Tennis Lessons From Mark Foti - USC D1 Championship Team, 2017 U.S. Open W/ Dennis Novikov, Coach To Dr. Phil

Tennis Lessons From Mark Foti - USC D1 Championship Team, 2017 U.S. Open W/ Dennis Novikov, Coach To Dr. Phil

5.0 (3)
13 years in business

About this pro

Hi! My stats include:

>Hitting Partner and Manager to USC Division I Men's Tennis Team (we won the National Championship in 2014)

>Assist. Coach and Hitting Partner to ATP World #150 Dennis Novikov at the 2017 U.S. Open

>Coach to Dr. Phil and other entertainment figures

       "I've been playing tennis competitively for over 40 years and Mark has truly been a "game changer"!" -Dr. Phil

>PTR Certified Instructor

I love the feeling of helping people get better at this game. That look on their face when I tweak their stroke and they feel like a whole new player, is priceless. I also love the fact that because we are playing tennis, outside in the fresh air, getting a workout in and focused on something that they enjoy, people always leave feeling great! I love that I get to be apart of such a positive part/experience of my clients' lives. 

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Atherton, CA 94027
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3 Reviews


  • Rene C.

    Mark is the best. Not only does he know everything about every stroke, but he knows how to break it down in simple and clear ways so that you feel challenged but not overwhelmed. Highly recommend!!

  • Stephen E.

    Mark is a beast. He will make you one, too. He knows everything about the game.

  • Bill W.

    Mark is a perfectionist. He is very precise. I enjoy this about working with him. He doesn't want you to settle for being average.

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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

I will start by having you hit all strokes (forehands, backhands, serves, volleys, approach shots, etc. slice, topspin) and then noting and analyzing what could be improved. We will then work from there and focus each lesson on a few concepts to improve all areas of your game. If your technical strokes are solid and you are looking for more of a hitting partner and to learn how to build points better and strategize against opponents, then we will do more of that. Whether you are a begginner, or an advanced tournament level player, I can work with you to get the most out of this game!

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

>Hitting Partner and Manager to USC Division I Men's Tennis National Championship Team (2014)

>Hitting Partner and Assist. Coach to Dennis Novikov at the 2017 U.S. Open

>PTR Certified (Professional Tennis Registry)

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

$75/hour or $50/half an hour

How did you get started teaching?

I started helping to teach the summer clinics at the Menlo Circus Club in Atherton, under Head Pro Nial Brash, when I was just 16 and 17 years old. But I think what really jumpstarted my interest in coaching was working with my friend, turned pro, Dennis Novikov. I would travel with him to some of his tournaments and talk strategy before and after the matches. That led up to going with him as one of his coaches to the 2017 U.S. Open. Meanwhile, I had been teaching lessons here and there throughout my time at USC, and so I decided to pursue it further once I graduated! 

What types of students have you worked with?

Anywhere from children ages 4-5 who have never picked up a racket, to tournament-level teens, to 55 year old competitive or casual players, to ATP World #150 Dennis Novikov. 

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Check out their profile to see if anything resonates with you about their qualifications or style. If it does, give them a shot! 

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