PROFESSIONAL TENNIS STAFF

ANDY VEAL

DIRECTOR OF TENNIS

Originally from Sussex, England, Andy represented England in Junior International competition; was a three-time college All-American, and the number 1 ranked NAIA college player in the United States. A Magna Cum Lauda graduate from Lander University, South Carolina, he was an academic All-American in 1982 and 1983; and was inducted into the Lander University Hall of Fame. Andy holds an Elite Pro rating with the USPTA and is a Master Pro with the PTR, specializing in Performance players.  He has coached top 25 players on the Men’s ATP Grand Prix Circuit and has been ranked the #1 Pro in Nashville and Tennessee. In recent years he coached Brentwood High School to two State Championships and was Tennessee High School Coach of the Year in 2012. Andy was PTR Tennessee Professional of the Year 2014 and is a certified USTA High Performance Coach serving on Southern Cup, Zonal, and National Team events.


BLAIN SMITH

HEAD TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Blain has 35 plus years of tennis teaching experience. Former 22 year employee of the Metro Board of Parks/Centennial Tennis Center. 13 years as Director of Tennis Operations. Currently holds two certification pathways: 10 & under and adult development with the PTR and a P1 certification with the USPTA. Blain was named the state’s Professional Tennis Registry member of the year for 2014. He served on the Board of Tennis Nashville and 10 & Under Junior Competition Committee for the state. Former state Endorser for the Tennessee Junior Competition Committee. Prior coach for 12 & Under Zonals, local Area Training Centers and 10 & Under High Performance Camps. Director and host of numerous Professional, National, Sectional and Local Tournaments.  Blain is an accomplished adult tournament and league player who loves this great game of Tennis and the players, families and friends it added to his life.

GEOFF HERNANDEZ

STAFF TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Geoff comes to us from Portland Oregon. Competing in Canada, Geoff was the #1 junior in British Columbia in 16's and 18's while reaching a ranking of #2 in Canada for 16 and under, and  reached a #1 ranking in the 18's playing in national and international junior events. This led him to play for the Portland Pilots for 4 years where he finished his collegiate career as team captain while playing the number 1 and 2 spot in singles and doubles. The team reached the schools best ever ranking of #45 in the NCAA Div 1 his senior year. After graduating, Geoff competed on the ITF futures tour for a year with a few ATP Challenger appearances. He has coached at EHIT tennis club in East Hampton, NY as well as the West Hills Racquet and Fitness Club in Portland, OR working in junior development. He is currently the Head Men's Coach at Lipscomb University.

 

KADHIM ALZUBAIDI

STAFF TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

Kadhim joined the staff in February 2013 and is a    tremendous addition to the coaching staff. He played Davis Cup for Iraq and was a National Champion from 1987 – 1993 playing on the future and satellite pro tours. He moved into coaching and has been the Head Coach for the Jordan National Team and coach for the Qatar National Team. He is ITF certified with many specialty areas including mental toughness training. He is currently a USTA High Performance Coach and works predominately with our younger performance players.