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.
Director of High Performance
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.
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 a win over the world ranked team of Neil Broad and Stefan Kruger among others. Clive attended the University of South Alabama from 1990 to 1994 and holds 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 with Peter Kuhn. This was after Peter and Clive 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 played a significant role in coaching at The Tokeneke Club and The Field Club of Greenwich.
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.
Now in the US, Arlen is currently playing USTA sanctioned Open Tournaments, ATP Tournaments, and other high level tournaments. When he is not competing in these tournaments he is working at Kings Highway Tennis Club as a tennis professional. 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.
Michaela Babicova "Miska"
This native of Slovakia, nicknamed Miska, began playing when she was seven years old; she grew to be a champion of Slovakia in the 14 and under and the 18 and under divisions and was a member of the Slovak National Team from 1999—2005. She played college tennis on the Division 1 level for the University of South Alabama. Miska played No. 1 or No. 2 singles and No. 1 or No. 2 doubles for the Jaguars and in 2008 she earned All-Sun Belt honors in singles for the second consecutive year. She was nationally ranked as high as 33rd in singles and 12th in doubles.
Miska played progessionally on the International Tennis Federation and ETA circuits. She has played professionally against several current Women’s Tennis Association stars such as Maria Sharapova, Dinara Safina, Maria Kirilenko, Victoria Azarenka and others. Miska has previously taught at the Nike Tennis Camp in Michigan, the Woodway Country Club, instructed junior players in Alabama during her college career, was a head pro at Rowayton Tennis Association and worked at Oak Hills Tennis Club summer of 2013. Last summer, Miska was the junior coordinator and pro at Tokeneke Club. She is currently playing USTA sanctioned Open tournaments. This is Miska’s fifth year as a tennis professional at the Kings Highway Tennis Club.
Senior Coach of High Performance
Sabogal’s impressive credentials include Head Professional and Academy Director of Tennis at two of Colombia’s most renowned tennis facilities. He also was a teaching professional at Van der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Sabogal has coached over 15 top junior players in Colombia who have reached rankings as high as 40 in the International Tennis Federation and 4 current players on the ATP Tour. In addition, Camilo has coached 25 US College tennis players who have earned athletic scholarships.
Hanno is an USPTA certified tennis Professional from Pretoria, South Africa. 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.
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 and received a silver ball. Hanno has also spent five summers coaching locally at the Tokeneke club where he has worked with ladies, men and juniors of all levels.
Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Luis was ranked in the top ten during his junior career in Colombia from ages 8 to 18. He was also ranked in the top 30 in South America at the age of 15. After high school, he played professional tennis for one year and then moved to the States. Luis started his college career at Shorter University in Georgia, where he qualified two consecutive years to nationals, was captain of the team, and ended up being ranked #31 nationally. That year, Luis won the coveted “Champion of Character Award” by the NAIA.
After two years at Georgia he moved to New York City where he attended Hunter College and graduated with a Film and Media Studies degree. In his first season at Hunter, his team won conference. Luis has experience coaching both adults and children. He has coached in Bogota, Colombia at a high performance junior camp and at Camp Starlight in New York. For two years he worked as a tennis professional at the Nike Tennis Camp at Amherst, Massachusetts, working with adults and juniors. For the past three years Luis worked at the New Canaan Field Club as a teaching professional and events coordinator. This past summer Luis was The Junior Coordinator and led them to be the Fairfield Interclub champions. Currently while in the US, he is playing ATP Tournaments, USTA sanctioned tournaments and other high-level tournaments, and working as a tennis professional at Kings Highway Tennis Club.
A native of Kenya, David began playing at age ten. He was captain of the Kenyan National Junior Tennis Team, #1 at the University of Nairobi from 1990-1992, and a singles finalist in the Kenyan University games in 1992. He was also a tour coach and manager for the International Tennis Federation team that competed in Botswana, Malawi and Zimbabwe from 1994-1997.
David earned a Master's degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts. He is currently the Director of Tennis at the Norwalk Grassroots Tennis Program for inner-city children. David took his Grassroots 14 & Under team to the USTA Junior Team National Finals in 2013, and many of his young players have gone on to work as instructors for beginners.
David is a PTR certified teaching professional and serves as a member for the USTA New England and Southern Connecticut Junior Team Tennis Committees and the Southern Connecticut JTT Grievance Committee. Since 2000, David has been coaching adults and juniors here at Kings Highway Tennis Club.
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 has taught at Slammer Tennis World, Stamford Parks and Rec and Stamford Tennis Academy. Marcus is a PTR certified professional in 10 & Under Tennis.
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.
Borne and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Nic brings a lifetime of tennis to our club. He enjoyed a successful International Junior Tennis career and represented Auburn University at Montgomery in Alabama where he also earned a Bachelors in Economics and a Masters in Finance. He devoted his career to tennis coaching at the Evert Academy, Proform Tennis, and multiple country clubs in the Connecticut area.