MAX THE TENNIS PRO

Santa Monica Tennis Lessons

                    





MAX THE TENNIS PRO BIO


 

  Born in Acton, Massachusetts (30 miles outside Boston)

















Bio

Tennis Instruction from the Santa Monica Tennis Teacher that can get you there with patience.

1984

Started playing tennis at 15 years old

Tried out and barely made the high school varsity team as a sophomore

Began playing USTA junior tournaments at 16

Played #1 varsity singles as a senior


1987

Took a semester off before college to train with my high school coach at home and at Nick Bolletieri’s Tennis Academy (Agassi,Courier,Seles) in Florida


1988

Attended University of North Carolina, Charlotte (division 1 tennis)

“Walked on” (no scholarship) the UNCC tennis team as the #12 player

Played up to #6 singles and #3 doubles as a first semester freshman


1989

UNCC - played #5 singles and #2 doubles

Garnered most singles wins of the year and the MVP award 


1990-1991

UNCC – moved up to play #1 and #2 singles and #1 and #2 doubles Jr and Sr Years

Graduated with a B.A in psychology and a minor in Creative writing- Poetry


1992

Traveled Portugal, Spain and France trying to qualify for Pro satellite tournaments (lowest level Pro tournaments)


1993

Traveled Israel, Portugal and Spain trying to qualify for Pro satellite tournaments


1994

Bought a van, threw a mattress in the back and traveled across the U.S. trying to qualify for the U.S. Pro satellite tournaments in Georgia, North/South Carolina, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and California


1995

Ran out of money on the last leg of the U.S. Pro Satellite circuit here in L.A.

Stayed  and played SCTA men’s open money tournaments

Finished the year ranked #42 in Southern California

Coached by former Sampras, Chang practice partner, Mark Weidmann


1996

Ranked #33 in Southern California


1997

Teaching Tennis Pro at Tennis LA (formerly, The Tennis Place for the previous 20 years) on La Brea & 3rd in Hollywood instructing private Tennis lessons and junior clinic classes


1998

Continued Teaching Tennis Pro at Tennis Los Angeles and playing SCTA tournaments

Qualified for the Main Draw (finally!) of the Pro Satellite tournament in Palm Springs


1999

Qualified for the Main Draw of the Deerfield, CA Pro Satellite tournament

Tennis LA sold to a developer (The Grove people turned it to luxury condominiums)

With my clients from Tennis LA, Began teaching as an independent Tennis Pro in Santa Monica, Studio City and Hollywood


2000 Ranked #6 in Southern California

2003 Ranked #12 in Southern California

2004 Ranked #24 in Southern California

2005 Ranked #27 in Southern California/US National ranking of  #113

2006 Ranked #26 in Southern California/ US National ranking of #306

2008 Ranked #43 in Southern California

2009 Ranked #43 in Southern California

2010 Ranked #43 in Southern California


2010 - PRESENT

Currently enjoying 18 years as a Tennis Pro, 15 years as an independent Santa Monica Tennis Teacher at the beautiful Ocean View tennis courts. Also at Client private courts

Fortunate to have a wonderful group of clientele

Still playing the occasional Men’s Open Division tournament

Having to stretch a whole lot more than I used to

Beat the #6 player in Southern California in July, 2009 at the Manhattan Beach Open