Ken is originally from Charleston, SC and has lived in Atlanta for the past 10 years. He started playing tennis at age 13 while attending Rivers High School and fell in love with game from the moment he picked up a racket and has been playing ever since!
Ken is a PTR certified professional and has with 35 years of coaching experience. He has competed in many high level tournaments throughout the southeast. Ken has worked with players of all ages and skill sets.
He has been a teaching professional for the City of Charleston, a Head Professional at Judy Alvarez Club Tennis in Tampa, Florida, McGhee Tennis Center in Atlanta and most recently, Director of adult programming at Windy Hill Athletic Club in Atlanta.
“I firmly believe that tennis is the greatest lifetime sport ever created. My passion and joy is playing and teaching this game. I love to see my students grow and improve and have witness this in amazing ways on and off the courts. I find that the more I give to the game, the more I get back in terms of learning, personal growth, and fulfillment.”
Ken's hobbies are reading, cooking, and listening to jazz.
Nela is a graduate of the University of North Georgia where she played four years of college tennis and majored in Exercise Science. Her passion for health, fitness, nutrition, and overall wellness is the basis for her life and she hopes to bring this knowledge to the world using tennis as her vehicle.
Nela was born in the city of Mostar in Bosnia, and she came to the United States with her family at the young age of two years old. Growing up in Buford, GA, Nela started tennis at the age of eight. At this age, her family had moved into a new house that had tennis courts in the neighborhood, and she quickly begged her dad to buy racquets so that they could try out the sport for fun. From that moment forward, Nela was hooked. Being the first person in her family to play tennis, Nela became very passionate about the sport and became deeply inspired by the fact that it is such an individual sport in which you can create your own destiny. Nela continued to play for her team at Mill Creek High School in her hometown, where she broke all school doubles records. She went on to play a vital role in both doubles and singles all four years of her college career at UNG, and led her team as captain to break the record for most season wins her senior year. In addition to her knowledge of tennis, Nela has experience in the world of wellness, as she was an intern at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she worked in Employee and Child wellness, teaching exercise and nutrition classes and creating health programming for clients of all ages and fitness levels.
In addition to her knowledge of tennis, Nela has experience in the world of wellness, as she was an intern at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where she worked in Employee and Child wellness, teaching exercise and nutrition classes and creating health programming for clients of all ages and fitness levels. Nela was also an assistant student strength trainer in her college athletic facility at UNG, and gained experience in leading athletes from all different sports in personalized workouts.
Off the court, Nela loves traveling, reading books, enjoying music, and experimenting in the kitchen. Her passion to lead a cultured, healthy, happy, and full life leads her in everything she does and has helped to build her desire to lead others. Nela believes that helping improve lives is woven into the small details, and she hopes to do so through the world of tennis. As it has molded her, she hopes that it so positively molds the people around her.
Moses was born in New Delhi, India and came to the United States when he was three years old. Moses started playing tennis at the age of twelve and quickly became a highly ranked JR player in the state of Georgia and the Southeast. He was recognized as the Gatorade Tennis Player of the Year for Clayton County during his high school career.
Moses earned a scholarship to play tennis at Piedmont College, where he was the number one singles and doubles players for three of his four years. He was the two time all conference player of the year for Piedmont College and won the conference championship in 2011. After graduating with a degree in Sports Marketing, he was the assistant Men's and Women's tennis coach at Piedmont college until 2015. He also completed his Masters in Business Administration during his tenure as assistant coach.
In addition to tennis and business, Moses is also an actor who is represented by People Store Talent Agency. He loves to workout, play all athletics, travel, nature, and hanging out with his Siberian husky. Oh, and his favorite tennis player is Roger Federer.
Quincy Jones is a professional tennis player, trainer, and coach who offers programs designed to help youth and adult players enhance both physical activity and personal performance. He has been recognized for creating The Adult Academy, a tennis training program he developed during his time as Director of Adult Programming for Silvia Tennis Academy. Quincy helped adult players benefit from the academy style training utilized by national junior competitors throughout the United States. In addition to coaching adults, Quincy has coached youth of all ability levels. He ran an elite high school program at Silvia Tennis Academy before coming to White Columns.
In addition to teaching tennis, Quincy is also a writer and musician. He has written numerous articles on topics ranging from 'The Perfect Service Rhythm,' to 'Money Middle Doubles. He authored the official Cardio Tennis theme song, which has been featured on international platforms since its iTunes release in 2015.
Jacob began playing tennis as a sophomore in High School. Starting with little to no experience, he reached his goal of playing collegiate tennis when signing with Spring Arbor University, his senior year of high school in the spring of 2013.
Playing number one singles and serving as team captain all three years at Ontario High School in Ohio, Jacob developed a passion for the game of tennis as well as teaching and inspiring his teammates. Jacob led his team from a 5-15 record his sophomore year to a 23-2 record his senior year. As exciting as the thrill of victory was, his true joy came from impacting the lives of his teammates. Witnessing lives change through the game of tennis inspired Jacob to pursue a career in teaching tennis.
Jacob graduated from Spring Arbor University in May of 2017 with a degree in Business and Sports Management. Jacob played four years of tennis for Spring Arbor University on an athletic scholarship.
Born and raised in Singapore, Judy has lived and traveled extensively in Asia including Japan. While she still considers herself truly Asian, Judy has made Atlanta her home since 2010.
Judy’s interest in tennis began when she was bringing and accompanying her daughter to play in countless ITF junior tournaments. When her daughter became eligible to play on the University of Washington tennis team, time became available to Judy to play and improve her own tennis as an enthusiastic adult player. In Atlanta, Judy played on several ALTA and USTA teams. She was Division Winner of A7 (2016), A1 55+ (2017) and T2 3.5+ Doubles (2017).
Judy makes conscious effort to live a fit, active and healthy lifestyle. When she is not on the tennis court, she practices mindful hatha yoga in the traditional way. Judy also likes climbing Stone Mountain and walking the trails as well as hitting the gym for strength training. Naturally, she supports her fit lifestyle by eating healthy: going to restaurants which serve food that are “from farm to table”, and her own simple yet nutritious and delicious east-meets-west cooking and baking.
Judy enjoys meeting people. So please stop by Agape Tennis Academy @ Dekalb Tennis Center to say hi.
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Damon was born in the wintry blasts of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but raised in the warm and friendly confines of Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf Coast. After graduating with a degree in technology, he joined a Christian music company where he saw his career grow steadily.
Damon started playing tennis as a young adult and quickly fell in love with the sport. He played in several USTA tournaments before moving to Atlanta where he started to play ALTA on a regular basis. Damon is a true tennis enthusiast. He will bring his love for tennis, as well as his skills in technology, website building, programming, and marketing to help the Agape team.
Joe is a PTR Certified teaching professional with over 25 years of experience. During hia tennis journey, he has had the opportunity to play at a high level as a junior and young adult in various tennis tournaments throughout the country.
As a teaching professional, he has been fortunate enough to be able to work with toddlers, juniors, young adults, adults, and Olympians! He is very proud of the fact that he has been able to help juniors achieve their dreams of earning tennis scholarships. He also takes great joy in seeing his adult teams improve every season and ultimately compete in the City Championships.
He loves working with USTA, ALTA, and junior teams of all levels, bringing all of the personalities of the players on the court together for one purpose, TEAM! He has extensive experience in running cardio tennis, men’s drills, beginner ladies, tournaments, and fun socials as well.
Besides being a tennis professional, Joe is also a chef and traveler. He is an adventurous, energetic, kind, and creative person. The tennis courts are his home and coaching brings him the greatest joy of all!
Amy is the founder of Agape Tennis Academy. She enjoys reading, writing, coaching, learning, helping others, speaking, traveling, tennis, golf, business, music, and spending time with loved ones.
Originally from Dublin Ireland, Ciara represented her home country from 2000-2007 as part of the National Tennis Team. She was ranked No. 1 in Ireland in under-16 and under-18 during that time. She has traveled extensively throughout Europe playing competitive tennis before coming to the United States to play collegiate tennis.
Ciara played two seasons for Georgia Southern University. During that time, she was the number 1 player on the team in both singles and doubles (where she partnered with Amy Pazahanick). She then transferred to Ohio State University where she had a successful collegiate career. She assisted the team from a ranking just outside the top 75 to a top 20 ranked team in the nation. She graduated in June of 2008 with a degree in Sociology and a minor in Communication. While finishing up her degree, Ciara served as an assistant coach.
After graduating, Ciara served as a tennis instructor at the Hurricane Tennis Academy in Sarasota, FL, as well as The Colony Beach and Tennis Resort in Longboat Key where she coached adults and juniors. In addition to coaching, she has helped run a highly successful challenger tournament in Sarasota for the past nine years. Some previous winners of this tournament include Jesse Levine, James Blake, Kei Nishikori, Sam Querrey, and Nick Kyrgios.
After coaching in two different clubs, Ciara then went into college coaching. She spent two years running the women's collegiate program at Case Western Reserve University before moving on to be the assistant at the University of Pennsylvania. In her first season at Penn, she helped coach the Ivy League Rookie of the Year. The women's tennis team had two players earn All-Ivy accolades in singles and doubles. The Quakers also defeated nationally-ranked Harvard which was Penn's first win over a ranked team since the 2008 season.
Over the past couple of years, Ciara has been teaching adults and juniors of all levels at the YMCA of Buckhead. Ciara was heavily involved with the adult and junior program as well as the junior enrichment programs and summer camps.
Raised in a tennis family, Thomas has been teaching tennis since his freshman year in college. His successful career playing at both Western Michigan University and Spring Arbor University led him to play one singles and one doubles for SAU. During his time at SAU, he achieved a doubles ranking as high as 6th nationally. Since graduating college in 2014, Thomas coached in Atlanta, Las Vegas, and Germany. His passion to compete continues; if he’s not coaching, he’s playing. You will find him playing tennis tournaments throughout summer weekends.
A Michigan native, Thomas operated several of his own summer camps, clinics, and lessons in his hometown of Jackson. He was the Men’s Assistant coach for Michigan State University in 2015, where he helped his players learn the values of teamwork and sportsmanship. As a mentor and teaching pro, Thomas’ goal with his students is to tailor every lesson to maximize the student’s true potential.
Annie Freeman is originally from Upstate New York, but she has lived in Atlanta since the age of five. She grew up playing at Brookfield Country Club in Roswell where she was a highly decorated junior player. She was Captain of the National Championship Team at Marist High School and attended Marquette University to study engineering.
In addition to continuing to play tennis recreationally, Annie has worked in the tennis industry since 1996. She was the pro shop manager at Berkley Hills Country Club where she gained valuable experience managing all areas of tennis club operations, including stringing, pricing, accounting, branding, and marketing.
Annie and her husband, Chris have been married for 10 years. They have a seven-year-old daughter Maddux and fur babies Moses, Shadow and Bowie. In her free time, Annie volunteers at the Atlanta Day Shelter for Women and Children. She also enjoys Atlanta sports, playing tennis, going to the beach and watching movies.