Red Ball: Young players start with a red ball that is larger, slower and lighter. The smaller court and lower net are 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.
Katie grew up in Lancaster, MA before heading out to sunny California and graduating from Cal State University with a BA in Film Development minoring in CS. After college, she spent 10yrs as the Director of Production in the advergaming space, working with many major brands including: Miller Light, UFC, WWE, Nascar, Unilever, Live Nation, Hard Rock Casino and more. Settling back in Harvard, Ma with her family of 4 (+ a boxer pup), she currently works in Product Development for a purchase intent data driven marketing firm. Her tennis skills are nothing to brag about (yet) and in her free time she sits on the board of 3 local charities while enjoying a family who is active in baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and golf.
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.
Nick learned to play the game at an early age from his father. Playing on hard true courts at the Hyannis Port Club during the summers, he went on to play #1 on the Deerfield Academy JV team. Attending the Nick Bolletieri tennis camp in Florida and the Nike tennis camp in Santa Cruz, CA, Nick furthered his tennis skills. Nick is excited to return to the game of tennis after spending much time in College and beyond playing squash. He is now coaches and teaches both sports, finding their harmony less elusive.
Matt Chandler was a native of North Carolina before finding his way up here in the Northeast near the Marcus Lewis Tennis Center. In his 37th year as a teaching professional, Matt joined the MLTC in 2014. Matt was nationally ranked as a junior player and rose to #4 in singles and #1 in doubles in North Carolina. He had an impressive record of 84-4 and also made it to the state finals twice. His playing ability earned him a four-year athletic scholarship into college. After competing in numerous prize money events, Matt ultimately decided to take his expertise into teaching tennis. He achieved the highest rating of Professional 1 with the United States Professional Tennis Association. As a Director of Tennis and Head Tennis Professional at various prestigious facilities, he was voted “Top 3 Tennis Professionals” in South Carolina. Matt has worked with thousands of Junior and Adult Players alike from the beginner to nationally ranked level. He has simplified teaching methods and an ability to assist his clients in an energetic, yet easy to understand way. Matt spends his spare time with his two beautiful children, Michael and Emma.
David graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont with a BA in mathematics, and moved to Massachusetts shortly afterward. He has worked in the IT industry for many years, as a software developer and as an IT consultant. When not working, David can be found tackling some of the many things needed to keep an old farmhouse going, or taking walks with his dog.
An avid tennis fan and player from a young age, David has played in, and captained, USTA and North Shore League teams. Years ago, David and his wife Lisa also ran the Groton (Nashoba) tennis tournament held at Lawrence Academy in Groton.
Jess grew up locally playing tennis in Chelmsford during the summer. She went on to graduate with a marketing degree from Florida State University and work in corporate finance for 15 years. After having her second child she took a step back from work to focus on family.
She enjoys spending time with her family and walking their dog. Jess’ children have discovered a love for tennis and have really enjoyed the Marcus Lewis Tennis Center programming.
Michelle started playing tennis at age 7, part of a family where everyone played constantly. She grew up competing in the junior and club leagues in Venezuela. She joined the club in 2016 and completed the MLTC instructor training course in 2020 and has been teaching for MLTC since. She has continued to play tennis competitively on several USTA and CMITA teams. In 2019, after 30 years working in the corporate world, first as a management consultant and then as a Director of Supply Chain and Corporate Venturing. she decided to reinvent herself as a teacher. She now teaches full time high school Spanish at the Framingham High School and earned her Masters in Education this year.
Michelle grew up in Venezuela, where she obtained a degree in Industrial Engineering from Universidad Metropolitana. She then moved to the US to complete her MBA from Cornell University in 1996. She moved to New England after graduate school and settled in the Acton area, where she resides with her husband and three kids and two dogs.
Jennifer received her BS Degree in Business Management from Lesley
University. In her professional career she held numerous positions in
marketing and event management. Over the last 15 years she managed corporate
events with EMC and Dell Technologies.
Recently retired, Jennifer jumped into the Pickleball craze. In 2022, she
found the Marcus Lewis Tennis Center as an outlet for her passion with both
round robin play and instruction. She and her husband spend winters in
Florida in a community that offers 241 pickleball courts and a wide variety
of opportunities to play. Jennifer also enjoys golf, hiking, biking, and
most anything outside. She has 3 grandkids in Massachusetts and other
family in Massachusetts and Florida.
Phil Kadesch grew up locally in Winchester, Massachusetts, picking up tennis at the age of 11. As he became older, he held the #1 junior ranking in doubles in the 16’s and 18’s. He also made it to the state finals and lost to Ferdi Taygen who would go on to become the #8 world ranked doubles player in the world.
Phil likewise played on the circuit and managed to rise to 546 in singles and a career high of 429 in doubles before succumbing to a shoulder injury.
After returning to New England and beginning his teaching career, Phil continued to play and become one of the most accomplished lifetime players that New England has ever seen. He has held the #1 position in New England in the Men’s Open Singles/Doubles, Men’s 35’s, 45’s, 50’s, 55’s Singles/Doubles and he was #2 in the country in the 40’s. He has also been #1 in Mixed Doubles playing with his wife, Leah. In 2005, Phil was inducted into the New England Hall of Fame for his playing accomplishments. In total, he has an amazing record of having been #1 over 20 times throughout his life.
For decades, Phil has shared his vast knowledge of the game with both juniors and adults. He has coached many juniors into sectional and national positions. He has also led a wide array of adult teams into finishing their seasons at the top of their division.
As Marcus Lewis’s first coach and mentor, Marcus attributes much of his tennis knowledge to Phil’s influence. Having Phil as the club’s Director of High Performance was the perfect addition to the ever-expanding Marcus Lewis Tennis Center.
Sabrina was born in Italy and graduated Genoa University with a Foreign Languages and Literature Degree. While living in Florence she worked as a High School teacher. She speaks fluent Italian, English, German, French and Spanish.
After moving to the United States in 2012 she was completely dedicated to her family. Sabrina lives in Lunenburg with her husband, Domenico who is a tennis Pro at MLTC, two daughters, Martina and Gaia, both working in their free time at MLTC too and her dog Luna.
She loves life, people and tennis. In her spare time, besides having fun on the tennis court with her family, she enjoys walking and hiking with her dog, swimming, travelling, listening to music and dancing.