FOUNDER / DIRECTOR OF TENNIS
Vincent brings significant tennis experience to the program with over 15 years of teaching and coaching.
Vincent is a USPTA Certified Elite Tennis Professional, a former UCLA All-American and professional ATP player.
He was a top 10 junior in France, before being recruited by the No. 1-ranked University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) tennis team. During his senior year, he was ranked in the top 4 NCAA Division I. Vincent graduated in 1998 with a degree in Economics.
Upon graduation, he played on the professional circuit (ATP Tour) at the Grand Prix level including worldwide top players such as Sampras, Agassi, Ferrero, Federer, Hewitt and Roddick. He retired from the professional tour in 2001 at the Mercedes Benz Cup Tournament in Los Angeles.
Notable wins over Vincent’s tennis career were Mike Brian (ranked career high #1 in the world in doubles), Nikolay Davydenko (ranked as high as #3 in singles), Jonathan Erlich (ranked as high as #5 in doubles), Thomas Johansson (ranked as high as #7 in singles) and Hicham Arazi (ranked career high of #22 in singles). Vincent was also a hitting partner for Natalie Tauziat (ranked as high as #3 in the world), Peng Shuai (ranked as high as #1 in the world in doubles); and Mary Pierce (ranked as high as #3 in the world) during her first Grand Slam win in Paris in 2000. He then acquired some coaching experience on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) tour with local players.
He has been teaching and coaching junior, college and professional players all over Orange County for 15 years, and he is very excited and enthusiastic to bring and develop his tennis program in Aliso Viejo.
Head Tennis Professional
Paul brings 30 years of coaching experience and holds 3 professional certifications (USPTR, USPTA, CPT).
He has worked with renowned coaches and mentors such as Dennis Van Der Meer of the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy, Joseph Lizardo (Former Davis Cup Coach) of the Lizardo Tennis Academy and Ivan Lendl of the prestigious Grand Slam Tennis Academy in New York.
Paul has headed the development of nationally ranked juniors, amateur and ATP tour players. In addition to his tennis experience, Paul is a certified athletic development coach with a specialization in sports-specific training for tennis athletes. He has also worked with professional and Olympic sport athletes at Redline Athletics.
Paul was a top junior in South Carolina and has competed in ATP 1000 tournaments. He currently trains top junior players in Southern California. He is also the director of OpenEye Tennis and specializes in tracking, measuring and improving swing performance through visual analytics. He is very excited to be a part of French Junior Tennis and sharing his knowledge of the game.
Jill is a former WTA Pro player and a USPTA certified tennis professional with over 25 years of extensive experience teaching juniors and adults of all ages and skill levels, from beginning to advanced.
As a top USTA nationally ranked junior, she was trained by some of the top coaches in the world, such as Robert Lansdorp (coached Tracy Austin, Lindsey Davenport, Maria Sharapova and Pete Sampras), Pancho Segura (coached Jimmy Connors) and lastly at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. She was ranked top 20 nationally, and also competed on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior world circuit.
She then went to play college tennis at the University of Pacific Stockton California (Division I) where she received a full tennis scholarship. After graduating, Jill went on to play professionally on the WTA Tour, and she was able to play at the Grand Slam level in the French Open in Paris, France.
Some of her coaching experience has been acquired through Allen Fox Tennis Academy and John Newcomb Tennis Academy. Jill coached many advanced ranked junior players at the high school, regional and national level. She considers tennis as her passion and is very excited to be part of French Junior Tennis along with sharing her knowledge and love of the game.
Abba Ghasemi Hesar
Abbi has almost 15 years of coaching experience and holds the Professional Tennis Coach Certification with the USPTA, and USTA Coach Youth Tennis.
He loves teaching tennis, especially to children, having acquired 10 years experience teaching kids 10 and under. He believes that the game of tennis can become a fun part of each child’s lifestyle and wishes to pass his true passion for the game to his students.
Abbi played tennis competitively at a national level and was a national champion in three other sports (Gold medalist): beach soccer, wrestling, and water polo.
He is very excited to be a part of French Junior Tennis.