To promote passion for the game, Nouri regularly participates in the community outreach programs of the USTA foundation. He truly enjoys contributing to the Arthur Ashe Kids Day, AMEX Fan Zone, and the Queens Day during the U.S. Open; inspiring thousands of children to play and to develop a love of the game. When not teaching, Nouri is passionate about strengthening his industry knowledge by attending workshops and training sessions with top Coaches and bringing that information back to the court. Nouri is originally from Casablanca, Morocco.
Justyna was ranked as one of the top junior players in Poland and is certified in High Performance Training, Cardio and Fitness. She is a PTR and USPTA Certified Professional, and enjoys teaching 10 and under tennis, as well as juniors and adults of all abilities. Justyna is originally from Katowice, Poland and, in her spare time, she skis, travels, reads books as well as enjoys art and culture.
Petros is our Green Ball Specialist and has been working at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2012. Petros is a certified USPTA Professional and has Certifications for 10U and Cardio Tennis. He has been playing at the NTC since he was eight years old, and currently coaches all age groups and classes ranging from ROG through tournament-level juniors and adult classes. He brings to his students a lot of knowledge and personal tennis experience from playing at very high levels as a junior. He attended St. John’s University and was born and raised in Flushing, NY. He is fluent in both English and Greek.
Shane always brings inspiration and passion to every conversation and lesson he has with his students. He believes whether it's a private or group lesson, if his student isn’t working hard then s/he won’t maximize his/her potential. On Shane's days off, he likes to hang out with friends, string racquets, and have a nice relaxing day.
Alex is Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2016. He started playing tennis at the age of twelve and went on to make varsity during his freshman year in high school. While playing at Farmingdale State College, the men’s tennis team went on to become Conference Champions in 2011-2013. Alex was voted 2010 Rookie of the Year and 2012 Championships MVP. Alex is a USTA High Performance Certified Coach, as well as a PTR Professional, and 10U Certified. Alex was born in Belarus, but grew up on Long Island, NY.
Rod has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2008. Originally from Macon, GA, Rod grew up playing tennis throughout the south. After competing as a top player in Georgia, he attended Georgia Military College on a full tennis scholarship. His experience includes working at both the New Canaan Field Club in Connecticut, and the Doral Golf Resort in Miami. Rod has over 20 years of teaching experience and is a USPTA Elite Professional and a Tester. In his spare time, Rod enjoys producing electronic music and putting trance music mixes together.
John is a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2021. He learned the game under Arthur Carrington on his way to becoming a USPTA Elite Tennis Professional, and has also been a student of Althea Gibson. During his more than twenty-five year career in tennis, John has been an NCAA Division I coach, and has worked with several ATP and WTA players. As a player, he is a former NCAA member of the Hampton University Men’s Tennis Team. John is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey, where he was a Varsity Tennis Team captain in high school.
Anders has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2018. As a native Swede, Anders has had tennis as his passion since the days of Bjorn Borg. Playing national tournaments as a junior, he soon expanded into teaching, umpiring, and stringing. Anders moved to NY in the mid-90s and worked for the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce after graduating with a degree in Economics from the University of Vaxjo, in Sweden. Anders is USPTA and PTR Certified as well as Master Racquet Technician (MRT) with the USRSA.
Valeria has been sharing her passion for tennis with children at the NTC since 2016. The sport has been a big part of her life since she first joined her high school tennis team as a freshman, eventually rising through the ranks to be named Team Captain. Valeria believes in striking the right balance between serious moments and fun, to ensure that kids in her classes not only enjoy themselves, but are able to benefit from tennis as much as she has.
David Parra-Newton is a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2022, and teaches all ages, from beginner to advanced. David was born in Bogota, Colombia and moved to Florida, at the age of twelve, where he grew up playing tennis. David's coaching career began after graduating College in 2015 and he developed a great passion for it. He seeks to provide top quality knowledge to his students and inspire them to be the best they can be. David believes that a good coach is someone that sees beyond your limits and guides you to greatness.
Malachi is an Assistant Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2021. He began playing tennis at the age of ten and began teaching by the age of twelve, under his Coach's mentorship. He attained top ranking in Virginia in the boy's 15 singles during his time in high school and continued to play in tournaments until College, where he attended Ithaca College for Music Composition and Cello Performance. While at Ithaca, he managed to find time to participate in his club tennis team which he eventually began coaching while also being involved with the volleyball and table tennis teams. He believes in focusing on technique in a pedagogical way so that his students can eventually learn how to immediately fix any issues on their own. In his free time, Malachi enjoys composing for various artistic projects and organizations, and performing in concerts on cello, creating small films, and acting in theatre productions.
Gustavo “Gus” Alcayaga is a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2021. He was born in San Juan, Argentina and later raised in Freeport, New York. As a junior, Gus was coached by Daniel Burgess and then professionally by Carlos “Picha” Lando who introduced him to Alberto Mancini and Gabriel Markus as a sparring partner. Gus continued his tennis career as Director of Player Development with the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL). He received the USTA/Eastern Club Service Award and the Member Organization of the Year Award as Director of Tennis at Bronx International. Gus served on the USTA/Eastern Junior Competition Committee as well as the USTA/Eastern/Metro Board and was the USTA/Eastern Junior Team Tennis Coordinator. He has coached both juniors and adults through all levels of the game and was fortunate enough to win the USTA National Championships in both categories as a Coach. He also was Junior Program Director, Tournament Training Director at The West Side Tennis Club and New York Tennis at Great Neck, respectively.
Steven has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2019. He started playing tennis at the age of five. Born and raised in Lagrangeville, NY, Steven moved to the Bronx the summer before his freshman year of high school and started teaching tennis at his neighborhood park. Steven went undefeated his entire high school career, with a perfect 47-0 record which culminated in his team winning the NYC Division B Championship. Steven was a quarterfinalist at the 2019 NYC Mayor’s Cup. He attends Lehman College where he is majoring in Exercise Science with a specialization in exercise and movement. When not on court, Steven takes care of Rocky, his pet dog.
Tolbert has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2018. He started playing tennis in Uganda at Kampala Country Club and eventually played singles and doubles on the Davis Cup Team for Uganda in 1999/2000. Tolbert then played at NCAA DI Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Texas. He is USPTA Certified and ITF Level II Coach, as well as ITF Officiating Certified. He possesses many years of teaching experience, having worked at other Clubs such as Randi Mani Tennis Academy, John McEnroe Tennis Academy, and Sportime. Tolbert also served as the Assistant Tennis Director at Beden’s Brook Country Club in Princeton, NJ.