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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

6 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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