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Meet The Pros

Our Professional Staff

Boar's Head has a well-rounded staff with exceptional tennis experience.  Our staff is comprised of instructors who have played and coached at the highest levels.  In seeking the right instructor for your Charlottesville tennis lessons, you will find former USTA ranked players, NCAA collegiate players and coaches and even some with ATP/WTA tour coaching experience. Each instructor comes to court with a passion for teaching.  Their individual personalities and knowledge of the game are at your service helping you learn confidently and enjoy the game for life.  Whether you have questions about technique, tactics, fitness or the mental game, you can find your answers here.

Troy Porco

Head Tennis Professional

Where are you from?   Homestead, Florida

How long have you been playing?   48 years

Favorite memory from tennis?   Winning ACC titles with UVA women's tennis.

Favorite type of music? Top 40 

Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again?  All lights green.

Troy's Bio

George Elias

USPTA, PPR - Tennis Professional and Stringer

Where are you from? Florida

How long have you been playing? 57 years

Favorite memory from tennis? Going to Wimbeldon

Favorite type of music? Rock and roll

Would you rather be a deep sea diver or an astronaut? Deep sea diver

George's Bio

Tyson Thomas

USPTA - UVA Women's Tennis/Assistant Tennis Professional

Where are you from? Columbus, Nebraska

How long have you been playing? 27 years

Favorite thing to do when not playing tennis? Spend time with my wife and two daughters. 

Dream place you would want to play? Centre court at Wimbledon. 

Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again? Definitely get all the green lights.

Tyson's Bio

Robyn Russell

USPTA, PTR - Tennis Professional

Where are you from? Berryville, Virginia

How long have you been playing? 54 years

Favorite place to play? West Side Tennis Club, Forest Hills , New York on grass.

Favorite type of music? Classic rock

Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again? Never have to stand in line again.

Robyn's Bio

Ralf Steinbach

USPTA, PTR - Director of Junior Tennis

Where are you from? Halle/Saale, Germany

How long have you been playing? 25 years

Favorite memory from tennis? Winning a National Championship for The Ohio State University.

Favorite place to play tennis? Umag, Croatia

Would you rather be a deep sea diver or an astronaut? Deep sea diver – love the underwater world.

Ralf's Bio

Betsy Nugent

PTR - Leagues Coordinator - Tennis Professional

Where are you from? Shreveport, Louisiana

How long have you been playing? 49 years

Favorite memory from tennis?  Playing doubles against 1946 Wimbledon Champion, Pauline Betz when she was 76 years old. Inspirational!

Favorite thing to do when not playing tennis? Playing golf and walking my dog.

Would you rather never lose your phone again or never lose your keys again?​ Keys

Betsy's Bio

Brian Rasmussen

UVA Men's Tennis/Assistant Tennis Professional

Where are you from? Fort Dodge, Iowa

How long have you been playing? Since I was 5 years old.

Favorite memory from tennis? Traveling to Cincinnati Masters as a hitting partner.

Favorite thing to do when not playing tennis? Going hiking with my wife and two golden retrievers.

Would you rather be a deep sea diver or an astronaut? Be an astronaut and be first person on Mars!

Brian R Bio

Ron Manilla

PTR International Master Professional - Tournament Director

Where are you from? Farrell, PA

How long have you been playing? 56 years

Favorite memory from tennis? Meeting Arthur Ash

Dream place you would want to play? Italian open

Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again? All lights green.

Ron's Bio

Quentin Jenkins

PTR -Tennis Professional

Where are you from? Charlottesville

How long have you been playing? 22 years

Favorite place to play tennis? Darden Towe Park

Dream place you would want to play? Centre Court Wimbledon right after the tournament ends, when there's no grass on the baseline and almost none within a foot of the service line.

Would you rather have all traffic lights you approach be green or never have to stand in line again? All traffic lights be green.

Quentin's Bio

Brian Glass

USPTA, PTR - Director of Adult Tennis Academy

Where are you from? Roswell, Georgia

How long have you been playing? 45 years

Favorite memory from tennis? Watching my step daughter clinch the deciding match against Texas her senior year at Rice.

Favorite place to play tennis? We have place at Lake Toxaway NC. They have 5 clay courts overlooking the lake and mountains.

Would you rather be a deep sea diver or an astronaut? I love to dive! I spent 10 years living in Miami and spent many weekends deep diving in the Florida Keys.

Brian Glass Bio

Carlos Romero

Net Generation Coordinator

Where are you from? Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 

Favorite memory from tennis? There are many good memories, but one of them is working as a hitting partner with Tylor Townsend. The #61 pro player in the world.

Favorite type of music? Folk, Merengue or Salsa

Would you rather be a deep sea diver or an astronaut? Astronaut

Carlos's bio