Matija Pecotic first came to Courtsense during his final year at Princeton University. While at Princeton, Matija become the only tennis player in the history of the Ivy League to win Player of the Year honors three years in a row (2010-2011, 2011-2012, & 2012-2013) as well as being award All-Ivy League honors each of his four years. He was a four-time recipient of the Leon Lapidus Memorial Award (2010-2013) and is only one of three tennis players at Princeton to be chosen as an ITA All American in 2013. At one point during his senior year he ranked as high as #2 on the ITA College singles ranking. Upon graduating, Matija has taken his talents to the ATP circuit where in one year he went from a singles ranking of 1674 (2013) to 580 (2014). This 2015 season was even a better year, as he won 4 different future level tournaments and finished the season with his first $75,000 ATP Challenger final in China which has brought him to his current highest ranking of #207 on the ATP singles ranking list. The goal is definitely to keep improving his ranking and we are looking forward to helping Matija break into the top 100 in 2016. His incredible rise in the rankings has been a great inspiration for the whole CourtSense Team and we are proud to have a player like him represent CourtSense.
Matthew is one of our rising stars. He has been on the courts since age 7, and at age 14 has earned a prestigious 5 star recruit from tennisrcruiting.net. Matthew has trained with CourtSense for 4 1/2 years, and joined the home school program 2 years ago, where he is having great success. At a very young age, Matthew went to Croatia and Slovenia with the travel team and participated in ITF tournaments. Although his tennis, school, and travel schedule keep him very busy, he unwinds by watching sports on TV. His goal is to be a professional player, and when asked how he will achieve that goal, "hard work" was his answer, and that is exactly what he does every day. Matthew's weapon of choice is Pure Strike 100, and he is sponsored by Athletic DNA.
Alexa first picked up a racquet at age 3. By the time she was 5, she was taking tennis lessons with Tatsumi Okuda from NJ. When the family first moved to Iowa, she alternated between mom; Sandra Butera and Tatsumi in the summers. Her next coach in Iowa at the age of 8 was Bunny Bruning a former WTA player (1974-1983). Between 9-10 years old, she was training with Dalibor Pavic and Gary Scholl. Alexa spent the next few years experiencing the benefit of these 3 coaches as they collaborated on her game. By the time she was competing in the 10s & 12s, she became #1 in the Missouri Valley section. She reached a ranking of #30 Nationally. Now with the benefit of our CourtSense coaches, she's well on her way to her goal of becoming a professional tennis player. When she's not on the tennis courts, she enjoys playing soccer, dance, biking and horseback riding.
Lilian Poling is one of our top players, and with heavy hearts we will say farewell this year as she heads to Boise State on a full tennis scholarship. Lilian has trained with us for 3 ½ years, and her achievements have always been spectacular. She is a 5 star recruit and frequently made the Prince top 100 list. Tennis has always been in her family, her father, Jim Poling, is the West Point Head Coach, and the most winningest coach in Army's Men's tennis alongside the constant support of her brother, Karl, whom is also home schooled with CourtSense. The Boise State team is so excited and lucky to have Lilian join the team. We will always be there to cheer Lilian on! Go Broncos!.
Karl is one of our most talented players. He started with CourtSense, along with his sister Lilian 3 1/2 years ago and has never ceased to amaze us with his passion and skill. At the age of 15, Karl won a Grade 5 ITF tournament in Canada; his current ITF ranking is 480. Karl was recently awarded a Blue Chip on tennisrecruiting.net; this is the most prestigious ranking given; it places Karl within the top 20 college recruits in his class. Karl is not only a force on the tennis court, he is academically gifted, and achieved extremely high grades despite the amount of travel and training required of him. Stay tuned as we expect great things from Karl!.
Alexandra Sabe has been part of the CourtSense family for 5 years now, and is known to be the most dedicated and committed player we have seen. She has always refused to accept no as an answer, and this is why she has achieved so much! Attending Purdue University in the fall on a full tennis scholarship, we are certain she will be the fierce competitor we have always known her to be! A five star recruit on tennisrecruiting.net, she has also achieved 226 ITF ranking this year. Although Alexandra will move on to college, she will always be part of our family and we look forward to watching and helping her pursue all of her dreams!.
Julian (JuJu) Wu
Julian (JuJu) Wu is a name people know well. At age 11, he is currently ranked 17 in the East in 12's; and held the position of #1 in East in the 10's. JuJu is not only known for his all court game but for his infectious smile and great attitude. Although his goal is to become a professional player, he also loves the piano and plays whenever he has free time. Between a busy tournament schedule, and daily practice, JuJu also excels in his studies. JuJu was also recently awarded a 4 star recruit from tennisrecruiting.net. He certainly is a star!.
Maxim Mazak, an 11 year old ball of fire! He has been playing tennis for 8 years, and started his love of the sport in Slovakia. A righty, he has a wicked forehand that all players try to avoid. Recently, Max has achieved 3rd place in a Sectional Tournament and 4th in a National level Super Six. This has earned him a 4 star recruit on tennisrecruiting.net. Tennis is not Max's only passion, he loves basketball, soccer and math in school; although he is always on the run, Max receives very high grades and has aspirations of a college degree, followed by a professional tennis career. He certainly is on the right path!
Nick Podesta is one our most promising players at Courtsense. A student of Carlos Cano's for over the past 4 years, Nick was a 5 – star recruit heading into college as well as #1 in East Boys 18, a winner of four National Open singles titles, and achieved a #1 ranking on tennis recruiting RPI. Nick currently plays #1 singles at the University of Penn with an overall record of 12-5 (Fall 4-3, Spring 8-2).
Rachel Rubenzahl, one of our most vivacious students, started her athletic career as a swimmer. Winning many state and national tournaments, she picked up a tennis racquet and never looked back.She made the decision 2 years ago to attend the PCS school in Manhattan (Professional Childrens School), and is partially home schooled. Joining the Home School team afternoon and evenings, she has made huge strides in her ranking and ability to compete. With the goal of becoming a professional player, if she sets her mind to it, she will always achieve her goals. CourtSense cannot wait to see and encourage her progress through the years.
Sonia, our group scholar, has also joined the CourtSense Home School this year. Attending Stanford Online Home School program, her schedule is extremely demanding. Attending private classes all day, while squeezing in hours of fitness and tennis on her school break periods, she defines the word committed. Although Sonia is only 14, she continues to compete in the 18's tournaments, as she clearly lives her life striving for excellence. Sonia's goals include getting a great education, as well becoming a professional player. A plan CourtSense truly supports. We are all behind Sonia all the way, and expect that she will someday be a Doctor, Lawyer, Accountant and professional tennis player!