Tuckahoe is proud to work with TopNotch Tennis for all of our tennis programs. TopNotch Tennis is one of the largest and most successful outdoor tennis programs in the McLean, Arlington, and Falls Church area for children and adults. Their goal is to create a fun, yet competitive tennis environment that is conducive to learning this great life-long sport! For more information, please contact TopNotch at: 703-559-5887.
Mani Barajas-Alexander, USPTA, USPTR
Founder & Director of Tennis
Mani has been coaching for 17 years at some of the areas' premiere tennis facilities. Mani has extensive experiences working with players of all ages and skill levels. He played Division I collegiate tennis at Longwood University where he was a 4-year starter, singles and doubles MVP, and team captain. In addition, he coached high school tennis for 7 years, and helped lead the Potomac School Boys varsity team to two state championships in 2014 and 2017. Mani is a certified Coach with both the United Station Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and United States Professional Tennis Registry (USPTR).
Ivan Pizarro, USPTR
Site Director - Tuckahoe Recreation Club
Ivan holds a professional level certification in Junior and Adult Development with USPTR, a certification in teaching Cardio Tennis, a high performance certification from Bolletieri IMG Tennis Academy, and a Provisional Sports Psychology certification from California Southern University. He has been coaching for 15 years, 13 specifically in the Northern Virginia area and currently, Ivan serves at the middle and upper school tennis coach for The National Cathedral School and The Potomac School. Prior to professional coaching, Ivan played NCAA Div. II. tennis at Salem International University where he obtained his Bachelor degree in International Business.
Head Tennis Pro
Nahom is a USPTR certified tennis professional with 6 years of teaching experience. He has taught the last several years at Fairfax Racquet club working with players of all ages and skill levels. Nahom was a 4 year Varsity player at Centreville High School playing the #1 singles and doubles positions for all 4 years. He recently graduated from George Mason University with a B.S. degree in Health, Fitness, & Recreational Resources with a concentration in Sports Management. Nahom is originally from Arlington, VA and has recently signed a sponsorship with Head Tennis.
Assistant Head Tennis Pro
Dylan is an enthusiastic new member of the TopNotch Tennis team. He encourages a fun and positive atmosphere in his classes. He has been teaching tennis since 2014 with a history of success in USTA tournaments. Dylan is new to the area, moving from South Georgia; has experience in adult and junior leagues in a highly competitive region. He was 4-time All-Region in high school and won a State Championship with his USTA Junior Team. Dylan is also USPTA certified.
Skylar Morton is a USPTR certified tennis coach and former professional tennis player from Bethesda, MD. Skylar has been playing tennis since the age of 4 and has achieved a junior career high ranking of no.2 in the nation for girls 18 & under. Skylar brings over 20 years of tennis playing, teaching and coaching experience to our locations. With 8 years of coaching experience training all ages and levels she became an ITF international travel coach in 2016 and has had numerous players receive full D1 college scholarships. Skylar brings a unique mix of the highest level of tennis coaching and tennis playing experience to the table and is confident that she can meet every need a player might have.