Hi, my name is Roger. I have been providing tennis lessons, both private and group, for more than 30 years. I have extensive experience teaching players of all ages and skill levels. During my time as a certified tennis instructor, I have served as a teaching pro for the Ft. Washington Pool and Tennis Association (MD), Washington Tennis Services International, City of Falls Church (VA), Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, and as an independent private instructor. Over the years, I have directed summer tennis camps and served as both a men’s and juniors’ team coach through the Greater Washington Tennis Association, National Junior Tennis League and First Serve Tennis Academy. Although I specialize in and especially enjoy teaching beginner and intermediate players of all ages, I can teach players at all skill levels, including those with special needs. Lessons are conducted in the Carlyle section of Alexandria.
Private, semi-private, and small group lessons allow for individualized instruction which is absent in large group lessons. The lessons are more enjoyable and productive because I can work at a pace that is comfortable for each individual. If a student needs more focused attention on a particular stroke or movement during the lesson, then we have the flexibility to spend more time in those areas. My teaching style involves breaking down the strokes in a way that makes them easy to understand and execute, while also clearly explaining the function of each step in the process. I incorporate the use of fun and innovative drills, games, and match play to strengthen skills.
- Carlyle Towers
- 2151 Jamieson Ave.
- Alexandria, VA 22314
Roger is the best coach one could ever have! I have been on and off with tennis for almost 20 years, with different coaches across Asia and Europe, and kept quitting because I didn’t find it a fun game, and I didn’t see any progress on me. So frustrating! But Roger let me see both— playing tennis is so much fun and I can be a player too! Thank you so much, Roger!
Roger is so great to work with. He mixes drills with positive affirmation and makes sure my skills are getting better. I love working with him!
Thank you, Roger! My kids didn’t want to go today because it’s is hot and they are usually lazy I general, but they came back happy and inspired!!
Roger teaches me (39) and my two children (ages 9 and 11) and has been our instructor for 2 years. We all have different skills and request/require different drills to accommodate our needs. Roger is extremely responsive and well-suited to cover all levels; our development has been remarkable over the past two years. He has very good character and is very professional each lesson. We highly recommend him.
Coach Roger is very professional and experienced. He works well with our talky and easily distracted kid. Coach Roger tailors his teaching based on our kid's skill and personality. He uses many ways to keep our boy focused and able to actually understand and remember things. Coach Roger always communicates with us parents very well. We exchange messages in a timely manner when the weather is changing. He is always very willing to talk with us about the progress and answer our questions or concerns. When we miss a class, he keeps us well informed when there is an open spot so that we can choose to make up. Coach Roger keeps his schedule very organized, he is always early on the courts and well prepared for the class. Overall, we feel super lucky to have Coach Roger and we would love to recommend him to every tennis player!
Roger is always encouraging and is willing to work to improve all aspects of my daughter's game. He is professional and has integrated different drills/hitting exercises that have resulted in remarkable gains.
Roger is a great coach. He quickly identified areas of improvement and is helping me work on the next level in my game.
I've taken several lessons with Roger on a weekly basis. Roger is very professional in every aspect. He's willing to travel to a court that's close to me, which I appreciate. In the first few sessions, he spent much effort correcting the mechanics of my strokes. I like that he explains why we did this and that, rather than just telling me what to do. In recent sessions, he started teaching me the strategy of playing. After just a few lessons, I feel more comfortable and confident playing. I highly recommend Roger.
September 26, 2017: Roger is a great instructor! My game has greatly improved and he is very good about breaking down all the basics, teaching strategy/ scoring / rules, etc. I cannot recommend him enough!
Sep 9, 2017: Roger had a good rapport with our 8 year-old daughter and taught her all the basics. Always on time and professional.
November 20, 2017: Roger’s been a great instructor. Excellent communicator. Very knowledgeable. Fun to work with.
November 13, 2017: Roger is an excellent coach! He does a great job of analyzing your game and tailoring his style to your strengths and weaknesses. He gave me a lot of great feedback and tips that I could implement to use right away.
Jun 27, 2017: My husband and I have been taking lessons with Roger over the past few months and have really enjoyed it. We have had quite a few tennis instructors but he is by far the best; he's an excellent teacher, very professional, and reasonably priced. He has helped build my confidence in tennis skills and has provided extremely helpful feedback and pointers. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking for a standout tennis instructor.
Jun 28, 2017: Roger is an extraordinary tennis instructor. He breaks the game down into bite-size pieces that makes getting better very accessible. I've taken four lessons with him so far and the results are impressive. I can't recommend him highly enough. I'll certainly be continuing with lessons.
Sep 21, 2017: Roger is a wonderful tennis coach! He has a fantastic ability to break down your strokes, footwork, and the way you hold your racket into small details that help you correct your errors. Roger also puts together challenging routines to help you improve different scenarios. I highly recommend Roger!
November 21, 2017: Roger is a great tennis instructor. I was having problems with my backhand and my forehand was lacking height and depth. Roger was able to pinpoint exactly what my problems were and how to fix them. Now my ground strokes are much more solid and my games have improved tremendously. Thanks Roger.
I really enjoyed the lessons with Roger, and learned more in 6 lessons than I have done with previous coaches (in Norway). I especially appreciated his pedagogical skills and the way he connects technique with the strategy and goals of the game. It was easy to schedule lessons, and he was always on time.
Roger is very knowledgeable and thorough. He is an excellent teacher and he has great patience to teach challenging students such as myself.
Simply outstanding! As a tennis novice, Roger has me learning basics in an easy to understand and enjoyable way!
I am an intermediate player and I am taking semi-private lessons with Roger. I have taken many tennis lessons in the past and I've never had as dedicated and as fabulous a coach as Roger. I greatly appreciate Roger's detailed explanations and breakdowns of all strokes and strategies. After all these years of lessons, it's finally clicking! I also love all the drills - they are repetitive enough to gain muscle memory, but Roger changes it up enough to keep things fun. Roger is energetic and cheerful; I always feel like staying longer to play or chat.
Roger is teaching my 11-year-old daughter to play tennis. He's kind, patient, but insists on high standards. She's making great progress and enjoys her lessons with Roger very much.
Roger is an excellent instructor. He explains and demonstrates tennis techniques in a way that you can understand how to execute the various techniques. He is very knowledgeable about tennis and professional. Roger is also very flexible in working out a time and day that will fit your schedule. I would highly recommend him as an instructor.
Roger coaches my nine year old son. He is patient and provides specific feedback that has really helped him grow and love the game. We are really pleased!
Our kids, 12 and 10 years old, have had a great time learning tennis with Roger for the past 4-5 months. Roger is good with kids and he made a game competition which my kids always look forward to. I can see a lot of improvements in their tennis play. Another great thing is you can meet at the court of your choice.
Roger was extremely helpful in the lessons that I participated in with him. He helped me improve my form to correct the imperfections in my game. I'd strongly recommend him as an instructor.
Very informative and Patient! Had a great session and will continue the sessions with him. Highly recommend!
Working with Coach Roger was like working with a good friend. Coach Roger started by evaluating my current game and then reviewing what he noted, with me, in a constructive and pro-active manner. He focused on both the positive and negative factors that he witnessed. His coaching style is "hands on" and very appreciated. Any student looking for an honest partner to help elevate his/her game to the next level, needs to enlist the assistance of Coach Roger.
Roger is an outstanding Tennis Pro who is capable, knowledgeable and personable. He made the lessons enjoyable and worthwhile at an affordable fee. As my lessons and my game progressed, Roger became a good friend as well. I unhesitatingly recommend Roger to anyone, regardless of age, who would like to improve his or her game in an enjoyable atmosphere.
My 12 year old son has been taking regular tennis lessons from Roger. We met Roger by chance on a local court and he was very friendly and open to taking on the coaching assignment. It was the second time my son had regular lessons in a 1/1 coaching situation, and in a matter of 6 weeks, he was ready to start playing level 7 tournaments under the USTA. Roger taught my son in detail about the basic strokes and helped him focus on fundamentals before trying to perfect those strokes. He taught him how to volley and gave him confidence to attack the net. He taught my son how to use his feet and how to use top-spin on his forehand. All in all, a very good experience for getting my 12 year old's game on track.
Roger has been my personal trainer for the last 6 months. And he is amazing. I highly recommend him!
He is working with my two daughters, very patient, very experienced. He has an amazing personality.
Roger is probably one of the best tennis coaches my daughter and I have had lessons with. I highly recommend Roger for anyone who wants to learn or improve their tennis game.
The best instructor. Always makes sure the player leaves well instructed!
I started from ground zero with absolutely no tennis experience, but I have done a lot of fitness training in the past and I can spot a good coach when I work with one.
Excellent communication skills, good patience, connects well with young students and understands the pace at which a student needs to and wants to progress. I would highly recommend, and we are very pleased with the improvement that we have seen in our daughter in just a few lessons.
Roger is an excellent and dedicated teacher who is focused on his students' learning.
Roger has been great. He's very patient with me and gives good advice and encouragement. I'm really pleased to have him as my instructor.
Working with Roger was the best experience ever. He was able to take my skill level to the next level, and because of his training, my tennis game improved tremendously. Roger consistently displayed professionalism and patience. He made the lessons fun and insightful. I enjoyed working with him and will refer him to friends and family. Thanks Roger!