- David Stolle
- Tennis Professionals:
- Alex Raffalovich
- Ashlea Bowen Neal
- Brett Ross
- Cindy Battle
- Erica Zabkar
- Graham Wheeler
- Juan Vazquez
- Kelly Henderson
- Lamar Scott
- Lindsay Burdette
- Marcelo Ferreira
- Mallory Burdette
- Nathan Singleton
- Ornella Di Salvo
- Robert Parker
- Sarah Perrin
- Trey Walston
David is a founding partner at UTA and is originally from Sudbury, Massachusetts. He helps organize the programs at Chastain Tennis Center and James Creek Tennis Center. David earned his bachelors in psychology with a religious studies minor from the University of Virginia. He is a former number #1 singles player for the Cavaliers and was USTA/Georgia’s Junior Coach of the Year in 2002.
In addition to assisting with the tennis programs at Chastain Park and James Creek, David manages the UTA College Placement Program which helps connect UTA tournament players with universities. David also leads the UTA involvement in ‘Serve and Connect’ which offers free tennis classes Friday afternoons in the Fall and Spring to the students of Washington Park Tennis Center.
David and his wife Ashley, have been blessed with three energetic children: Livi, Kate, and Lex.
Casey Ragsdale McAfee
Casey was one of the top junior players in Mississippi and was a 3-time recipient of the Most Valuable Player award while attending Birmingham Southern. She was the team captain and named to the Big South All Conference Team. She also was named to the Big South Academic Honor Roll and received the Johnny Johnston Most Inspirational Athlete of the Year for all sports during her senior year. Casey graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary and Special Education.
Prior to joining UTA Casey taught tennis at the River Hills Club in Jackson, MS. from 2007-2009. Casey helps direct our junior program and summer camps at UTA. Casey has been very active in the UTA community outreach programs. She regularly assists with the Serve and Connect program at Washington Park Tennis Center which brings youth and law enforcement together through tennis. She has been an active volunteer in teaching tennis to the students at the Ron Clark Academy and she has also been the director for the Georgia Tennis Special Olympics.
Casey comes from a long line of tennis pros including her brother, dad, and uncle! When she isn’t teaching tennis, she enjoys time with friends, family, and playing golf!
Ross, who is from Roswell, GA, started working with UTA while still in high school serving as a junior professional at Chattahoochee Plantation Tennis Club. Upon graduation, Ross received a scholarship to play at Oglethorpe University. While attending Oglethorpe, he was a 4-year starter and served as team captain.
Ross graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration/Economics and was voted Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. He also made the SCAC All-Academic Team all four years while at Oglethorpe.
Ross is a conditioning nut and works out with weights, cycles, runs, and participates in fitness competitions. He loves playing in any outdoor sports and enjoys watching college football, college basketball, and any Georgia Tech sports teams!
Alex Raffalovich grew up in Lawrenceville, GA. She’s a former UTA player and previously taught at Champ Tennis Academy. Alex played collegiate tennis at GCSU and UGA. She presently plays on USTA and ATLA teams, the Atlanta Pro-Am Circuit and in charity tournaments around the city.
Alex attended UGA and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture.
Alex loves traveling, spending time with friends and family, staying fit and snow skiing. She coaches at our Chastain and Dunwoody locations, working with all ages from beginners to advance tournament players.
Ashlea Bowen Neal
Ashlea, who is from Snellville, GA, was a top 100 nationally ranked junior as well as a 5A state champion. She attended Clemson University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies with a Minor in French. She has earned her Professional Level USPTR certification and has been coaching over ten years.
Ashlea’s husband Nick was also a collegiate tennis player. They have a son, North, and daughter, Hope – both are already on the courts!
Brett Ross grew up in Roswell, Georgia. He attended Wake Forest University earning a Business degree. Brett was a standout player on their Men’s Tennis Team where he lettered from 2003-06 and was ranked among the school’s top 10 in singles and doubles victories for both a season and career.
After graduation, he played on the ITF Pro Circuit. He qualified for several Challenger events and cracked the top 500 in the doubles rankings and top 600 in singles. Brett was hired in 2009 as an assistant coach at his alma mater. He was named the head coach of the Georgia State men’s tennis program in June 2014.
Brett enjoys time off the courts with his wife Christie and dog, Max. He will work at Bitsy Grant and Chastain with children and adults of all ages as well as High Performance Juniors.
Cindy, who is from Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a former #1 singles player for the University of Alabama. During her professional career she reached a US top 10 ranking for 7 years and twice competed at the US Open. Cindy is in 4 Sports Hall of Fames and most recently was inducted (January 2018) to the State of Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame. She has extensive coaching experience and is certified to be a USTA National Umpire. She has directed many tournaments and was director of the Virginia Slims women’s tournament which was held in Chattanooga.
Cindy is married with two children and loves coaching the Quick Start and the Junior Excellence groups.
Erica, who is from Roswell, Georgia, is a former student at Universal Tennis Academy. She played collegiately for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned First Team All Southern Conference honors. As an assistant Women’s Tennis Coach at UNCG, Erica helped guide the Spartans to a Southern Conference regular season championship in 2012. She won the 2012 ITA Carolinas Assistant Coach of the Year award. While continuing her masters degree, Erica worked with juniors at Green Valley Swim & Tennis Club in Greensboro, NC.
Erica earned a Master’s (2011) and Bachelor’s (2008) of Science in Kinesiology from the UNCG. She completed Master’s of Science in Athletic Training from University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) in May 2014. She is currently a certified and Licensed Athletic Trainer. Erica enjoys working with players of all ages and abilities.
Graham was raised in Darien, CT where he was a competitive USTA junior tennis player and ice hockey goaltender. He received a BA from Colgate University, where he played on both the mens tennis team as well as the hockey team. Graham also holds his MBA in Management from the University of Georgia.
Graham is PTR certified teaching instructor who enjoys coaching players of all ages and ability levels. When not playing tennis Graham can be found visiting his wife who is a private physical therapist on the WTA Tour. Outside of tennis, Graham also enjoys volunteering, hiking, and kayaking.
Juan was a Junior College National Champion while playing for Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, GA. While in college he was nationally ranked in the top 10 in Singles and in Doubles. He transferred to Barton College in North Carolina his junior year. During his college career Juan participated in three National Collegiate Championship Semifinal Matches. Juan received his school conference’s Most Valuable Player award during his senior year. Juan was a former ATP touring professional who represented his native Puerto Rico in Davis Cup competition in 1993.
Before joining UTA, Juan was the Head Tennis Professional at Marietta Country Club. He was also the Head Tennis Pro at TPC Sugarloaf and also at Smoke Rise Country Club. In 2003 Juan was awarded Georgia Professional Tennis Association Head Tennis Professional of the Year award. Juan has been a USPTA and a GPTA certified professional since 1999 and has been instructing tennis since 1997. Throughout the year Juan participates in local Club Pro-Am’s and competes in the USTA Pro League. In his spare time he enjoys cooking, working in the yard, and spending time with his family.
Kelly began playing tennis at age 5 under the instruction of his father who is a former college player. Kelly moved to Atlanta in 2004 to become a tennis instructor. He has led many ALTA & USTA teams to playoffs, City Finals, and City Championships. He enjoys working with adults as well as junior players.
When Kelly is not playing tennis, he enjoys cooking, DJ’ing, and spending time with his lovely wife Leah.
Lamar played tennis as a junior in Augusta, GA and then Nashville, Tennessee. He was ranked as a junior in Tennessee before playing for Dillard University. He was captain of both his high school and college teams. After earning a BA in Communications and English at Dillard University Lamar received his MPA in Human Resource Management at Clark Atlanta University.
Lamar has a “professional” Certification with the Profession Tennis Registry (PTR). Lamar serves on the executive side of ALTA and is the Overall Coordinator for the AA and A level of Men’s ALTA. Lamar received the 2017 Iberia Bank Tennis Professional of the Year award from USTA Georgia as well as the 2017 USTA Southern Tennis Professional of the Year award. In addition, Lamar received the PTR Volunteer of the Year award in February 2018.
Along with tennis Lamar enjoys golf, travel, exercise, and of course the Atlanta Falcons! In August 2017, the National Football League selected Lamar to be featured in a episode of Tackle My Ride, a television show that salutes a deserving fan who has demonstrated outstanding community service!
A native of Jackson, Georgia and former UTA student, Lindsay has competed at the highest level of junior, collegiate, and professional tennis. As a junior Lindsay competed nationally and internationally before heading to Stanford University where she graduated with a degree in American Studies. Lindsay was a 4-time NCAA All-American who won the 2010 NCAA Doubles Championship. Lindsay and her teammates also captured the 2010 NCAA National Team Championship as well.
Lindsay retired from competitive tennis after competing in the 2010 US Open Women’s Doubles Championship. She enjoys teaching tennis and mentoring players of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys riding horses and playing guitar.
Marcelo is a Brazilian native who graduated from Georgia College & State University (GCSU) in 2006 with a Physical Education degree with a minor in Health Education. He was a three-year letter winner, earning Peach Belt Conference Presidential Honor Roll status every season. After graduating from GCSU, Marcelo served as assistant coach for both Men’s and Women’s tennis programs.
Marcelo later earned his Master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration on Exercise Science and Sports Management from Texas Tech. He spent five seasons at Texas Tech University as an assistant coach before being promoted to associate head coach during the 2012-2013 season. He was twice named the ITA Texas Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Under Marcelo’s leadership, his team made five consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 2008 to 2012 and his teams finished ranked in the ITA top 25 an unprecedented four times. Marcelo also led a double team to the finals of the NCAA Doubles Championship (2012).
Marcelo was hired in 2013 as Pepperdine Men’s Tennis Head Coach. He helped lead rising senior Alex Sarkissian (former top 150 ATP)) become the third player in program history to reach the finals of the NCAA Singles Championship (2013).
When not on the courts he enjoys spending time with his wife, Jesse. Marcelo has worked with high level players the last 15 years but loves working with everyone and all levels!
Mallory who was raised in Jackson, GA had a stellar junior and collegiate career. She earned a tennis scholarship to Stanford University where she graduated with a degree in Psychology. She enjoys teaching players of all ages and abilities from beginner to advanced tournament players.
Mallory is an animal lover and is a Doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology.
Nathan is a Dunwoody native. He played tennis at Georgia Perimeter College for two years earning an Associates in Business Administration. He has been coaching for 5 years and was the Assistant Pro at Atlanta Country Club before he took some time off to travel the world doing humanitarian work for a year. He is happy to be back coaching and enjoys teaching players of all ages. His coaching style emphasizes mental toughness and using patterns of play to win high pressure points and matches. When he is not coaching or playing tennis, he enjoys writing self help blogs and volunteering in the community. He is USPTA certified and also a certified cardio tennis instructor.
Ornella Di Salvo
Ornella, who is from Cordoba, Argentina, played in numerous ITF junior tournaments throughout South America including Argentina, Chile, Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Brazil. She attended Austin Peay State University where she earned a degree in business administration with concentrations in international management, marketing and a minor in finance. Ornella was 2 time ALL-OVC Conference Player of the Year; 2 time MVP at Austin Peay; 1 time Most Improved Player of the Year; and one time OVC Conference Adidas Player of the Week.
Prior to joining the UTA team, Ornella coached at the Summit Chase Country Club. She was also the assistant men’s and women’s coach at TWU in 2016. Her sister who is also a tennis player was 2-time NAIA national champion. Ornella enjoys spending time with my family, shopping, listening to music and traveling.
As an athlete, Robert excelled, winning state titles in soccer, martial arts, and tennis. Originally from Tampa, Robert chose to attend the University of Florida on a full scholarship over college tennis. He later continued his studies at MIT (entrepreneurship).
Robert is a certified tennis professional where he specializes in working with juniors that want to maximize their performance. He is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) in Performance at the Professional level. He teaches at Chastain Park, Bitsy Grant and Blackburn.
Robert has two kids, both of whom play tennis. His son is an aspiring junior tournament player. When he’s not on court, he enjoys climbing mountains, traveling and watching the Gators play.
Sarah grew up in Dublin, Georgia where she has been playing tennis for over 20 years on both ALTA and USTA teams. She attended Kennesaw State University where she studied marketing. When she’s not coaching she enjoys playing tennis and traveling. She enjoys coaching children of all ages.
Trey grew up in Birmingham, AL where he played state, sectional, and national tournaments from the age of 11. He attended the University of Alabama and was a member of the tennis team for four years. Trey was team captain for his junior an senior years. While in school Trey was a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee as well as on the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Trey graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics. He is PTR certified and works with children and adults of all levels.
When not on the tennis court, Trey is an avid traveler and enjoys playing golf and guitar.