Zadell, the Lleyton Hewitt of the league! The tennis
player who plays an unorthodox game! He is so intense that
many times during a match he will scream "Come on!"
Perez, the dissecting smart neurologist! The hard hitting
topspin baseliner who can bring Plan A, B or C in a match!
(photo L) is a Division 3 College Tennis Player. He is a full
time student studying Economics at Baruch College in NYC.
is a successful trader (Derivatives) and loves his job
immensely. He moved to NYC from Chicago where he was trained
to play tennis at a tennis club there. Although he has only
been playing tennis for 5 years, Michael's game is already a solid
3.5 level due to his athleticism and great eye and hand
Michael Stache is
the best player in the league. His level is above 5.0.
He has the best serve in the league and his forehand and backhand
mechanics are solid. He is from Munich, Germany. He
started playing tennis since he was 5 years old.
Paulo Rodela (photo
L) manages an IT team for a big finance corporation in
Manhattan. Originally from Brazil where he played soccer, his
physical endurance and conditioning is very much evident during
tennis drills. He can hit hundreds and hundreds of tennis
balls with less effort and still keep a warm smile.
Singhal (photo L) recently joined the TennisNYC.com tennis
league as a regular member. Pulkit is an Indian-American who
is presently working as a software developer for JP Morgan Chase in
NYC. "My parents are so happy I got a job right away
after college," he reveals. Pulkit just graduated from
Polytechnic University in Brooklyn, NYC where he joined the College
tennis team for a few years. "I do not claim to be good at
tennis, I like the game and that's all there is to it. I want to
seriously train and get better."
Llanes (photo L) is the newest member of the TennisNYC.com
tennis league. "I play tennis to have fun, to take my
mind off of work," he says. Dan has a PhD in Demography
and works full time as a statistician. He said, "I read
the book of Brad Gilbert, Winning Ugly and I learned that you need
to play within your comfort zone." He also added that the
book taught him when you are getting frustrated or losing during a
match to refocus by changing your shirt or socks. "You need to
focus on your game and not on your opponent."
Tommy Ho is a solid tennis player, very athletic, good strokes on both forehand
and backhand and runs for every ball. Tommy started playing tennis
by taking USTA lessons at the National Tennis Center in Queens. He
works for a tech company in NYC and enjoys playing tremendously.
Tommy graduated with an English major from New York University and
wrote an excellent article about the league.
He plans to come with Koko Lani to Indian Wells, California the
first week of March to cover the
Life Open Tennis Tournament as credentialed media rep for www.tennisinternet.com
Sherlia Shi is a software developer who just
moved to the city few months ago from the midwest. She lives on
Upper West side of Manhattan. She has a consistent forehand and backhand and a good height
topspin. She is very consistent especially during hitting and
can keep the ball in play forever. She likes to run and has a
good attitude and personality. She is very athletic as well.
Capuano, Guest Tennis Instructor of TennisNYC.com, is an Athletic
Director/PE Teacher for a High School in NYC. He has been
playing tennis since he was a kid, however, he reveals that golf is
his first passion. "This league is a good way to de-stress
after work. The people here are very nice and the competition was
terrific!" he adds. Eric is a tennis coach for High
School Varsity and has been teaching tennis for more than 16 years
Ismaila (photo L) has been a regular member of the TennisNYC.com
league ever since it started. "I like this league," he
said. "It's more competitive than others I have played
in. Other groups are more social," he said. Abdul
is a former Junior Champion from South Carolina who now lives in NYC
and works in Finance.
Gener Rigor works as an accountant and has been playing tennis since 1998.
He is originally from the Philippines and just moved to NYC few months
ago. "I like NYC," he said. "People in NYC are easy
going, they are easy to talk to and very down to earth." Gener
confides that his friends are always accusing him of being too crazy about
tennis. "It's a good vice," he said. "It's good for your
body and mind. It's a good way to unwind after a stressful day
amazes many members of the
TennisNYC.com league with her tennis skills, talent and athleticism.
Despite being petite, JODI can run for every ball, has a beautiful topspin
forehand and 2 handed backhand. Don't be deceived by Jodi's sweet
looks, she is a fighter on the tennis court and doesn't give a lot of free
points. She is also very consistent.
|Janice Vrana, a very athletic
woman plays at least three times a week especially during the outdoor
tennis season in Central Park. She loves to play early in the
morning just before going to work. "I don't like the
bureaucracy in Central Park Tennis Center but I need to play so I told
myself to just do it." Janice revealed that there is some form of
tennis competition in her family and added that her sister is a great
player. "She gets every ball. She is a solid 4.5"
Janice has been a member of the league ever since it started.
When not playing tennis, Janice goes to the gym on a regular basis.
|| Eric Jin has a
great inside out and cross court forehand that lands deep and with a lot
of pace. He has an amazing foot speed and a great fighting spirit.
Eric, a successful businessman, has been playing tennis on a regular basis
for almost 13 years now. "I'm so happy to find your website
from Google. I just typed tennis and NYC, and it came up on the very
top. The league is very inexpensive. I thought there was a
mistake in the price! It's so hard to get partners in tennis, especially
similar level. I'm glad I came."
| Mr. Roman Livson, a solid intermediate player, is the Managing
Director of a Capital Group Company. He was originally from
Russia. Mr. Livson has great forehand technique- he bends his knees, takes his racquet back, keeps
his eye on the ball and rotates his hips to produce a powerful shot.
|| Alan Yeung works full time as a tax
consultant. He graduated from SUNY Albany few years ago and played
tennis in High School. He hits with a big western grip on the
forehand side and he is the first player in the TennisNYC.com league who
plays a serve and volley game!
|Joe Zara is an Italian-American who grew up in
Brooklyn then moved to Long Island and played tennis in his High School's
JV team. "Can't you tell my Brooklyn accent?" he jokes. He
is an advanced tennis player, hits the ball hard from both sides and
considers Agassi as his tennis idol. He currently plays at night
with the TennisNYC.com league members. "I get awesome exercise
doing this league," he said.
Thomas Blondet is an intern for Merrill Lynch. Thomas is from Lyon,
France and has been in NYC for only six months. "I like it
here," he said. "NYC is very exciting, not boring"
Thomas is very easygoing and friendly. He hits his
forehand very hard and puts a lot of juice on the ball.
| Jordan Friedman is a graduate of Syracuse University and majored in Finance. He has
been playing tennis since he was 8 years old, almost every summer, in
summer camps where he was sent by his parents. He now works in the
insurance industry and looks forward to playing tennis regularly.
"I just started playing again last December when I went to Florida
during the holidays. There I guess I got the tennis bug again,"
Jordan confides. Jordan's forehand and backhand are technically
sound and he hits the ball very hard. "I just need to improve
my consistency," he said.
||Adam Burton was ranked in the top 25 Open
Division in the state of Georgia, USA a few years back. He presently
works as a lawyer in NYC and plays tennis at the TennisNYC.com tennis
league some evenings. Adam has a great foot speed, unbelievable eye
and hand coordination and a natural athletic ability. "I
like to play early on weekends because I'm afraid my presence is
needed in a lot of parties," he jokes with a sweet southern
|Ryo Rokamura grew up in
Tokyo, Japan and has been playing tennis for 15 years now. "On
and off," he said. He
just graduated with an MBA degree from Fordham University in
Manhattan and plans to stay in the US to pursue a career in
Marketing. Ryo hits the ball with high topspin and likes to
take his time to analyze his opponents' game. "If I lose
the first set, its ok, I don't get discouraged because it gives me
knowledge on my opponents' game and I always start fresh for the second
Gerry Hufanda works full time at Mt. Sinai Hospital on the Upper East Side.
Gerry learned how to hit a tennis ball by himself without taking any
tennis lessons. He uses 2 hands on both sides, forehand and
backhand, just like Monica Seles, which is very uncommon, but he
does it very well. His 2 handed grip produces a lot of power
and he is very consistent. "I wish I can play every
night," he says. "But my job does not allow
me. I love tennis so much." Gerry has beaten a lot of
intermediate and advanced players due to his great tenacity and
used to be a hockey player from Pittsburgh before moving to NYC. He
is seriously working on his tennis game at the moment, especially his
backhand, by doing lots of tennis drills. When I [Koko Lani] suggested to
Tony to change his racquet to a newer model, he quickly responded and
firmly held onto his racquet, "This racquet was given to me by my
father as a Christmas present. I love this racquet."
||Jennifer Walzer is very focused on getting
her tennis game better. At a very young age, Jennifer is already the President of a tech company,
www.backupmyinfo.com based in Manhattan.
Jennifer has a great personality, very friendly and has a good
attitude. Jennifer is currently taking tennis drills with
TennisNYC.com to improve on her game and plans to play matches very
|Nicolas Leszek lived
in France for most of his life. He hits a solid, topspin
forehand that lands deep in the corners. Nicolas likes to hit
the ball hard, very hard and favors his forehand a lot. He
hits a hard, flat serve which is a good weapon on hard courts
because the ball skids through the court very quickly.
||Fred Roman works as a
Building Manager in one of the high rises of Manhattan. Fred
has been playing tennis for many many years. Fred is very much like
a "tennis warrior". Despite his injury (knee, back
and heels), he still plays and retrieves every ball and gets back in
position for the next shot. He is a great defensive player
that can wear down any of his opponents resolve. When you're
playing Fred, expect the ball to keep coming back. He is a
true counter puncher.
|Michelle Riley has been playing in Central Park
Tennis Center for many many years. She is a great hitting
partner and plays a lot of doubles. During most summers in
Central Park, she can be seen hitting with advanced players on Court
6, her favorite court in Central Park.
a Nurse from the Philippines. She moved to NYC many years ago
and has been playing tennis in Central Park Tennis Center for a long
time. She always exhibits a warm, easygoing
have other tennis classes and drills? This is good! I had a great
time!" Robert said after doing 3 hours of tennis drills, lessons,
hitting and working on his serve. Robert has a great cardio-vascular
conditioning and presently trying to improve his tennis game. He has
a great muscular physique which is a reflection of his gym
work-outs. When not working for the MTA, Robert goes
to the gym on a regular basis.
aka Pete Sampras is the best friend and roommate of Joe Zara.
They like playing against each other and has an ongoing tennis
rivalry which started since their College years at Marist
College. Mike played for the college team for one year.
Joe likes to refer to Mike as "Pete Sampras" because of
his big serve. Mike is presently doing special events and
promotions for a big media company (VIACOM) in NYC.
is a "tennis veteran". He has been playing
tennis in Central Park Tennis Center for many many years. He
lives not far from the Central park tennis courts on the Upper West
Side of Manhattan. Clarence retired few years ago from a
Manhattan High School teaching job and ever since has been playing
tennis regularly in the park. Clarence is one of the best guys
in the park- he is very low key and has a likeable
personality. He is a solid intermediate player, hits the ball
with a good topspin off his forehand and has a strong first serve.
and Joyce Hersch are the winners of the mixed doubles
tournament held last year in Riverside Red Clay Courts on 96th St. and
Riverside. "TennisNYC.com league is very inexpensive. $17
for 2 hours of doubles on Friday nights and weekends is a great
price!" said Richard. Mr. Irving worked at the US OPEN 2004. "I worked
there to be around tennis. I worked at the restaurant selling
barbecue chicken." Mr. Irving is also a taxi driver and has written
several essays about the people he met while driving a taxi in NYC.
He just returned from the Dominican Republic. "I want to see Cuba,
next" he said.
Fender (photo L) is the newest addition to TennisNYC.com's list
of GUEST MEMBERS. Brian is a fiction writer who is presently
studying at the New School University. Brian lives on the
Upper West Side of Manhattan. "Let me take a short break,
I'm not in shape," he admits after doing tennis drills for a
few minutes. However, soon after that, when he got warmed up,
he played tennis non-stop for 3 hours and had a great session.
Welcome to the group, Brian!
Rubin (photo L), another GUEST MEMBER of TennisNYC.com league,
is a former Junior Varsity tennis player from Harvard
University. He presently works for PBS, Channel 13 providing
teaching materials for different schools around the country.
"I haven't played tennis in 2 years. I would like to hit,
practice and play games before our corporate league starts this
March," he says. John's varsity tennis experience was
evident during our session. He showed excellent tennis
technique and proper stroke production. Thanks for participating,
Bassey, a 5.0 tennis player, works as an auditor for
Colgate International and travels around the world on business.
has traveled to India, Vietnam, Switzerland and other exciting parts of the world. He
played College tennis in Nigeria where he was trained how to serve and
hits the ball
very hard on both sides (forehand and backhand), and can pound the
ball from every corner of the court.
"I played with the Chinese National Tennis Team in
Beijing," he said. "I have been playing tennis since
12 years old and I took a lot of tennis lessons. I also played
club tennis at Dartmouth University. I love tennis a lot, it's
a lot of fun and you get a great workout," he said with a
smile. William currently works in Finance.
works full time as a stock analyst in Wall St. He likes to
play tennis at least once a week to keep healthy. Arvind was
originally from India. He said," "I'm so happy to have the opportunity to play
tennis in the US. In India, it's impossible to play any kind
of sport especially tennis. It's so expensive!"
Arvind would also like to bring his wife to play tennis in the
league. "My wife is very athletic. She would love to join
the group in the future when she comes to NYC."
||RUSS EWING is a former Division 3 College player.
He can hit the ball flat and hard especially from the forehand
side. His favorite shot is a running cross court forehand that
lands deep in the corner. Welcome to the league, Russ!
just moved to NYC from Atlanta where she played in the USTA (ALTA)
tennis league. Anne has an athletic built and has a great
personality. "I really just want to get back into playing
tennis since I miss it!" she said.
is a guest member of the league. She was originally from
Thailand. Beng is very athletic and has an excellent physical
conditioning. She can hit for many hours without getting
tired. "I like to hit hard, I just like hitting," she
said. "When I first came to NYC and went to the Central Park
Tennis Courts, I just sit and didn't know anybody. When
someone ask me what level I play, I always say I'm a beginner.
When I say that, they didn't want to play with me. However,
the following year, when my game got better, I say, I'm an
intermediate player. If I say I'm intermediate player, then,
they will play with me. It's very funny, the people in NYC."
||Robert Miller works for PBS Channel 13
compiling exciting Documentaries and History of Broadway on DVD.
He said, "although I can't be sure that I can make it every
week, I am thrilled by the opportunity to play with your league
members. In addition to being
very good, they are really nice people, and that makes playing even
fun." Robert is a very consistent tennis player. He
can hit a medium pace ball with consistency from the baseline.
He is also a member of the PBS corporate tennis team.