The Staff

The Staff

LUKA BAGOS

Luka Bagos - General Manager & Pro
LUKA BAGOS
Director of Tennis / General Manager

Luka has been helping players improve in the Chicago area since 2003. His ability to drive juniors to play their best recently resulted in him being asked by the USTA to host several high performance clinics at OPTC to prepare kids to compete at the US Clay Court Nationals.

Additionally, he is part of the 2014 BG12 Zonal Tournament coaching team in Philadelphia and Chicago Team Cup Coach representing our district in Indianapolis. As a result of his outstanding performance teaching and promoting the game of tennis to people of all ages, he was named the 2012 Chicago District Coach of the Year. (Continued…)

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This significant award recognizes excellence in teaching, program development, and the promotion of tennis for juniors and young children in our community.

An avid follower of The Academia Sanchez-Casal method, he is certified by both the RPT and USPTA and has partnered with Emilio Sanchez Vicar to improve coaching in Chicago Area.

In the cold months, you’ll find Luka at Five Seasons Burr Ridge. He spent 9 years as the Junior Tennis Director at the Oak Park Tennis & Fitness Center and has been the coach for Oak Park & River Forest High School’s top ten team for 7 years.

Luka Bagos Certified USPTA Pro

MIRKA BAGOS

Mirka Bagos Club Manager
MIRKA BAGOS
Junior Program Director / Club Manager

Mirka spent 7 years as a teaching tennis pro at the Oak Park Tennis & Fitness Center. She has been an assistant coach for the OPRF High School Girls and Boys Tennis team for 4 years.

During the outdoor season you can find Mirka at the Oak Park Tennis Center where she is the club manager as well as a tennis pro. Mirka earned her degree from Royal Tunbridge Wells College, U.K. where she was an All-State volleyball player and earned the Sportsmanship and Leadership awards.

    OPTC TEACHING PROS

    Jacob Wilson Teaching Pro
    Jacob Wilson
    Teaching Pro

    Jacob Wilson, from River Forest, Il, began playing tennis when he was seven years old. He attended Oak Park River Forest High School and played on the varsity tennis team all four years. His junior year he came in fifth place in the state tournament with doubles partner Alex Gebert. His senior year he finished ninth place in singles. These runs helped lead the Huskies to two third place finishes in the state tournament.

    Wilson attended Illinois State University where he began playing at number six singles and quickly moved up to the number one and two spots. He amassed 49 singles wins throughout his career and helped contribute to two third place conference finishes for the Redbirds. He is now finishing a degree in statistics at Illinois State.

      Mate Srdanovic Teaching Pro
      MATE SRDANOVIC
      Teaching Pro

      Mate Srdanovic, international student from Split, Croatia started playing at the age of 7. He used to play Tennis Europe tournaments U16 making it top 15 in Europe. At ITF tournaments, he had wins over Borna Coric (today ATP 40) and Filip Veger (today ATP 554). Currently a junior in college, playing tennis at Lewis University. As a junior, he earned All-Conference Team award for the third year in a row, as he has accumulated a record of 24-5 on #1 singles, and 25-6 on #1 doubles.

      At Lewis University, Mate is studying Air Traffic Control. He finished all three years with high GPA (over 3.5) and three times received a Brother David Delahanty award – given to student-athletes who showed both athletic and academic excellence. In the future, he is hoping to get a Master’s degree and become a successful air traffic controller.

        MENNO SERVAES
        Teaching Pro

        Menno Servaes is an international student-athlete from Belgium. From an early age (8-9 years old,) Menno was ranked in the top three of his nation. He now plays for the University of Illinois at Springfield at the number one spot in singles and doubles. He received conference-all academic awards, is ranked top 10 in the region in singles, and number 18 in the nation for doubles.

        Outside the tennis court, Menno is very dedicated to doing research in the field of Organizational behavior and negotiation. He works together with the University Scholar for the Uof I system. He is hoping to publish three articles before he finishes his undergraduate degree. Menno also presented at the TEDxUofISpringfield event, where he talked about the power of small decisions.

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          CONSTANZA GORCHES
          Teaching Pro

          Constanza Gorches is one of our newest teaching professional this 2017 season, originally from Mexico City, Mexico.  Constanza is coming to OPTC to work the Summer Session, Junior Program Beginning June 5.

          Currently majoring at Clemson College, SC in Pre-Business, Constanza has an impressive tennis career;  Highest junior rank in Mexico: #1, ITF Junior rank: #126, WTA rank singles: #709. Doubles: #627, View ITF Rankings Here. Also on her impressive tennis bio, she currently is playing #5 singles and #2 doubles at Clemson University, SC and has reached the doubles finals at a 25K in Tampico, Mexico and advanced to the singles semifinals at two ITF 10Ks, in Quintana Roo, Mexico and in Manzanillo, Mexico. Having traveled to over 15 countries, Constanza was 3 times part of the Junior Fed Cup team for Mexico and will be a great addition to the OPTC program.

            Anastasiia-Goncharova
            Anastasiia Goncharova
            Teaching Pro
            Anastasiia Goncharova, 21, was born in Russia, Smolensk. She is currently a senior in Chicago State University majoring in business management. Anastasiia is currently playing #1 singles and #1 doubles for the CSU division 1 tennis team (view stats here). Before coming to CSU, she was attending Broward College, Florida (NJCAA Division 1), where she also was playing #1 singles. She helped her team to become a state champion and also to become a number four team in the NJCAA Women’s Tennis National Championship. Before her college career, Anastasiia has traveled over 10 countries playing tournaments and attending multiple tennis academies.
              RUSSEL ARMSTRONG
              Russell Armstrong
              Teaching Pro
              Russell Armstrong, from the US Virgin Islands, started playing tennis when he was 10 years old. Competing in mainly ITF events as well as Eddie Herr and Orange bowl. Currently competing as a sophomore at Mount St. Mary’s University, he held a 1-0 conference record before the season got cut short. Studying economics at the Mount, he has maintained a 3.7 GPA, making the dean’s list for his academic achievements. On track to graduate a year early, Russell plans to use his extra years of eligibility to earn a master’s degree.
                MIRANDA RODRIGUEZ DIAZ DE LEON
                MIRANDA RODRIGUEZ DIAZ DE LEON
                Tennis Pro
                Miranda arrives at OPTC with valuable tennis credentials.  She was voted Team Captain for the UIC Division 1 tennis team
                  SHIRLEY LIANG
                  SHIRLEY LIANG
                  Tennis Pro
                  Shirley Liang, from Toronto, Canada, started playing tennis when she was 10 years old. She has competed in many national and international level tournaments and is now currently a freshman at Mount St. Mary’s University. Currently studying Criminal Justice and Sociology with a Minor in Legal Studies, she has maintained a 4.0 GPA, making the President’s List in the last semester.
                    ROSS ROLOFF
                    ROSS ROLOFF
                    Tennis Pro
                    Ross Roloff is a USPTA Professional who played collegiate tennis at Wartburg College. He has been a practicing attorney since 1993, a River Forest resident since 2005, and a teaching pro since 2015. Ross served on the River Forest Park District Board of Commissioners from 2013 to 2021 and currently serves on the board of directors of Oak Park Tennis Center

                      Please don’t hesitate to seek out Luka, Mirka, or any OTPC staff member with questions, concerns, or suggestions that you may have. Staff will be easily identifiable in colorful OPTC T-Shirts and they are ready to help.