OUR TEAM OF PROS IS SECOND TO NONE
Each one was chosen based on their proficiency in instruction, their level of play and their enthusiasm for the game.
Each one was chosen based on their proficiency in instruction, their level of play and their enthusiasm for the game.
As a junior in Zimbabwe Clive was top in the country in both tennis and squash. After moving to South Africa Clive competed at a top level in tennis, and in the 18's ended up in the top five in the country in doubles and top twenty in singles. In the years before attending the University of South Alabama Clive had wins over world ranked doubles teams. Clive attended the University of South Alabama from 1990 to 1994 and has an International Business Marketing degree and an MBA. As a player there Clive earned All-Conference honors in 1992, 1993, and 1994 in doubles and was named All-American in doubles. This was after Clive and his partner had won the All-American National Hard court Tournament in Austin, Texas. In May of 1994, making its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, the 6th seeded South Alabama team beat 3rd seed Auburn 4-0 in the Region III Tournament. Later that month Kuhn/Ullyett became the first doubles team in program history to earn All-American honors. In 2006 Clive was selected to the Sunbelt Conference 30-year Anniversary team, where South Alabama placed nine players. After competing in NCAA Division I tennis for South Alabama, Clive played satellites and futures for two years and was the Assistant Tennis Coach for the South Alabama men's and women's teams from 1996 to 1998. Clive has worked with nationally ranked collegiate and junior players and has been at Proform Tennis Academy since its inception. He has also coached at The Tokeneke Club, The Field Club of Greenwich, and is currently Director of Tennis for CT Tennis Camps and Ramah Sport Academy.
Arlen came to the University of Louisiana-Lafayette as a highly-recruited high school prospect from Cape Town, South Africa and he completed his successful collegiate career by being selected to the All-Louisiana Men’s Tennis second team. The team captain had a 17-4 singles record during his senior year in the spring of 2009 to help lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to a 16-7 record that tied the school record for most wins in a season. They were ranked as high as 33rd in the nation. Arlen was a team captain for two years and he was an assistant coach for one year at UL-Lafayette.
Arlen first began playing tennis at the age of 10 and he was 15 when he first played for South Africa. He was ranked No. 1 in doubles and No. 6 in singles nationally and he also earned an international ranking as a junior player. Arlen trained at the International Tennis Federation’s African Training Center and played internationally in ITF and ATP Tour tournaments.
Arlen has been a teaching professional, working at Kings Highway Tennis Club since 2010. He is currently the Director of Tennis at Noroton Yacht Club where he has held the position since the summer of 2016. His previous experience includes coaching top junior provincial and national players in South Africa, in Lawrenceville, N.J., Malibu, Calif., and Director of Tennis at Oak Hills Tennis Club in Norwalk, CT.
Donovan McSeveney earned his Bachelors Degree in Finance from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2013 where he played Division 1 tennis and received an ATP ranking in 2014. He's also a graduate of Collin College where he received an Associate of Arts Degree and became the first Double All-American, Singles and Doubles National Champion in his freshman year. He went on to claim the Doubles National title again his sophomore year and ended his doubles career ranked #1 in NJCAA. Donovan worked as a Tennis Professional at Roxbury Swim and Tennis Club for three seasons and has been working at Riverside Yacht Club as the Head Pro in the summer of 2017. He also has been a full-time Tennis Pro at Proform Tennis Academy in Rye Brook, NY, since 2016. He originally hails from South Africa, and was selected for the South African Davis Cup camp in 2015.
Director of High Performance
Camilo Sabogal is the High Performance Director at Kings Highway Tennis Club and Director of Tennis at Sterling Farms Tennis Club in Stamford during the spring and summer and has been part of the organization since 2016. Prior, he was the Director of Tennis at Club Los Lagartos, one of the most prestigious country clubs in Bogota, Colombia. For many years, Camilo traveled around the world with some of the top juniors from Colombia and South America who reached the top 100 ITF ranking. In 2008, he started his own tennis academy in Bogota where some of his players became national champions and represented Colombia in different competitions. He initiated his coaching career at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, SC. Camilo has a masters degree in Sports Management and Leisure.
High Performance Advisor + Coach
Leo is a certified USPTA Professional with a successful junior tennis and Division I college career. He represented the United States 14’s and 16’s Jr. Davis Cup teams in singles and doubles with Donald Young (current top 75ATP player) and won the 14 & Under World Team Championship in 2003 defeating Japan with Kei Nishikori as one of their players. Leo was ranked as high as 64 ITF in the juniors at the age of 15, and 964 ATP while playing college tennis. In his sophomore year in college, he had record of 18 wins and 1 loss. Leo was mentored by some of the most successful coaches in tennis; these include Michael Sell, Allen Fox, Jose Higueras, Billie Jean King Jr., Eliot Teltscher, Jean-Claude Labout, Mikhail Chesalov, and Vesa Ponkka.
Leo has a background in high performance coaching, where he assisted the men’s team at George Washington University, and women’s team at Kansas State University. While at Kansas State, Leo mentored an aspiring WTA player who reached 600’s in the WTA within one year. At JTCC in College Park, Leo was in charge of expanding the Champs high performance program, and worked with top national junior players. His training philosophy is to teach players to become problem solvers, to apply themselves, and train like each ball they hit matters- “being fully immersed in what you do, and practicing in the most disciplined, purposeful, and deliberate way will help develop the right habits. This kind of training is what makes champions, and it translates into every aspect one’s life.
Hanno is an USPTA certified tennis Professional from Pretoria, South Africa. He is currently the Co-Director of Tennis at Noroton Yacht Club and was the Director of Tennis at the Oak Hills Tennis Club in 2018. Before that, he spent 5 summers at the Tokeneke club where he served as Head Pro for the last 2 years. Hanno is certified in high performance coaching and has coached numerous juniors ranked in the top 10 of Alabama, Georgia and in the Southern section while coaching at the RCS Academy (LifeTIme Learning) and the Mobile Tennis Center. Numerous of those players have gone on to compete at the Division 1 level, and on the WTA and ATP tour. In 2016 he was selected to coach the Spring Junior National Team Championships where his team finished second.
During his junior playing career in South Africa he achieved a National Singles ranking as high as number 8 and was ranked as high as number 3 in doubles. He won the under 18 National Championships and represented South Africa nationally in 2007. Hanno attended the University of South Alabama, where he received two Bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and Management. During his division 1 college tennis career at South Alabama the team achieved a national ranking as high as 41 in the country and Hanno also received conference player of the week twice.
From Uruguay, he recently retired from the ATP Tour where he reached a career high singles Ranking of #227 and #82 in doubles. Represented Uruguay in Davis Cup from the age of 15, winning a total of 23 matches in singles and 13 in doubles most of them at best of 5 sets. He is the “Tournament Director” of a Men’s Challenger ATP Tournament US $50.000 in Prize, in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Worked at Tamarack Country Club, in Greenwich for the last 2 summers.
Lucian comes to us from Busteni, Romania. He has extensive playing experience and coaching experience throughout Europe. He was in the top 10 National rankings in his country in the juniors and has played futures and challengers in Romania, Italy, Austria, Hungary and Germany. Lucian has also coached extensively and as taught juniors as well as adults. He has most recently coached Ana Bogdan - 2nd in the world in juniors and currently 116 WTA. He has been a sparring partner with Victor Hanescu, Simona Halep and Marco Chiudinelli amount others.
A native of Kenya, David began playing tennis at the age of 13 years. He was #1 at the University of Nairobi, Kenya from 1989-1992 and a singles finalist at the East African University games in 1992. He was a tour coach and manager of the Junior ITF (International Tennis Federation) Africa team that competed in South Africa, Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe from 1994 to 1997. David earned a Master's degree in Sports management and Physical Education from Springfield College in Massachusetts in 2000.
He is currently the Senior Tennis Director of Norwalk Grassroots Tennis and Education (NGTE). A 4 start NJTL chapter program affiliated with the USTA. It provides tennis benefits for inner city children, with the emphasis of developing the whole child. David took his 14 and under team to USTA National Junior Team Tennis championships in South Caroline in 2014. He is a PTR certified teaching Professional and has been teaching adults and children at Kings Highway Tennis club since 2000. David is married and has 3 children who love tennis.
Joe, the newest member of the team, joins us with over 15 years of experience. His coaching career began in Texas after relocating from Liverpool, England. While in Texas, Joe attended Tyler Jr College and studied in Professional Tennis Management.
During this time, Joe worked hand in hand with some of the best coaches and Jr College players in the nation. He was the Assistant Coach at UT Tyler where the team finished runner up his 1st year and champions his 2nd year.
Prior to joining Kings Highway Tennis Club, Joe was the Assistant Tennis Professional at Weston Racquet Club and before that American Yacht Club in Rye, NY.
Additionally, Joe has experience at other private clubs in Texas, New York and back in England.
From San Antonio, Jimmy played 4 years of collegiate tennis. While in junior college he received a national singles and doubles ranking playing with fellow coach Anru Fourie. He then transferred to the University of the Southwest where he was ranked 29th nationally in doubles and made first team all conference doubles two years in a row. He has since coached in the San Antonio area including time spent with nationally ranked junior, J.C. Roddick, Andy Roddick’s nephew. Jimmy spent the past summer teaching at Tokeneke club and looks forward to the new season at Kings highway.
Marcus Hooks was born and raised In Norwalk, CT. He played tennis at the Brien McMahon High School for four years and was a varsity player for all of those four years. For two of those four years Marcus was the varsity tennis team captain. After graduating Marcus was recruited with a group of other freshman by Bethany College in West Virginia to rebuild their tennis program. While at Bethany College he was named captain and led the team to a 10-3 record, the best record the school has seen in 43 years. Marcus transferred to Albertus Magnus College and helped the team make the playoffs for the first time in 10 years. Marcus has taught at Slammer Tennis World, Stamford Parks and Rec and is the Head Pro at Stamford Youth Tennis Academy. Marcus is a PTR certified professional in 10 & Under Tennis and is a 10 & Under Progression Tournament Director.. Marcus sits on the USTA Connecticut Board and was chosen to represent New England on the USTA National Diversity Immersion for Volunteer Engagement cohort.