Meet the Pros
Bob Ingersole - Tennis Director
A native of Australia, Bob played on the Pro Tour. He is fully certified by both the USPTA & PTR, has taught over 100 nationally ranked juniors & adults and was named the USPTA/Eastern Pro of the year in 1991 & 2000. Bob also does extensive volunteer work with the USTA at local, national & international levels giving him in-depth knowledge of the junior & collegiate competitive tennis systems. Bob is the creator of the innovative Star Search Talent identification program.
Thomas Gilliland - Assistant Tennis Director
Thomas recently completed Columbia University’s Master of Sports Management Program. Thomas is a USTA/Eastern National Coach and sits on the USTA/Eastern Metro Region Nominating Committee. He has also served on the USTA Eastern Metro Region Executive Board.. Under his direction, the Junior Program has grown enormously and displays his abundant energy, creativity and professionalism. He was the Head Coach and Manager for our 2010 USTA Junior Team Tennis National Championship Team. Thomas is certified by the PTR and is on the Prince Elite Team.
Guillermo Oropez - Head Tennis Professional
Guillermo competed in the US Open & Wimbledon and won several satellite events. He attained a world ranking in the 100’s having memorable matches with John McEnroe, Arthur Ashe, Ilie Nastase and Vitas Gerulaitis. He is certified by the USPTA and was USPTA Volunteer Coach of the Year. He is a USTA clinician and CTC coach.
Gus Alcayaga - Tournament Training Program Director
Gus was a world ranked Argentinan ATP tour and Junior Player. He has worked closely with Junior Tennis for the last 15 years. Gus is certified by USPTA, PTR, USRSA and works with the USTA High Performance Coaching Program. He currently works with National and Eastern ranked junior players.
Senior Professional Staff
Originally from Puerto Rico, Hugo has been teaching in New York since 1992.
He held a top 50 US junior ranking before playing the Satellite Circuit and qualifying for the US Open. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Akemi played for the Pepperdine University Tennis team in CA. A former WTA touring pro, Akemi played in every Grand Slam tennis tournament for several years before her retirement after the 1991 US Open.
Jim has been a member of the USPTA since 1991. Originally from upstate New York, Jim is a former 3-time STAC Conference Singles All-Star and New York State Sectional Doubles Champ. For the past 30 years he has been teaching, coaching and managing at several clubs in the New York metro area.At Port Washington Tennis Academy on Long Island, he was chosen to train the academy’s top nationally ranked juniors as well as to assist with training top touring professionals such as Tracy Austin. He spent 4 years at the academy.After Port Washington, Jim spent 6 years at The Plandome Country Club, also on Long Island, as Head Pro.Jim then decided to make a move to Manhattan. This decision brought him to The New York Health and Racquet Club (HRC)-Wall Street where he spent 6 years teaching and developing a mindful approach to the game.Following that he accepted a position at The Tennis Club at Grand Central Terminal as Managing Director and Head Pro and held that position for 13 years before coming to The West Side Tennis Club in 2011.
Recently Pamela was Nationally Ranked #15 in Women’s 30 and over Singles. Earlier in her career she was ranked in the top ten in the Women’s Open Singles Division. Mogul is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry and has been teaching for over 15 years at the Legendary West Side Tennis Club. This Prince Pro Team Member was the first woman to coach both the men’s and the women’s national tennis teams for the Maccabiah Games held in Israel in 2001. Her athletes proudly returned with four gold medals. In addition, Pamela was a staff professional at The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Long Boat Key, Florida that had been ranked as the #1 Tennis Resort in the United States. Miss Mogul graduated from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia and majored in Marketing and Psychology. She currently resides in Manhattan.
Ali Kayyam Naj
Before moving to New York in 1980, Kayyam played professionally for Guyana and trained at Harry Hopman Tennis Academy in Florida. In 1980's he achieved a New York Stare ranking in the top 20 yearly. Kayyam played in "The Satellites" at the same time as teaching advanced juniors and adults and being the tennis directror for Premiere Tennis Summer Camp . Starting in 1990 he started working for East River Tennis Club. After East River closed, he taught at Tennis-Port for five years before becoming one of our Senior Pros in 2009.
Jon has been playing tennis ever since he was 5 years old and my passion for the game has continued to grow ever since. Growing up, he played in USTA Eastern section tournaments, while also competing at the high school and college levels. He received All-State honors his senior year of high school in 2007 and finished 2nd
in Nassau County and lost in the quarterfinals of the high school state tournament. At the college level, he played for Divison III School SUNY Oneonta and competed at 1st
doubles and 3rd
singles. He was a captain of the team during his sophomore and senior years. Jon received All-Conference honors in 2009 and 2010, along with MVP honors in 2011. While finishing up his undergraduate degree at SUNY Oneonta, he was Assistant Coach at Hartwick College located in upstate New York. He has been working the past 5 summers at The West Side Tennis Club as well under Bob Ingersole and Gus Alcayaga. He is highly motivated and extremely excited to be working with top juniors in the East and under terrific coaches and mentors.
A native New Yorker, Ben has been a USPTR certified Professional (highest rating) since 1998, and has been at the WSTC since 2003. Before joining the WSTC, Ben was the Assistant Director at The New England Tennis Camp for two years, a pro at the Roosevelt Island Racquet Club for three years, and helped run the ATP program at Club Med in Florida from 1999-2000. He played #1 singles and doubles at Vassar College, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1998. In 2007, Ben graduated with a Masters in child psychology from NYU, and is currently the Project Director for a grant-based educational research study at Fordham University.
Zaccarias (Bong) Imperial
Bong started playing tennis when he was 14 years old in the Philippines. He was trained by his sister, a former #1 ranked player in the Philippines. He left the Philippines when he was 16 years old to represent the Philippines in the boys 18s at the Orange Bowl Tournament and Rolex International. He has been teaching tennis since 1986 to the present, working with the junior tournament players in the East at Port Washington Tennis Academy. He ran the TTC at Port Washington Tennis Academy. He hits with Gene Mayer, who was formerly ranked # 4 in the world.
Lauren is the Head Tennis Coach of the Men's and Women's Programs at Adelphi University. She serves as a USTA/Eastern National Coach. While growing up, she played at the National and International level as a ranked junior. She played collegiate tennis at University of San Diego as well as St. John's University. Currently, she is USPTR/USPTA certified.
Originally introduced to the sport as a child in St Petersburg, Russia, Tanya grew up part of the New York City tennis scene, competing on the junior level and eventually going on to Division I College Athletics. She was a junior member at the West Side Tennis Club and is now a PTR certified professional developing the next generation of players.
A native New Yorker, Amaury has been playing tennis since the age of 13 years old. He started playing in the South Bronx under the instruction of current club member Steven Schott. As he progressed in his development he became a top ranked junior in the boys 18 doubles, & men's open divisions in 1997. Along with making the Junior Team Tennis Nationals under the guidance of Gus Alcagaya. He has been teaching tennis since 2000. Amaury has a great drive towards the sport, & enjoys helping with the development of players
David is a certified PTR Tennis Instructor. He began to work with children and adults as an assistant Tennis Instructor at the National Tennis Center. He is active in instructing players and developing their skills in the Quick Start Tennis Program. He enjoys working with children, helping them learn the game, to improve their tennis skills. He strongly believes in teaching high-quality basic techniques along with implementing conditioning routines, while having fun at the same time. He keeps current by staying in touch with tennis industry developments and taking Certification workshops, most recently in Junior Development and Cardio Tennis.
Richard is a long-time teacher on NYC tennis courts. He is PTR certified in both Adult and Junior Development and has competed as a ranked player in Long Island Region USTA senior tournaments. Richard is a frequent contributor to New York Tennis Magazine.
Tom Tvedt was captain, 1st singles and doubles player for the tennis team and platform tennis team at Wagner College on Staten Island, New York. He worked at the Billie Jean King USTA National Tennis Center as an instructor for 6 years and was tournament director for USTA National and Eastern sanctioned events while there. Also, he worked as a supervisor in Player Operations at the US Open. He completed one year at the Staten Island Community Tennis Center as a manager and staff pro before coming to The West Side Tennis Club in August of 2012. He is currently serving on the Metro and Junior Competition Commitees for USTA Eastern. USPTA and USPTR certified. He resides with his wife Nancy and son Brandon in Rego Park and enjoy playing tennis and golf.