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Teaching Professionals

Established 30 years ago as a stopover for touring professionals, the Potomac Tennis Club has served the Washington DC area with premier clay court facilities and services for players of all levels. With 12 meticulously maintained courts and 7 courts inside of two winter bubbles from October through April, Potomac Tennis is truly a year-round facility.

John McDaniel, Director of Tennis
John has enjoyed teaching at The Potomac Tennis & Fitness Club for the past thirty years. During this time he has had the opportunity to instruct players at all levels including several nationally ranked juniors. Prior to coming to PTFC, John trained and taught at the renowned VanderMeer Tennis Center in Hilton Head Is., South Carolina.'

When not on the court, John enjoys traveling, playing golf both competitively and as a recreational sport and playing

John is USPTR and USPTA Certified.

Elan Mizrahi, Teaching Professional
Elan has 30 years experience teaching tennis at all levels. He has worked with several top ranked juniors and taught at the Chris Evert Tennis Academy in Florida. He currently provides privates lessons and teaches the Junior and Adult programs at the club.

Elan is USPTR and USPTA Certified.

Ross Howe
Ross has been teaching tennis for over 20 years and has spent time with both adults and juniors. He started playing tennis at the age of 7 in Frankfurt, Germany while his father was stationed there for 4 years. After moving from Germany to Louisiana, he attended the John Newcombe Tennis Academy in New Baunfels, Texas and began playing USTA junior tournaments throughout Texas, Louisiana and other southeastern states, After playing a season at LSU, Ross sustained an injury which later brought him here to Maryland to complete his studies. From there he began his professional career. First with Washington Tennis Services, then moving to corporate sales and finally spending 5 years teaching at Montgomery County area facilities before taking over the junior program at PTFC in the spring of 2014.

Raul Molina
Raúl has been teaching professional tennis for more than 20 years. He has been captain of the National Junior Tennis Team in his home country of El Salvador. Raul was also captain of the El Salvadorian Fed Cup for four years and represented his country playing in ITF tournaments. In the United States he has worked at the ITF training center in Fort Lauderdale, the ClubMed Tennis Academy in Florida and here in the DC area at Georgetown Prep. While working there for the last nine years, he lead adult clinics, advanced junior programs and taught private lessons. Raul enjoys helping players of all levels improve their game.

Raúl is USPTR and ITF level I and II certified.

Alison Tompkins
Alison is a former Collegiate tennis player playing at the University of Richmond – 1983 NCAA Champions. Alison started playing tennis at age 6 and as soon as she was old enough began teaching both junior and adult levels as an assistant at Dellwood Country Club located in New City, New York.

Alison is a current USTA tournament player playing for various 4.5 Northern Virginia teams and was a Women's Nationals 4.5 Final Four player in 2008.

I enjoy teaching tennis because I believe tennis is a lifelong social sport with no age limit. My dad and first instructor, is 87 and still loves to play. I am passionate about tennis specifically because of the joy it can bring to an individual and family.

A scholarship recipient, Alison holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Richmond, VA. with an emphasis on Marketing. She is a former Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Army Reserves and spent eight years serving her country. In addition to her insatiable passion for tennis, Alison’s many other interests include Staging Residential Properties for sale, golf, swing dance, photography, & travel.

Alison is a member of the USTA, GWTA and PTR certified.

Justin Reid
Justin has extensive involvement in competitive sports; including participation, administration and teaching. He was an All District Champion in High School in Singles and Doubles in Newport News VA with a top 20 MATA ranking in juniors. He played competitive Division I Tennis at North Carolina A&T State University and was 1 or 2 singles/doubles all 4 years. Justin has a deep knowledge of stroke development, conditioning, sportsmanship, strategy and goal setting and enjoys using these five key elements as he works with his students. He works with all age groups and skill levels including beginners, individuals with moderate ability and competitive players.

Justin is USPTA certified.

Professional Teaching Staff
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