SUPER DUPER TEAM
Our hand selected coaches are highly qualified and experienced, USTA 10 and Under certified and trained, and background checked. In addition to the instructor’s qualifications, our coaches all share and display a passion for kids and the sport. We focus on hiring not only experienced coaches, but coaches with great personalities and abilities to connect with kids in order to make tennis a fun learning experience and hopefully a lifelong sport for them.
Founder & Managing Director - Zani
Zani lives and breathes tennis. Ever since she picked up her first racket at the age of 4, she was hooked.
She had an extensive junior tennis career - including top rankings in the state of Georgia, the South and in the nation. Zani went on to play for Division 1 Syracuse University on a full tennis scholarship and later transferred to the University of Georgia. After working in the corporate fashion world for 10 years, Zani switched her heels to tennis sneakers and started teaching kids and adults in her NYC neighborhood. Word quickly spread of Coach Z’s exciting and energetic lessons and demand for an organized tennis program for kids grew! Zani then started Super Duper Tennis in 2014 to provide an opportunity for kids to experience the FUN of learning tennis.
Zani is also a mom of 5 year old, who is already prepping for her Wimbledon 2030 debut.
NJ - Regional PROGRAM DIRECTOR & HEAD COACH - Leo
Coach Leo is a USPTA Certified Professional Coach. He grew up on the Jersey Shore - a late starter in tennis, he picked up a racquet for the first time when he was 13 and took to the sport quickly – he had found his passion, and hasn’t stopped playing since. As a 4-year varsity team member and 3-year Captain of his team, he played three years at first singles and helped bring home a division title in 2000. Leo was also an All-Shore and All-State soccer player.
In 2014, after a few years on Wall St., Leo picked up his tennis gear and hit the courts – quickly establishing a loyal clientele in the North Jersey Metro Area. Leo has since earned his certificate as a USPTA Professional Coach and has devoted himself to continuing his education in tennis and sharing it with others. As NJ’s Regional Manager, his goal is to make his city (Hoboken) and surrounding cities a hotbed for youth tennis.
NY - REGIONAL MANAGER & HEAD COACH - STEVEn
Coach Steven is a USTA 10 and Under Certified Coach. Born and raised in the Bronx, Coach Steven started playing tennis at the age of 6. Basketball was his first sport but he decided to stick with tennis.
He is finished his bachelor's degree in business management and enjoyed a stellar playing career at Wilkes University in Pennsylvania. As a member and captain of the tennis team he won Rookie of the Year, First team all conference all four years and a two-time Player of the Year.
He has been teaching tennis for five years and loves the thought of putting a racquet in a child's hand to give them the same opportunity tennis has provided him in his life.
NJ - MANAGER & COACH - JOY ANN
(+ NY Operations Admin)
Languages: English & American Sign Language
Despite a later start to her tennis career, Joy fell in love with the sport during her Sophomore year. By her Junior year, she made second doubles varsity and became a semi finalist in the Hudson County High School Tennis Championships. She was also named to the All Hudson County Tennis Team.
She recently graduated from Kean University with a Bachelor’s in Arts of Psychology.
She has been coaching since 2015 and has enjoyed sharing her love for the sport with future tennis champions!
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