CITC’s Tennis Professionals

The Cayman Islands Tennis Club has 5 Tennis Pros offering a diverse coaching range for members and guests.
Meet the CITC Tennis Pros below.

 

Head Tennis Pro

From Alabama, Scott started playing tennis at the age of nine years old to get a break from a rigorous baseball schedule and because he wanted to play an individual sport.

He played his first tournament at 11. He played his first tournament at 11 and remembers being very nervous, but he made it through to the semi-finals and realised that he was good at tennis. He decided he wanted to win a tournament and he did, as he figured out early that if he kept returning the balls to the back of the court, his opponents simply couldn’t reach them all. That’s how Scott got the nickname, 'The Wall'. He says he hates losing, but he’s a good loser.

He eventually gained a scholarship through tennis and it was at college where he started coaching and realising that he loved it. While at college Scott played open division but he knew he never wanted to turn pro and that he could make a living as a tennis coach. At 28, when he went back to school part time, he was invited to play college tennis with 21 year old students. He was team captain and their team went on to win National Championships.

Thanks to tennis, Scott has traveled to 42 countries, the latest being China where he coached the National Chinese Team in Guangzhou.

In his career as a tennis coach he has coached three single and two double collegiate champions. It’s a small world indeed; Scott also coached Ilian Nachev and Yana Koraleva, who are currently Tennis Pros at the CITC, each of whom had an illustrious career as Tennis Pros, and both of them credit Scott and his coaching abilities for their achievements and their outlook on the game of tennis.

In 2008 Scott won the ITA Wilson Coach of the Year.

His favourite tennis pros are Jimmy Conners (who inspired Scott to take up tennis), Andre Agassi and Monica Seles.

Best match was a 2013 tennis match when his team came back from a 3-0 deficit to winning 4-3. Best pro game was Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer at Wimbledon.

Best tennis male role models are Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, as they are gentlemen on and off the court. Best female role model is Lindsay Davenport.

Scott’s advice to junior tennis players is that they need to love what they do as that is what drives you and in losing, you will find room to improve. Scott adds that tennis is an individual sport, if you want to be the best, you can, but always appreciate what people do for you, and never forget where you came from.

To Scott, tennis is a refuge away from everything. It was his lifesaver as a child, and now as a coach, he can pay forward what tennis has given to him. Scott says tennis has taught him discipline, a work ethic and good manners.

To contact Scott please e-mail him on scott@tennis.ky.

Scott Kidd

Tennis Pro

Born and raised in Russia Yana Koroleva started playing tennis when she was just five years old. At the age of 15, she moved to Florida with her grandmother for further tennis training and at 16 she turned pro and subsequently reached a career high ranking of #385 in the world at the age of 17. Ms Koroleva won several pro tournaments in both singles and doubles after which she decided to work towards a degree in Sports Managament at Clemson University, South Carolina.

Ms Koroleva subsequently played for Clemson University in the #1 position, she became All-American, was ranked #8 in the nation and was a two-time ACC Scholar-Athlete of the year for the first time in Clemson history. She says they had an amazing team and leading and learning how to motivate her teammates led her to consider a coaching career. After graduating from Clemson in three years Ms Koroleva moved to graduate school in Florida at the International University and completed her Masters in Sport Management.

While still in college she started working for Cliff Drysdale Tennis Management at the Ritz-Carlton, Key Biscayne. Here she worked with dozens of coaches from around the world and had the joy of teaching diverse groups of people which she feels is an invaluable experience. Later Ms Koroleva coached at Tamiami Tennis Center, Miami where the focus was on competitive juniors and development of junior programs, from red ball babies to special needs players.

"Coaching is not only about developing skills but also about shaping the character of junior tennis kids where they learn to play fair, to be good sportsmen, to be respectful, follow the rules and to be creative" says Ms Koroleva.

Not a newby on the Cayman Islands scene, Ms Koroleva has previously coached top juniors like sisters Jade and Willow Wilkinson and she believes that the Cayman Islands has great potential to be the tennis capital of the Caribbean, therefore she's excited to be a part of that pipe dream. "Tennis is an amazing game that can be enjoyed by anyone and I look forward to bringing my knowledge and vision to the Cayman Islands Tennis Club. When a little kid comes up and tells you they want to be just like you when they grow up, you realize how important and rewarding this job is.”

To book lessons with Yana, please email yana@tennis.ky

Yana Koroleva

Tennis Pro

Originally from Bulgaria, Ilian has been playing tennis for 32 years and started when he was eight.

Thanks to tennis he has traveled to Moldova, Greece, Austria, Germany, Holland, Serbia, Macedonia, USA, UK, Italy, Switzerland and of course, Cayman!

Ilian’s achievements are many, he was the Junior National Champion in Bulgaria, competed in the European U16 Championships in Austria and the European Junior Olympic Games in Holland when he was 15. He won the Men's National League title in Bulgaria and received a scholarship through tennis to study in South Carolina. There his team won the NCCAA division title four times. Ilian won the All American Award in Singles and Doubles and also played National League Tennis in Austria and Germany. From 1996 - 2001 he competed on the Tennis Pro circuit and in 2017 he won the Cayman Open!

His all-time favourite player is Ivan Lendl because of his work ethics and professionalism.

Best match ever was the 1997 Masters Final between Pete Sampras and Boris Becker.

Ilian loves coaching because he loves tennis, practically grew up on the court and has devoted his life to it, it's what he’s best at. Ilian says that tennis helped him gain discipline and focus and the opportunity to travel, to make friends and study on a scholarship. He has coached in Bulgaria, Austria, Germany, Hawaii (USA) and here in Cayman.

Thanks to tennis he received a scholarship to the North Greenville University in South Carolina, where he competed for the university while completing his Bachelor’s in International Business. From there he moved to the Hawaii Pacific University to complete his Master’s in Business.

Ilian has played against Mariano Zabaleta (Argentina), Dominik Hrbaty (Slovakia) and Wayne Ferreira (South Africa).

For those who want to pursue a career in tennis, Ilian has this advice; dedicate yourself to what you decide to do. Put 100% into it. Dream big and set high goals for yourself, because even if you don't reach those goals, you will still get further than you would have if you had a small goal or dream.

Please email ilian@tennis.ky to book lessons with him.

Ilian NatcheV

 

 
Tennis Pro   From the Cayman Islands, Mica Koll has been playing tennis for about 20 years and started playing when he was 10.  Thanks to tennis he has travelled to the USA, Canada, Sweden, the UK, Guernsey, Halland (an island that belongs to Finland), Jamaica, Bahamas and Guadeloupe.  As a tennis player, he’s most notable achievements have been a scholarship to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Mica represented the Cayman Islands at two Island Games where he won a silver medal. He also received a scholarship to the University of Victoria and played the closed circuit internationally.  His favourite tennis player is Roger Federer as he plays the all-round perfect game.  Best match is Federer vs Rafa Nadal in the final of the Miami Open in 2004.  Mica has been coaching tennis for 16 years. He loves watching his students get better at what they do, seeing them improve their tennis game and building relationships with his students. Mica has coached in  Vancouver Island where he received his USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry) and here in Cayman.  Mica believes the most important lesson for his students to remember, particularly those who are working towards a professional career in tennis, is to not be afraid to try. Embrace challenge, don’t shy away from it.  To book a tennis lesson with Mica, please email tennis@tennis.ky.

Tennis Pro

From the Cayman Islands, Mica Koll has been playing tennis for about 20 years and started playing when he was 10.

Thanks to tennis he has travelled to the USA, Canada, Sweden, the UK, Guernsey, Halland (an island that belongs to Finland), Jamaica, Bahamas and Guadeloupe.

As a tennis player, he’s most notable achievements have been a scholarship to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy. Mica represented the Cayman Islands at two Island Games where he won a silver medal. He also received a scholarship to the University of Victoria and played the closed circuit internationally.

His favourite tennis player is Roger Federer as he plays the all-round perfect game.

Best match is Federer vs Rafa Nadal in the final of the Miami Open in 2004.

Mica has been coaching tennis for 16 years. He loves watching his students get better at what they do, seeing them improve their tennis game and building relationships with his students. Mica has coached in

Vancouver Island where he received his USPTR (United States Professional Tennis Registry) and here in Cayman.

Mica believes the most important lesson for his students to remember, particularly those who are working towards a professional career in tennis, is to not be afraid to try. Embrace challenge, don’t shy away from it.

To book a tennis lesson with Mica, please email tennis@tennis.ky.

Mica Koll

Tennis Pro   Noah has lived most of his life in Maine, USA, where he grew up as a multi-sport athlete skiing, doing gymnastics, and playing baseball, basketball and table tennis.  He didn’t discover tennis until the age of 16 but quickly became obsessed and played every chance he had when there wasn’t snow on the ground.  After high school, Noah began working at an indoor tennis club where he could play year-round and began competing in tournaments and USTA leagues, as well as starting his coaching and teaching career.  In a few short years, he went from a USTA 3.0 to 5.0 and was ranked #1 in New England in Men’s Open Doubles.   Noah’s ability to work with players of all ages and abilities, from pure beginners to Division 1 college athletes, has earned him numerous professional awards, including 2 time recipient of the state’s Jr Development Award (2014, 2018), 2 time Maine High School Coach of the Year (2017 & 2018), and Adult Sportsperson of the Year (2018).  Noah holds multiple certifications from the USPTR and USPPR and is dedicated to staying current with modern teaching methodology.  When he’s not on the tennis court, Noah can be found singing and playing his guitar and spending time with his wife, Kathleen, his daughter Ella, and sons Graeme and Reid, who all love tennis, too!

Tennis Pro

Noah has lived most of his life in Maine, USA, where he grew up as a multi-sport athlete skiing, doing gymnastics, and playing baseball, basketball and table tennis.

He didn’t discover tennis until the age of 16 but quickly became obsessed and played every chance he had when there wasn’t snow on the ground.

After high school, Noah began working at an indoor tennis club where he could play year-round and began competing in tournaments and USTA leagues, as well as starting his coaching and teaching career.

In a few short years, he went from a USTA 3.0 to 5.0 and was ranked #1 in New England in Men’s Open Doubles.


Noah’s ability to work with players of all ages and abilities, from pure beginners to Division 1 college athletes, has earned him numerous professional awards, including 2 time recipient of the state’s Jr Development Award (2014, 2018), 2 time Maine High School Coach of the Year (2017 & 2018), and Adult Sportsperson of the Year (2018).

Noah holds multiple certifications from the USPTR and USPPR and is dedicated to staying current with modern teaching methodology.

When he’s not on the tennis court, Noah can be found singing and playing his guitar and spending time with his wife, Kathleen, his daughter Ella, and sons Graeme and Reid, who all love tennis, too!

NOAH Capetta

 
 

CITC’s Board of Directors

The Cayman Islands Tennis Club is a non for profit organization managed by a board that has been elected by the club members.
Currently the board has 8 directors overseeing different aspects of daily matters at the Club.

Meet the current Board of Directors below.

 
 

Eva Jacques - CITC President

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
Around the age of 2 or 3. I was fortunate enough to grow up in the club as my parents (John & Gail Aiken) and grandparents (Barton & Elaine Kirkconnell) spent a lot of time at at the club.

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
It’s such a great sport! It’s in my blood and I love the personal challenge to play better each time I step onto the court. It’s a life-long sport that I want to play forever. Enjoy the new friends I may playing tennis.

3) Why is CITC special to you?
CITC is extremely special to me for many reasons but most importantly it is because of my parents and grandparents who helped build the club. They instilled a great love for tennis and for CITC that I will have always. I am honoured to be the President and to help take CITC to the next level. It has so much potential.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
Gosh, there are so many but my all time favourite was when I was a child and I use to watch my parents and grandparents play with their friends - competitive and fun! I always admired my Dad’s competitiveness and my mother’s sportsmanship.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
My current role is two-fold - President & Pirates Cove Estates Representative (landlord). This is my second year as President and my 5th or 6th year as the landlord representative on behalf of the Kirkconnell’s. I want to give the club all I can to bring it back to life and offer the members today what the club had when I was a little girl. It’s the community at the club that is so special! I want to engage each member to play more tennis while also offering tennis to everyone in Cayman.

6) Where do you see the club going in the next 3-5 years?
Onwards and upwards! I see the club increasing membership and being the junior hub in the Caribbean for juniors wanting to get tennis scholarships to the USA. I also see it expanding to offer more courts and a proper club house. I see CITC hosting more exhibition matches with visiting pro’s.

EVA
PRESIDENT

Mike Fullerton - Director at CITC

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
I started playing tennis at the club in 2007 and have been consistently playing ever since.

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
It is a very fun, challenging and social sport.

3) Why is CITC special to you?
Even though the club has excellent facilities for tennis, I really love the quaintness and charm of the place.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
Many great memories at the club. Really enjoy playing doubles with my friends and daughter.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
5) After serving on the board for the last three years as a director, I am now serving in an executive role as Vice President. In this role, I will be assisting the President in all aspects of moving the club forward in a progressive and responsible way. The club has tremendous potential and last year was primarily spent re-establishing controls, improving staff and re-engaging the membership. With much of the foundation of the CITC restored, my goals going forward are to continue to support the club, encourage the membership to participate in club initiatives and promote tennis on the island.

6) Where do you see the club going in the next 3-5 years?
I see the club solidifying its processes and procedures in the near future which will enable it to be more progressive going forward. I see the club continuing to grow its membership by adding more socials, tournaments and programs for kids, juniors and adults.

MIKE
VICE PResident

Colin Reid - Treasurer at CITC

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
1990

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
I love being outdoors, getting exercise and meeting people.

3) Why is CITC special to you?
The tradition and friendliness.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
My two sons learning to play tennis.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
I’m in my 2nd year of finance at the CITC and I wish to stabilize the current situation and help move the club forwards.

6) Where do you see the club going in the next 3-5 years?
Better programs and improved facilities

COLIN
TREASURER

Joanna Boxall-Director

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?

I remember having tennis lessons at the I remember having tennis lessons at the club as a young girl and coming to watch tennis tournaments that my brother was in.

2) Why do you love playing tennis?

I love being outside and that it’s a great workout and the social aspect of tennis.

3) Why is CITC so special to you?

It’s where my son fell in love with tennis and found his favourite sport. For that I will be always be grateful!

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?

Watching my children learn to play tennis.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?

I am the Membership Secretary. I would like to help with the Junior Tennis Programme in any way I can.

Joanna
Membership Secretary

 
 
 

John Corallo - Board Secretary

When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
My first day playing at CITC was June 26, 2018.

Why do you love playing tennis?
I love playing tennis because the sport is good mixture of athleticism, strategy and team work (I mostly play doubles). You can also play until you are really old like Robert Hale.

Why is CITC so special to you? Reminds me of the club we belonged to for many years back in the US. Plus I truly enjoy the collegial atmosphere and the banter while we are playing. It is a special place on the Island.

What is one of your best memories at CITC?
I have not been at the club very long, but the exhibition event in December with Peter Polansky and Nicholas Monroe was an excellent event.

What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
I am currently a Director looking to help advance the club’s use of technology along with the maintenance of the property.

John
Board Secretary

Manisha Jha - Director

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
I started Tennis in 1986.

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
It's a game of physical, mental acumen and endurance, that's why I love playing tennis

3) Why is CITC special to you?
I started playing at CITC when I first came on the Island from India, and through Tennis I made lot of friends which are still continuing. It's a great place for socializing.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
My best memories have to be playing social Tennis on Tuesday night, where all members played with each other despite their level of play.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
This is my second year on the CITC board. I, as a Director, would like to see Club in a better financial position for future renovations. I would like to help in any way to increase the revenue for the Club.

6) Where do you see the club going in the next 3-5 years?
I would like to see increase in membership number so that we can do expansion of the CITC facility so that one day CITC can host ATP/WTA tournaments.

Manisha
director

ELAINE WHITEFIELD - DIRECTOR at CITC

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
As a child in late 1980s. CITC is where I learned to first play tennis.

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
All sorts of reasons! By playing tennis you are being active, competitive, enhancing your mental strength, it is a good stress reliever (most of the time!), but you are also making friends & building a sense of community by joining a tennis club. You can work at it and always improve, whatever your level…..it really is a lifelong sport.

3) Why is CITC so special to you?
I grew up playing at CITC. I took a break from playing tennis & rejoined once I had kids and now my kids & husband are enjoying the CITC experience.

It is great that a place that can cater to all ages & abilities. There is diverse background in the CITC membership & that is something that should be cherished.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
There are too many to mention……the junior tournaments we played in as kids were great & now being able to watch the junior tournaments that are held here is great too.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
In my role as a board member, I would like to see the CITC membership grow & the facilities grow/improve to accommodate.

I would like to help with the current & new court sponsorships, as well as see the CITC & TFCI synergize their resources & ideas, with the possibility of more ITF involvement later down the road.

eLAINE
director

Jeff Cummer - Director at CITC

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
2004

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
Gives me a productive avenue to sharpen mental and physical skills outside of a routine life. Also the friendships are essential, being self employed. Many of my friends are from tennis.

3) Why is CITC so special to you?
A convenient and quality facility for tennis, and when new to the island a means to meet people.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
Playing doubles with Sean Slattery at a Wimbledon social after he had a couple pimms and was relaxed. He played out of his mind and we beat a "top" team - at least they thought they were (won't mention the names!). So funny.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
Encourage it to be run as a business: strict but fair with members, accounting/billing automation, and lay plans for upgrades to the facilities to be ahead of the Cayman Islands growth trend.

 

JEFF
director

 

CITC Support Staff

 
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KIM
Club MANAGER

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Dolores
Housekeeping