Meet the Pros

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]

Zach Pine, USPTA (Site Director)

Zach has 9 years of teaching experience with students of all ages and skill levels. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012 where he played Division I tennis for 4 years and achieved an ITA team ranking of #16 in the nation. At the junior tennis level, he achieved a ranking of #1 in the state of Virginia, #1 in the USTA Mid-Atlantic section and #50 nationally. Zach also played 4 years of high school tennis for Flint Hill School in Oakton, Virginia, leading the Huskies to 3 State championships while earning recognition as a two-time Virginia State Player of the Year and a two-time Washington Post, “All-Met” First Team honoree. Zach is a USPTA certified Elite Professional.

Philosophy: Zach’s coaching philosophy is to understand the goals and aspirations of each individual, work with the individual in creating a development plan, and maximize potential in order to meet and exceed his/her goals. As a lifetime tennis player who competed at a national junior and a D-1 Collegiate level he wants to ensure the players are learning the competitive and technical aspects of the game while having fun in this lifelong sport.

Have a question for Zach? Email him at [email protected]

Juan Figueroa, USPTA/USPTR (Head Pro)

Juan grew up locally in Falls Church and found his passion for tennis at an early age. While playing varsity tennis at George Mason High School Juan and his team became four time state champions. During the early part of his career, he taught in Tucson, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada. In 2012, he moved back to the Northern Virginia area and taught at The Fairfax Racquet Club and the Reston Association, where he also was the Tennis Coordinator. Juan is a certified Tennis professional by the USPTA and USPTR with 16 years of coaching experience.

Philosophy: Juan’s Coaching philosophy is about fun and learning the correct technique to become a better tennis player. High energy and a positive attitude is the key to success on the tennis court.

Have a question for Juan? Email him at [email protected]

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