Through our partnership with Gotham Tennis Academy, we have assembled some of the most talented, personable and engaging tennis pros in NYC. Our pros share a passion to work closely with players of all levels and ages to help them develop to their fullest potential. We are very proud of our tennis professionals and welcome you to read the brief biographies of our pros.
Eric grew up in Riverdale and attended Horace Mann, where he played #1 singles for all four years and subsequently at Ohio State University. Eric is excited about his new role as a Director at Gotham Tennis Academy and this new phase of his tennis career in NYC and the Hamptons. Eric has an engaging personality that kids enjoy and he brings a wealth of coaching experience from his extensive background at Stadium Tennis and Central Park Tennis Center.
Andy is a teaching pro from Basel, Switzerland. He grew up playing his tennis on European red clay courts and brings a tremendous work ethic and passion to the courts at Gotham Tennis Academy. Andy has been known to use his outstanding, European work ethic to teach and inspire our juniors. Andy is comfortable teaching all levels of players, including munchkins, jdp, atp and adult. It’s no surprise that Andy gets his inspiration from another Basel, Switzerland resident… Roger Federer.
Ajay's experience spans over 13-years in all levels of the game. He has played at a premier high school, a Division 1 college and on the professional tour. With a background in Sports Medicine, and a degree in Education, Ajay's in-depth knowledge of the physiology and tennis strategy attracts players of all levels and age. His meticulous approach, coupled with personality-specific coaching, caters to high performance players. As an advisor to Irina Falconi, a native New Yorker and professional player on the women's tour (WTA), he has developed a unique understanding of how to achieve success on the court at the very highest levels.
Brian teaches with fast paced drills, with an emphasis on foot work, and an aggressive approach to stroke perfection on each swing. This combination of intensity and attention to detail makes Brian a staff favorite with the juniors in the advanced training program and adult players of all levels. Brian was born in Tacoma Park, Maryland and cites Andre Agassi and John McEnroe as early influences and favorites to watch. He has trained with many well-known tennis professionals, including Maria Sharapova.
David Graham hails from Sydney, Australia. Highlights of his professional tennis career include his top ten world ranking in doubles and his appearance in the semi-final round of the Australian Open. As a coach, David has worked with three top ten players on the world tour. David describes himself as a "technical coach" who enjoys working with players on nuances in their game. Trained by Ken Rosewall, among others, David has a real appreciation for the intellectual and physical aspects necessary for success at a high level. David notes that his favorite tennis match of all time was the Jimmy Connors - Aaron Krickstein US Open battle -- he was on the sidelines as Krickstein's coach.
Danny, originally from Somerset England, brings tremendous depth to the Gotham coaching staff with his expertise and many accomplishments as a player and coach. Danny’s accomplished junior playing career led him to an ITF world junior ranking of 707, as well as a spot on the British National Junior Team. After junior tennis, he enjoyed a very successful college career, playing #1 singles and doubles for NCAA Division 1, University of Alabama, Birmingham. After his time at UAB Danny went on to play professionally, earning 11 ATP singles ranking points and 8 ATP doubles ranking points, finishing 2014 with an ATP world ranking of 1002 in singles. In his time as a touring pro he compiled a record of 28-0 in pro circuit qualifying matches and reached the semi-finals of a $15,000 Futures event in Harlingen, Texas. While playing professionally, Danny simultaneously held the position of Assistant Men's Tennis Coach for NCAA Division 1 Drake University. His two seasons coaching at Drake would prove to be the most successful seasons in school history, as the Bulldogs achieved a top 25 NCAA ranking and won a round in the NCAA tournament in back to back years.
Michael Moore, originally from Harlem, New York, brings a plethora of experiences as a player and coach to Gotham. He enjoyed a stellar junior career, achieving a top five USTA Eastern 18s singles ranking when he was only fifteen years old. After junior tennis, Michael competed professionally and qualified for various ATP futures events before deciding to play collegiately for Florida A&M University. There he led the Rattlers to a top 60 NCAA Division 1 ranking while winning over 100 singles matches and 90 doubles matches, breaking school records in both. He was an HBCU national champion two times and all conference every year of his collegiate career. He has a particular interest and enthusiasm for teaching High Performance and QuickStart 10 and Under.
Originally from South Carolina, Virginia began playing tennis at the age of three. She enjoyed a solid junior career, winning multiple titles in both singles and doubles, as well as the prestigious Mary Hodgins Sportsmanship Award for the USTA Southern Section-South Carolina. Virginia competed for NCAA Division 1, Presbyterian College earning Big South All Conference recognition throughout her collegiate career. Her father is also a tennis professional, so she's had the good fortune of being mentored by some of the nation's top coaches. She lists Wayne Bryan (father of Bob and Mike Bryan) and Chuck Kriese (former Clemson University Head Coach) as two of the most influential. Virginia believes in developing players through cooperative learning, where the student is involved in his/her own learning process. And that learning process is totally unique to each individual. “I try to push each player to excel at every aspect of their development; physically, mentally and emotionally."
Gabriel is from Jerusalem, Israel. He began playing tennis at the age of eight and learned the game at The Academy of Tennis, Jerusalem. He specializes in working with our youngest players on fundamental skill development, and has become an integral part of our flourishing 10 and Under programs at Gotham Stadium. In his own words, Gabriel's professional philosophy is "to help develop a lasting love for the game in our youngest players. The best way to achieve this goal is to blend the right amounts of technical skill building with fun games." Gabriel has considerable international teaching experience, working as an instructor in Israel, Mexico and France, as well as participating in continuing education seminars in Germany and the U.S.
Mike grew up in Westchester County and has been playing tennis since he was six years-old. Among his many accomplishments as a junior player, Mike achieved number one rankings in the USTA Eastern section. Mike trained with such notables as Tommy Haas and Xavier Malise. As a coach, he has a keen technical eye for breaking down strokes and teaching players—whether juniors or adults-- how to simplify. His favorite players include Andre Agassi for his heart and Raphael Nadal and Roger Federer for both giving so much back to the game.
Lesley was born in Forest Hills New York, and trained at Port Washington Tennis Academy with well-known tennis professionals. She was taught by the late Harry Hopman. She received a B.S in Physical Education from Temple University where she was #1 tennis player in singles and doubles. Lesley brings to Gotham over 30 years experience in education and tennis. Lesley’s enthusiasm and experience with kids and adults of all ages gives her clients the most successful tennis and learning experience.
Luis De La Cruz
Luis comes to the Gotham family from La Aronana, Dominican Republic. An accomplished player and teacher alike, Luis uses his fun, enthusiastic personality to engage his students on the court. Luis has loyal followings in both our junior and adult programs. Luis teaches a methodical, well-organized lesson with a careful balance of instruction and game based drilling. These attributes give Luis the adaptability to work with all levels, from munchkin to tournament player at Gotham Tennis. As a young player in the Dominican Republic, Luis looked up to and emulated the classic serve and volley game of Stefan Edberg.
Rachel is an Atlanta, GA native. She attended Limestone College in Gaffney, SC where she played #1 singles and doubles all 4 years. She earned All- Conference teams all 4 years in the Carolina-Virginia conference and was an MVP freshman through her senior year. She graduated in 2004 with a degree in Fitness and Wellness. Rachel is a PTR certified professional since 2004. She enjoys working with individuals of all ages and skill level. She looks forward to seeing everyone out on the courts!