🌟PRESENT AND PAST COURTSENSE STARS🌟
Stephanie Yakoff is one of our most focused and goal oriented players. At 12 years old, she has already established tennis as one of her priorities. Training both with the USTA and CourtSense, she has had tremendous success in all of her endeavors, and is currently one of the most promising players in the whole of US in her age. She has won a few national titles and has held the #1 ranking in the US for girls 12&under. We are extremely proud to have Stephanie on the CourtSense team, and know she will continue to amaze with her hard work and determination.
Matthew Che, one of CourtSense most tenured students, is a great source of pride for us! At 17, his ambitions are to get a great college education, with the hopes of becoming a professional player. Matthew has been playing since he was 7 years old, and joined the CourtSense family more than 8 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 waiting to see where he will continue his education and tennis!
Karl is one of our most talented players. He started with CourtSense, along with his sister Lilian 5 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 is 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. 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. This summer he also achieved a world ATP ranking in both singles and doubles and also committed to Princeton University.
JULIAN (JUJU) WU
Julian (JuJu) Wu is a name people know well. At age 14, he is currently ranked top 10 in the East in 14’s; and held the position of #1 in East in the 10’s, and top 3 in the 12’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.
Although only 14, Max Mazak is one our out toughest players. Max has been on the courts since the age of 4 training with his father; he joined the CourtSense family more than 4 years ago and has been one of our brightest stars. Although his training and tournament schedule is extremely demanding, his perfectionist nature helps him to maintain straight A’s in school. Max’s highest ranking was #4 in the East in the 12’s, he remains to be one of the best players in his age group in the Eastern section. He has either won or was a finalist in many tournaments, including Runner-Up in a Super Six. In Max’s down time, he loves to watch and play basketball. Although his dreams include becoming a professional tennis player, he would also love a career in any sports related field. We look forward to a very bright future from Max.
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 is a top 30 recruit in the country and moving up, 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! She has verbally committed to continue her tennis and education at UPenn’s Wharton School of Business.
Astro is rising 8th grader with a passion for drawing, table tennis, super heroes and tennis. If you ask him his future tennis goals he has only one answer and that is to be the Number 1 tennis player in the world. He is currently one of the top players in the section in his age group, and is competing at the highest level of sectional and national tournaments. His primary goal has been working on all the different aspects of his game with the goal of being prepared to achieve his best results in a few years. Favorite players are Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams and the young players coming up like Sasha Zverev and Frances Tiafoe. He has been playing seriously since 8 but picked up a racquet around age 5.
Leo started playing tennis when he was 6 and had his highest ranking at #15 in the East in the boys 16’s&U. When asked who his all-time favorite player is, his answer is easy: Damir Barisic, his current and longtime coach at CourtSense. His tennis goals are to play high level college tennis and get a great education. His most recent tournament win was the Super 6 for boys 16s and the qualification for the Sweet 16! We have watched Leo’s ranking skyrocket for the last 12 months and have learned there is no limit to his commitment, hard work, and potential.
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.
Over the past 5 years Bernarda has spent significant time training with our CourtSense team at our High Performance facility in Bogota. She first came to us as one of the most promising juniors from Croatia and with committed work and laser focus was able to keep progressing at all stages by first competing in the junior Grand Slams, and then starting in the “minor leagues” of pro tennis where she had great success and set herself up for a great 2017 and 2018 where this year has been highlighted by her reaching the 3rd round of the main draw of the Australian Open and playing the main draw of both Roland Garros and Wimbledon. This summer she reached her highest ranking of #68 on the WTA tour, and we hope that she keeps being able to progress up the rankings and bring her signature smile wherever she competes.
Matija Pecotic first came to Courtsense during his final year at Princeton University in 2013. 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 took his talents to the ATP circuit where in one year he went from a singles ranking of 1674 (2013) to 580 (2014). 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 had brought him his highest ranking of #207 on the ATP singles ranking list. 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 on and off the court. Last year Matija decided to stop his pro career as he got accepted in the Harvard Business School where he should be receiving his MBA in the spring of 2019.
Luis has 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.
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.
Lauren trained with CourtSense from 2006 to 2010 during which time ranked as high as 100 in the world in the ITF Juniors and became the #2 college recruit in the United States, helping her earn the #1 spot on the prestigious Princeton tennis team as a freshman. There, Lauren was awarded the “Ivy League Rookie of the Year”. She decided to transfer to North Carolina University for her sophomore, junior and senior year, where she received her college degree and along the way collected a couple of All-American awards and also lead the Tar Heels to #1 ranking in college tennis in her senior year. Lauren’s hard work and openness to our methodology enabled her to achieve these impressive milestones and she has since been very successful in her professional life off the court.
Since Katie Goepel has been playing USTA events, she has netted the following honors and high rankings:
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.
Rima joined CourtSense in 2010, and her ability to learn and her commitment to constant improvement was an inspiration to all of her teammates as well as her coaches. We watched with pride as she got accepted at Columbia University and played on the team for 4 years, while getting her degree.
Valerie Shklover,a CourtSense student from 2010 to 2012. She graduated as one of the best high school players and a top 50 recruit in the country, and become part of the Yale Univerity’s women’s team.
Alexandra Sabe was part of the CourtSense family for 6 years , and is known to be one of the most dedicated and committed players 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 on a full tennis scholarship, she has lead this team to many successes! As a junior Alex achieved 226 ITF ranking.
Arielle Shuren, one of our former Star Power players, was part of the CourtSense High Performance Team for 4 years. She joined us with a long list of accomplishments, and continued to excel, where as a full scholarship player at Delaware University was able to get her college degree. She is currently getting her Masters Degree in Exercise Science and still shows up in our facilities to spend some time on and off the court with our most promising young players.
Lilian Poling is one of our former top players, who will always be remembered as great role model for everyone around her. An elegant player on and off the court, with great energy that led her to a full scholarship at Boise State. Lilian trained with us for 4 years, and her achievements have always been spectacular. She was 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 younger brother, Karl, whom has also been one of our star players.
Valeria Salazar, a student of Carlos Cano since she was ten, has been training with CourtSense program since March 2008, At only 16, Valeria had won many national championships in Mexico: 10, 12, and 14 and under.
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.
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. Alexa was part of the CourtSense High Performance team for 3 years, and was accepted in Air Force where currently she is going through her first year.