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Tara J.

Washington, DC (4 locations)

314 Verified Lessons |
56 Reviews
  • Ptr logo 8cc3e4af7fc3b533e08d8efd3dfdbbaf833b8f99c6068ce7f35eda440a602cec PTR Certified
  • Years Teaching: 7
  • Years Playing: 15
  • Levels Taught:
  • Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner
  • Teaches:
  • Seniors, Adults, Juniors
Lessons Starting at $62/hr
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About Me

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.

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 drills 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 mental 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.

Teaching Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Court

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • American University Tennis
  • 4400 Massachusetts Ave. Nw
  • Washington, DC 20016
  • Turtle Park Tennis Courts
  • 45th And Van Ness St
  • Washington, DC 20016
  • Wilson High School Tennis
  • 3950 Chesapeake Street
  • Washington, DC 20016
  • Friendship Recreation Center
  • 4500 Van Ness Street
  • Washington, DC 20016

Student Feedback

Tara is a remarkable coach, smart, fun, energetic and skilled. Her drills and coaching are great and she is always optimistic about improvement. Highly recommended!

Nupur M. - September 11, 2017

I had a lot of fun taking lessons this summer/fall with Tara, and feel like I improved. I was really just looking to get out and play/ practice, and really enjoyed the lessons.

Lauren M. - February 3, 2016

I travel quite a bit for work, which has made scheduling lessons tricky. Tara has been incredibly flexible and proactive, often agreeing to travel to meet me in different courts on relatively short notice. I am completely committed to the lessons, yet, as a beginner who has not been able to have a regular lesson schedule, I have often needed to freshen up on skills more than once. Tara has been very perceptive and smart about adapting my training plan to meet my development pace as a player. Finally, working and training with her is easy and fun. She keeps a sense of humor and is incredibly patient. Having her as my instructor has been fantastic.

Patricio - February 2, 2016

This is the second summer my daughter, age 11, has been taking lessons from Tara. Tara is truly the one who made tennis enjoyable for my daughter, who had not been happy with previous instruction from others. My daughter loves her one-on-one lessons with Tara. She is patient, highly skilled, inventive, and makes things fun and engaging. I can't recommend her enough.

Craig O. - July 14, 2015

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. - May 8, 2015

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