Tuckahoe is proud to work with TopNotch Tennis for all of our tennis programs. TopNotch Tennis is one of the largest and most successful outdoor tennis programs in the McLean, Arlington, and Falls Church area for children and adults. Their goal is to create a fun, yet competitive tennis environment that is conducive to learning this great life-long sport!
Mani Barajas-Alexander, USPTA, USPTR
Founder & Director of Tennis
Mani is a native of Arlington, Virginia, and has been coaching for 15 years at some of the area’s premiere tennis clubs. He was a top-ranked junior player in the USTA Mid-Atlantic section and was nationally ranked. Mani played Division 1 collegiate tennis at Longwood University in Virginia where he was a four-year starter, singles and doubles MVP and team captain. In 2012, he helped coach the McLean Boys Varsity team to an undefeated season and earned a District Championship. He is currently the Boys Varsity Assistant Coach at The Potomac School. In 2014 & 2017, he helped lead the Potomac Boys Varsity team to a State Championship. Mani is also a certified professional with USPTA & USPTR.
Mani’s Philosophy: My coaching philosophy in tennis is a mixture of learning and fun. I strive to help develop a player’s stroke production, technique, mental and physical toughness, and court strategy. I am very passionate about tennis and enjoys teaching people of all ages and skill levels. I believe that personal goals can be achieved with the combination of hard work, focus, commitment, and self-discipline. I like to create a learning environment that is educational, fun, and high-energy and works to build relationships through a communication style that is positive, clear, and respectful. I believes tennis offers many skills that support the development and reinforcement of valuable life skills.
Ivan Pizarro, USPTR
Site Director - Tuckahoe Recreation Club
Ivan holds a professional level certification in Junior and Adult Development with USPTR, a certification in teaching Cardio Tennis, a high-performance certification from Bolletieri IMG Tennis Academy, and a Provisional Sports Psychology certification from California Southern University. He has been coaching for 11 years, 8 specifically in the Northern Virginia area and currently, Ivan serves at the middle and upper school tennis coach for The National Cathedral School and The Potomac School. Prior to professional coaching, Ivan played NCAA Div. II. tennis at Salem International University where he obtained his Bachelor degree in International Business.
Ivan’s Philosophy: I enjoy working with all ages and skill levels. I believe that patience and hard work is the key to success. I motivate my students to create strong habits and work towards their tennis goals. I create an environment of success on the court, starting with a complete assessment of each student so we can set goals for their tennis development. I am a strong believer in positive reinforcement and that with correct motivation anyone can achieve their goal.
Head Tennis Pro
Nahom is a USPTR certified tennis professional with 5 of teaching experience. He taught the last several years at Fairfax Racquet Club working with players if all ages and skill levels. He was a 4 year Varsity player at Centerville H.S. playing #1 singles and doubles positions all for years. He recently graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. degree in health, fitness and recreational resources with a concentration in Sports Management. Nahome is a Arlington native and has recently signed a sponsership with Head Tennis.