Pros & Staff2019-03-19T13:41:19+00:00

Meet the TennisPower Coaching Team
and our Conditioning & Fitness Coaches

Peninsula Racquet Club has a professional staff that is second to none in the South Bay.  We look forward to teaching and coaching you and your family.  Contact the Club Front Desk to schedule lessons or workouts.

Oliver Messerli
Oliver MesserliDirector of Tennis

OLIVER MESSERLI, a native of South Africa, has been in the International Professional Tennis Industry for 22 years. He is the Director of Tennis at Peninsula Racquet Club in Palos Verdes and has been developing tennis players in the South Bay since 2001.

Oliver’s professional experience extends from having competed on the ATP Tour himself to having coached, trained and traveled with many players on the ATP and WTA Tour.

During his time on the WTA Tour, Oliver helped his clients win a total of 4 Grand Slam Titles, as well as 15 Tier 1 and 2 singles and doubles titles.

While under his watchful eye, Lisa Raymond and Rene Stubbs ended 2000 as the #1 Doubles Team in the World. Some of Oliver’s other clients have been Mary Pierce, Nicole Pratt, Erica Delone and currently Jason Jung. He has also been working with PRC’s Ena Shibahara from age 9 onwards.

Oliver has served as the Head Coach for the CTC South Bay Team for the past two years. Most recently, he was the recipient of the USPTA Coach of the Year (Region 4) for 2016. He was also received the Arthur Ashe Collegiate Sportsmanship of the Year Award for 1997.

Through his experience as the #1 ranked Junior in South Africa, as a NCAA Division 1 player and a player and having worked with the best doubles players in the world, Oliver brings his personal experience to guide all players, from USTA Juniors to Marine League to the Pro Level, to benefit and achieve ultimate success.

Oliver and his TennisPower Team impact and guide many of the top US juniors to help them achieve their goals and prepare them for the WTA and ATP Tour or NCAA Division 1 Tennis.

Christopher Dalton
Christopher DaltonTennis Professional

CHRISTOPHER DALTON, a native of Rancho Palos Verdes, has been a family member at Peninsula Racquet Club since he was 8 years old. Chris has 5 years of coaching experience under Oliver Messerli and the TENNISPOWER TEAM. Chris played three years of NCAA Division 1 collegiate tennis at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and one year of NCAA Division 3 collegiate tennis at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Chris graduated with honors from Pacific University in May 2016, and has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance.

At Pacific University, Chris helped the tennis program achieve its highest ever National Ranking of #29 in the country, #6 in the West Region, and got to the finals of the Northwest Conference Tournament in 2016. While in his senior season at Pacific University, Chris received Student Athlete of the Week nods for the Northwest Conference in April 2016.

At PRC, Chris enjoys coaching all levels and is an Assistant Coach for the CTC South Bay Team.

Chris has great passion and energy for working with all clients and makes the environment on court a fun and memorable experience. Chris is excellent at mentoring others to reach their maximum potential.

Jay Leavitt
Jay LeavittTennis Professional

JAY LEAVITT, a native of Cleveland, Ohio, started playing tennis when he was four years old and quickly became one of the top ranked juniors in the Midwest.

After graduating high school with top honors, Jay continued his tennis career at Ohio State University and Cleveland State University.While at Ohio State, his team won a Big 10 title and ranked second in the nation. At Cleveland State, Jay’s team won the Horizon Conference.

After finishing college, Jay moved to North Carolina and ran a junior academy for six years. He then moved to Los Angeles and ran RAMP Tennis Academy at the Stub Hub center in Carson for two years. During this time, he coached a junior who was #1 in the nation and top 200 in the world ATP.

Jay has ten years of coaching experience working with some of the best juniors in the nation and traveling with ATP touring pros. He is a PTR pro, a USPTA pro, and a certified USTA high-performance coach. With a love for the game and for coaching juniors, Jay hopes to share his passion with others for years to come.

Agustin Lombardi
Agustin LombardiTennis Professional

AGUSTIN LOMBARDI, was born in Santa Fe, Argentina. He fell in love with tennis at the age of 10, and never stopped practicing since then. He competed in the Argentinian Junior Circuit reaching the top 100 in the country. He played in the Argentinian Pro Circuit and several ITF Futures Tournaments. At the age of 17, he started coaching at a private tennis club in Argentina as a form of payment for his training.

When he turned 18 he made the decision to play College tennis in the United States. He played his first two years at a Junior College level for Cerritos College in Southern California. During his second year he was the captain of the team, athlete of the year for the South Coast Conference, most improved player in the state of California, and ended the season ranking top 2 in California as a team.

After that he moved to Colorado where he had the privilege of playing Division 1 tennis for the University of Northern Colorado, where he was also the captain of the team. During his last year of college, he then moved back to SoCal and played for Whittier College in California where he graduated with a degree in Kinesiology and Nutritional Sciences.

After graduating and moving to Long Beach, he became a certified USPTA coach and started working closely with Oliver Messerli with the Elite juniors at PRC.

Andrew Sarawasi
Andrew SarawasiTennis Professional

ANDREW SARAWASI, grew up in Carson and began playing tennis at the age of 6. He trained with other top ranked junior athletes and competed in tournaments throughout his junior career. He adopted a disciplined and rigorous work ethic early on by training every day after school and devoting weekends to matches and tournaments. To warm up before training, Andrew rode 5 miles on his bike to the tennis club where he played and back home again after training.

Andrew played #2 singles and #1 doubles throughout his four years at Carson High School with teammate JR Sarmiento. In his junior year, he and his partner won the doubles City Individual Playoffs. After high school, Andrew attended El Camino College and joined the tennis team as the #1 singles and doubles player for two years. He proved himself as a doubles specialist after qualifying twice for the doubles state championships for community colleges.

Since his youth, Andrew has always shared his tennis techniques and strategies with friends. His development into a strong tennis player thus contributed to his natural development into a tennis coach. Since then, Andrew has trained adults and aspiring juniors. He also worked with students as assistant coach at the California Academy of Math and Science.

After graduating from El Camino, Andrew continued his education at California State University, Long Beach as a kinesiology major with a focus on fitness. There, he studied the physical and mental aspects of well-rounded athletes and tennis players. Andrew discovered that the skills required as a tennis player can also be used to improve other aspects on one’s life. Andrew hopes to help others become stronger tennis payers so that they can live improved lives.

JR Sarmiento
JR SarmientoTennis Professional

JR SARMIENTO, was born and raised in Carson, CA, where he started his tennis path. He began playing tennis at the early age of 6 surrounded by a community of tennis enthusiasts. To JR, tennis is family.

JR has worked with many world-renown coaches; his skill-set encompasses an extensive array of technical, physical, mental, and emotional mastery.

As a junior tennis player, JR achieved a singles ranking of #1 in SoCal Boy’s 10s, #1 in National Boy’s 12’s and 14s, and #22 in SoCal Boy’s 18s. In his sophomore year of high school, JR won first place in the LA CIF Single’s Tournament. In addition, he won the Marine League Conference Title all four years.

As a 5-star freshman recruit to UCLA, JR graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. Post-college, JR volunteered as an Assistant Head Coach at Cal State University, Fullerton. Where he helped the university achieve their best all-time school record, 19-4.

At 26 years old, JR became Head Coach of Whitter College, a NCAA Division-III private liberal arts institution. It was there that JR truly refined his coaching. He emphasized the program’s direction towards personal development both on and off the court by encouraging players to cultivate an elite “winner’s mentality”.

JR’s mission is to build a community of individuals who strive to be their best. He embodies the pursuit of success, placing a strong value on integrity, respect, consideration, cooperation, and prudence. JR believes that communities are reflective of their leadership, and he does his best to lead by example.

Marcos Paulo Silvestre
Marcos Paulo SilvestreTennis Professional

MARCOS PAULO DE SOUZA SOARES SILVESTRE is a Brazilian tennis player and coach. Coming from a sports family, played soccer as a kid, but found his passion and love for tennis. His tennis path commenced when he was 11 years old, where he played some nationals and state tournaments at Belo Horizonte at 15 and played until 18.

He then practiced with Bruno Soares in December of 2015, who mentored and taught Marcos more about tennis and doubles.

He then came to the United States in the fall of 2016 to study and play for Seward County Community College, located in Liberal, Kansas. After a not successful semester playing for the team, he moved to California where he attended and played for Cerritos College, located in Norwalk. There, he became a California State Champion in 2018, the first time in the men’s tennis team history! His biggest accomplishment so far was winning the title for the Ojai tournament for doubles, and again with Cerritos, he won the Ojai tournament for teams.

Marcos is currently a junior studying at Marymount California University in Rancho Palos Verdes, majoring in Business with a minor in Sports Management.

He started working at PRC in July of 2018 and realized how much he loves coaching young athletes. He hopes to pursue this path for the rest of his life.

Gianpaolo Von Nacher
Gianpaolo Von NacherTennis Professional

GIANPAOLO VON NACHER, began playing tennis at the age of 6. As a junior, he was ranked top 10 in both Mexico and Venezuela. After his achievements as a junior, Gianpaolo played Pro-Am, Satellites, and Challengers before coming to the United States on a tennis scholarship.

Gianpaolo earned a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Texas. He was awarded All-American, Athlete-Student of the Year, and he was on the Dean’s List. During his years as an engineer, Gianpaolo earned an MBA and a Master’s in Lean Six-Sigma.

Throughout the last 25+ years, Gianpaolo coached at several different venues such as John Newcombe Tennis Academy, Flynt Canyon Tennis Club, Campestre Country Club, as well as summer camps and PE classes.

With his experience, Gianpaolo enjoys coaching beginners, teaching them all the necessary skills: technique, consistency, placement, and power. All players benefit from his coaching on fitness, mental strength, game strategy, and continuous improvement.

Gianpaolos’ involvement with the PRC community includes the Junior Program, Marine League, private lessons, and open workouts.

He views tennis as a hobby and a sport, but most importantly as a discipline. Tennis has opened up so many doors that Gianpaolo wishes to share with all.

Amanda DiBernardo
Amanda DiBernardoClub Office Manager
Jerry Kabiling
Jerry KabilingSite Maintenance
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