Tennis Professionals

man playing tennis on a tennis court

Meet the City of Irvine's tennis professionals, all of whom are United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) or Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) certified. They offer both group and private lessons at various City parks. To register for a lesson, please call registration at 949-724-6400.

Only the instructors shown are authorized to teach at City of Irvine tennis facilities. Any unauthorized commercial use (lesson, tournaments, etc.) on City courts is a misdemeanor, pursuant to Irvine Municipal Code, Section III.G-201.

Please call 949-724-6400 or visit tennis@cityofirvine.org to:

  • Schedule a private lesson.
  • Speak with one of the instructors.
  • Report an individual posing as a City instructor/teaching illegally.
  • Obtain information on how to become a City tennis instructor.
  • Obtain more information about the City's tennis program.

Lessons and programs are available in other languages:
Japanese: Minako and Hiroki
Korean: Sophie
Spanish: Alex, Javier, Juan and Jose
Tagalog: Tin
Mandarin and Taiwanese: George
Vietnamese: Daniel

Click on each professional's picture for their biography.
 


Alex
PTR Professional


Chris
PTR, USTPA P1


Chris
PTR Professional


Chuck
PTR Professional


Daniel
PTR

 


David
PTR Professional


Desiree
PTR Professional


Dianne
PTR, USPTA P1


Farzin
USPTA P1


George
PTR Professional


Hiroki
PTR Professional


Isabel
PTR Professional


Ivan
PTR Professional


Javier
PTR


John
PTR Professional


Jon
PTR Professional


Jonathan
PTR Professional


Jose
PTR


Jovanna
PTR


Juan
PTR Professional


Kevin
USPTA P1


Lanea
PTR Professional


Milad
PTR


Minako
PTR Professional


Nic
USPTA P1


Rick
PTR Professional


Rommel
PTR Professional


Ross
USPTA P1


Ruben
PTR, USPTA P1


Ryan
PTR Professional


Sheldon
USPTA Professional


Sophie
PTR Professional

 


Tin
USPTA Professional

 

 




Alex St. Jean

Alex was born and raised in Argentina and is fluent in Spanish. He began playing tennis when he was 9 years old. He played junior level tennis and progressed to open level until age 19, and afterward played several tournaments (majority on clay) in Buenos Aires between 1995 and 1998. He also worked as an assistant pro for two years. In 2001, Alex moved to California where he continued coaching private and group lessons. He acquired a Professional Tennis Registry Adult and 10 & Under Development certification (Professional Level). In addition, Alex completed the “Foundation of Tennis Teaching” directed by Coach Don Henson. In May 2020, he completed his Bachelors degree in Kinesiology from California State University, Fullerton. Alex teaches at Cypress Community Park.

Lessons:

Adult Junior Private


 
Chris Emery

For more than 30 years, Chris has conducted junior lessons and leagues for the City’s tennis program, offering grass roots lessons to competitive teams. Getting kids started and giving them a chance to pursue a goal of playing tournaments or high school tennis is what Chris loves to do. Chris graduated in 1981 from UC Irvine (#2 singles) and played professional events for several years, attaining an Association of Tennis Professionals ranking in singles and doubles. Coaching highlights include National and State USA Team Tennis Champions and seeing former students receive college scholarships. Chris teaches at Heritage Community Park.

Lessons:

Junior Private

Desiree Tran

Desiree was born and raised in Southern California and started playing tennis at the age of 9. At the junior level, Desiree was ranked top-100 nationally and top-20 in Southern California and received a full athletic scholarship to Brigham Young University (BYU), where she played top singles and doubles and also served as a fifth-year volunteer coach. She started coaching tennis at the age of 18, being one of the tennis coaches for BYU Summer Tennis Camps for the next four years. Desiree decided to commit to coaching tennis in June 2015 after graduating from BYU with a degree in Exercise Science. Desiree served as the head tennis coach for Corona Youth Tennis League in 2015-2016. During the 2016 season, Desiree served as a volunteer women’s assistant coach for Cal State Fullerton. She was named the assistant women’s tennis coach for UC Irvine 2016-2017 season. Desiree enjoys working with children on teaching them how to enjoy the sport, and how to be the best tennis players they can be. She is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Association and Professional Tennis Registry. Desiree is currently teaching at Northwood Community and Citrusglen Neighborhood Parks.

Lessons:

JUNIOR PRIVATE



Dianne Matias

Dianne was named head women’s tennis coach at Cal State Fullerton in 2014, and remains in the Big West Conference after serving as an assistant on UC Irvine’s staff during the 2013 season, and head coach at Maryland College during 2011-2012. Dianne spent her first year in coaching as an assistant at UC Irvine in 2009. Born in BalagtasBulacan, Philippines, Dianne competed as a member of the 2007 Philippine team at the South East Asian Games and the 2008 Philippine FED CUP team. A 2007 graduate of the University of Southern California, Dianne ranked as high as No. 32 nationally in singles and No. 28 in doubles at the collegiate level. At the junior level, Dianne enjoyed a prolific career as one of the best players in California and in the nation. Dianne was ranked as the No. 1 player nationally in singles at the U16 level in 2000 and 2001. Also in 2000, Dianne earned the distinction of the USTA’s Southern California Player of the Year. Dianne teaches at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.

Lessons:

Private

George Wang

Before receiving a Division 1 scholarship to DePaul University, George held a ranking of #3 nationally as a junior player in Canada and also represented Chinese Taipei at the ITF World Junior Cup (Sunshine Cup). After graduating from DePaul, George obtained a Master’s degree in Sports Management from Henderson State University, where he also served as the graduate assistant coach for the men's tennis program. 

In the last decade, George has mentored many tennis players at different levels, including tour level professionals, NCAA players, regional club members, and summer camps for kids. Before joining the City of Irvine, George spent several years on the ATP and WTA tour as a touring coach for many Taiwanese players such as Chia Jung Chuang (highest ranking at #5 in WTA doubles) and Tsung Hua Yang (highest ranking at #1 in ITF Juniors). During his time on the tour, he was able to work closely with other top ranked doubles players like Lisa Raymond (USA), Sania Mirza (India), and Latisha Chan (Chinese Taipei). In 2009, George was appointed to be the Assistant Coach of Team Chinese Taipei for the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. After his time travelling internationally, George served as the director of tennis at the Taipei City Tennis Center where he oversaw 10 to 15 tennis pros and 200+ players for the city in the last 3 years.

George is fluent in Mandarin, Taiwanese and English. He is currently teaching group and private lessons at Portola Spring Community Park and Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons:

ADULT JUNIOR PRIVATE




Hiroki Moriya

Hiroki is a PTR Professional who started his coaching career in 2006 at the Tachikawa Junior Tennis Academy in Japan, where he stayed for eight years. He graduated from the Tokyo University of Technology with a Major in Bioscience. In 2011, he won the Yokosuka City and Kanagawa Prefectural Amateur tournaments. In September 2014, he served as a Coach at the Pro Star Tennis Academy until becoming a tennis professional for the City of Irvine in September 2017. Hiroki currently teaches at Eastwood Neighborhood Park and speaks fluent Japanese. 

Lessons:

JUNIOR Adult PRIVATE

 



Jon Moody

Jon has coached tennis for more than 17 years in Southern California. As a coach, he has won two National Team Tennis championships and taken teams to Nationals nine times, winning nine Sectional Championships (four team Sectional Runner-up trophies) and 15 League Championships. Jon has also coached/captained teams in a Men's Pro Tennis League with ex-pros like Jeff Tarango, Michael Joyce and USC Men's Tennis Coach, Peter Smith. Jon is a PTR Professional. Jon's teaching style is to assess a player's needs and teach the skills necessary to develop a winning mentality that will help students advance to the next level. Jon has also coached juniors in swimming and diving, won a Los Angeles City Softball Championship, college Squash championships, Paddle Tennis National championship and basketball championships. Through various sports, Jon has had great success devising a winning strategy. His goal is to create a fun and safe environment where students of all ages can acquire the skills to improve, think for themselves and enjoy playing the sport. Jon joined the City of Irvine tennis program in 2013 and teaches at Valley Oak Neighborhood Park and Cypress Community Park.

Lessons:

Junior Private


Jonathan Tran

Jonathan started playing tennis at age 13. As a sophomore in high school, he played on the varsity tennis team and continued on the singles and doubles tennis team at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. Jonathan has been teaching tennis for the City of Irvine since 2011 as an assistant at Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park and Homestead Neighborhood Park. He is very eager enthusiastic about teaching tennis. As a PTR Professional, Jonathan believes that tennis can be a very fun and enjoyable sport that one can enjoy for life. Jonathan teaches at Col. Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.

Lessons:

Junior Adult Private


Jose Alvarez

Lessons:

Private



Juan Pablo Naranjo

Juan is a native of Bogotá, Colombia, where he played in every major junior tournament. By the time he was 18, Juan was ranked in the top 20 junior players. In 1995, he moved to Pensacola, Fla., where he attended Pensacola Junior College and taught tennis at the Roger Scott Tennis Center for three years. Juan completed his college education at University of South Florida. Every summer during college, he worked as an assistant director for the tennis program camp Taconic located in the Berkshire Mountains in Massachusetts. The Professional Tennis Registry certified Juan as a professional coach in 2000. Juan teaches at University Community Park, and speaks fluent Spanish.

Lessons:

Junior Private

Kevin Garrett

Elite Level 1 Certified Tennis Professional, Kevin Garrett has achieved the second highest ranking of United States Professional Tennis Association. To attest to his dedication to provide an elite level of coaching, Kevin has studied international Spaniard training methods with Emilio Sanchez-former world #7 singles and #1 doubles, and Spanish Davis Cup Coach. Over his high school teaching career, Kevin has a total 142 wins and four losses and was named High School Coach of the Year four times. He is currently a coach at University High School. Kevin has continued to produce tournament players throughout the years, in addition to numerous Local and National tournament wins, his students have also won the Ojai, Junior College State Titles, National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Individuals, and found Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) and Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour success. Kevin not only has coaching experience, as he has ample experience in different roles such as Director of Tennis, Head Tennis Professional, World Team Tennis League Coordinator, Junior Team Tennis Coach and Organizer, and has developed and overseen multiple Junior and Adult Tennis Academies and Challenge Ladders. Kevin is currently teaching private tennis lessons at Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons:

ADULT ACADEMY Private



Lanea Holesinsky

Prior to becoming a tennis professional in Irvine, Lanea spent more than 18 years in the field of early childhood education and young children management. Her special skills include working with children and adults with disabilities. Lanea is a PTR Certified Professional and a member of the USTA. She serves on the advisory staff of HEAD/PENN, is endorsed by Lotto Sports USA, and was awarded the Head/Penn Advisory Pro of the Year in 2012. Lanea co-captained Turtle Rock Jr. tennis teams to win 49 league championships, seven Orange County championships, seven Southern California sectional championships (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and one State Championship in 2013. Lanea is an Irvine resident and enjoys playing competitive tennis. She enjoys creating exercise materials and curriculum both for fine motor and gross motor skill development, and giving children and adults a variety of exercises to enhance their physical coordination and concentration to perform in any activity. She teaches at Turtle Rock Community Park.

Lessons:

Junior Private

 


Minako Stickney

A consummate sports professional and PTR pro since 1991, Minako has a passion for tennis, a love of teaching and a talent for creating joyful tennis experiences for players of any age, skill or background. Minako is adept at analyzing court strengths and weaknesses and providing simple, easy-to-master techniques designed to quickly improve her students' game. Minako is also a certified personal trainer, an American Red Cross-certified WSI swimming instructor, a CMAS (Confédération Mondiale des Activités Subaquatiques) 2-star scuba-diving instructor, and a Surf Life Saver. She speaks fluent Japanese. Minako teaches at Las Lomas Community Park.

Lessons:

Adult Junior Private



Nic Izumi

Nic was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, and started playing tennis at age 14. Nic trained at Punahou School and in San Antonio at McFarlin Tennis Center, and returned to Hawaii where he was ranked in the top 15 in the state. Nic began his career in teaching tennis when he was 18. He moved to California in 2008 and coached at Francis Parker Girls JV and Varsity. Since 2011, Nic has taught students of all ages and levels in San Diego at the Barnes Tennis Center. Nic teaches at Colonel Bill Barber Marine Corps Memorial Park.

Lessons:

Adult Junior Private


Rick Jackson

Rick began teaching tennis at Heritage Community Park in 1996. He then moved to University Community Park and later to Knollcrest Neighborhood Park in 2011. He was a member of the USPTA for 10 years and is now a member of the PTR. Rick has also been an in-store technical advisory staff member for Wilson Sporting Goods Co., a USTA clinician, a volunteer area coordinator for the USTA School Tennis Program in Orange County, and an Instructor for the Amateur Athletic Foundation Southern California National Junior Tennis League. He has coached junior team tennis players and led many 12 and 14 year old teams to Section Championships and helped many students make their high school tennis teams. Rick teaches group classes and private lessons at Knollcrest Neighborhood Park.

Lessons:

Adult Junior Private


Rommel Endozo

Rommel has taught tennis for Irvine since 2005. He started his tennis career training and playing tournaments in Illinois before moving to Irvine to play at Woodbridge High School. Rommel then went on to play on the Irvine Valley College Men’s Tennis team, where he eventually became a coach. Rommel teaches at Citrusglen Neighborhood Park.

Lessons:

Adult Junior Private



Ross Holesinsky

Ross started his coaching career in Pivoda's Tennis Academy in Ostrava, Czech Republic. He played on the Czech junior tour, in the Czech Master Club tennis team league and in junior and inter-school tournaments in Sweden, Italy and Poland. When he moved to the United States in 1998, Ross became a coach at Heritage Community Park. In 2001, he began teaching at Tustin Hills Racquet Club followed by a career as a private instructor and a coach for the cities of Tustin and Irvine. Ross coached his junior tennis teams to win 69 league championships, twelve Orange County championships, nine Southern California sectional championships (2007, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015) and one State Championship (2013). Ross is USPTA Certified at the highest level and serves on the advisory staff of Head & Penn and was endorsed by Lotto Sports USA. Ross was awarded the Head/Penn Advisory Pro of the Year in 2007 and again in 2012. Ross became a tennis coach because teaching tennis is a rewarding career that keeps him active and allows him to help others play a sport that has brought him much joy. He offers a full tennis program, providing instruction to all ages and levels. He runs tennis clinics, camps, USTA Jr. Tennis Team and private lessons at Turtle Rock Community Park.

Lessons:

Adult Junior Private


Ruben Millado

Ruben has more than 30 years of tennis teaching experience, including teaching roles at Palos Verdes, Torrance and the Harbor Bay Club in Northern California. He played for UCLA and Cal State University Dominguez Hills (NAIA Nationals Championships, 1976). He also played on the Southern California 1995 USTA 5.0 Men’s National Team, and the 1994 and 1995 Southern California USTA 10.0 Mixed Doubles National Championship Team. Ruben’s teaching philosophy emphasizes having fun and learning the fundamentals in all aspects of the game to ensure students build a strong foundation in order to reach their full potential. Ruben teaches at Deerfield Community Park.

Lessons:

Adult Junior Private


Tin Capulong

Tin Capulong is a USPTA Elite Tennis Teaching Professional with over 30 years of experience. Tin attended Indiana State University and was named team captain of the Men’s tennis team. He became ISU’s Most Valuable Player and was a Missouri Valley Conference Champion. Tin represented the Philippines in the Davis Cup & Nations’ Cup. He achieved the ranking of #3 in the Philippines and reached a ranking of #731 in Singles and #727 in Doubles on the ATP tour.  After playing on the tour, he became the Director of Tennis & Head Tennis Pro at clubs in Texas, Colorado and California. Tin currently teaches lessons at Los Olivos Community Park and speaks Tagalog fluently.  

Lessons:
JUNIOR PRIVATE

John Mano

John works with the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaches private lessons out of the Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons
PRIVATE

Ryan Blanchette

Ryan works with the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaches private lessons out of the Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons
PRIVATE

David Izumi

David Izumi began teaching tennis in Hawaii during the Summer of 1972. He helped develop successful tennis programs between 1994-2016 at Punahou School and Mid Pacific Institute.  In 2016, David taught, coached and trained in Waikiki at the Hale Koa Tennis Facility.  David moved to Irvine in early 2018 and teaches group and private lessons at Stonegate Neighborhood Park.

Lessons

JUNIOR PRIVATE

Ivan Matias

Ivan Matias is a Professional Tennis Registry professional who started playing tennis at the age of 5. He began competing in tournaments at the age of 8 and was a highly ranked junior player in Southern California. He attended Narbonne High School where he was a four-year Varsity player and CIF City Section Champion. Ivan graduated from the University of California Riverside (UCR). While attending UCR he played #4 singles and #2 doubles for the school's Division 1 tennis team. He currently works with the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaches private lessons out of the Great Park Tennis Center.  

Lessons

PRIVATE

Sheldon Hseih

Sheldon works with the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaches private lessons out of the Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons

PRIVATE

Daniel Trinh

Daniel Trinh started playing tennis at the age of 12 and feel in love with the game. At the age of 17, his coaching career started with a non-profit organization called "First Serve Santa Ana" where he worked with developing kids of all age to play tennis competitively. Daniel continued his coaching career by leading the Boys' and Girls' Segerstrom High School tennis teams for four years. His girls' team was able to win the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) championship in 2019. Daniel is an assistant coach for the Brymer Lewis Academy for their 10 and Under program and is currently teaching group and private lessons at the Orange County Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons

GROUP  PRIVATE

Javier Pezza

Javier was born in Argentina and started playing tennis at 6 years old in Mar del Plata, his hometown. When he was 14 years old, he moved to Milano, Italy to play International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tournaments in Europe. At the age 17, he played Association of Tennis Professional (ATP) futures tournaments. He then started as a professional instructor and continued to provide his experience as a coach for all levels and ages. Javier arrived in California two years ago from Italy. He is an international Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) coach and teaches in Spanish and Italian. Javier provides instruction at Orange County Great Park and works for the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy.

Lessons

GROUP  PRIVATE

Sophie Han

Sophie Han is a PTR Professional who started teaching in 1998 at the Beverly Hills Tennis Center. She graduated from California State University of Long Beach with a degree in Kinesiology and Physical Education (no comma) and played on the Women’s Tennis Team, being named to the All Team Big West Conference in 2000 and 2001. After college, Sophie began coaching and served as the Head Coach for the Men and Women’s Tennis Teams at Mt. San Antonio College from 2006 to 2016. She was named the South Coast Conference Women’s Tennis Coach of the Year from 2010-2012 and led the team to their first State Championship in 2015. While coaching at Mt. San Antonio College, Sophie also served as a Tennis Professional and Assistant Manager at the Upland Tennis Club from 2003-2015. In October 2017, she signed a contract to be a Tennis Professional for the City of Irvine. Sophie is teaching at the Homestead Neighborhood Park and also speaks fluent Korean.

Lessons

GROUP  PRIVATE

Farzin Razyani

Farzin started playing tennis at the age of six and became a junior tennis champion at the age of 12 in his home country of Iran. He competed in the 1994 Olympics and the world youth cup in 1994. Farzin was on the Iranian national team for five years. He has experience teaching and coaching tennis for over 20 years and in more than six countries; including England(Wimbledon Tennis Club, 5 years), Dubai (7 years), Russia (Moscow, 2 years), Iran ,Canada (1 year), and the United States (California, 8 years). His certifications include USPTA Elite Professional, PTR Professional, as well as LTA (Lawn Tennis Association ) Level 1, 2 and 3. Farzin is currently assisting with the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaching private lessons at Orange County Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons

PRIVATE

Isabel Gutierrez

Isabel is a Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) professional who played tennis in her hometown in Mallorca, Spain. She competed in regional tournaments and was a top 3 ranked player in the Balearic Islands, becoming junior singles Mallorca champion and doubles Balearic Island champion in the early 2000s. She studied Physical Education while starting her tennis coaching and personal training career. She enjoys teaching kids and adults of all levels. Her motto: Win or Learn. Isabel is currently assisting with the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaching private lessons at Orange County Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons

PRIVATE

Jovanna Sangria Romero

Jovanna is passionate about introducing tennis to young children and developing a well-rounded, competitive tennis player. She is a mother of two and is trilingual: fluent in Spanish, Tagalog, and English. She is also a Senior certified Pilates instructor of ten years (Pilates Method Alliance Certified) and a fitness model.

Jovanna is Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Level I Certified Instructor. She was a former coach at Safe Passage Tennis Program (2008-2013) and has instructed kids of all levels: beginner, recreational, high school, and Open competitive, ages 4-18 as well as adults.

Jovanna received a full scholarship to play Division I tennis for Hampton University (Positions 1 and 2 Singles & Doubles) 2007-2010, and has played professionally after college, competing in International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) and Women’s Opens.

As a junior, Jovanna reached No.3 Girls’ 12s in Southern California and No. 23 Nationally. She has been a competitive tennis player her whole life and is developing her young children as tennis players as well.

Jovanna hopes to add her own experience as a competitive tennis player to her coaching: Learning by example and less talking. A true tennis player needs to learn to think for him/herself on the court and even in life. She hopes to develop not only sound strokes but a sound, independent mind and body on the court.

Jovanna is also a health enthusiast and aims to be an example of how a good athlete takes care of herself through adequate practice, competition, rest, diet, stretching, and balancing tennis with life: family, school, work, and of course fun. Most importantly she wishes that all tennis players experience its hard work and joy.

Jovanna is an assistant instructor for the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaches private lessons at Orange County Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons

PRIVATE

Milad Khatami

Milad comes with over 18 years of experience as he started playing tennis competitively for college in 2002. He started teaching tennis for the City of Tustin and was successful in leading several tennis programs in Yorba Linda, Anaheim Hills and Orange. By the end of 2004, Milad became one of the Tennis Professionals at Tustin Hills Racquet Club and began coaching and leading their adult teams to several State finals. In 2010, he managed the tennis program at the Irvine Company Apartment Communities and organized adult leagues at several communities such as Newport Bulls, Promontory Pointe and Villa Siena.

One of Milad’s strengths is motivating young teens and high school players through developing skills and special training in order to achieve their desired rankings in high schools and college teams.

Milad is currently assisting with the Brymer Lewis Tennis Academy and teaching private lessons at Orange County Great Park Tennis Center.

Lessons

PRIVATE

Interested in becoming a tennis professional with the City of Irvine?  Please send your resumé to tennis@cityofirvine.org.