🌟PRESENT AND PAST COURTSENSE STARS🌟
Stephanie Yakoff has always remained the most focused and goal oriented player we have had. She has had tremendous success in all of her endeavors and has been for many years one of the most promising players in the US.She has won many national tournaments resulting in both a gold and silver ball, the most prestigious honors in junior tennis.
Currently Stephanie’s ranking is #7 in the Country and #1 in the East. She is also #5 in the country in her recruiting class.Stephanie’s favorite player throughout the majority of her young tennis career is Stan Wawrinka. She aspires to be a pro player and certainly is well on her way.
Ivan has been part of the CourtSense program since he was 4 years old, starting in the Red Ball tiny tots Tenafly Racquet Club group and progressing to one of the top juniors in the East and the US in the age groups for boys 12 and 14’s under.
He has had some unfortunate injuries in the past 18 months, however since March 2020 he has been able to train with continuity, and recently he played his first ITF junior event at an age of 15. We are very confident that with his hard work and dedication he is back on the path to reach his goals of playing the highest level of college tennis and a pro career.
In his free time Ivan loves doing other sports, watching comedy, and doing his homework
Home Schooled with CourtSense, Luka Butera is like family to the team. Spending our days with him there is so much to learn from his commitment and confidence.
Nicole Okhtenberg is one of the newest members of our CourtSense team. She has been playing tennis for 6 years and has a long list of accomplishments, including her highest ranking of #1 in Girls 12’s and #35 in Girls 14’s, although she has only been playing the 14’s since July 2020. As she is on court many hours a day, naturally her immediate response when asked about her hobbies was simply TENNIS.
Roger Federer has always been her favorite player and has developed a strong work ethic growing up watching him play. Nicole’s future goals are to become a Pro Player and win one of the Grand Slams some day.. We look forward to watching her many future wins..
Filip is another of our young stars that started playing tennis at CourtSense as a 5 year old in the Red Ball groups at Tenafly Racquet Club and has worked his way up to the High Performance program at Bogota Racquet Club.
Anirudh Dhanwada is one of our most improved and dedicated players. He has kept his motivation up and pushed himself throughout his 9 year tennis career. His commitment to the sport was made clear during the worst time of the pandemic.
As getting onto the courts was not as easy, Anirudh pushed himself to the limits with his fitness training. He was often seen in the parking lot of the club running, jumping rope, and working on various footwork drills. He came back stronger than ever and ready to win. Through his hard work he has earned the ranking on 15 in the East in Boys 14. Much like his favorite player Novak Djokovic, his drive to be a professional player is great; however, he will put this on hold to pursue his studies as he manages to succeed in the classroom as well as the courts.
Christina worked with CourtSense from 2006 through October, 2011, and from 2012 to 2013. We’re very proud of the fact that at the end of 2010, she achieved a WTA ranking of #106, which made her the highest ranked player for her age or younger in the world, and in the following years she got as high as #24 in the World. At the young age of 18 she had some very impressive results, including wins over Melanie Oudin, Victoria Azarenka, and Nadia Petrova.
Christina was the youngest girl in 2006 to receive a Wild Card invitation to the Junior US Open after winning the 18’s National Clay Court Championship. She won a Wild Card tournament and received an invitation to play in the 2009 Australian Open Singles tournament. After that match, she went on to win the Junior Australian Open Doubles title. The same year, she won the 18’s National Hard Court Championship title, earning her a Wild Card into the 2009 US Open.
At the US Open, she handily won her first match against the 81st-ranked player in the world 6-3, 6-1. This earned her the tremendous opportunity to play Maria Sharapova in a featured night match in Ashe Stadium, televised on ESPN during prime time. Her 2009 US Open debut ended that night, but at the time it showed millions of viewers of what was about to come.
Christina’s highest ranking was 24 in the world in 2012. She was a member of the 2012 US Olympic Team as well as the being a member of the US Fed Cup Team a number of times. She has had two impressive wins over Caroline Wozniacki while she held the #1 ranking in world, a win over the 2011 Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitová while ranked #2 in the world and a win over the 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli at the US Open. CourtSense will always be a home to Christina as she keeps striving for success on the pro WTA tour.
Sonia is part of the CourtSense Home School Team. 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. Sonia has been a top 30 recruit in the country and moving up, as she clearly lives her life striving for excellence. This gave her the opportunity to be recruited by some of the best schools and top program in the country, and she decided to join the UPenn team and get a spot at the prestigious Wharton School of Business. 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 Business Woman and a professional tennis player!
Luis trained with CourtSense for many years. In 2002, Luis was a Junior Wimbledon quarterfinalist and in 2003, he was ranked # 9 in the world in the ITF Juniors with wins over such notable players as Novak Djokovic and Marcos Baghdatis.
After junior tennis, Luis went on to play Division One tennis for the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In 2007, Luis was ranked #1 in the country in doubles, partnering with 6′ 10″ John Isner, and was top ten in singles, winning the NCAA Championship title with arguably the best men’s college team ever assembled. Luis achieved an ATP Ranking of 423 in the world.
Katie was part of the CourtSense High Performance Team for 4 years, from 2006-2010 and achieved many special results: 12-under: #1 national doubles ranking; #4 national individual ranking; and #1 USTA Eastern ranking Selected to participate in Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on Center Court of US Open; US National Open Champion in both singles and doubles. Top-100 national ranking in USTA 18-under; Southern Open Champion, Chapel Hill, NC, summer, 2009; ITF Canadian Open Doubles Champion, Fall, 2009; National 5-star recruit on Tennis.com; Katie attended Princeton University.
Ava Markham as a junior was ranked as high as #43 nationally in Girls 18@U. She trained with CourtSense from the age of 10. We have watched with pride, as she has grown into an aggressive competitor and focused player. A five -star recruit, she was quick to be recruited by many colleges, but ultimately chose University of Wisconsin, where as a freshman has started with a great record while maintaining her grades. We miss her upbeat and funny personality, but we are very happy that she is acclimating very well to college life.
Karl is one of our most talented players. He started with CourtSense, along with his sister Lilian 6 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; and got as high as top 150 juniors in the world. Karl was a Blue Chip on tennisrecruiting.net; this is the most prestigious ranking given; and it placed Karl within the top 20 college recruits in his class. He was heavily recruited by many top schools and at the end decided to join Princeton University. As a freshman he has had a great 2018-19 season, playing top 3 on a very competitive team in the Ivy League. 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. Go Karl and go Tigers.
Matthew Che, one of CourtSense most tenured students, is a great source of pride for us! At 18, his ambitions to get a great college education become a reality as he was just accepted at the Notre Dame, where he will be part of the very competitive tennis team, with the hopes of becoming a professional player after he graduates. Matthew has been playing since he was 7 years old, and joined the CourtSense family more than 9 years ago. Although he does participate in the highest level USTA national tournaments, in the past few months Matthew spends most of his time traveling the country and world playing ITF tournaments. Tennis is Matthew’s number 1 passion, but at all times you will catch him watching all sports, especially his second great love being baseball. We are so happy to spend our days with Matthew watching him grow on and off court, and confident that he will continue his path while at Notre Dame!
One of our most promising high performance players, Khyanna Singh, has been playing tennis since the age of 11 and has been Home Schooled at CourtSense for 3 years. At 17, she is in the midst of her college search with a few Division 1 schools already offering her full scholarship. Currently she is ranked #25 in the Eastern section, #305 Nationally, and her highest ITF rank is 667.
Her favorite tennis player is Alexandra Krunic, as they have a similar style of play. After she graduates from college, her intention is to join the Pro Circuit.
We expect to see great things from Khyanna in for the rest of her junior career days, her college as well as professional pursuits.
After winning the Junior International Tennis Tournament from Central America in 14 and under, she was chosen to be in the ITF/COTECC Central America and Caribbean Team Cosat Circuit 2009. Valeria also participated in the ITF/CAT African and World Team in the European Summer Tour 2009.
Valeria attended Syracuse University on a full scholarship and is currently getting her post graduate degree in England.