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Notable Alumni

Usue Arconada

 

Usue Arconada won the 2016 Wimbledon Girls’ Doubles Championship with partner Claire Liu. Originally from Buenos Aires, she trained at JTCC from 2010-17. In May 2015, Usue achieved a career-high ITF world ranking of No. 5.

She played one year of collegiate tennis at Louisiana State University before turning pro in 2017. Usue has won four singles and six doubles titles on the ITF Circuit. She holds a career high doubles ranking of #116 and appeared in the US Open main draw for doubles in 2019 and 2020. In February 2020, Usue reached a career high singles ranking of #130. She made her first appearance in the singles main draw of a Grand Slam at the 2020 US Open.

T.J. Bellama

 

T.J. Bellama was in the first generation of JTCC players enrolling when the facility opened in 1999. He graduated in 2004, going on to play DI tennis at Arizona State University. Through his hard work, T.J. parlayed a partial scholarship into a full scholarship by his senior season.

Following graduation, T.J. earned a doctorate degree in Physical Therapy from Northern Arizona University. He has worked with top 100-ranked tennis professionals and leading athletes in other sports in injury prevention and performance enhancement. Currently, he is a physical therapist for Endurance Rehab in Scottsdale, AZ.

Taka Bertrand

 

Taka Bertrand achieved Top 10 rankings in the USTA National Girls’ 12s, 14s, 16s and 18s before attending Vanderbilt University (Class of 2008) where she won the most singles matches in Vanderbilt history, was named 2007 Second Team All-SEC, 2006 SEC Player of the Year and First Team All-SEC, 2006 Amateur Athlete of the Year, and 2005 SEC Freshman of the Year.

She started training at JTCC in 1999 and is now a Senior Coach and College Advisor at JTCC.

Elliott Bisnow

 

Elliott Bisnow was ranked #35 in the National Boys’ 18s before playing collegiate tennis at the University of Wisconsin. He is an entrepreneur who followed his dream by founding the Summit Series, which hosts conferences for young entrepreneurs and activists.

Elliott also co-founded the Get Well Soon Tour, in which musical idols visit and perform for children in hospitals. He is a co-founder of Bisnow Media Corporation; a venture partner at Learn Capital; and a founding board member of the United Nations Foundation’s Global Entrepreneurs Council. Bisnow trained at JTCC from 2002-04.

Brooke Blackwell

 

Brooke Blackwell trained at JTCC from 2004-08, receiving a full scholarship. In 2007 and 2008, she was named Most Valuable High School Player and was named to the Washington Post’s All-Met Team.

She attended George Mason University on a full scholarship, playing varsity tennis and graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Studies. She’s now a Captain in the U.S. Army flying Blackhawk helicopters, protecting the country’s borders.

Trice Capra

 

Trice Capra trained at JTCC from 2001-08 and attended Duke University (Class of 2015). With a breakthrough performance reaching the third round of the US Open in 2010, she reached a career high WTA ranking of #204 in 2010 and #10 in ITF junior rankings in the same year.

She was the 2010 Italian Open Junior Champion and reached the quarterfinals of the French Open and US Open Juniors. In her freshman year at Duke, she achieved an ITA ranking of #2. Trice was hired as Yale’s women’s tennis assistant coach in September 2018. She now works as a Senior Business Development Associate at Top Court.

Luca Corinteli

 

Luca Corinteli is a three-time NCAA Team Champion as a team member of the University of Virginia (Class of 2017) and continues to practice at JTCC whenever he is in the Washington, DC area. He trained at JTCC from 2004 to 2013 and won the USTA Boys’16s National Clay Courts in 2011.

He was also a finalist at the Easter Bowl and Kalamazoo in 2013 and played in the French, Wimbledon and US Open Junior Championships. Luca now lives in New York and is a Business Analyst in Industry Strategy for American Express.

Mitchell Frank

 

Mitchell Frank, who trained at JTCC for a decade from 2001-11, led the University of Virginia (Class of 2015) to two NCAA National Team Championships in 2013 and 2015. He was the #1-ranked NCAA player as a freshman and won the 2011 ITA All-American and ITA National Indoor Championships becoming the first college freshman to win both titles. He followed up by capturing the ITA All-American title for the second time in 2013.

Prior to attending UVA, Mitchell attained the #3 ranking in the USTA National Boys’ 18 rankings and #5 in the ITF Junior world rankings. He was a Boys’ 16s Orange Bowl finalist in 2008. Mitchell served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach for George Mason University’s men’s varsity tennis team in the 2017-18 season prior to opening the Mitchell Frank Tennis Academy in 2019 with locations in Annandale, Virginia and Alexandria, Virginia.

Cale Hammond

 

Cale Hammond is the Content Editor and Betting/Fantasy Analyst for Tennis Channel.

A five-star recruit who decided to play at Duke University.

Cale was ranked #1 in Oklahoma and trained at JTCC from 2009-10.

Treat Huey

 

Treat Huey is the all-time doubles winner for the University of Virginia (Class of 2009) where he earned All-ACC honors for four years from 2005-09. His outstanding intercollegiate record has translated into an ATP career high world ranking of #18 in doubles in 2016.

He trained at JTCC from 2000-04 culminating his junior career as the 2004 Easter Bowl Champion in the Boys’ 18 Doubles and achieving a USTA National #1 Boys’ 18 singles ranking.

Tara Iyer

 

Tara Iyer trained at JTCC from 2000-11 and was ranked #1 in India in Girls’ 12, 14, 16, and 18 achieving a #42 ITF Junior world ranking. At Duke University (Class of 2009), she was the 2009 ITA All-American Champion and 2009 NCAA Team Champion.

Her career high ranking on the WTA is #340. She has won four professional tournaments and was a member of the India Fed Cup team. She earned a PhD in Economics from the University of Oxford, where she went on to work as the Council of Economic Advisors at The White House. She transition out of that role, into her current position as a consultant at the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Kyle Kliegerman

 

Kyle Kliegerman trained at JTCC full-time for one year after graduating from Princeton in 2001 where he was captain of the tennis team and named Ivy League Senior of the Year.

Kliegerman competed on multiple ATP Challenger events and ITF Future, before pursuing a career in finance before founding and becoming a Managing Partner of Seven Six Capital, located in New York, NY in 2018.

Hai-Li Kong

 

Hai-Li Kong shared the Jack Barnaby Most Valuable Player award as a freshman at Harvard University where she graduated with the Class of 2016.

Hai-Li trained at JTCC for 10 years from 2002-12 achieving a USTA National Top 10 National ranking in Girls’ 14s and 16s and a #2 Mid-Atlantic 18s ranking. She was ranked in the top 5% academically in Montgomery County upon graduation from Winston Churchill High School.

Denis Kudla

 

Denis Kudla trained at JTCC from 2001-11 becoming the first JTCC player to achieve a top 100 ATP singles world ranking when he reached #53 in 2016. He elected to turn pro following a spectacular year in 2008 when he was the USTA Boys’ 14s National Clay Court champion, Orange Bowl Boys’ 16s champion, Junior Davis Cup World champion, USTA National Championship Boys 16s Singles and Doubles finalist and attained an ITF Junior world ranking of #3.

While competing as a professional, he was also the 2010 US Open Junior finalist. Denis also represented Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He continues to compete internationally on the ATP Tour.

Robin Montgomery

 

Robin Montgomery has trained at JTCC since 2009 after participating in JTCC’s GEICO Game On! community program. She achieved an ITF Junior World ranking of #5, won the 2019 Orange Bowl Singles title without dropping a set and won the 2019 Junior Fed Cup with Team USA.

In 2020, at the age of 15, Robin won her first $25,000 professional ITF tournament and committed to play professional tennis on the WTA Tour earning a wild card into the main draw of the 2020 US Open. She is now competing on the WTA Tour and returns to JTCC to train during breaks in competition.

Olga Puchkova

 

Olga Puchkova, who has achieved a career high #32 WTA world ranking and has played for the World Team Tennis World Champion Washington Kastles squad, trained at JTCC in 2005-06 and 2009.

She held the #1 ranking in the Girls’ 12 ITF world junior rankings and was the 1999 Eddie Herr International Girls’ 12 champion. Puchkova went on to win five WTA career titles, and is now a retired tennis player.

Michael Shabaz

 

Michael Shabaz held the USTA National #1 ranking in the Boys’ 12s and 16s and was the 2005 Wimbledon Juniors Doubles champion.

A member of the University of Virginia Class of 2011, he trained at JTCC from 1999-2001. Shabaz has a career high ATP ranking of #394 and is still active on the ITF professional tour.

Phillip Simmonds

 

Phillip Simmonds won the Australia Open Juniors, was ranked #2 in ITF World Junior Singles and #1 in ITF World Junior Doubles. As a professional, he has achieved a career high ATP ranking of #219 in singles and #200 in doubles.

Simmonds trained at JTCC from 1999-2004. He is now pursuing a coaching career, in which he works with both juniors and professional players.

Frances Tiafoe

 

Frances Tiafoe started playing tennis at JTCC at the age of four in 2002 and a decade later was the Les Petits As World Champion in 2012 and won the Boys’ 18s Orange Bowl in 2013 followed by the Easter Bowl in 2014 culminating his junior career with the Boys’ 18s Championship at Kalamazoo in 2015.

Tiafoe was ranked #1 in the USTA national Boys’ 14s, 16s and 18s, and he also held the #2 ITF World Junior ranking. Frances now competes on the ATP Tour where he won the Delray Beach Open in 2018 and has achieved a career high ATP world ranking of #29. In 2020, he was the last American male standing earning a spot in the Round of 16 at the US Open.

Vera Zvonareva

 

Vera Zvonareva has won four Grand Slam doubles titles, reached two Grand Slam singles finals, earned an Olympic bronze medal in 2008, and has achieved a WTA world #2 ranking in her illustrious career. She was a finalist at both Wimbledon and the US Open in 2010.

Vera trained at JTCC from 2002-03 before winning the 2004 US Open and the 2006 Wimbledon Mixed Doubles titles. She also won Grand Slam women’s doubles championships at 2012 Australian Open and the 2006 and 2020 US Open Vera jumpstarted her pro career by winning back-to-back Orange Bowl junior championships in 2000 and 2001.