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Red Ball (Ages 5-10)
Red Ball: Young players start with a red ball that is larger, slower and lighter. The smaller court and lower net is scaled to size for these players which allows them to cover the court, hit more balls and build confidence. At this stage, juniors develop their technique and learn simple tactics.
Orange Ball: Orange balls are the same size as a standard yellow ball, but are lighter and bounce lower. Play is on a mid-sized court with a standard net and juniors continue to build technique and tactical skills.
Green Ball: As junior players grow and build their skills for strokes, movement and tactics, they move to a full sized court. The green ball is slightly lighter and slower than a yellow ball which gives them more time to get to and return shots.
Yellow Ball – for the intermediate and advanced level players who aspire to compete in USTA tournaments or join their high school tennis team. The focus is on enhancing strokes and tactics for singles and doubles play.
Mary-Ann, a native New Yorker, grew up “next door” to the USTA National Tennis Center in New York City and worked at the US Open throughout her high school and college years. After receiving at BA from Barnard College and an MPA from New York University, Mary-Ann worked in Human Services and Health Care Policy and Finance, first in New York City and later in Boston.
Mary-Ann moved to Cambridge in 1998 and still lives there with her husband and two sons where she spends her time as a “professional” volunteer, reading, and playing tennis whenever possible.
John is a Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)-certified coach and player with over four decades of experience. As a junior player in his home country of England, he played at the Junior Wimbledon nationals and went on to compete at the highest level, eventually turning professional. He also competed on the men’s professional satellite circuit until a severe back injury forced him to retire from competing at the Qualifiers at Wimbledon. He trained closely with esteemed coach Lennie Heppell, a specialized movement “guru”, who also worked with sports greats Bjorn Borg, Steffi Graf, Kevin Keegan and Peter Shilton.
John joined his personal coaches of many years, Keith Reynolds (National Development Coach) and Ashley Broomhead, and coached at the Watchorn Tennis Club in Derbyshire, England where he trained over 20 national players and champions.
After moving to the United States in 1984, John took on the role of director and manager of the former Tennis 128 club in Burlington, Massachusetts. There he developed and managed all junior programs as well as organized competitive team and social tennis programs for adults.
Having spent the seven of the last years at the Marcus Lewis Tennis Center, five as High Performance Director, John looks forward to creating a great environment on and off the court!
Karen is a former New England ranked youth and Division I college player. After taking a long hiatus from the sport, she returned several years ago with a renewed interest and passion for teaching. She aspires to customize teaching according to the goals and preferred learning approaches of each student.
Karen enjoys many other sports and outdoor activities in her leisure time. She also enjoys working at improving her meditation practice and incorporating the mindfulness approach in her everyday life.
Ajay started playing tennis at the age of 6 at a small club near Pune India. He won his first title at the age of 9 at the Karnataka Tennis Open in Harihar. After that he continued to enjoy tennis but also played cricket and soccer for his school teams. Ajay again got into competitive tennis in his Junior and Senior years in high school; where he competed in various national tournaments across India. He then got a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Math, Accounting and Finance from Arizona and Texas. After that he has used his academic skills in various private and public enterprises helping them become more viable and profitable. He finished his last role as a Finance Controller at Medtronic. After the pandemic in 2020, Ajay decided that he wanted to follow his passion and have more time for his family. He started coaching soccer and tennis. He currently runs a soccer program for kids aged 6-12 at Torit Montessori. He also loves to coach tennis for all age groups and skill levels. Ajay loves to stay healthy and enjoys the outdoors. He spends a lot of time helping his son master all that he has learnt over many years. Tennis, Soccer, Biking, Hiking, Chess, Rock Climbing. Ajay brings an intense personality to his tennis and as a instructor pushes his students to be the best players possible. His coaching style is filled with lots of education about the game and bringing strong habits that will build muscle memory to play with good footwork and develop consistency.
Paul started playing tennis as a teen in the former USSR where he played in regional and state tournaments. He continued playing tennis while at college at Northeastern University. During his high tech and entrepreneurial career, he eventually began coaching. Paul coached both kids and adults, all levels from total beginner to experienced and advanced. His approach to the game is very structured yet flexible. He emphasizes proper modern fundamentals (e.g., grips, technique, footwork, kinetic chain body mechanics, physical and mental conditioning, etc.) and allows his students to find and develop their own unique style while moving forward at a comfortable pace and enjoying the process.