Meet the Pros!

Jack Bailey – General Manager & Director

  • Strung racquets at the ATP/WTA Grand Slam level
  • Professionally maintained tennis courts
  • 2013 USPTA Tennis Professional of the Year for the Region
  • 2015 Contributor Extraordinaire by Tampa Bay Tennis Magazine
  • Joined SPTC in 2019

Maria Francesa – Professional Instructor & Director of Junior Development

  • Former professional tennis player, competed on the WTA tour, against players such as Chandra Rubin from the USA, FED cup, Panamerican Games and South American games representing Venezuela.
  • Former number 1 player in her country.
  • USPTA Elite Professional
  • PTR professional certified for 10 & under, adults, and performance players.
  • Successfully pursued the rigorous studies and passed the examinations, therefore earning the degree of Master of Tennis Performance, one of the highest qualifications for a tennis professional.
  • Tennis commentator for Grand Slams tournaments on Venezuelan national sports TV channel.

Brian Kenney – Professional Instructor

  • Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Certified Professional Level Instructor
  • Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) Certified Pickleball Coach
  • Past USTA Senior League Coordinator USTA Florida
  • Over 45 years of teaching experience in New York, Colorado and Florida
  • Played collegiate tennis in upstate New York
  • Member of USTA Florida Men’s Doubles and Mixed Double representing Florida at USTA Nationals
  • Joined SPTC in 2016

Katie Koperski – Professional Instructor

  • Trained and attended high school at Saddlebrook Academy.
  • Top ranked junior in the State of Florida.
  • Played Division 1 tennis at Syracuse University. Finished in the top 3 in the Big East Championships each year.
  • Worked at the IFPA Tennis Academy coaching nationally ranked junior players.
  • 20 years experience coaching junior players of all levels and adults.
  • Joined the SPTC – 2006

Eugene Holliday – Professional Instructor & Courier’s Kids Director

  • PTR Certified Instructor (10-under & Adult)
  • Highly ranked Junior in the South – Atlanta, Ga.
  • Former hitting partner to Donald Young, ATP player and former world #1 junior.
  • Worked with WTA player, Taylor Townsend.
  • 20 years experience as a teaching pro in Atlanta.
  • Joined the SPTC – 2020

St. Petersburg Tennis Center

Proud of our Past, Dedicated to the Future
(727) 823-2225 • 650 18th Ave S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705

For assistance, contact Jack Bailey, General Manager