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Tennis Instructor

Lara I.

Hattiesburg, MS (2 locations)

  • USPTA Certified
  • Years Teaching: 6
  • Years Playing: 14
  • Levels Taught:
  • Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches:
  • Kids, Juniors, Adults, Seniors
Lessons Starting at $62/hr
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About Me

My name is Lara, I am Brazilian, and I have been a tennis player for 14 years. In 2016, I scored 7 points for the WTA singles ranking, and I reached 1028th position on the WTA doubles ranking. I have a lot of experience with kids, middle-aged and older-aged. I taught tennis in Brazil for four years (until 2017). Within this time, I would play the professional ITF Circuit, and help professional tennis players with their practice, and work as hitting partner for many of them. The most relevant tennis players I was hitting partner with were: Montserrat Gonzalez (current 363 WTA), Steffi Carruthers (reached 662 WTA), Yvonne Cavalle-Reimers (reached 334 WTA), Pei-Chi Lee (reached 389 WTA), Nadia Podoroska (reached 158 WTA), and Guadalupe Perez Rojas (reached 410 WTA). In 2017, I played college tennis on a full scholarship for a NCAA Division I college, but I had to drop due to an injury. In 2018, I worked as assistant coach at the Nike Tennis Camps in Hattiesburg, MS. I am currently in Mallorca, Spain, teaching and practicing at Unity Tennis.

In the end of my childhood and during my teenage years, I was coached by Didier Rayon, a famous French coach who developed and coached many of the successful Brazilian professional tennis players. I also had clinics at Sanchez–Casal Tennis Academy three times, where I also had private lessons with Sergio Casal. Moreover, I learned directly from big names of tennis coaches, as the Argentinian Javier Degreef, and the Brazilians Roberto Carvalho, Renato Pereira, and Larri Passos (who formed Gustavo Kuerten – who won 3 French Opens and a Masters Cup). Therefore, I have experience and good knowledge of tennis techniques and tactics, which are applied and taught to the students.

I know how to manage tennis courts environments. I can schedule appointments for the use of the courts, string rackets, organize matches and championships, and I can always learn and execute other skills.

My three base principles for a good tennis lesson are: to be fun, to move and exercise the body, and to always learn something. To provide that to the students, I have knowledge of a lot of drills, exercises, and tips to help them, and I can always adapt and apply different exercises according to the tennis abilities, physical capabilities, and age of each tennis player.

My main qualities for teaching social tennis, besides my principles as a tennis teacher and coach, are the facts that I love to entertain and teach people, and that I love everything surrounding this wonderful sport. Moreover, I like to provide good experiences to people, and to keep my environment clean, organized, peaceful, fun, relaxed and cozy. I am sure that this mix fits perfectly on this job's profile. I know that many people who look for social tennis are mainly focused in having fun and learning, and I am very capable and ready to do this job.

As a coach for advanced and high-performance tennis players, or for those who seek to reach this level, my experiences as a player are very productive: I have been on their shoes once, so I understand their challenges, emotions, and expectations. Furthermore, during my own development as a player and as a coach, I learned how to deal with all the different situations that a tennis player has to deal with – both in-court and off-court – and I learned the most efficient ways to develop all the skills and abilities necessary to them.

Teaching Style

My teaching is fully personalized according to the student needs and preferences.

Teaching Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Court

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • Kamper Park (Hattiesburg Zoo)
  • 107 S 17th Ave
  • Hattiesburg, MS 39401
  • Tatum Park
  • Parkway Blvd
  • Hattiesburg, MS 39401