have learned to play and teach on Red Clay which helps my students gain a different approach on how they construct their points during practice and competition.
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education. I am also a USPTA certified tennis professional.
Molding the skills my students bring so I can help them develop and grow as tennis players.
Enhancing my students overall knowledge about the Sport of Tennis.
Training my students for competition.
Frequently asked questions
What is your typical process for working with a new student?
First, understanding the goals the students has. Second, introduce the students to the methodology which will be used to enhance their skills. Third, keep an open line of communication as the training goes so we can make the adjustments necessary.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education. I am a USPTA certified teaching professional. I am also certified under "Pat Etcheberry Experience" - physical conditioning specifically for tennis.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.
Yes, I do. Starting April1st, the registration process and payment processing will be done through my website, www.jaguartennisacademy.com. The website is under construction at the present time to prepare for the April start.
How did you get started teaching?
My childhood coach, back in Romania where I am from, has trained me since I was 14 years old. When he would leave town to go to tournaments with the older students, he would leave me in charge to run practices in his place. When I finished my junior playing days, he tutored me so I can get certified as a Tennis Coach. At 18 years old, I have gotten my license as a Certified Tennis Coach. I was the youngest coach at the time in the country.
What types of students have you worked with?
Over the years I have worked with boys and girls from 3-4 years old to adults in their 20s, 30s, etc. and 75-80 years old. I have worked with beginners, intermediate, college and professional players.
I am very comfortable working with any skill level.
Describe a recent event you are fond of.
BNP Paribas Open - Indian Wells, California.
The most attended tournament on the ATP/WTA tours outside the Grand Slams.
I take my students, especially my juniors for the Kids Day before the tournament starts. In 2017, Kid's Day takes place on March 4th.
What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?
Be Consistent and Patient with your playing time. A lot of times students expect "miracles = sudden improvements" when they start with a new coach. There is always a "1 step forward, 2 steps back" in the process!
What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?
1) Type of swing to be used, straight back or loop;
2) Open stance versus closed stance;
3) Number of times to play per week;
4) Private lessons versus group lesson.