Juan Garcia, a seasoned USPTA professional, invokes 25 years of ball-swatting savvy to teach tennis players of all ages and skill sets. Forehands and backhands flourish during Juan’s one-on-one tennis lessons, which train players in such racket-wielding rudiments as baseline and volley play, footwork and conditioning, and tactical stratagems for outwitting ball machines. Juan weaves his passion and positivity into every tutorial, working to comfortably push each student's game to a higher level.
Established in 1970, Coto Valley Country Club enriches the lush landscape of the Coto De Caza Valley with acres of family-friendly facilities dedicated to sports, fitness, and relaxation. Atop the blue-and-green plane of 10 tennis courts, players can hug the baseline, return heated serves, or weave yellow ball fuzz into the net during friendly matches or lessons from one of the resident aces. Idyllic trees and rustic riding trails surround the equestrian center, where horses bound over hurdles at the show-jumping course or dart across the polo field. The club also offers a variety of fitness activities and amenities, from boot-camp and karate classes for keeping bodies in shape to massage therapists for assuaging the lingering pain from napping on the elliptical machine. As a more tranquil alternative, guests can always simply laze by the poolside or stroll the fragrant gardens before unwinding with a drink at the bar or an alfresco meal on the outdoor patio.
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At age 11, Todd Wonkka caught the tennis bug from mother. His athleticism was in full swing by college, but a knee injury shifted him from the role of competitor to teacher. Todd has since gained a teaching certification from the U.S. Professional Tennis Association and accumulated 13 years of coaching and whistle-twirling experience. His group and private lessons cater to players of all ages and abilities, tailoring each session to meet students' needs. During a session, Todd might walk players through footwork, topspin and slice serves, or how to wallop short-angle shots at opponents or the button that silences a car alarm.
Under the expert tutelage of former pro Brandon Sieh, ball-swatting beginners will learn tennis basics, while rehearsed racketeers will discover new techniques to close out matches and improve their games. During the 60-minute lesson, Brandon, a specialist in women's doubles play, can help better backhands, spring a spin on serves, fine-tune footwork, shine up short angle shots, and key students in on which shade of white tennis shorts proves most distracting to opponents.