Meet the Pros
Bob Ingersole - Tennis Director
A native of Australia, Bob played on the Pro Tour. He has the highest certification 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 current Chair of USTA Professional Cicuits committee and Chair of USTA Eastern Coaches Committee. He is President of Eastern Junior Tennis Foundation. He has been past Chair of USTA National Nominating Committte and past President of USTA Eastern. He has also represtented the US as a member of the ITF Women's Pro Circuit Committee and a member of USTA National Junior Competition Committee. Bob is the creator of the following: College Showcase Day, USTA Eastern Schoools Program, USTA "EAST" series of tournaments, USTA Junior National Doubles event, USTA Zone Team Championships event and Star Search Tennis Talent identification program. He holds the prestigious honor of being elected into the Eastern Tennis Hall of Fame.
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 25 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. Gus serves as a USTA Junior Team Tennis Coordinator for the Metro area.
Senior Professional Staff
Jamie Bonter - Program Administrator
Jamie has been USPTA certified since 2004. In that time she coached tennis on Sanibel and Captiva Islands in Florida and in Seattle, Washington. While in Seattle, she served as the Manager of the Nordstrom Tennis Center at the University of Washington for the Division I Women's and Men's Husky Tennis Teams. At UW, Jamie was an integral part of both athletic programs, coordinating team and tournament logistics for the Huskies' home events. In additon to her love for tennis, she grew up playing competitive soccer as a youth Olympic Development Soccer Player and was a four year starter in college. Jamie holds certifications in Cardio Tennis and CPR through the Red Cross.
Brett Bothwell - Junior Program Head Professional
Brett, a former highly ranked Junior in the US, was captain of the tennis team at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He attained a Bachelor of Architecture. He started teaching tennis in NY in 1988. Over a twenty year period, primarily teaching at Roosevelt Island Racquet Club, he merged his design-engineering-tennis passions to develop numerous patented racquet designs and to refine his teaching techniques. In 2001 he launched Bolt Sports, featuring racquets with Zipstrip. For more information on Bolt racquets go to www.boltadvance.com
Hugo held a top 50 United States Junior ranking before playing the Satellite Circuit and qualifying for the US Open. He joined the West Side Tennis Club Staff in 1998. Hugo was certified by Welby Van Horn, who was one of the original founders of the USTPA. Hugo has been teaching tennis since 1982. He is fluent in Spanish and English.
Akemi Kinoshita - Adult Program Head Professional
Akemi is a former top 100 WTA tour player. She played in every
Grand Slam tennis tournament for several years before her retirement after the 1991 US Open. Akemi has a doubles tour title as well as All Japan National tiltles in doubles and mixed doubles. She played collegiate tennis for Pepperdine University in California. She holds a USPTA certification as well as a USPTA certification in wheelchair tennis.
Lauren is a Head Tennis Coach of a NCAA Division I college. Her previous coaching experience included: Director of Tennis at Hofstra University, Head Coach of Women's and Men's Tennis at Adelphi University, Head Coach of Women's Tennis at Hunter College. She serves as an 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. Lauren earned a Master's degree in Physical Education and she is USPTR and USPTA certified.
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 over 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.
Pamela was recently Nationally Ranked 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. Pamela 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 the 1980's he achieved a New York State ranking in the top 20 annually. Kayyam played in "The Satellites" at the same time as teaching advanced juniors and adults. He also was the tennis director 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.
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.
Gabriella, a Forest Hills resident, learned to play tennis at The West Side Tennis Club at the age of 5. She attended Loyola University in Baltimore where she played Division I tennis for all four years with Coach Rick McClure. Gabby graduated from Loyola in 2013 with a Bachlor's degree in Psychology and graduated with a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from The City College of New York in 2016. She also dedicated her time in teaching both nationally ranked and non-ranked junior players ranging form 4-16 with City Parks Foundation. Gabby began to coach at The WSTC in 2013.
Gregory Diliberto - Program Administrator
Gregory was born and raised in Queens, NY and has played tennis since age 5 where he began training at the USTA. He recently graduated from Boston University with a BA in Biology and a specialization in pyschological and brain sciences. Gregory started working for WSTC summer tennis camps in 2013. He became the transportation coordinator a year later. Now, he holds an administrative coordinator role for our junior programming. Gregory is certified in First Aid.
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, and men's open divisions in 1997. Amaury also made 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.
Adam played collegiate tennis at The State University of New York College at Oneonta. While playing for the Red Dragons, he was a four year starter in singles and doubles. Adam grew up in Westchester, NY but he also spent some of his youth in California. He was a junior ranked player in the 16-18 age bracket in Southern CA. Adam taught tennis in North Carolina and now here at The West Side Tennis Club. He currently resides in Forest Hills, New York.
Jeramy is a product of the West Side Tennis Club's Junior Program. Since being in the program at the age of 15, he went on to play at Division II Chesnut Hill College in Philadelphia, PA. Jeramy was awarded the 2011 Coach's Award as a freshman and was named a co-captain his junior and senior year. He recorded over 40 wins during his collegiate career, while earning his B.S. in Biology. He is currently working towards a Master's Degree in Exercise Science at Long Island University. Jeramy is PTR certified as well as CPR/AED certified.
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 by helping them learn the game and 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.
Alex Haber - Executive Assistant
Ann Karpova - Junior Program Administrator / Pro Shop Manager