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.

 
  Kyle Devlin    Director of Tennis, Indoor Season    Meet Kyle

Kyle Devlin

Director of Tennis, Indoor Season

Meet Kyle

  LucIE Sipkova    Director of Tennis, Summer Season    Meet Lucie

LucIE Sipkova

Director of Tennis, Summer Season

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  Mitch Cravens    Tennis Professional    Meet Mitch

Mitch Cravens

Tennis Professional

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  Michael Kember    Tennis Professional    Meet Michael

Michael Kember

Tennis Professional

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  Dave Fowler    Tennis Professional    Meet Dave

Dave Fowler

Tennis Professional

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  Andy Vonderheyde    Tennis Professional    Meet Andy

Andy Vonderheyde

Tennis Professional

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  Josh Heilweil    Tennis Professional    Meet Josh

Josh Heilweil

Tennis Professional

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  Glenny HAy    Tennis Professional    Meet Glenny

Glenny HAy

Tennis Professional

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  Aaron Hyde    Tennis Professional    Meet Aaron

Aaron Hyde

Tennis Professional

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  YANNnICK SANKARA    Tennis Professional    Meet Yannick

YANNnICK SANKARA

Tennis Professional

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  Roberto-Carlos Castro Mahoney    Tennis Professional    Meet Roberto-Carlos

Roberto-Carlos Castro Mahoney

Tennis Professional

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  Mauro Tete    Tennis Professional    Meet Mauro

Mauro Tete

Tennis Professional

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  Val Collison    Manager    Email Val

Val Collison

Manager

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  Karen McCormick    Season Court Coordinator    Email Karen

Karen McCormick

Season Court Coordinator

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  Christine Featherston    Junior Programs and Junior Team Tennis Coordinator    Email Christine

Christine Featherston

Junior Programs and Junior Team Tennis Coordinator

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  LINDA MARINI    Adult Program Coordinator    Email Linda

LINDA MARINI

Adult Program Coordinator

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Kyle Devlin
Director of Tennis

Kyle came to Fairfield Tennis with over 15 years teaching experience and is USPTA and PTR Certified. Kyle played tennis for his high school in New Jersey and was a Nationally ranked junior player that competed for the Zonal team which consisted of the top 15 players in his section of the country. He continued his schooling at Mercer County Community College in West Windsor, New Jersey. He was an All American Player in 2006 and Regional Champion in Singles and Doubles in 2006-2007. Kyle was also the National Doubles Champion and Singles Runner-up in 2006. In 2007 Kyle became a Certified First Volley Instructor that helps teach adaptive tennis to individuals with special physical needs. In his most recent jobs Kyle traveled worldwide with a player who competed in ITF Tournaments, worked at Intensity in Norwalk and was the 10 and Under Program Manager at Bucks County Racquet Club. After 3 years of committed efforts with us, Kyle has been promoted to Director of Tennis for the indoor season. During the outdoor season Kyle works at Brooklawn Country Club. In Kyle’s spare time he likes to spend time with his family and volunteer at his church.

Lucie Sipkova
Director of Tennis - Summer Season

Lucie joined Fairfield Tennis staff in spring 2016. Prior to Fairfield Tennis, Lucie served as a graduate assistant for the Illinois State women's tennis program (2014-2016), where she completed her double master degree in Recreational Management and Sport Psychology. Lucie came to the United States from the Czech Republic to start her collegiate athletic career in 2010 at Oklahoma Christian, where she won an NAIA doubles national championship before earning All-American honors after transferring to California University of PA. Lucie placed as high as fifth in both singles and doubles at the ITA National Championship. She was honored with ITA All-American singles and doubles accolades, Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference West Athlete of the year honors and PSAC tournament most outstanding player recognition each year she competed. Lucie became just the fourth player in school history to earn All-America status in both singles and doubles during the same year. Prior to collegiate tennis, Lucie was ranked 650 in the world in doubles and as high as 42 in singles in very competitive women’s ranking in her home country (Czech Republic) while competing with players such as Karolina Pliskova or Petra Kvitova. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis with her husband, cooking and traveling.

Michael Kember
Tennis Professional

A tournament tested player, Michael brings over 15 years of teaching experience to his work at Fairfield Tennis. He earned All American honors at Washington College in Maryland, including two NCAA National Championships. He also achieved top 3 Sectional and State rankings in Florida and the Mid-Atlantic. His teaching background includes working with touring pros, NCAA national champions, nationally ranked juniors, and state high school champions. He also enjoys working with beginners through the most experienced tournament player and every level in-between. He is Director of Tennis at Birchwood Country Club in Westport.

Mitch Cravens
Tennis Professional

Mitch brings over 25 years of teaching and management experience at tennis facilities throughout Fairfield County and Westchester County. This included the position as Head Tennis Professional at Fairfield Beach Club for 11 years in the summer months, Head Tennis Professional at Brooklawn Country Club for the last 7 years and Director of Tennis from 1991-2000 at Fairfield Indoor Tennis. For 7 years during the winter months Mitch was the General Manager at Yonkers Tennis Center. He is fully certified with the U.S.P.T.R. While playing Division I collegiate tennis at Furman University he received a B.A. in Spanish. As a junior he was ranked in the top 15 in the Eastern and New England sections.

Dave Fowler
Tennis Professional

This tennis pro has seen it all! A USPTA professional for over 40 years, Dave has also taught at our Kings Highway, Milford, Shippan and Trumbull indoor facilities and been head pro at nearby clubs like Shorehaven Golf Club, Shore and Country Club, Wee Burn Country Club and Brooklawn Country Club. Students have thrived under Dave’s tutelage, with over 400 earning National and Sectional rankings, four being named collegiate All Americans, ten ranking #1 in USTA New England, two winning the National Sportsmanship Award and four playing professionally. Dave is a past recipient of the William Friedman Award for his contributions to Junior Tennis in New England.

Andy Vonderheyde
Tennis Professional

Born in Oakland, California, Andy earned a BA Degree in Music from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, where he was captain of the tennis team and played #1. A USPTA certified instructor for over 32 years, he has taught at the Country Club of Fairfield, The Patterson Club, The Westport Tennis Club, Aspetuck Country Club, and Long Ridge Club in Stamford. He is currently teaching summers at Black Rock Yacht Club. He enjoys working with juniors because he gets a kick out of “seeing them improve and growing to love the game.” Andy seeks the water when not on the courts, finding time for windsurfing and sailing.

Josh Heilweil
Tennis Professional

Born and raised in Connecticut, Josh is a USPTA certified professional with a true passion for the game. In addition to being a member of the Fairfield Indoor staff for 4 years, Josh’s teaching experience includes positions at the Weston Field Club, Black Rock Yacht Club, and at Newfield Swim and Tennis where he is currently the Head Tennis Professional during the summer. As a firm believer that everyone can play tennis, Josh enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities to further their enjoyment of the sport. In his spare time, Josh continues to play competitively and is completing his Masters in Engineering at Fairfield University.

Glenny Hay
Tennis Professional


Born and raised in San Pedro de Macoris, Dominican Republic. Glenny Hay was a scholarship player for Shorter University. Glenny was an NAIA All-American player, NAIA “Best Athlete to Watch” her freshman year, a 2003 Regional title, and a No. 3 ranking in singles as well as a No. 4 ranking in doubles. She also represented the Dominican Republic at the Pan-American Games, Centro-American Games and was a member of the Dominican Fed-Cup Team. As a Shorter University’s Hall of Fame inductee, Glenny has worked at Fairfield University as the Women and Men Assistant Coach for two seasons in which both teams reached the NCAA Tournament. Glenny currently works at the Fairfield Beach Club and is excited to work with adults and children of all levels.

Aaron Hyde
Tennis Professional

Born here in Connecticut, age 29, Aaron has taught in the area since 2003. A ex high school and collegiate player at Southern Connecticut State University, pursuing a studio art degree, Aaron prides himself for his fiery and enthusiastic teaching style. A cardio tennis guru, he teaches here and at our sister club in Milford. Aaron is Ridgefield Highschool's varsity boys tennis coach and led them to state runner-ups in class LL in 2017. Recently he was a teaching pro at Intensity in Norwalk from 2012-2016, the assistant head pro at Rowayton Tennis Association, and the head pro at the Norwich Inn. Also worked for a number of thriving tennis company's in the area such as Tennis In Motion & Fairfield County Tennis. An action sport kind of guy, in his free time he is an avid snowboarder and freeborder, recently teaching both in Winter Park, Colorado!

Yannick Sankara
Tennis Professional

Sankara was born in Burkina Faso, West Africa where he grew up playing tennis starting at age 7. At 9 years of age he played for his country team. In 1999 he was selected to play for the African Championships. He also played ITF Futures as a teenager and went on to play Davis Cup at age 17. Two years ago he came to the United States and joined an academy in Florida. He trained at the Bill Adams Tennis Academy for 5 months before returning to Africa. At a tournament in Cameron, Africa he met Joseph Oyebog who brought him to Connecticut to teach with the Oyebog Tennis Academy. Soon after he joined the staff at Fairfield Tennis and specializes in teaching private lessons and thoroughly enjoys working with the juniors helping them to reach their goals. In Sankara’s spare time he likes to dance, watch movies and when traveling his favorite destination is Paris. He is fluent in French and working hard on his English.

Roberto-Carlos Castro Mahoney
Tennis Professional

Roberto-Carlos is a multi-sport athlete and professional strategist. He has coached tennis for 15 years, most recently in Fairfield County since 2014. He is the newest member of the Fairfield Tennis team and is super excited to get on the courts! Roberto studied Kinesiology and Psychology, as well as Management, in hopes of joining or forming a team and a culture of excellence on and off the competitive arena. He has reached the national stage in card tournaments, chess, Academic Bowl, and gaming. You can see him teaching youths in Net Generation, teenagers in ATP, and adults in Point Play, Cardio Tennis, Season Courts and drop-in clinics.

Mauro Tete
Tennis Professional

Mauro joined Fairfield Tennis staff in spring 2018. prior to Fairfield Tennis, Mauro worked at Winchester Country Club in Massachusetts, and the Country Club of Fairfield in Connecticut. Mauro came to the United States from Argentina to start his collegiate athletic career in 2014 at Northwest Missouri State University, where he was the captain of the Men´s tennis team for three years. Mauro placed as high as 43rd on the NCAA Division II singles ranking. He was honored with All-MIAA Tennis First Team and Second Team recognition. Prior to collegiate tennis, Mauro competed in the French tennis circuit and played team matches for ASPTT from Tours, France. In his spare time Mauro likes to enjoy the outdoors as much as he can.