Manzar Riaz, an experienced and seasoned tennis player who has loved the sport of tennis since his teenage years when he became the National Boys Champion in Pakistan and later became Captain of his university tennis team. His love and natural flair for tennis made him a Tennis Pro at Fianna Hills Country Club which helped fund his college education in the US. Manzar went on to became President of the Pakistan Tennis Association for several years during which time he played and promoted the sport of tennis.
Manzar was selected to play in Wimbledon Men’s over 45 division in 1998 and continues to be involved in the sport playing for pleasure while he resides in Greenburgh, New York.
After returning to New York, Manzar joined his two brothers teaching tennis at Robbie Wagner’s Tennis Center and Pines Tennis Club in Long Island. Currently Manzar is also an assistant coach at the Greenburgh Parks and Recreation program in Arsdley where his enthusiasm and energy have made him very popular with keen learners of the sport.
Bennett has been the Head Coach of Horace Greeley HS Boys Tennis team since 2005 leading the team to 9 League titles. In his tenure, Bennett has had over 20 players continue to play NCAA tennis.
Bennett is a 3 time Section 1 Coach of the Year winner.
Mike is a seasoned tennis professional and a well-recognized coach in the greater Westchester area.
Mike most recently was the director of operations at the indoor bubble at Wildcat Tennis Club where he ran juniors & adults tennis programs.
At the national and regional levels, Mike has worked as a Manager, Director of Tennis, and Head Professional coordinating programs for juniors and adults at various facilities in the area e.g. the Doral Arrowood Country Club, Metropolis Country Club, the Westchester Renaissance Hotel, and Wildcat Tennis Club tennis facility.
At the local Westchester level, Mike is currently on the Board of Directors of the Town of Irvington AYSO soccer league. He also coached and directed for the Rivertowns Soccer Program before moving to FC Westchester. He is also a co-founder and coach for the Irvington Tri-County basketball league.
Compassionate, dedicated, enthusiastic, organized and energetic are some of the attributes Carl brings as the new tennis coordinator. He believes in a high level of customer service and is committed to customer satisfaction.
Carl is a former Director of Tennis at both SPORTIME in Mamaroneck and The Hudson Valley Tennis Club.
He is also PTR certified and has over 30 years’ experience as a teaching professional. Carl is very excited about starting the indoor season with us and looks forward to working with each member.
Gislaine Farias has been the Head Assistant Pro at Birchwood Swim and Tennis Club in Chappaqua since 2016. She graduated from Shaw University in Raleigh, NC in May 2015, where she was selected to the All-CIAA Conference (Div. 2) tennis team from 2012 to 2015. Gislaine is a PTR certified tennis professional and has been a tennis teaching pro since 2008. She is currently the head coach for the Hackley Middle School team where she enjoys working with kids of all levels. She previously worked at Brynwood Golf and Country Club in Armonk in 2015, and at Windridge Tennis & Sport Camp in Vermont in the summers of 2013-14, Camp Robindel in in New Hampshire in 2012, and at B Sports Tennis & Fitness in Brazil prior to that. She grew up in Brazil and was ranked number 1 in the state of Sao Paulo in 2009-10.
Claudio is a certified USPTA, PTR Professional, Master Coaching Professional in the PTR 10/under coaching program, and one of the country’s leading experts in junior development and club programming.
He is a former USTA staff member serving as the USTA Community Coordinator/Service Rep for Connecticut. He is also a former National USTA RCW Faculty Trainer conducting workshops and trainings for programs throughout the United States.
At the national level, Claudio was a teaching professional at the Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida, where he coached some of the nation’s premiere high performance junior players and WTA/ATP professional tour players.
At the local level, Claudio was Director of Operations of the Armandi Tennis Academy where he was a key architect in the creation and development of all club and academy programs, curriculums, and day to day operations.
Over the course of his career, Claudio has been a consultant and speaker at various USTA, USPTA, and PTR tennis industry conferences providing innovative programming solutions to tennis clubs, schools, parks & rec. programs, and grassroots organizations in the public and private sector.
Claudio is also the recipient of 4 national tennis industry awards for his contributions
2017/18 USPTA Eastern VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR (Southern District/Westchester County)
2014/15 USPTA Eastern PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
2014/14 USPTA New England YOUTH COACH OF THE YEAR
2014/15 PTR Connecticut PROFESSIONAL OF THE YEAR
Chris Berenson has been playing tennis his entire life and teaching and coaching Quickstart tennis for the past six years. Chris, an Irvington native, played tennis at the USTA and High School level. He previously was a coach and Site Director for Advantage Quickstart Tennis in New York City. He was also the assistant head coach of the United Nations International School's Varsity Tennis team where he focused on player development and helped start the program from the ground up.
Chris specializes in 10 and Under Tennis and has been teaching Red, Orange, and Green Ball classes at Greenburgh Indoor Tennis for the past year bringing his knowledge of youth development and tennis to each class.
From an early age Akia knew he wanted to be a professional tennis player. His love for the game and his determination to improve and succeed has lead him to playing tennis at every level including junior, collegiate and the men’s pro circuit.
He excels in improving strength and conditioning, movement and stroke mechanics which has helped his students improve their game tremendously and achieve tournament success on the sectional, national and collegiate courts.
Akia's patient and dynamic coaching style creates a comfortable learning environment that allows the player to not feel judged though mistakes happen.
He is PTR and TPT certified which has equipped him with the skills necessary to take his players to the next level.
Akia enjoys working with juniors and adults alike to achieve their highest potential and believes that with consistency, persistence, and hard work anyone can achieve their goals.
Tina played Division 1 Tennis for the University of Connecticut. From there she went on to teach at the Coveleigh club in Rye, NY as an assistant pro and also was a staff pro at the Rye Racquet Club.
Tina has held a national ranking in Platform Tennis and is an avid Pickleball enthusiast and instructor.
Currently Tina is an ACE certified fitness trainer working with private clientele in Westchester.
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