About - San Fernando Valley

We believe sports change lives

Teach, Grow and Achieve with TGA Premier Tennis

Tennis promotes fitness

All programs include physical activity and muscle development

Tennis is educational

Many lessons use math and science including scoring, distance and shot making

Tennis builds life skills

Our programs promote respect, honesty, perseverance and sportsmanship

Tennis is a life-long sport

Play with family, friends, colleagues and clients

Swing, volley, and serve!

Discover how fun and exciting tennis can be with TGA

TGA of San Fernando Valley
Southern California Tennis Association

Testimonials

Rated 10/10 by J. P. on August 7, 2017

We Asked: "What do you like about our services?"

"My son and I enjoyed the summer tennis camp. We talked about it for the last two week of vacation. It gave me more confidence for his other sports and he focused more on foot movement and balance when playing in general. Great program!!!"

Rated 10/10 by A. A. on July 24, 2017

We Asked: "What do you like about our services?"

"We were extremely pleased with the TGA camp held a Braemar Country Club. The staff was very professional and engaging each and everyday. We look forward to having our daughter return either later on this summer or during the school year. "

Rated 10/10 by M. S. on July 10, 2017

We Asked: "What do you like about our services?"

"My kids and niece and nephew had a great time. Staff was friendly and great with the kids and they loved geting their free racquets and prizes. Overall in the week-long camp, A+. Thank you! --Melynda"

Rated 10/10 by C. S. on July 10, 2017

We Asked: "What do you like about our services?"

"The staff is wonderful. My kids enjoy being at TGA Tennis Camp!"

Rated 10/10 by s. k. on July 3, 2017

We Asked: "What do you like about our services?"

"Friendly and the kids love everything especially the prizes"

Rated 10/10 by M. G. on July 3, 2017

We Asked: "What do you like about our services?"

"My Son enjoyed the different Lessons daily and thought the Coaches were great!"

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Meet the Team

Nancy Abrams
USTA - Southern California - TGA Tennis /San Fernando Valley Area Director/Manager

Nancy is the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA)/TGA Premier Youth Tennis Manager. She is focused on expanding the presence of TGA in the area to give all young kids an opportunity to experience and enjoy the game of tennis. In addition to her TGA duties, Nancy has worked for the SCTA, a section of the United States Tennis Association (USTA), for over 14 years as a USTA Junior Team Tennis Area League Coordinator. The San Fernando Valley is her home, and Nancy is very familiar with the school community. She has served on various community boards in the “Valley”, and has two young adult athletes raised in local schools. Nancy clearly has demonstrated that tennis is the sport for a lifetime, picking up a racket at age eight, competing in high school and college NCAA championships (Cal Poly SLO), and continues to compete on teams and in tournaments.

Contact Nancy to arrange for TGA Premier Tennis to become part of your school enrichment or camp program: abrams@scta.usta.com.

Amy Feder
Administrative Coordinator

Amy is a self-described military “brat” from the Southeast, now raising two tennis playing young boys in the San Fernando Valley. A competitive tennis player since the age of 11, Amy became a Virginia All-State and All-Academic player in high school, and  went on to play for Radford University in Virginia. While at the small Division 1 School in the Big South Conference she was selected for the Big South All-Academic Team.  Amy enjoys passing along her love for the sport to young children, and continues to coach on campuses a few days a week. She works closely with parents and administrators, managing registration, rosters and accounting. Amy is the TGA Tennis SFV support team!
For assistance with registration, invoicing and general information, contact Amy: amy.feder@scta.usta.com

Kevin Finkelberg, USPTA

Kevin manages the TGA coaching crew, ongoing training, and facilitates quality control for all TGA Tennis classes. In addition, he programs our seasonal camps. Kevin is an SFV “local”, and an alumni of Egremont, Alemany High School, Pierce College (where he played on the men’s tennis team), and a graduate of UC Davis. Not only is he a USPTA certified professional, but Kevin has managed a number of sports programs and coach/ref trainings for the City of Santa Clarita Recreation Department.  For information about private or small group lessons, student levels, camps and coach employment opportunities, contact Kevin: FInkelberg@scta.usta.com

Danette Par
Head Coach; PK Coordinator

Danette has a degree is Kinesiology from Cal State Northridge, and is currently pursuing a elementary education teaching degree. She enjoys working with young children and focusing on their fine motor skills. Danette is fond of just about any sport and the human mechanics behind them!

Cameron Hines, USPTA *2016 Finalist - TGA Premier Youth Tennis Coach of the Year
Head Coach

Cameron is originally from Delaware, where he was very involved as a volunteer in his community and an accomplished junior player. He spent many summers teaching at the local USTA tennis camp, and brings his kid friendly teaching and tennis skills to the San Fernando Valley. Cameron moved to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for making films.

Nikki Robbins, PTR
Head Coach

Nikki is a well regarded coach for many years in the SFV and works closely with our PK and TK students. Her playing career includes So Cal juniors and collegiate tennis at Northern Arizona University. Nikki is a friendly and encouraging coach to kids and adults of all ages!

Giovane Octaviano, USPTA
Head Coach

“Gio” found tennis while at Sylmar High School, and quickly honed his skills while he also played football and wrestled. He continued his tennis education at the Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program, eventually becoming an instructor for the program. Gio has also spent recent summers as a USTA National Junior Tennis and Learning head coach. When he is not coaching or working on his one handed backhand that resembles R. Fed’s, Gio is focusing on his studies as a college anthropology student.

Will Mauriz
Head Coach

Will grew up in Northern and Southern California, graduated from Cal State San Bernadino and taught hands on banking for five years to K-12 graders! In addition, he has coached his many brothers in soccer, and is an avid tennis player. Will not only is an outstanding TGA Tennis Head Coach, but he also works in the SCTA accounting department when not on school playgrounds or camp courts!

Jason Perez
Head Coach

Jason grew up in the San Fernando Valley playing tennis, football and volleyball. When he is not working on campuses with TGA students, Jason coaches young kids and is an expert racquet stringer at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana.

James Lindsay
Head Coach

A recent Broadcast Journalism grad from CSUN (and an anchor for the campus radio station!), James grew up in Temecula and now lives in the SFV. He played basketball and ran track in high school, along with his tennis. James has a background in music and theatre, and has enjoyed teaching theatre to.. and playing music for, kids!

Diana Donoslovic, USPTR
Head Coach

From the tennis mecca Hilton Head, S.C., Diana is the daughter of tennis professionals. She played competitive tennis from juniors through college, and has a degree in performing arts from Savannah College of Art & Design. She also has a PTR coaching certification, and has coached the Harvard Westlake girl’s team.

Romeo Carballo
Head Coach

As a Freshman at CSUN, Romeo is studying Athletic Training and is on the club Volleyball team. Romeo is a graduate of Birmingham HS, where he played varsity Volleyball. He is familiar with LAUSD based playground programs, having volunteered 300 hours (wow!) for LA’s Best in the summer, leading field trips and organizing sports.

Amanda Saxe
Coach

Originally from Arizona and a Wildcat alum, Amanda has raised three kids in the SFV. Amanda has an array of youth sports experience in the local area, and is an accomplished USTA Adult League Player.

Yeng Thao, USPTA
Coach

A recent graduate of the University of Wisconsin, where he mentored and tutored high school students for the university’s Steven’s Point camp. Along with his passion for tennis, Yeng is accomplished in volleyball, basketball and holds a class E coaching license as a club soccer coach.

Paul Au, USPTA
Head Coach

Paul is a recent graduate from CSUN, with a degree in Kinesiology/Applied Fitness. He has worked with young campers as an intern with LA Rec & Park, and looks forward to advancing his coaching skills and becoming a USPTA professional. Along with his love of tennis, Paul is an avid basketball player.

Paulina Gardner
Coach

Paulina grew up learning and becoming passionate for tennis in Mexico. She brought her love of the game and fitness to the U.S., and earned an NCEP certified holistic personal trainer designation. Paulina is currently working towards her USPTA certified tennis teaching professional designation. She enjoys the art of coaching, and hopes to share her knowledge of tennis and fitness with as many young students as possible.

Alex Ulesanu
Head Coach

Following a run as a top junior player in Romania, Alex came to the U.S. to play NCAA D1 tennis at Idaho and Montana. She has coached at various clubs throughout the west, settling in to further her career in tennis and recreation. Alex enjoys learning languages, and currently speaks English, Romanian, Spanish, French and German.

Shannan Haft
Coach

An SFV native, Shannan is currently a Freshman at UCLA. She is an avid tennis player, and has experience as a summer counselor and tutor for young kids.

Jessica Madlangsakay
Coach

Jessica is a senior at Cal State Northridge, pursuing a degree in Cell & Molecular Biology. She also serves as the business manager of the CSUN USTA Tennis on Campus club team. Jessica has coached with USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) programs in Ventura county, and brings her skill and warm personality to our TGA students.

Anthony Ya
Coach

Anthony is a student at Cal State Northridge, pursuing a degree in Sociology. He played tennis fro El Camino College prior to his current role as player/coach on the CSUN USTA Tennis on Campus club team. Anthony has also coached young players in the USTA National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) program in the city of Carson.

Kiana Jimenez
Coach

Kiana played varsity tennis at Alemany High School, coached by our very own Kevin Finkelberg. She is currently at student at Mission College, pursuing an arts degree.
TGA students look forward to Kiana’s smile and energy each week!

Majd Bukhamsin
Coach

Majd is a Pre-Med student at Cal State Northridge. He is an accomplished athlete, having participated on tennis, soccer, baseball and volleyball teams. Majd is currently a member of the CSUN USTA Tennis on Campus club team, and shares his passion for tennis with our students!

Earl Jay (EJ) Loredo
Coach

EJ is a Business Management major at CSUN, and another proud member of the CSUN Tennis on Campus team. Prior to college, he was the Varsity captain at El Camino High School.

Alejandro (Alex) Pezqueda
Coach

Alex is a student at CSUN, majoring in Kinesiology. He works part time as a teacher’s aid in a local LAUSD school and has plenty of experience with 5-10 year olds. Alex played Basketball and Volleyball (w/Romeo!) at Birmingham HS.

Company History

2003

TGA launched its first Golf Enrichment Programs at six Los Angeles schools. TGA’s focus was to provide PK – 8th grade students with an opportunity to learn golf through an innovate 5 level after-school program. This program made golf affordable and accessible for children, and received an overwhelmingly positive response from schools, parents and students. TGA expanded its programs within Los Angeles area schools to accommodate the demands from students and parents who wanted a golf program within the safe, convenient environment of their schools. The curriculum also provided transition for students to go from their schools to programs at the golf course.

2004

TGA’s first camps and clinics were offered at golf courses. TGA also incorporated the expansion of physical fitness and education components as well as adding a character development initiative within its school programs.

2006

Golf professionals along with entrepreneurs began expressing their interest in the unique sustainable and scalable model of TGA. By the end of 2006, after three years of honing and improving the TGA business model and curriculums, TGA began offering geographically exclusive franchisees which became the TGA Premier Junior Golf Program now running throughout the United States.

2008

The USGA approved TGA’s curriculum under the rules of amateur status and TGA became National Partners with the After School Alliance and the President’s Council on Physical Fitness.

2009

TGA achieved its first ranking in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500, and won two industry awards for Business Achievement and Player Development.

2010

Golf Magazine named TGA’s CEO, Joshua Jacobs to Golf’s 40 Under 40 list. TGA was named as one of 10 Best Franchise Deals around the world by Entrepreneur, along with jumping 131 spots in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500 ranking from #450 to #319. TGA was also termed the 4th best youth fitness franchise. TGA also formed the 501c3 TGA Sports Foundation, to be able to apply for grants and funding to serve under-resourced areas as well as mentally and physically disabled youth.

2011

TGA gained its 50th franchise along with having seven multiple franchise owners across the country. TGA also branched out into the sport of tennis, signing a National Partnership with the United States Tennis Association (USTA). TGA’s model is now being offered in both the golf and tennis industries and is known as a leading initiative to grow both sports while providing small business ownership and job opportunities. The TGA / USTA proprietary Enrichment Curriculum is solely used by TGA Franchises within schools. TGA works with USTA National along with USTA Sections, Districts and CTA’s to complete the Player Pathway and help feed the USTA’s adult and junior initiatives to grow the sport.

2012

TGA signs its first tennis franchise. TGA’s Youth Sports Franchise model is now one of the fastest at growing junior golf and youth tennis participation amongst 3-13 year olds. TGA’s motto is to Keep Swinging!® and we strive to provide all American youth with the opportunity to learn golf and tennis in a fun and educational environment.

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