Through our partnership with Gotham Tennis Academy, we have assembled some of the most talented, personable and engaging tennis pros in NYC. Our pros share a passion to work closely with players of all levels and ages to help them develop to their fullest potential. We are very proud of our tennis professionals and welcome you to read the brief biographies of our pros.
Eric grew up in Riverdale and attended Horace Mann, where he played #1 singles for all four years and subsequently at Ohio State University. Eric is excited about his new role as a Director at Gotham Tennis Academy and this new phase of his tennis career in NYC and the Hamptons. Eric has an engaging personality that kids enjoy and he brings a wealth of coaching experience from his extensive background at Stadium Tennis and Central Park Tennis Center.
Andy, a Program and Camp Director, is a teaching pro from Basel, Switzerland. He grew up playing his tennis on European red clay courts and brings a tremendous work ethic and passion to the courts at Gotham Tennis Academy. Andy has been known to use his outstanding, European work ethic to teach and inspire our juniors. Andy is comfortable teaching all levels of players, including munchkins, jdp, atp and adult. It’s no surprise that Andy gets his inspiration from another Basel, Switzerland resident… Roger Federer.
David Graham hails from Sydney, Australia. Highlights of his professional tennis career include his top ten world ranking in doubles and his appearance in the semi-final round of the Australian Open. As a coach, David has worked with three top ten players on the world tour. David describes himself as a "technical coach" who enjoys working with players on nuances in their game. Trained by Ken Rosewall, among others, David has a real appreciation for the intellectual and physical aspects necessary for success at a high level. David notes that his favorite tennis match of all time was the Jimmy Connors - Aaron Krickstein US Open battle -- he was on the sidelines as Krickstein's coach.
Ajay's experience spans over 13-years in all levels of the game. He has played at a premier high school, a Division 1 college and on the professional tour. With a background in Sports Medicine, and a degree in Education, Ajay's in-depth knowledge of the physiology and tennis strategy attracts players of all levels and age. His meticulous approach, coupled with personality-specific coaching, caters to high performance players. As an advisor to Irina Falconi, a native New Yorker and professional player on the women's tour (WTA), he has developed a unique understanding of how to achieve success on the court at the very highest levels.
Michael Moore, originally from Harlem, New York, brings a plethora of experiences as a player and coach to Gotham. He enjoyed a stellar junior career, achieving a top five USTA Eastern 18s singles ranking when he was only fifteen years old. After junior tennis, Michael competed professionally and qualified for various ATP futures events before deciding to play collegiately for Florida A&M University. There he led the Rattlers to a top 60 NCAA Division 1 ranking while winning over 100 singles matches and 90 doubles matches, breaking school records in both. He was an HBCU national champion two times and all conference every year of his collegiate career. He has a particular interest and enthusiasm for teaching High Performance and QuickStart 10 and Under.
Gabriel is from Jerusalem, Israel. He began playing tennis at the age of eight and learned the game at The Academy of Tennis, Jerusalem. He specializes in working with our youngest players on fundamental skill development, and has become an integral part of our flourishing 10 and Under programs at Gotham Stadium. In his own words, Gabriel's professional philosophy is "to help develop a lasting love for the game in our youngest players. The best way to achieve this goal is to blend the right amounts of technical skill building with fun games." Gabriel has considerable international teaching experience, working as an instructor in Israel, Mexico and France, as well as participating in continuing education seminars in Germany and the U.S.
Luis De La Cruz
Luis comes to the Gotham family from La Aronana, Dominican Republic. An accomplished player and teacher alike, Luis uses his fun, enthusiastic personality to engage his students on the court. Luis has loyal followings in both our junior and adult programs. Luis teaches a methodical, well-organized lesson with a careful balance of instruction and game based drilling. These attributes give Luis the adaptability to work with all levels, from munchkin to tournament player at Gotham Tennis. As a young player in the Dominican Republic, Luis looked up to and emulated the classic serve and volley game of Stefan Edberg.
Rachel is an Atlanta, GA native. She attended Limestone College in Gaffney, SC where she played #1 singles and doubles all 4 years. She earned All- Conference teams all 4 years in the Carolina-Virginia conference and was an MVP freshman through her senior year. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in Fitness and Wellness. Rachel is a PTR certified professional since 2004. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and skill level. She looks forward to seeing everyone out on the courts!
Kane, originally from Rotorua, New Zealand, started playing tennis at the age of 9. Consistently ranked inside the top 10 nationally in the juniors, Kane also played several Futures events both in New Zealand & Australia before moving to the U.S to attend Bethany College in Kansas City. At Bethany College, he played #1 singles and #1 doubles and helped his team win the conference each year and qualify for the NAIA National tournament. Kane enjoys teaching all ages and levels emphasizing basic technique and fundamentals often using lots of live ball drills. Kane looks up to Roger Federer for his style of play and Andre Agassi for his return game.
Maryna, originally from Kiev, Ukraine, moved to the U.S. to attend college at Georgia State University, a division one school. After her college graduation, Maryna played professionally on the Pro Tour before starting her coaching career. She brings a wealth of experience as a high-level tournament player and coach, positive energy and technical know-how. Maryna enjoys coaching kids and adults of all skill levels. Her favorite players are Roger Federer and Monica Seles. Maryna, like Seles, also grew up with a two-handed forehand and backhand.
Kiran started playing tennis at the age of 5 in Dobbs Ferry, NY and was initially inspired by his mother. His father, a former professional player and renowned coach, helped shape Kiran as a player. Kiran was a top-ranked junior in the Eastern section and won the New York State Doubles title. He then went on to play Division I college tennis at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and subsequently at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Kiran also trained in Thailand with former Junior Wimbledon Champions under the legendary Coach Chuck Kriese. He admires Marat Safin for his on-court artistry and shot-making. Kiran enjoys preparing players for tournament play and seeing the human body do the impossible on the court.
Ariana, born and raised in the Bronx, started playing tennis at 8 years old. As a top ranked junior player, she trained at Stadium Tennis Center. Ariana achieved a top 20 ranking as a national junior player as well as competing and qualifying for various pro level events throughout her tennis career. Ariana played for The University of Louisville and held a top 50 national ranking in doubles and a top 10 ranking in the Ohio Valley Region. Ariana played Fed Cup for Puerto Rico alongside Monica Puig. As a teaching pro, she especially enjoys sharing her knowledge of the junior circuit, the pathway to college, and creating an environment that is both fun and focused on hard work and continuous improvement. Ariana is inspired by all-time greats Roger Federer and Serena Williams.
Wilson was born in the Dominican Republic and began his Tennis Professional career at Casa de Campo D.R. He played on the Junior Davis Cup representing his country from 2000-2003. Wilson brings lots of energy and technicality into his coaching. Wilson is well-liked amongst kids and adults. His idol is Roger Federer because of his “flawless” game.
Lucy, originally from Tepic, Mexico, grew up in Houston, Texas where she played junior tournaments and reached top 20 as a Junior in Texas. Lucy attended the University of Houston where she studied psychology. Lucy has been teaching for over a decade. On the court, she is a firm believer of hard work and fundamentals. Lucy’s favorite tennis players are Roger Federer in singles and Bob and Mike Bryan in doubles.
Alec is a native New Yorker who grew up in Manhattan. He started playing tennis at the age of 10. He was a strong tournament level player as a junior and played at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. Alec’s teaching style focuses highly on attention to technical details. On the court, Alec engages himself in a dynamic way combining feeding drills, live play and strategy so that students not only develop fundamental skills, but also to use tactical and strategic thinking in constructing points. Alec is great with all ages and skill levels. He admires Roger Federer for his nearly perfect technique, longevity and his ability to hold the entire match on his own racket.
“Coach Joe” was born and raised in the Bronx. He began playing tennis when he was 7 and learned to play with the iconic Jack Kramer wooden racquet. Joe learned to play by hitting on a wall until he got consistent. He was Captain of his High School Team. His daughter reignited his love for tennis and he has been coaching ever since. Joe has extensive experience teaching adults and is also great with kids. Coach Joe is inspired by Roger Federer’s relaxed, fluid playing style.
Matt was born in Manhattan and grew up in Queens and Long Island. He started tennis at the age of 12. Matt played Division 1 Tennis at Lafayette College. On the court, Matt makes sure that every player follows proper technique to prevent any injuries that could be caused by incorrect form. His favorite tennis player is Diego Schwartzman because he can relate to him and it shows that it doesn’t matter what size you are! Matt works closely with our Directors of Tennis overseeing the weekend junior program.
Bio coming soon.