Tennis  Teaching Pro
Tennis  Teaching Pro

Tennis Teaching Pro

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Introduction: Hi , My name is Ovi Dragos . I am a teaching pro and an x HS coach that gave me the understanding and drive to teach/improve skills and tactics in a short period of time. As a HS coach ,you have to get the students ready for the season, for the important league matches for the Sectional Finals or even the State Finals.My HS team has reached the Sectional final 6 times and the State Finals ,twice. My students didn't take any private lessons out of the HS program but 7 of them had /played/play college tennis. My private students improved also to play college level. Because I played and play tournaments I have the experience and knowledge to help a student to improve either the singles or doubles game. Being able to play lefty or righty( I am a righty) it helps me to feed the ball specifically and also to help lefties ,with their specific skills. Tennis : how it all started ..from soccer to tennis . I started playing tennis when I was 9 years old to be able to help my older brother, practice and train for his dream to be a professional tennis player. We inherited the love for sports from my uncle who was double National Champion at 17-18 in Romania (at the same time was playing professionally soccer !) and myself I was a very talented soccer player that was seen at a very young age as a future professional soccer player. My brother determined me to start playing tennis ,and the rest was history. I learned (soundly )to hit FH/BH and serve in 2 months( I still remember that wall..) ! From there I wanted to catch up with my brother but it took me another 9 years to win a set on him!!!Was a great cross training experience between soccer and tennis. Because of a serious knee injury ,I had to give up soccer (at higher level) but tennis was there inspiring me constantly to get better. As a junior I played local, county and national tournaments. I played some top juniors in the country and coming close to them made me even more ambitious. I followed my brother and won also the County Championship. Education: Went to College in Bucharest/Romania (there are no college tennis teams)and graduated from National Academy of PE and Sports with a National Licence for tennis. In US, I took classes at Burlington County College and College of New Jersey. In 2008 , I got the PTR/Professional Tennis Registry/ professional licence #65286. I am a CPR and AED certified. Personal achievements, on the court. When the knees allowed me to compete, I finished the year 2012 first in Middle States for 45' years old and was preparing for Nationals but my knee had other ideas...! Voted 4 times Coach of the Year for Burlington County and once for Mercer County. Three of my HS students won the BCSL trophy and one of them back to back. Two of my doubles teams made All NJ State Gr 1 team.Several of my students made All County Team and most of my top players made All Gr 1 South Jersey team.A dozen of my students played at college level and two of them D 1. Teaching methods: In teaching I use a variety of methods and instructional aids: hand guidance,video's ,coach's eye and PTR coach, the mirror, hand feeding, progressive length methods,lighter tennis balls, the wall and very detailed and clear explanations. I adapt my teaching style based on the student's age, experience, physicality,goals, pace and personality. At formation being a school teacher, beside a tennis pro I like to plan and always be prepared for my lessons. I set up goals , methods and proper steps to have a successful lesson from every aspect. During the time I worked as a Middle School teacher or coaching the HS teams ,I was tested many times having to work with autistic students, Asperger's or other conditions and most of them were successful not just academically but also on the tennis court. Some of them were brilliant but lacked social skills, and it's up to you the teacher- coach to make the difference. Life style and hobbies: Because of my injuries I studied a lot about holistic healing methods , work outs (I used to practice full contact martial arts for 8 years),nutrition . I don't eat refined sugar(ya, no chocolate or ice cream!) or take pain killers for over 3 years. Didn't drink soda for over 10 years and I don't drink alcohol or never done recreational drugs. I try to inspire my younger students to be healthy and successful! Being from Europe/Transylvania ,I was always inspired to travel ,see new places, cultures and learn. When I was in 4 th grade and reading Tom Sawyer's Adventures ,I told everyone that one day I will go to America(my great grand father came here in 1906,on Ellis Island !)..and here I am ! Beside travelling, working out and playing tennis, I love to be in nature,to go hiking , biking,picking up mushrooms. Love to read and learn new languages. I speak 4 languages but I am still working on it. Teaching and work place: Tennis coaching and teaching, grew more and more in my heart and a couple months ago, I decided to teach tennis full time. So, now I am working at the Pennsburry Racquet Club(already for 3 years) and Trenton Country Club. My tennis philosophy : I enjoy helping students improve their game and it's a great feeling to see the satisfaction of kids/parents or even adults when they learn/improve a skill. Tennis is more than just hitting a ball with a racquet. Regardless it requires: footwork, coordination, agility, speed, stamina,patience,a strong mental, fair play ,work ethic etc it gives everyone a chance to play at their one's pace, stay active and be HAPPY. Hope to see you soon to enjoy learning and playing tennis in a structured but fun way ! Tennis is a LIFE time activity so let's get moving and play, regardless your age! Game , Set , Match ? You're serve ! Thank you !
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Serves Moorestown, NJ

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Aidan M.

Private Tennis Instruction

He is the number one tennis coach in the area. I learned how to hit a tennis ball properly with many different techniques in about 4 to 5 months. Using what I have learned, I can now compete against other people with years of experience. Overall, he is the best tennis coach anyone could ever have.
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Thank you, Aidan ! Your slices look awesome .Great choice for 2 nd serve return and alternating with topspin .Great job !
Jun 26, 2020
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Lyn S.

Private Tennis Instruction

Ovi is great and awesome Tennis teacher.. My daughter showed drastic improvement even after her 2 lessons with him. He explains and demonstrates clear fundamental steps and easy to understand instructions making my daughter feel comfortable and that shes making progress. I would recommend him and giving him 5 stars..
Tennis Teaching Pro's reply
Thank you , Lyn. So happy for her .She looks more confident and strokes taking shape to a sound form. BH already so pretty !!!
Jun 26, 2020
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Chris S.

Private Tennis Instruction

A great tennis coach and exceptional for kids needing to improve their tennis skills. He was always very professional, on time, friendly and so motivating. My daughter really improved her tennis after lessons with him. I highly recommend this coach.
Tennis Teaching Pro's reply
Thank you so much!!! So happy that Marissa will play college tennis!!! Good luck and all the best !!!
Jun 3, 2020
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Chris P.

I could go on writing pages talking about Ovi Dragos and his abilities in coaching, however I’ll try to keep it concise. Ovi is an exceptional teacher who provides a lot of energy and passion for the sport of tennis. I had started playing tennis in high school in which Ovi was our school’s coach. With his hard work developing my game, I was able to get get a partial scholarship as a walk on for a D1 team playing both 1st Singles and doubles. His understanding and teaching efficiency of the game is unparalleled. I’d recommend anyone who wants to improve their game, from beginners to elite college players.
Tennis Teaching Pro's reply
Thank you so much Chris, for your kind words !!! .Your ambition and results were also unmatched .
Aug 3, 2020
Catherine D.

Ovi was my tennis coach during high school/college. Like any beginner, I had many bad habits. Ovi was a very patient and knowledgeable coach. He broke down my play and helped me develop good technique. We had a regular training routine and he would come critique my high school practices and many of my matches. He takes training very seriously and our sessions were both demanding and rewarding. In addition to having great skills as an instructor, he is also an extremely talented player who will help develop any player regardless of their current level of play. I had a very good varsity career in both high school and college due to his coaching efforts. I have nothing but fond memories of my training sessions. He is an excellent coach, athlete and a very genuine individual.
Tennis Teaching Pro's reply
Thank you so much Cat !!! Your hard work and talent payed off ! One of my best students ! Winning the BCSL was very rewarding for me as your coach too !
Jul 9, 2020
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  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    Being also a teacher it helps to understand how to treat my customers , provide confidence and make it easy for a new comer in the game or made the transition easier for someone who is accustomed to the game but lacks proper technique or consistency . I asked questions to learn about the goals and and type of game looking to improve. Baseliner ,serve and volley, offensive or defensive style. Next step I will evaluate the skills and explain what choices are there and based on my customers wish will proceed onto the teaching process. I provide demo to each shot, explain the mechaniques and the way to achieve the right technique in the shortest period of time. A very important step is to do hand feeding next to the person to be able to see all the mistakes and be able to correct it right away.Probably this is one of the reasons a lot of students learn wrong or it takes too long to build up decent skills .Most of pro's are going on the other baseline or to the net to early in the learning process.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I studied in Europe/Bucharest-Romania the National Academy of Sport and PE and finished with a professional license for tennis. .I study all the time and also I improved my skill level working against the wall/the key to get better. Its amazing to be able to hit shots that look and have the same effect like the pro's!!! Slices...drops shots..american twist serve.!!! Being a HS tennis coach too/Florence HS it helped to have a different approach than the regular tennis lessons. Why? The season is 3 months/March-May and being a competitive nature had to work on a schedule based on each students abilities to be able to compete closest to our team goals. Is important to have a goal for each private lesson; it goes from achieving the correct skills/technique to the level of play each student desire. Singles, doubles player, recreational,HS or college or USTA leagues and tournaments. During my tenure(14 years) at Florence, our team won 5 Freedom division titles ,came second 5 times ,we were in 5 CJ GR 1 finals,but won 2 times and came only one point away from winning the State Championship. Five of my students who took lessons only with me played college tennis. Considering they started playing only freshmen year..is quite an achievement.I also trained 3 girls from Cinnaminson HS who played nr 1 spot in the team and won BCSL or came second. Before getting injured (4 years ago) I was ranked no 1 player in Middle States for 45 years and was playing tournaments with intention to go to Nationals,but my knee injury it stopped me.I am on my way of playing tournaments again and getting in better shape.

  • How did you get started doing this type of work?

    I had played tennis all my life(beside soccer)and as a adolescent I was asked to teach younger kids or even adults..at that time I was hitting the ball mostly flat and my shots were very sound.

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