Tennis Coaches & Pros

Tennis pro Frank Salazar

Frank Salazar

Senior Director of Tennis for the MTTC

Frank is the mastermind of a High-Performance training and mentoring method now being offered at the MAC. This program and philosophy were created to develop world class junior tennis players, high level collegians, and professional tennis players. Since its inception Frank has developed: over 200 nationally ranked players, 30 National Champions, 5 Junior players ranked top 10 in the world.

Email Frank at: fsalazar@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements:

2011-2017 coached Frances Tiafoe who has held a ranking as high as 11 in the world and is currently regarded as one of the top United States players on the ATP tour.

2011-2017 coached Usue Arconada who achieved #5 World Ranking for Junior ITF

2010 coached the #3, #5, and #12 junior players in the world (Denis Kudla, Mitchell Frank, Junior Ore) as well as the #5 Girl’s player in the world (Trice Capra).

2002-2004 coached #1 and #5 boys players ranked in the United States (Billy Mertz and Treat Huey)

2008 United States Olympic Developmental Coach of the Year, by the USTA

Playing Career Accomplishments

  • 1986 Junior Orange Bowl Champion
  • 4 Time National Champion
  • Ranked #1 in the world in 1986

Education:

Clemson University: Full Tennis Scholarship playing #1 Singles and Doubles
B.A, Communications

Fun Fact:

Climbed and summited Mount Kilimanjaro in 2008

Tim Whitehead

Tim Whitehead

Assistant Director of the MTTC

Tim joins the MAC as the new Assistant Director of the MTTC. With over 30 years of experience playing and coaching tennis we are thrilled to add someone with Tim’s knowledge of the game to our MTTC program.

“As the new Assistant Director of MTTC, I'm so thrilled to be a part of this unique, dynamic and
highly experienced MAC team! I look forward to sharing my passion, experiences, and love for the
game with all of you! With over 30+ years of playing/coaching experience it is my vision to create a
fun, positive, safe, and educational learning environment no matter what your age and or level of
ability.

When teaching on the courts, I love to empower my students to feel confident, motivated, inspired,
challenged, and most importantly excited to play and learn all aspects of the game.

Students should know that developing your game is a process, enjoy it! It takes time to develop a
great game. With the right attitude, mindset and commitment to excellence anything is possible…”

Email Tim at: twhitehead@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements:

  • Coached several adult and junior teams at multiple levels to league championships throughout
    the Northern and Southern United States.
  • 2020-2024: Director of Longfellow HS Summer Tennis Camps/Tennis Professional/Lead Pro
    for Junior Programs, Natick, MA
  • 2017-2020: Director of Flextime/Tennis Professional at the Thoreau Club, Concord MA
  • 2015-2017: Assistant Head Professional at the River Valley Club, Lebanon NH
  • 2010-2015: Head Professional at the Savannah Golf Club, Savannah GA
  • 2009-2010: Director of Junior Tennis at the Raleigh Racquet Club, Raleigh NC
  • 2006-2009: Assistant Tennis Professional at the Carolina Country Club, Raleigh NC

Playing Career Accomplishments

  • 2011: #3 Ranking Men’s Open Division Southern/Georgia
  • 2008: Elected to the International Honor Society (DET) by The Professional School of Sports
    Psychology for Peak Performance—Ashworth University
  • 2003: #1 Ranking Men’s 4.5 division New England
  • 1995-1999: #1 Singles & Doubles at Franklin Pierce University–4-time MVP
  • Top 20 ranking as a Junior player in New England

Philosophy:

Tennis is more than a game; it's a journey. Whether reveling in the joy of casual matches or thriving in the intensity of competition, I believe in extracting lessons from each experience to foster personal growth, development, and a profound understanding of this magnificent sport.

Tomas Havlaty

Tomas Hlavaty

Director of Adult Tennis Programming
Since joining the MAC in 2008, Tomas has been involved in developing all areas of MAC tennis programs from high performance players, Junior tennis and adult programming where he coached many NSL women’s and men’s teams.

“I’m very patient and a good listener. I implement these two qualities to help players achieve their goals and aspirations with tennis, whatever they may be for each person.” My dream ever since I was 12 years old was to work in a year-round, “real tennis club environment” because I didn’t have anything like that when I was growing up in middle school in the Czech Republic. During the winters, my dad practiced with me on a small volleyball court at my middle school.”

Email Tomas at: thlavaty@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements

  • Coached numerous Men’s and Women’s Teams to win their North Shore League Division.
  • Takes a highly personalized approach to each player’s needs, desires and aspirations in elevating their tennis game.
  • Works with players from where they are now to where they want to go with their game in the future.
  • Thrives on helping people to get better and making a positive difference in people’s tennis.
  • “I love tennis and helping people achieve and attain their goals whether it’s to move up in a league or simply improve their game.”

Notable Career Highlights

  • Top Nationally ranked Junior in his home country of Czech Republic where he won many National Tournaments.
  • Early Teaching career was in Great Britain and the Czech Republic before coming to the US in 2005.
  • In 2008 Tomas received an award from USPTA for the 2008 Open Players of the Year.
  • Tomas is certified by USPTA, USTA high performance coach, USPTR and USRSA tennis racquet stringer.
  • Tomas was also the official racquet stringer for professional tennis of Boston Lobsters in 2014.

Education:

  • BS, Sport and Movement Science, Salem State University
  • MS & MBA, Sport Management, Southern New Hampshire University, Sport Management

Fun Facts about Tomas

  • “You can’t be serious!” At the Men’s ATP Tennis Hall of Fame Tournament in Newport, RI 2008, Tomas was a line judge and had his 15 seconds of fame being yelled at by John McEnroe.
  • Tomas can hit a ‘tweener’ on demand.
Dan Quinceno

Daniel Quiceno

Junior Development Manager

Daniel maintained a #1 junior ranking from age 8-18 in his native country of Colombia. He worked at the Bollettieri Academy at age of 18 as a hitting partner for such players as Tommy Haas, Xavier Malise and Maria Sharapova. Daniel graduated from Troy University with a degree in finance.Daniel is our Junior Development Program Manager and his ability to work effectively to work with groups of kids and to set up situations for skill acquisition for players is unparalleled. Daniel’s leadership for the JDP program has been critical for its stability and consistency of player development on the entry pathway.

Dan enjoys tranquility and he especially likes to visit family and his home country.

Email Dan at: dquiceno@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements

  • Daniel worked at the Bollettieri Academy at the age of 18 as a hitting partner for such players as Tommy Haas, Xavier Malise and Maria Sharapova.
  • His ability to work effectively with groups of kids and to set up situations for skill acquisition for players is unparalleled.

Playing Career Accomplishments

  • Daniel maintained a #1 junior ranking from ages 8-18 in his native country of Colombia.
  • Represented Colombia in numerous International tournaments.
  • Competed in Men’s Futures Circuit from age 16 to 25.

Education

Troy University, Alabama, Full Tennis Scholarship
B.S., Finance

Todd Carpenter

Todd Carpenter

Tennis Professional, Pickle & Paddle Coordinator

Over the two decades Todd has been at the MAC, he served as Director of Tennis or Adult Tennis Director for 16 of the years and now adds Pickle & Paddle Coordinator to his area of influence and zone of genius.

Todd is most proud of his three remarkable daughters with whom he resides in Manchester, MA.

Email Todd at: tcarpenter@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements

  • Todd began his career at MAC as a tennis professional in 2001.
  • Todd and his MAC colleagues assembled a very talented staff that in turn created one of the best and highly recognized tennis programs in New England.
  • This program was selected by the USTA to be one of only 8 USTA Certified Regional Training Centers in the country.
  • Todd is instrumental in working with the adult program and adult teams. He has coached and participated on dozens of teams that have won league, district, and sectional championships.
  • Recognized for establishing MAC Paddle in 2019.

Playing Career Accomplishments

  • Todd grew up playing and training at the MAC. One of his first coaches was our own Hall of Fame coach, Avis Murray.
  • He was a New England ranked junior who went on to play collegiate tennis at Merrimack College before transferring to Boston College.

Education

Bachelor’s – Major, Boston College
Master’s – Major

Nic Sabbatini

Nic Sabbatini

Staff professional, Men’s League Coordinator
Propelled by his passion for the game, Nic started playing tennis at the age of 3 and experienced significant success in Juniors in his home country of Argentina.
Nic has spent 18+ years honing his skills in leadership and teaching tennis. He’s been directing and managing at academies and country clubs since 2004, including the Evert Academy. The most important things to Nic are family, friends, his Argentinian heritage and soccer.

“Nic is a consummate professional and one of the most prolific teachers and coaches of the game of tennis today”
Joe Brandi, former coach of Pete Sampras

Email Nic at: nsabbatini@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements

  • Traveled with numerous Junior and Professional players and coached Alexandra Panova (World #71).
  • PTR certified coach as well as certified as a strength, speed, power, and endurance coach.
  • Following his decorated college career, Nic received numerous honors with regards to teaching and coaching tennis including:
    • Best Instruction Business Award for the town of Rye, NY.
    • Tester of the Year by the Professional Tennis Registry.

Playing Career Accomplishments

  • Started playing tennis at the age of 3.
  • #3 in Singles and #1 in Doubles Junior rankings in Argentina.
  • Played in multiple ITF junior tournaments in Europe and the U.S., and reaching the semi-finals of The Milano Open.
  • For three consecutive years, reached the finals of the NAIA Collegiate National Championship while representing Auburn University.
  • His success at the collegiate level was recognized in both 2000 and 2001 as he was nominated as an All-American in both singles and doubles.

Education

Auburn University, Full Tennis Scholarship
B.S., Economics
MBA with concentration in Finance

PAVLE DROBNJAKOVIC

Pavle Drobnjakovic

Staff Professional

Pavle loves to finish every day knowing his students learned something and that they took one more step toward their tennis and life goals while having fun. His students are competitive with themselves, willing to learn and get something out of every lesson.
Pavle excels in communicating with his students – seeing their energy that day; asking them a lot of different questions.
He loves to incorporate Incorporates humor into his work – even though students think he looks serious at first.

Email Pavle at: pavle@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements

  • Coaching teaching across the US since 2017
  • Coached in his home town and country of Belgrade, Serbia, until age 18.
  • Coaches all levels from beginners, young children, adults.
  • Excels working with Juniors 10-18 before they go to college to develop them as much as possible as people and players, who grow on and off the court.

Playing Career Accomplishments

  • Ranked in Top 3 in Serbia 12s, 14s, 16s, 18s.
  • Won Team National Champion 14, 16, 18 and Seniors (All ages)
  • Played Junior tournaments in many countries across his homeland region: Croatia, Hungry, Slovenia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey, Romania, Albania
  • ITA Scholar Athlete every year at undergraduate college (for academic achievement)

Education

Scholar College athlete at Nicholls State University, 1st Team All-Conference Player, 2022
BS – Finance, Nicholls State University, Louisiana
MBA – Finance, Lindenwood University, St. Louis, MO

Fun Fact about Pavle

If I had to travel every week, pack and unpack my bags every week, I’d be very willing to do that. I love traveling and seeing new places. Thailand is high on my list to visit.

Will Barry

Will Barry

Staff Professional

Will Barry is the newest addition to our talented MTTC staff. Will joins the team as an MTTC staff pro and hitter.
“I’m excited for the opportunity to teach players of all ages and abilities, from players who are just starting their tennis journeys, to players who are trying to take their game to the next level. I enjoy helping players reach their goals while also having fun in the process.”

Email Will at: wbarry@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements

  • Past tennis coach at the Eastern Yacht Club in Marblehead, MA
  • Past coach at the Tennis Loft in Nantucket, MA

Playing Career Accomplishments

  • Will graduated from Lafayette College in 2022 and enjoyed a very successful career as the #1 singles and doubles player at Lafayette College.
  • Will was a nationally ranked Junior who played at The MAC and quickly climbed the ranks to #1 in New England by the time he was 12 years old.
Chrissy Cerretani

Chrissy Cerretani

Staff Professional

A native of the North Shore, Chrissy was a decorated college player at Clemson and Boston University, earning All-American East honors leading her BU team to their first-ever NCAA appearance. After her vaunted college career, Chrissy spent two years traveling with her brother, James, on the ATP tour serving as his coach while he reached two quarter final doubles appearances at Wimbledon. Prior to joining The MAC team Chrissy held coaching positions at the International Tennis Hall of Fame, Tennis Europe, and served as an assistant coach for the Tufts Women’s Team.

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Playing Career Accomplishments

  • National Grass Court Mixed Doubles Champion 2021 with brother Jamie Cerretani
  • Member of the Reading High Hall of Fame for tennis , inducted in 2019
  • Massachusetts State Champion in 1993
  • #1 in New England every year in singles and doubles from the 12’s – 18 and under
  • Highest National Junior Rank was 2 in doubles and 32 in singles

Fun Fact About Chrissy

Chrissy is also a successful musician and has performed professionally throughout New England.

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Claudine Watson

Tennis & Pickleball Pro
For almost thirty years, Claudine Watson has had many leadership roles at the MAC including many years of working with all of our North Shore league teams. She has been instrumental in developing and launching many of the programs that we are still running today. Claudine currently is responsible for all USTA tournaments throughout the calendar year and under her leadership we have attained several National Junior Tournaments. Currently she teaches tennis as well as organizing a robust Pickleball program at the club.

Email Claudine at: cwatson@macathletics.com

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements

  • Started the first USTA League at the MAC and personally traveled to many USTA Districts, sectional and National Championships
  • Played competitive Doubles and loves coaching doubles strategy both in pickle and tennis.
  • Claudine was instrumental in our ability to host Level 3 and National Junior Level tournaments at the MAC
  • Claudine grew up in Belgium and learned to walk on a clay tennis court at home.

Education

Education Brussels University, School of Journalism

Wheaton College, course in economics and business

Fun Facts about Claudine

Claudine married a US citizen and moved to the States at age 19, had three children by the time she was 28 and currently balances her life between her love for teaching tennis and pickleball with her love of her 6 grandchildren!

Wil Daly

Wil Daly

Staff Professional
Wil’s philosophy is that, first of all, to be effective, learning has to be fun.
In Adult Start he focuses on the basics of the swing. We want to create a swing that is both correct and repeatable, because when you start playing we want you to focus on where you are going to hit it, not how you are going to hit it.

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Notable Coaching + Mentoring Achievements

Wil spent 35 years in banking holding senior positions in two of America’s top banks before assuming his dream job here at the MAC. “It can’t be work if I’m having this much fun.”

Playing Career Accomplishments

Wil played competitively and was a ranked Junior player in Southern California.

Education

Hobart College , Geneva, New York, B.A. American History

Fun Fact about Wil

Was a Pilot, United States Marine Corps…….seemed like a good idea at the time!

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Avis Murray

Master Pro, Tennis Hall of Fame Inductee
Avis has been a member of the tennis staff in many capacities since the club opened in 1973. She is the club’s traveling coach for the North Shore Women’s Teams. Avis has attained the highest rating of Master Professional in the United States Professional Tennis Association and has been inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame and has received an abundance of awards both in New England and Nationally. Avis is truly in a league of her own in Tennis world, her her entire life has been devoted to the game. We are extremely fortunate to have her wisdom passed on to our coaches and to receive the benefit of her tireless writing feedback for the women’s teams that she watches every week. Avis also has a very popular mental conditioning course that she has developed and runs annually. Our indoor courts have been named in her honor, “Avis Murray Tennis Courts”.

Email Avis at: amurray@macathletics.com

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Career Highlights

  • Avis has been a member of the tennis staff in many capacities since the club opened in 1973.
  • She is the club’s traveling coach for the North Shore Women’s Teams.
  • Avis has attained the highest rating of Master Professional in the United States Professional Tennis Association and has been inducted into the Tennis Hall of Fame
  • She has received an abundance of awards both in New England and Nationally.
  • Avis is truly in a “league of her own” in the tennis world, as her entire life has been devoted to the game.
  • Our indoor courts are named in her honor, “Avis Murray Tennis Courts”.

Other Notable Highlights

  • We are extremely fortunate to have her wisdom passed on to our coaches and to receive the benefit of her tireless writing feedback for the women’s teams that she watches every week.
  • Avis also has a very popular mental conditioning course that she has developed and runs annually. Born and raised playing on the public courts on Gloucester Harbor.

Playing Career Accomplishments

Born and raised playing on the public courts on Gloucester Harbor.

Education

US Army Veteran

Fun Facts About Avis

Avis was a contender for All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.