Hi, my name is Lauro, everyone calls me "Coach Larry". I have been a tennis buff since the age of twelve, and was among the first graduates of the prestigious Willie Hernandez Sr. Tennis Academy in Manila. The Academy has produced the top tennis stars of the country, and had great success in the Asian Games, Fed Cup, and Davis Cup since 1979. Under the sponsorship of statesman and philanthropist, Don Manuel Elizalde, the Tennis Academy retained legendary Filipino coaches such as Johnny Jose, celebrity broadcaster Willie Hernandez Sr., and Felicisimo Ampon.
The “Mighty Might” (as he was known during the pre-open era), Felicisimo Ampon is considered the greatest Filipino tennis player having the longest winning streak in Davis Cup history, and reaching the quarterfinals of multiple Major Tennis Grand Slams. Once labeled, “the greatest tennis player in the world pound-for-pound.” Standing only 5-foot tall, Ampon was beating the likes of Ken Rosewall (AUS) , Bill Talbert (USA), and Pancho Gonzales (USA). It was a great honor and privilege for me to learn the game through his tutelage.
I was Head Varsity Boys’ Tennis Coach at Wakefield High School in Arlington, VA until 2016. Prior to that I was Head Coach of the girl's varsity team, and former Head Coach of Maret High School (private) in Washington, D.C. Maret is considered as one of the best selective private schools in D.C. At present, I am a Head Coach for USTA Mid-Atlantic's TGA Premier Tennis programs.
- Under 18 Juniors Single’s Runner-up (ZAT) The Philippine National Games ( 1979, 1980)
- Men’s Singles Champion (5.0 category) - Army and Navy Club Invitational (1982)
- Quarter Finalist World Youth Cup ( now Junior Davis Cup) Team (1984)
- Club Tennis Pro/Coach – US Army and Navy Club / Freelance Instructor Manila Polo Club (1982-84)
- Quarter Finalist – Men’s Singles Philippine National Games (Capitol Region, 1983, 1984)
- High Performance Trainer - Jr. Philippine Davis Cup Team (1986, 87)
- TV Producer/Director NCAA, SEA Games, Philippine Open (Tennis) ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corp. (1992-2002)
- TV Producer/Director ( Philippine Broadcast) Summer Olympics: 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000.
- Recipient- President’s (Obama) Outstanding Volunteer (Community Service/Sports) 2015
- NOVA Tennis Coaches Association - Member
- VHSL (Virginia High School League) Certified Coach
- DCSAA High School Tennis Coach
- PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) - Member
- USTA (U.S. Tennis Association) High School Tennis Coach
- USTA / TGA Premier Tennis - Head Coach/Private Instructor - current
I instill a PASSION for the game. Enthusiasm and passion always breeds success!
Lesson Structure (Performance USTA parameters): Dynamic warm up. Racquet warm up. Agility, balance, coordination, and movement drills. Stroke production. Game situation drills. Cool down phase.
Specialty: To impart life lessons through the tennis, especially to the youth: to win honorably, lose gracefully, respect authority, work with others and stay out of trouble.
- Mason District Park
- 6621 Columbia Pike
- Annandale, VA 22003
- Wakefield Hs
- 1325 S Dinwiddie St
- Arlington, VA 22206
- Any Court Near You
- Woodbridge, VA 22191
Lauro is very flexible to find a time that works for you. I have improved my groundstrokes significantly thanks to Lauro. I would recommend him to anybody looking for classes in the NoVa area.
Coach Larry was great with the kids, both beginners. Very kind and clear as he made his assessment and began teaching them. They are looking forward to going back for more tennis lessons.
Larry is very patient and great to work with, especially for a beginner. He is very technical and really helped explain to me why the racket needs to be held a certain way and how to change the angle of my swing to achieve the best results. I felt a vast improvement after my first session with him and I look forward to continuing more lessons with him.
I've only recently started to work with Lauro but am already seeing the difference. I've had other coaches who are set in their ways about the "best" way to serve, the "best" way to hit - etc. But Lauro, with his extensive experience, is committed to finding YOUR "best" way. I've left each lesson noticing real improvement and I'm excited to keep on improving!
Larry is a great Coach. I have been "off the racket" for a few years and Coach Larry made it so easy to pick it back up again. He provided amazing tips and helped me to improve my form and technique (and in only one lesson!). It was a great work out as well. I plan to continue to work with Coach Larry in the future. If you are looking for someone with a lot of experience who is willing to be patient and work to improve all areas of your game, then Coach Larry is the one!
Me and my son are extremely happy with coach Larry , he was very kind and patient with son Jonah
We can't wait to have next lesson .
Thank you so much !!
I absolutely loved my first lesson with Lauro. He was very patient with me. He was very encouraging as well. I can't wait for my next lesson
Very thoughtful and very focused.
Larry has carefully identified the areas in which I need work and has targeted those areas in our lessons. He is a pleasure to work with.
Good job teaching serve and need for footwork and need for light grip
Larry has been great to work with. Answers our questions and texts, shows up early, very knowledgeable and experienced, and even helped customize our racket. Very positive experience!
Larry is great to work with! He has been very responsive to our calls, texts, and questions. Although he coaches much higher level students, he has made us feel at ease as beginners. The lesson was informative and challenging. We have been very happy and look forward to continued training.
Coach Gonzalez was my first ever private tennis coach and a very helpful one at that! He was extremely patient and responsive to my text messages. Coach helped me with my groundstrokes and serves and I've improved after only 3 lessons! I'm very grateful for the amount of generosity and time he's spent with me. I'm definitely going to apply again in the future!
Coach Larry is a great instructor! He loves what he's doing and it shows! Very patient and very informative! I Highly recommend him as a tennis instructor.
Larry was very friendly and knowledgeable. He takes his time to explain techniques. I would definitely recommend him.
He's really good and he has patience
Excellent lessons. Mr. Lauro is very specific when giving instructions. Couldn’t be more satisfied.
Today was lesson #1 of 6. I appreciated the fact the Lauro (Larry) started me with the foundational concepts from warming up to the proper way to position your feet, the racket, grip, etc. We worked on the techniques to hit consistent shots and to be intentional about where you want to hit the ball. I didn't hit full shots until the very end where I had to consistently hit intermediate, soft shots to certain spots. Only then was I able to hit full shots. I look forward to the next lessons to keep building on what I have learned today.
Larry takes the time to explain the proper techniques and is good at demonstrating how to achieve them. With Larry you learn the importance of correct form, repetition, rythym, endurance, and the mental aspects of the game.
My son quite enjoyed the class, and also seemed to be interested in tennis.
I've had a few lessons with Lauro (Larry) and he has been excellent. Lauro has given me valuable tips/techniques already on hitting my forehand, backhand, serve, and net volleys. I am an intermediate player and have had lessons in the past. But Lauro has been the best and he's taught me these tips/techniques in a positive way, which should help my game once I keep practicing them. He is very easy to talk with and will also adjust his lesson if I want to do some other drill. I would highly recommend him!
Lauro (Larry) spent the first lesson with my 13 year old daughter covering the basics of the game. Racket and grip, ready position, how to move to the ball, swing, terminology, etc.
His years of coaching juniors showed. He has a patient voice, polite demeanor and a teacher's persistence. I have the feeling he has high standards as the players learn the game.