By Karen Ronney

It’s a power packed line up at the 11th Annual Tennis Seminar for professional coaches, assistant coaches and parents on Sunday, July 31, from 8am to 5pm at the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion in the City of Mission Viejo. The fee is $75 including lunch and (1) raffle ticket.

The conference is hosted by the Orange County Community Tennis Association (OCCTA) and the City of Mission Viejo, and sponsored by the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation and USTA Southern California. It is also supported by the US Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).

“This is one of the best conferences in California if not the country,” said Co-Director Dave Borelli also the Director of Tennis for the City of Mission Viejo. “This will benefit teaching pros, instructors, high school coaches and parents or anyone who teaches tennis.  It will have a positive impact on the coaching community with long lasting benefits on the future players they will influence.”

Additionally, eight Continuing Education credit hours are offered by both the US Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR).

The Southern California Tennis Association Foundation strives to promote tennis and education and this conference is a perfect fit for the nonprofit organization’s mission. “Improving the quality of coaches’ education directly impacts the players they teach and we want to support those who make a difference,” said Linda Milan, the Executive Director of the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation.

Speakers, timeline and topics include the following:

7am to 8am Check-in

  • 8am – 8:30am Tim Ludeke: “Taxes”
  • 8:30am – 9am Matt Previdi: “The 10 Commandments of Being a Stringing Expert”
  • 9am -9:45am Amanda Fink: “The Best and Worst Things About Lessons with Pro’s”

9:45am-11:45am – 3 Speaker Rotation

  • Ken DeHart: “Error Detection Symptoms vs Causes”
  • Rajeev Datt: “Winning with Geometry”
  • Josh Jorgensen: “Singles Volley Strategy”

11:45am – 12:15pm Lunch

  • 12:15pm – 1pm George Wang: “Tactical Doubles Serve & Return”
  • 1pm – 1:45pm Frank Giampaolo: “The Secrets of Unshakable Athletes”
  • 1:45pm – 2:30pm Walter Preidikman: “Modern Tennis and Practice”
  • 2:30pm – 3:15pm Dave Hagler: “Teaching Players to be Observant”
  • 3:15pm – 4pm Mike Gennette :“The Pillars of Winning”
  • 4pm – 4:45pm Steve Curtis: “How to get Recruited by the College of your Choice”

4:45pm Raffle

The first 100 attendees will receive a free Gamma hat, and the event raffle offers over $2,500 in prizes including a Slinger Ball Machine, Gamma Easy Travel Carts,  Pro Penn Marathon tennis balls and much more.   It is recommended for attendees to bring your own chairs and RSVP by July 28 to be included in the lunch.

“We are bringing together some of the best tennis experts in Southern California to share their knowledge,” said Steve Riggs, the co-director of the event. “We have a comprehensive line up addressing key aspects of the game that will help coaches from diverse areas and backgrounds.”

Additional sponsors include USPTA, PTR, Universal Tennis, Gamma, Babolat, Head Penn, Wilson, Yonex, Eye Coach, L&L Hawaiian BBQ in Irvine, Manhattan Stitching Co. and  OnCourt OffCourt.

To Register with PayPal Registration PayPal.Me or Venmo Steve Riggs @Steve-Riggs-11. For more information, email or call (949) 232-9200.


Our mission of “Changing Lives and Communities through Tennis,” serves as a pathway to offer financial support to individuals and organizations. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization and the charitable arm of USTA Southern California. We help people of all ages and abilities to improve their tennis health, tennis fitness and quality of life through the sport of tennis. Founded in 1986, the SCTA Foundation has had a community impact of giving more than $500,000 this year through tennis grants, tennis scholarships, tennis program support, tennis equipment and more to recipients throughout Southern California. To learn more about the Southern California Tennis Association Foundation, please visit To donate CLICK HERE