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.
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.
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Alexandre Brym, originally from Noisy-le-Grand in Paris, France, has resided in the United States since January 2010. He attended Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana where he played on the Cardinals’ tennis team for four years, earning 49 career singles’ victories. During his senior year, he went 14-11 in singles while contributing to Ball State’s 16-8 campaign. In 2011, he helped the Cardinals to a conference championship and NCAA appearance while posting a 16-win season between third and fourth singles.
Brym earned a BA in international business from Ball State in 2013 and has begun work on his Master’s in business administration at Concordia. He aspires to work in the management and marketing field where he will have the opportunity to travel and see many new places.
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, 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.
David Stewart is our new teaching professional from Peoria, IL. He started playing tennis at the age of 9 and was involved in the USTA. In high school, he made it to the state tournament all four years in doubles finishing twice at 13th-16th place. A collegiate tennis player at Monmouth College, where he graduated with a degree in Public Relations and Business Administration. Some accomplishments at Monmouth College; finished second in all-time wins with 154, Midwest Conference Champion 2 times at the number 1 doubles position and 3 times at the number 3 singles position. David was also ranked 7th in the Midwest region and 28th in the nation in doubles.
Marie-Alexandre Leduc is our newest teaching professional this 2017 season, originally from Quebec, Canada, she will teach both junior an adult classes at OPTC this season.
Currently majoring at Clemson College, SC and playing #1 in singles and doubles –named 2017 All-ACC Second Team with her partner, Marie-Alexandre has won 4 National Titles in doubles and 2 in singles in Canada with highest junior ranking in Canada at #1 and UTR Ranking of Singles: 11 Doubles: 11, ITF Junior Rank: 130. Read her ITF Rankings at ITF Tennis. She was also a part of the National Training Center for 3 years, coached by Roberto Brogin, and a part of the Junior Fed Cup team for Canada. Having traveled to over 14 countries, she is a seasoned player at the early age of 19. Lets give her a nice welcome!
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.
Leah Friedman is the Junior Development Coordinator for the USTA/Midwest Chicago District as well a member of the USTA National Faculty as a 10 and Under Trainer and a PTR 10 and Under Clinician. Leah has been a presenter at Tennis Teachers Conference at the US Open, PTR Symposium’s, and various USTA Midwest Conferences. For her commitment to the game, Leah has two Racquet Sports Industry Awards including 2010 Junior Development Program with Butch Staples and was selected for “30 Under 30” by the magazine. In 2014, Leah was awarded USTA Faculty of the Year. Prior to her work in tennis, Leah competed for the University of Pittsburgh Women’s Tennis Team.
Alexia Coutino has much tennis experience even at the age of 19. From Tuxtla Gutierrez, Mexico, she is currently Majoring at University of Cincinnati in Dietetics. Alexia’s tennis career has high marks consisting of Highest junior rank in Mexico: #2, ITF junior rank: #216, WTA rank singles: #1273. Doubles: #964. You may view her ITF ratings here. Alexia is currently playing #2 singles and #2 doubles at the University of Cincinnati, OH and was part of the Junior Fed Cup in 2014. She reached the doubles final at 10K in Mexico City and won the doubles at a ITF G3 in Queretaro, Mexico. She is well traveled having been to over 10 countries.
Nick Vizzone: OPRF and Fenwick Tennis Team Schedule.
Besides graphic design and marketing, she was involved in managing and production of three Belgrade theatre shows in Chicago in the past 2 years. She would like to expand her managing skills in both sport and art departments with the opportunity to meet interesting people and travel.
Please don’t hesitate to seek out Luke, 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.