Rod has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2008. Originally from Macon, GA, Rod grew up playing tennis throughout the south. After competing as a top player in Georgia, he attended Georgia Military College on a full tennis scholarship. His experience includes working at both the New Canaan Field Club in Connecticut, and the Doral Golf Resort in Miami. Rod has over 20 years of teaching experience and is a USPTA Elite Professional and a Tester. In his spare time, Rod enjoys producing electronic music and putting trance music mixes together.
Justyna was ranked as one of the top junior players in Poland and is certified in High Performance Training, Cardio and Fitness. She is a PTR and USPTA Certified Elite Professional, and enjoys teaching 10 and under tennis, as well as juniors and adults of all abilities. Justyna is originally from Katowice, Poland and, in her spare time, she skis, travels, reads books as well as enjoys art and culture.
John is a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2021. He learned the game under Arthur Carrington on his way to becoming a USPTA Elite Tennis Professional, and has also been a student of Althea Gibson. During his more than twenty-five year career in tennis, John has been an NCAA Division I coach, and has worked with several ATP and WTA players. As a player, he is a former NCAA member of the Hampton University Men’s Tennis Team. John is a native of Teaneck, New Jersey, where he was a Varsity Tennis Team captain in high school.
Steven has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2019. He started playing tennis at the age of five. Born and raised in Lagrangeville, NY, Steven moved to the Bronx the summer before his freshman year of high school and started teaching tennis at his neighborhood park. Steven went undefeated his entire high school career, with a perfect 47-0 record which culminated in his team winning the NYC Division B Championship. Steven was a quarterfinalist at the 2019 NYC Mayor’s Cup. He attends Lehman College where he is majoring in Exercise Science with a specialization in exercise and movement. When not on court, Steven takes care of Rocky, his pet dog.
Nouri El-Hajjar is our Red Ball Specialist and has been working at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2006. He is a USPTA and PTR Certified Professional as well as a USTA Net Generation Coach. Prior to joining the USTA, he coached at the Haworth Country Club in New Jersey and at the Martha’s Vineyard Youth Tennis in Massachusetts. While coaching all ages, Nouri is recognized for his innovative technique with youth development. His Red Ball program was voted the best Tennis Program in the World by Tennis Whizz in January 2014 and has been highlighted in the New York Metro Parent Magazine. Nouri’s structured goal-oriented classes provide for the accelerated results in an enjoyable environment, where drills are individually tailored to each student’s personal ability. Additionally, Nouri creates Play Days so that our young players can start playing matches at an early age.
To promote passion for the game, Nouri regularly participates in the community outreach programs of the USTA foundation. He truly enjoys contributing to the Arthur Ashe Kids Day, AMEX Fan Zone, and the Queens Day during the U.S. Open; inspiring thousands of children to play and to develop a love of the game. When not teaching, Nouri is passionate about strengthening his industry knowledge by attending workshops and training sessions with top Coaches and bringing that information back to the court. Nouri is originally from Casablanca, Morocco.
David is a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2022. David was born in Bogota, Colombia and at the age of 12 he moved to Naples, Florida where he grew up playing tennis. David played all four years in the Varsity team for his High School. For college, he attended Full Sail University and got a Degree in Computer Animation. David's coaching career began after graduating College in 2015, and his experience includes working for PBI at the Ritz Carlton in Naples, being a High School Coach and working other various clubs. David seeks to provide top quality knowledge to his students and inspire them to be the best they can be while also having fun, he believes that a good coach is someone that sees beyond your limits and guides you to greatness. On his spare time, David likes to eat at new restaurants, watch anime, edit videos and hang out/hit with friends.
Danny has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2023. He started playing tennis at the age of twelve and trained under the late Claude England and would go on to play competitively in the Mid-Atlantic region. Danny is a PTR Professional and brings experience teaching from Junior Tennis Champion Center (JTCC) and Columbia Association in Maryland. Danny was originally born in Seoul, South Korea, and moved to Maryland at the age of eight. He is a graduate of Binghamton University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Affairs. In his spare time, Danny likes cooking, trying out new restaurants, and going to museums.
Alex is Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2016. He started playing tennis at the age of twelve and went on to make varsity during his freshman year in high school. While playing at Farmingdale State College, the men’s tennis team went on to become Conference Champions in 2011-2013. Alex was voted 2010 Rookie of the Year and 2012 Championships MVP. Alex is a USTA High Performance Certified Coach, as well as a PTR Professional, and 10U Certified. Alex was born in Belarus, but grew up on Long Island, NY.
Gustavo “Gus” Alcayaga is a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2021. He was born in San Juan, Argentina and later raised in Freeport, New York. As a junior, Gus was coached by Daniel Burgess and then professionally by Carlos “Picha” Lando who introduced him to Alberto Mancini and Gabriel Markus as a sparring partner. Gus continued his tennis career as Director of Player Development with the New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL). He received the USTA/Eastern Club Service Award and the Member Organization of the Year Award as Director of Tennis at Bronx International. Gus served on the USTA/Eastern Junior Competition Committee as well as the USTA/Eastern/Metro Board and was the USTA/Eastern Junior Team Tennis Coordinator. He has coached both juniors and adults through all levels of the game and was fortunate enough to win the USTA National Championships in both categories as a Coach. He also was Junior Program Director, Tournament Training Director at The West Side Tennis Club and New York Tennis at Great Neck, respectively.
Anders has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2018. As a native Swede, Anders has had tennis as his passion since the days of Bjorn Borg. Playing national tournaments as a junior, he soon expanded into teaching, umpiring, and stringing. Anders moved to NY in the mid-90s and worked for the Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce after graduating with a degree in Economics from the University of Vaxjo, in Sweden. Anders is USPTA and PTR Certified as well as Master Racquet Technician (MRT) with the USRSA.
Valeria has been sharing her passion for tennis with children at the NTC since 2016. The sport has been a big part of her life since she first joined her high school tennis team as a freshman, eventually rising through the ranks to be named Team Captain. Valeria believes in striking the right balance between serious moments and fun, to ensure that kids in her classes not only enjoy themselves, but are able to benefit from tennis as much as she has.
Caroline has been an Assistant Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2023. Born and raised in the Bronx, NY, Caroline first started playing tennis at four years old and fell in love with the sport because of the long-lasting friendships she created. She attends Lehman College majoring in Media Communications and specializing in Social Media and Advertisement. Tennis has positively influenced her childhood, teenage years, and, now, her adulthood. She knew the importance her coaches had on setting up a foundation of values that would help her on the tennis courts. She would like to give back to the tennis community to help and guide the younger generation to become great tennis players.
Farhad Roshanaie has been a Tennis Professional at the USTA National Tennis Center since 2022. He was born in Tehran, Iran, and graduated from the USTA High Performance Coaching Program. Additionally, he is a USPTA Tennis Fitness Specialist, and a USTA/USPTA Coach Developer; where he trains new coaches to become Certified Pros and has assisted with the training of 500 NYJTL Community Coaches across the NY State.
Farhad has been teaching and coaching tennis for 20 years and has developed many players including Cash Hanzlik who became # 2 in the US in U18’s. Farhad coached Cash in two Grand Slams: US Open and Australian Open Junior Championship. As a NCAA collegiate coach Farhad served Portland State University and Pratt Institute. Over the years, Farhad has also coached Intersectional, Zonal and National team tournaments as a USTA National Coach.
As a player, Farhad was ranked # 1 in most of his junior career is his native country Iran, and as high as # 6 in the Men’s Open. Farhad loves to practice and compete, a few years ago in an ITF Grade 1 Tournament he beat # 6 in the world in the age group of 35’s and became # 149 in the world. Farhad has studied Biomedical Engineering at Technical University of Ilmenau in Germany. He speaks German, English and Farsi fluently. In his spare time, Farhad loves movies, photography, traveling, scuba diving, snowboarding and animals.
Viola has been an Assistant Tennis Professional at the USTA BJK National Tennis Center since 2023. She is originally from Kosovo, Albania, and grew up playing mostly at the NY City Tennis Club, where she not only trained but also assisted with junior programs. She participated in USTA Eastern tournaments growing up and she is currently a collegiate player at Lehman College. There, she plays #1 in both singles and doubles and is studying Business Administration, and graduating in June, 2025. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with friends and playing tennis.