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  • Kenyon K. Generette-Oliver
  • Briana Berne
  • Austin Boaz
  • Cali Sachs
  • Catherine Harris
  • James Pressley
  • Jason Valera
  • Joyce Bitarares
  • Joseph Bishop
  • Kwesi Smith
  • Lavie Sak
  • Neko Browder
  • Ronregus Artis
  • Tamm Neal
  • Tory Martin
  • Wendell Troy


Kenyon K. Generette-Oliver

Kenyon is the only managing partner at Universal Tennis Academy original from Atlanta. Kenyon help leads the team at Chastain Park and Piedmont Park Tennis Center. Kenyon is a graduate of Mars Hill College where he earned a Bachelors degree in Communications and English with a minor in Economics, while playing tennis and soccer. Kenyon has been the head teaching pro with some of the top tennis clubs in the Atlanta metro, including Dunwoody Country Club and the Atlanta Country Club.

Prior to those stents he was a staff pro at the Capital Country Club. He is USPTA certified and has been teaching juniors for over 15 years. In his spare time Kenyon loves hanging out with his friends and family. He loves tennis so much even while on vacation he plays tennis along with some golf. Kenyon is one of the most dedicated members of the team when it comes to helping students at both Chastain and Piedmont Park Tennis Centers.


Briana Berne

A former collegiate tennis player, Berne successfully completed four years as a NCAA Divison 1 student-athlete at Elon University. During her career, Briana led her team to a national ranking of #59, clinching the deciding match that led to the team's first win versus an ACC school, earned a national singles ranking, and was awarded Second Team All-Conference in doubles.

Berne recently returned from a 6-month stay in Spain, where she tutored youth ages 6-8 in English. As an Elon University Class of 2013 alumna, Berne holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Strategic Communications.


Austin Boaz

Austin Boaz lives in Dunwoody, Georgia. He started playing competitive tennis at the age of 10 and began training with UTA around age 13. Austin played college tennis at UT-Chattanooga. In his free time he likes to play golf.

Austin can be reached at austinboaz@utatennis.com. He likes working with children of all ages.


Cali Sachs

Born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. Grew up competing in the Florida Section from ages 8-18. I played all 4 years of college tennis at Mercer University. I have been working for UTA since April of 2012. I graduated from Mercer University in 2008 with a degree in Communications. I am PTR Certified. My hobbies include going to concerts with friends and college football, especially the Florida Gators. I spend the majority of my time at Sharon Lester Tennis Center at Piedmont Park. I love working with all ages and levels! Her email address is: calisachsuta@mail.com


Catherine Harris

Catherine is from Weston, Massachusetts and started playing tennis competitively at age 13. She was ranked in the top 10 for both singles and doubles in USTA New England 18s. She played on the Emory Women’s Tennis team 2011-2015. The team was ranked top 3 in the country all four years and won the NCAA DIII National Championships in 2014. Catherine earned a BS in Computer Science from Emory. Her email address is cchshnj@comcast.net


James Pressley

James, a native of Atlanta, started playing tennis at the age of four. A natural athlete, James played football, basketball, cross country, and tennis in high school before playing at the collegiate level on scholarship at Morehouse College. Through his three year college career, He was an integral part in helping his team win the 2011 SIAC Conference Championship that led them to the NCAA Division II Nationals. He received All-Conference Doubles honors in 2012.

Since joining UTA in 2009, James has had the pleasure of working with patrons of all ages, specializing in kids, which he gives thanks to his son, Evan, 3, for. When he is not on the tennis court, James is also a sports journalist who has covered Atlanta franchises such as the Braves, Falcons, Hawks, several area colleges and the 2012 Olympics.


Jason Valera

Jason is a native of Athens, Georgia and brings over 8 years of experience as a teaching professional. He started playing tennis at a very young age and was ranked #1 in the state as a junior player, top in the south and a top 25 nationally ranked junior. He was a State High School Champion as well as a sectional and nationally ranked junior player. He went on to play college tennis on scholarship at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro before transferring and playing at The University of Georgia, graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in 2006. Jason worked two years at the Tennis Academy of the South in Atlanta then moved to Florida where he worked at Harold Solomon Tennis Institute and Saviano High Performance Tennis Academy for three years. He has worked and practiced with some top WTA professionals and collegiate players such as Elena Dementieva and Sloane Stephen. Jason returned to Georgia and has been working with juniors, as well as adults at the Tennis Academy of the South as well as was a tennis professional at Atlanta Athletic Club. He is a USPTA certified pro. Jason brings a wealth of knowledge as a player and instructor at all playing levels.


Joyce Bitarares

Joyce Elisa Bitarares Felix Whiteman grew up in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She has played tennis since she was 7 years old; playing JR tournaments throughout Brazil and working as an assistant coach in Brazil for over 3 years. She received a BS degree in Exercise Science from Georgia Gwinnett College. This last year Joyce taught at Windward Lake Club. Joyce is AED and CPR certified.

In her free time Joyce loves to watch movies, play soccer and spend time with her family. She likes working with children of all ages.


Joseph Bishop

Joseph is a Georgia native, growing up in Marietta. In the Junior’s he had a USTA GA ranking of 18 and a Southern ranking of 69. Joseph played men’s tennis at GA State and finished his college career undefeated in both singles and doubles. He was the winner of Most Outstanding Award (2010) and Team MVP Coaches Award (2011). He graduated with a degree in Exercise Science.

Joseph enjoys spending time with his family, Jill and Keith, and younger brother, Jay.

Joseph likes working with children and adults of all ages.


Kwesi Smith


Lavie Sak

Lavie is a certified Advanced Level II ATPCA (Australian Tennis Professional Coaches Association) teaching pro; spreading his knowledge of he game in New York City and Australia before arriving in Atlanta.

Playing in the USTA Eastern Regional Section, Lavie received all metropolitan honors as a junior. Lavie is a supporter and advocate of developing tennis in third world countries, having worked withthe Combodian Tennis Federation and their National Davis Cup Team.

Lavie recieved his Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Virginia and Masters in Design at the University of Sydney.


Neko Browder

Neko is from the Bronx, New York city and graduated from Washington College 2004 with a BA in psychology. Played number 1 singles all 4 years and a 3 time All-American/MVP. After college, she taught tennis in Atlanta and New York City for the past 11 years. She also served as a staff professional in earlier years and a Director of Junior Development at Silvia Tennis Academy. Neko has directed and owned Elite Performance Tennis focusing on competitive juniors. She became a certified Mental Toughness Trainer in 2013. Neko loves music and sharing with people Bible truths. Her email address is: Coachneko@hotmail.com.


Ronregus Artis

Ronregus Artis, a native of North Carolina, began to learn the sport of tennis when he moved to Atlanta, Georgia at the age of fourteen. With this later start, he quickly realized he had to work that much harder to catch up with his peers, and by the age of seventeen, he had raised his level enough to participate in Georgia’s ITF tournaments.
Artis would decide to attend Alabama State University, where he played #1 singles and doubles as a freshman and helped lead his team to the SWAC Conference Championships.
He later went on to travel throughout the U.S. and to a few international tournaments as a hitting partner. This was an experience that opened his eyes and heightened his love for the sport.
After his travels, he had hoped to return to work at the center where his journey began, and in August 2013, he began working at Washington Park Tennis Center as one of the head junior program coordinators. He is a certified Cardio Tennis instructor and is presently working towards his USPTA certification.

Artis joined the UTA/Dekalb Tennis Center Staff March 2016 and will be working with both adults and high performance juniors. His interests include mentoring his students, fitness, and self-improvement.


Tamm Neal

Tamm Neal hails from Saginaw, Michigan. She has been a sports performance coach for 18 years graduating from Southern University A&M College with a B.S. Accounting Degree and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with an M.A. Psychology/Sport and Exercise Degree.

Tamm holds titles of Sports Performance Coach, Personal Trainer, Mental Coach with the following certifications: NASM (Certified Personal Trainer & Performance Enhancement Specialist), CTPA/ITPA (Certified Tennis Performance Coach), FMS (Functional Movement Screen specialist) and USAW (Sport Performance Coach).

When not working with 11 year olds+, juniors, high performance, college and adults, Tamm enjoys playing tennis, watching sports and writing poetry. Tamm can be reached at: info@tammnealtraining.com


Tory Martin

Hometown: College Park, Atlanta
Education: Morehouse College

Tory played four years at Morehouse College, served as captain for 3 years, and lead the team to 3 SIAC Championships. While at Morehouse College he received 1st Team All Conference Singles and Doubles all four years, MVP for four years, first person in tennis to receive Rookie of the Year and MVP, and was one of five Men of the Year for Morehouse Athletics in 2011. He earned his B.A. in Business Finance, with a minor in Economics.

Tory started coaching when he was 17, at Washington Park Tennis Center at Camp Best Friends. Tory is a certified USPTA teaching pro, and enjoys working with both children and adults of all ages and abilities. Tory has a large family, boasting 3 brothers and 3 sisters. He enjoys doing anything that is family and/or sports related during his free time.


Wendell Troy

Wendell is originally from Atlanta and has been a member of USPTA for 30 years. Coach Troy has been a USTA Tournament Director for 25 years. He graduated from Georgia State University. He is married and has a daughter who is now attending Georgia State University. Coach Troy works primarily with Junior excellence and Green Dot Groups.