Meet the Pros
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Mani Barajas-Alexander, USPTA, USPTR

Founder & Director of TopNotch Tennis Mani is a native of Arlington, Virginia, and has been coaching for 15 years at some of the area’s premiere tennis clubs. He was a top-ranked junior player in the USTA Mid-Atlantic section and was nationally ranked. Mani played Division 1 collegiate tennis at Longwood University in Virginia where he was a 4-year starter, singles and doubles MVP and team captain. In 2012, he helped coach the McLean Boys Varsity team to an undefeated season and earned a District Championship. He is currently the Boys Varsity Assistant Coach at The Potomac School. In 2014, he helped lead the Potomac Boys Varsity team to a State Championship. Mani is also a certified professional with USPTA & USPTR.
Philosophy: Mani’s coaching philosophy in tennis is a mixture of learning and fun. He strives to help develop a player’s stroke production, technique, mental and physical toughness, and court strategy. He is very passionate about tennis and enjoys teaching people of all ages and skill levels. Mani believes that personal goals can be achieved with the combination of hard work, focus, commitment, and self-discipline. He creates a learning environment that is educational, fun, and high-energy and works to build relationships through a communication style that is positive, clear, and respectful. Mani believes tennis offers many skills that support the development and reinforcement of valuable life skills.
Have a question for Mani? Email him at [email protected]

Glenn Gerbino, USPTA

Director of Adult Programs Prior to his current position, Glenn lived in the Southwest for the past 22 years ( El Paso, TX, and Scottsdale, AZ ) where he was the Director of Tennis at the El Paso CC, Troon CC and the Carefree Resort & Conference Center. Glenn also coached High School tennis in Arizona for 10 years. Glenn started his teaching career at Saddlebrook Resort with the Harry Hopman International Tennis Academy. Glenn has been a USPTA Elite Professional for the past 26 years and currently serves as the District Coordinator for Washington DC and Maryland in the USPTA Mid Atlantic Division. Glenn was also a Board Member, Conference Chairman and District Coordinator (Phoenix Area) for the USPTA Southwest Division. Glenn was a member of the National Cardio Tennis Speakers Team and has conducted Cardio Tennis classes throughout the Nation as well as teaching Cardio at National Conferences. Glenn received the USPTA Southwest Division “Pro of the Year” award in 2008 and the USPTA Southwest Division “High School Coach of the Year” award in 2009
Philosophy: As an award-winning USPTA Elite Professional, coach, and Director at multiple clubs, I bring demonstrated management skills, teaching acumen, a strong work ethic, and an outgoing personality that I am eager to apply in support of the TopNotch Tennis program and its members. I strive to use utilize all my skills, enthusiasm, knowledge and experience to further the member’s tennis experience. I have built my reputation on exceptional customer service and a strong work ethic. I believe in collaborating closely with the staff, engaging with club management and listening to members’ needs to lead a safe, fun and successful tennis program. Have a question for Glenn? Email him at [email protected]

James Kneussl, USPTA

Head Tennis Professional at Chesterbrook.
Originally from Kingsville, Maryland, James has been a USPTA certified Elite Tennis Professional for the past 15 years. He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2003 with degrees in Foreign Languages, Business, and General Studies. After graduating, he started his career at River Falls Swim and Tennis Club in in Potomac, Maryland in 2002, and served as Assistant Director of Tennis for almost 10 years. In 2012, James and his wife moved to San Diego. There, he worked at some of the country’s most premier and exclusive tennis clubs. From 2012-2015, James worked as Assistant Director of Junior Programming with West Coast Tennis Academy at Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa, a Five-Star, Triple Diamond hotel and the nation’s #1 rated tennis resort. In 2015, James was offered the Director of Tennis position at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, one of the country’s most exclusive country clubs.
Have a question for James? Email him at [email protected]
Philosophy: James, a.k.a. Juice, is passionate about trying to bring out the best in his clients. His goal is to use tennis as a means to help his clients achieve their goals whatever they may be. He excels at creating a fun, high-energy, positive atmosphere on the courts. Experienced in teaching players of all ages and abilities, he is skilled at adapting his teaching techniques to meet his clients’ individual needs. When you walk off his court, you will be a better tennis player and a better person.

Nima Golshan, USPTA

Head Tennis Professional at The Langley Club.
Nima has 6 years of teaching experience in developing players of all ages and skill levels. He has trained and worked at other top tennis clubs in the including 4 Star Tennis Academy at Four Seasons and IMG Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL. He played 4 years of varsity tennis leading his team to district, regional, and state championships. He is currently a USPTA certified instructor.
Philosophy: Nima’s coaching philosophy is to create a fun, positive, high-energy learning environment that encourages the player to develop both on and off the courts. His passion and love for the game is evident in his coaching style. Have a question for Nima? Email him at [email protected].

 

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