COACHES

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Francisco Ruiz (Owner – from San Jose)

Francisco Ruiz is an (ITF) International Federation High Performance Coach which is the highest ranking certification offered to coaches. A respectable accomplishment and a gratifying journey, Francisco strives to share the knowledge gained to train nationally and world-recognized players. Francisco has also been the traveling coach for many ATP and WTA professionals, where he picked up the subtle nuance that he takes to the courts, furthering his already accomplished training technique. He served as the Director of the Mexico City Multicultural Exchange Program and was the first Latino to be on the USTA NorCal Board of Directors in 2006. In 2004, he was awarded the Diversity Leadership award for his outstanding coaching, and in 2010 he was presented with the prestigious Trailblazer award for his lifelong service in the minority tennis community.

Francisco has been coaching throughout the Bay Area for over 31 years and has established a branch academy in Mountain View (we serve the entire South Bay Area – San Jose, Cupertino, Sunnyvale, Los Altos, Mountain View, Palo Alto, etc.) the home for some of the top ranked players in Northern California. His interests include his family, teaching his two sons tennis, and attending the US Open every year.

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Tsalani Lassiter (from Sunnyvale)

Tsalani began playing tennis at the age of 10. Although considered a late start by many, he quickly rose to become one of the top juniors in the Norcal Section. Tsalani’s also performed exceptionally on the national level reaching the round of 16 in doubles at Kalamazoo.

While employed as a Software Engineer and Systems Administrator from 2000 – 2012 Tsalani worked with and developed many top Norcal and nationally ranked juniors. He takes a very hands on and detailed approach to coaching. He believes all players should positive well-rounded individuals both on and off the court.

In 2013 Tsalani’s passion for tennis influenced his decision to become a full-time coaching professional. He started TheTennisLab.com a website dedicate to helping players, coaches, and parents better understand the game of tennis.

Specialties

  • Video Analysis (Technique and match play)
  • Intangibles
  • Footwork
  • Self Confidence and Self Reliance
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Anthony Carpio (from Cupertino)

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced player, Anthony Carpio can help you learn the basics of tennis or help you reach your competitive goals. A highly sought after tennis pro in the Bay Area, he has taken many junior and adult tennis teams to state, regional and national championships. Anthony has been teaching for more than 15 years and is a certified tennis professional with USPTA and continues to compete in USTA tournaments.

Anthony is the tennis pro at Silicon Valley Tennis and Rinconda Hills Country Club. You can also find him teaching adult clinics at Silver Creek Country Club. He also teaches the Middle School tennis team in Cupertino. In 2010, his team at Lawson not only went to the Regional Championships for the first time in the schools’ history, they won the Championships.