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Mercedes Fernandez

Director of Tennis

Originally from Mexico City, she was consistently ranked as one of the best players in the country. Her stellar junior, collegiate and professional playing careers have carried over into her teaching, where she specializes in doubles strategies, the mental game, timing, the mechanics of the stroke, as well as building tennis players to maximize their potential as well as tennis programs. In her junior career, Mercedes was the National Doubles Champion for four consecutive years from the age of 14 through 18. During that time she also represented Mexico in the best world junior tournaments: The Orange Bowl Tournament held in FL, Sunshine Cup Tournament held in FL, and The Casa Blanca Tournament held in Mexico City. She played both singles and doubles.

Mercedes honed her playing skills as a junior by the top coaches around the world like Gabino Palafox (who coached John McEnroe on and off ) Yola Ramirez who held the number 6 rank in the world in the WTA, and Owen Davidson who held number 8 rank in the world in the ATP, and won several grand slams in doubles.

She played two years on the tour reaching 150 in the world in Doubles and 450 in Singles, after touring

she decided to get her education and played at Oklahoma State University, an NCAA Division 1 school. While there she earned All American, Who is Who status and won the Big 8 in doubles twice and was a runner-up in singles. During this time she was also honored to represent Mexico in the World University Games and was chosen to be a member of the Mexican Federation Cup Team. She graduated with a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management from Oklahoma State University.

Her teaching career started being the assistant coach for Oklahoma State University, and then spend a year teaching at Nick Bollettieri’s in Sarasota FL, refining her teaching skills with some of the best coaches in the world.

Mercedes then held the position of the Head Pro at McAlester Country Club in OK, where she built the tennis program from 5 players to 150 players in two years.

She joined Brookhaven Country Club in Dallas, TX where she was the key ingredient in the growth and development of the junior and adult programs. She has been recognized twice during her 20 years as having the best tennis club program in the Nation. She has helped scores of juniors and adults achieve their goals at a National level. She is responsible for many juniors getting Division one scholarships and ladies winning leagues in TCD, as well as National leagues.

Recently, she has competed in USTA National Tournaments with a 5.O ranking and has received two silver balls; one in doubles and one in mixed doubles. She has won the Mixed Doubles National League, Won TCD Leagues in the Open A Division a few times. Currently, she plays in the TCD Leagues and USTA Leagues.

Vitor 

Head Pro

Vitor is from Brasilia, Brazil. He started playing tennis at the age
of 11, which is considered late if one wants to play competitive
Junior tennis. However, he quickly got the hang of it, and with
discipline and hard work he was able to become a top 5 player in the country at the age of 16. At the age of 17, Vitor won back to back National Championships Under 18 and started his professional career on the ATP tour.

Vitor had the opportunity to play against players who today are among the best in the world, such as American Jared Donaldson (former # 48 in the world), Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (currently # 48 in the world), Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal (former #1 in the world doubles, currently ranked #2, and two time Grand Slam champion), just to name a few.

Shortly before turning 18, Vitor left Brazil to go to college in the
US. He attended Ouachita Baptist University, graduating with a
Kinesiology degree, and with honors such as Magna Cum Laude, and NCAA Athletic and Academic All-American. Vitor played #1 singles and doubles for his school, reaching #3 in the Nation in doubles and #15 in singles.

After OBU, Vitor went to Texas Tech University, graduating with a
Masters Degree in Human Performace. He used his passion for sports to work with athletes on the field and conducted studies based on biomechanics and overall athletic performance.

Vitor then started working at Oasis Racquet Club, with previous
teaching experience from Brazil and from Texas Tech and has been with us since. His hobbies include music and traveling.