The McCarren Team
OUR TOP TIER TENNIS COACHES ARE UNITED IN A SINGLE GOAL: TO HELP YOU BECOME THE BEST POSSIBLE PLAYER YOU CAN BE.
JEFF AMURAO, Director of Tennis
Jeff is a USPTA Elite Level and PTR Professional Certified Coach with a specific training in junior and adult competitive player development. He was a top flight USTA junior and former Division I player at Georgetown University. Jeff founded the Advanced Junior Academy Competitive Training Program at NYSC Cobble Hill as well as the Junior & Adult High Performance Programs at the Mill Basin Tennis Club (now Matchpoint) and the Adult High Performance Program at the Prospect Park Tennis Center in Brooklyn. Jeff has also coached tournament level players at the historic Heights Casino Club in Brooklyn as well as the Armonk Tennis Club and Armonk Indoor in upstate New York. An intelligent and adaptive coach with a depth and breadth of technical knowledge and match wisdom, Jeff leads the exceptional pro staff at McCarren Tennis Center.
ISMAEL ÁLVAREZ, Head Pro
Ismael is a developmental and high performance tennis coach from Spain, where he began playing at 4 years old. He has a deep passion for the sport and tries to pass that on to his players every single day. Ismael has taught at the Sanchez-Casal Academy in Barcelona as well as Jufer Sport Club in Viladecans, Spain. As a coach, Ismael gives 110% to all of his students and enjoys coaching all levels from developing beginner skill sets to tournament level players.
ALEKSANDRA PAVLOVIC, Senior Pro
Originally from Serbia, Aleksandra Pavlovic came to the United States to compete for Long Island University Brooklyn. During her time at LIU, the team won the NEC Conference and making it to the finals 2 years in a row. Prior to leaving Serbia, Aleksandra competed in ITF tournaments and was ranked number 3 in the Serbian National 18 and over list. Aleksandra has always been a very spirited competitor, and now she brings the same passion to her teaching. For the past seven years, Aleksandra has been working with children and adults ranging from fresh beginner to highly advanced hitters. During her grad studies she had the opportunity to assist the Head Coach of the Women’s Tennis Team at Long Island University Brooklyn. She has worked at tennis clubs in NYC and Southampton NY. Over the past year, Aleksandra has also created and runs tennis programs at El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Elementary School.
NICK BORAK, Senior Pro
Nick is a Pro Level certified USPTA coach with an extensive background in high performance training. He is a recent Fordham University graduate and a Division I team member. Nick was named Fordham's Player of the Year for 2017. Nick is a former singles player for perennial powerhouse Brooklyn Tech and was a PSAL doubles champion in 2010 and a finalist in 2011.
JUAN LONEY, Staff Pro / Adult Tennis Coordinator
Juan Loney has over fifteen years of experience teaching tennis to children and adults of all ages. Juan started playing tennis when he was 12 yrs old and was eventually ranked in the top 50 in the Missouri 18 & unders. Juan was also among the top ranked doubles players in the City of St. Louis. Following an NCAA Division III collegiate tennis career at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois, Juan began coaching in New York City, managing Bronx Public School 214 as NYJTL Site Director. He has taught at many top NYC tennis clubs including Club Fit, Mill Basin Health & Racquet Club, Vanderbilt Tennis Club, Yorkville Tennis Club, Sutton East Tennis Club and Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club. Juan has a BFA in Theater and MFA in Film, Media & Communications. He is happy to be a part of McCarren’s staff!
DHRUV VYAS, Staff Pro / Assistant Programs Coordinator
Dhruv Vyas is a GPTCA and PTR certified tennis coach. He is multiple year state champion and former top 60 national junior in India. He began teaching at age of 17 and has since gone on to teach in the Netherlands, Germany, Hungary, Florida and Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Dhruv is very excited to join the McCarren Tennis Center staff.
BOGDAN SHEREMET, Staff Pro
Bogdan is a former top 20 national junior player from Ukraine who competed extensively as an ETA junior tournament player. He now applies his high performance background toward coaching aspiring players in the New York metropolitan area. "Bogie" has worked at numerous clubs in the surrounding area including the Mill Basin Health and Racquet Club, Matchpoint NYC and the Atlantic Beach Tennis Club.
EKATERINA IAKOLEVA, Staff Pro
Kate is a native of Russia and trained at CSKA, her country’s largest tennis academy. She achieved both singles and doubles WTA rankings and an ITF ranking of 170. A standout at Division I Morgan State University where she received a full tuition athletic scholarship, Kate played both # 1 singles and doubles, receiving Female Athlete of the Year and Team MVP awards from Fall 2012 to Spring 2013. She finished that season with a 21-2 singles record including a 20 match win streak. Kate has taught at JMTA Randalls Island, City View in LIC, Manhattan Plaza Racquet Club and Atlantic Beach Tennis Center.
ALEX TEPPER, Staff Pro
Alex Tepper is a former native of Stockholm. Alex started playing tennis at an early age and discovered straight away that tennis was his sport. He began competing on an international level at age 12 and represented the Swedish National Team for several years. He was ranked as high as #3 in juniors in Sweden, won the Jr Nationals in doubles 3 times, and played in the Orange Bowl, losing in the quarterfinals. At the age of 16, Alex started at the Tretorn Tennis Academy in Scandinavia. Alex also competed in Futures level tour events. Tepper has over 10 years of coaching experience including his position as former head coach for TC Bertrange in Luxembourg. He has studied manual medicine for 5 years at the Scandinavian college of manual medicine and is a licensed sports massage therapist and chiropractor.
SOPHIA DZULYNSKY, Staff Pro
Sophia is a recently graduated DI competitive player from Hollywood, Florida. As a junior, she was ranked among the top 5 in the USTA Florida league, reaching finals of Sectionals and Nationals. Sophia served as a hitting-partner for the 2012-2013 Sony Ericsson (Miami Open) training with players such as Victoria Azarenka, Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Kim Cljisters and Olivier Rochus.
During her college career, Sophia competed in the Division 1 MAAC conference, achieving a two-time player of the year award and an athlete of the year award and lead her team to 3 Conference Championships. Sophia previously taught at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy in Florida and the Ross School on Long Island. She strives to create a fun environment for all ages and levels and works on improving fundamentals, strokes and strategies.
SHWETA RANA, Staff Pro
Shweta is a former Asia and India junior #1 and has achieved a world ranking of 527 in womens singles and 502 in doubles. She represented India in both Jr. and Sr. Fed Cup competition. Shweta holds 2 WTA doubles titles and is a 9 time WTA tour doubles finalist. She has coached under 18 national and ITF junior players and has also travelled as a hitting partner for top 20 womens players. Shweta is excited to be in the US to both train and coach.
ANDY NEIMAN, Staff Pro
Andy Neiman grew up in Argentina and has been a tennis lover for about 30 years. He competed as a junior with Club Náutico Hacoaj winning multiple metropolitan tournaments. With great passion, he decided to pay it forward and became a tennis instructor. Andy has trained players at TenisPoint, one of the largest academies in Buenos Aires. In 2001, he moved to New York to attend University, and was a proud member of the Hofstra University Tennis Team (Division I). Since moving to the States he has coached at Camp Ramah in The Berkshires as well as Sportime Harbor Island in Westchester. After recently moving to Brooklyn, Andy is looking forward to teaching this beautiful sport again.
ROMINA ADUM-BUSTAMANTE, Staff Pro
Romina began playing tennis at the age of 9. She developed an immediate passion for the game, playing in local and national junior tournaments in her home country of Ecuador since the age of 12. Romina was ranked #2 nationally in Ecuador by the age of 17. She also played junior tournaments in the United States, including Bolletieri, and won the Sekou Bongoura Junior Championship in 2007. She finished second in Ecuador's Junior championship and was ranked No. 34 in 16's in Florida in 2007. Romina played for UNC Charlotte as a freshman in college, then transferred to Newberry College to play #2 in the lineup in order to help the team reach the finals of the South Athletic Division II Conference. There she also developed a passion for teaching, and was the eventual head coach at the summer Nike Tennis Camp in Boston for two years. Upon graduation Romina moved to NYC and has taught at clubs including Sutton East, Yorkville and Bumblebee Tennis. "Tennis is such a fun and dynamic sport!"
AKILAH JAMES, Staff Pro
Akilah James was born in Brooklyn, New York. She was introduced to tennis at a very young age by her father, Augustine James from St. Georges, Grenada. As a teenager, Akilah received a full scholarship to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. Shortly after, she received a full scholarship to the University of Arizona where she played positions 3 and 4. She now competes on the ITF circuit and has obtained a singles career high of 678. Akilah brings both her contagious smile and her high performance player background to her coaching.
ALEJANDRA GOMEZ, Fitness Trainer
Alejandra is a NASM certified personal fitness trainer specializing in tennis specific fitness as well as general health training and nutrition. She works privately with clients throughout NYC and in private and small group training at NYSC Greenpoint, Brooklyn.