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Tara J.

Washington, DC

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About Tara

I am a former competitively ranked USTA player from the East Coast. I am also a former competitive middle distance runner. I ran NCAA Division I track at American University, and at the same time, began coaching tennis professionally in the summer seasons. I obtained the United States Professional Tennis Registry teaching certification in 2009. I would manage and coach several tennis camps and clinics to hundreds of students for the head coaches of both Drew University and Steven's Institute of Technology in New Jersey as a seasonal coach. I was also an instructor at two local tennis clubs, which gave me experience teaching different ages and skill levels for private lessons, group lessons, managing camps. As both a former collegiate athlete and now tennis coach, I have learned the different types of conditioning for what it takes to be in shape as an athlete and/or a competitive player. I have resided in Washington D.C. since 2012 and obtained my student portfolio here teaching more than 100 students.

Teaching Style & Experience

My teaching style is typically dependent on the level and the age, but is structured around repetition and evaluation. My philosophy is a to have a strong foundation: Particularly from beginners to intermediates, I teach and drill, then we evaluate and we move on. For younger students, I emphasize learning through games to keep it fun but still emphasizing repetition and evaluation before we move on. Here we get the basics right before anything. For advanced players, I emphasize drills and some conditioning; rallying will be an emphasis. Tournament players are expected to have a goal they want to reach and together we will construct a training plan; however, my emphasis here is conditioning. For players beyond beginners, the first lesson with me is an evaluation and then we will construct a plan to meet your tennis goals. My specialties are teaching the forehand and serve.

Years Playing

15 Years

Years Teaching

7 Years

  • Seniors
  • Adults
  • Juniors
  • Kids
  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
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  • American University Tennis Courts
  • 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW
  • Washington, DC
  • Turtle Park Tennis Courts
  • 45th and Van Ness St
  • Washington, DC
  • Wilson High School Tennis Courts
  • 3950 Chesapeake Street
  • Washington, DC
  • Friendship Recreation Center
  • 4500 Van Ness Street
  • Washington, DC

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Student Feedback

Tara asked me what things in particular I wanted to work on and then we went to work on them. If some sort of visual aid or technique did not work, we tried another. This was most evident in learning topspin in my ground strokes and my serve. She also tried to ensure it was fun so at the end of each lesson we played some games specific to what we were working on.

Greg M. - 05/08/2015

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