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.

 

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 Koraleva

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

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

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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

 
 

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 first 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 the 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

 

Mark Macfee - Director at CITC

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
I first joined the Tennis Club in 1988, and amusingly still play doubles with the members

I met at that time. I grew up in Hong Kong where I learnt to play tennis at the LRC on clay courts. I moved to England for schooling and played most of my tennis on grass courts until moving to the Caribbean.

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
I particularly enjoy tennis at the amateur club level. The drinks and chat after the game are all part of it. I try and make it to Wimbledon every year just to remind myself how the game should be played and was lucky enough to attend the Australian open which I can highly recommend.

3) Why is CITC special to you?
CITC is an easy-going casual Club. For a small Island (and I have lived on many) it successfully caters for the full range: juniors attaining scholarship to US colleges, pure beginners, social seniors and those needing a bit of cardio in their busy lives.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
My fondest memories are from 1988 and the welcome I received as new member playing in Sunday morning socials. I would like to see these social events return.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
My role as a Board member is to look after the bar. I want to see more social tennis and the encouragement of new members particularly in the 25 – 35 age group.

6) Where do you see the club going in the next 3-5 years?
Cayman has so many sports to offer and occupy new residents it’s a challenge. I hope in the next few years we can improve the club house facilities to the extent that the club becomes a social meeting place as well as a great sports club.

MARK
DIRECTOR

Marcia Osorio - Secretary on CITC BOD

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
I started playing at the age of 6 and have been playing at CITC for 3 years.

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
I love playing tennis because it keeps me happy and healthy.

3) Why is CITC special to you?
CITC is special to me because it is a friendly and safe environment for my whole family.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
One of the best memories at CITC has been to have my son as my doubles partner for the first time.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
I am the Board Secretary. I am also a member of the Junior Committee.

I decided to join the BOD to help the club with the Junior Tennis Program. Tennis provides many benefits and opportunities to young players.

6) Where do you see the club going in the next 3-5 years?
In 3-5 years I would like to see 20 junior players from CITC actively participating in the ITF tournament circuit.

MARCIA
SECRETARY

Charlie Thompson - Vice President at CITC

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vice 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?
I've been a director on the board for the last three years and have been very supportive in seeing the club progress in a positive direction. I want to assist the club in its success and believe the current board is composed of great people with visionary leadership and the energy to get things done.

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
DIRECTOR

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?
My role is finance. 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
TREASURE

 

Maria - DIRECTOR at CITC

1) When did you first start playing tennis at CITC?
Around 1980

2) Why do you love playing tennis?
I always say it is my lifeline… helps me to balance my life.

3) Why is CITC special to you?
It is a place of wonderful memories, a place where I have met some of my dearest friends.

4) What is one of your best memories at CITC?
Becoming Triple Champion in one of the Closed Tournaments a lifetime ago.

5) What is your role on the board and what do you want to do for CITC?
My role on the Board is Director, I enjoy working with the Committee Team assisting in any way to the growth and organization of the Club. One day I would like to see CITC become a venue for International Tournaments eg. Caribbean Championships.

6) Where do you see the club going in the next 3-5 years?
A well organized Club with a new facility for Members and Visitors alike.

MARia
director

Manisha Jha - Membership Secretary on CITC BOD

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?
I am Membership Secretary

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
secretary

 

Steve Thompson - Director at CITC

STEVE
DIRECTOR

 

CITC Support Staff

 
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KIM
Club MANAGER

 
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Dolores
Housekeeping