PROGRAMS & CLASSES
Our programs are designed for all ages and abilities and set in a fun, positive environment by teaching skills, drills, and games through age-appropriate progressions.
An Access Pass is Required for Participation in all Junior Programs.
ETC has a great lineup of adult classes for every level. Program sessions are generally 5-week sessions, with the exception of Summer and Holiday sessions.
Sign up for one, two, or more days a week. We offer flexible options each week to fit your busy schedule. Space is limited and is filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
Unsure of your level?
Schedule a one-on-one assessment with one of our instructors to connect you with opportunities appropriate for your current level.
An Access Pass is Required for Participation in all Adult Programs.
Matchplay opportunities are available for adult players who want to play competitively. Eastside Tennis Center sponsors several opportunities year-round for all levels including Seattle Cup Tennis, Ladies Flights and USTA leagues for men, women and mixed teams in all divisions.
An Access Pass is Required to Join a League at ETC.
Germán Sánchez Barajas
Director, NextGen Elite Program
Germán Sánchez Barajas was born and raised in Bogota, Colombia where he competed in national tournaments as a junior player. He attended Universidad Javeriana in Bogotá where he obtained his Bachelor degree in Industrial Engineering. During these years Germán played national college competitions.
After moving to the Seattle area in 2016, Germán joined NWHPT at ETC working with both the academy and the developmental programs. He led the 10&under program helping young talents develop their game while progressing through the Junior Excellence pathway.
Germán has coached at USTA PNW Team USA camps and has been the PNW coach in the Pacific Coast 10’s Exchange in 2017 and 2018. He’s currently the USTA PNW Early Development Camp Faculty coach.
Certifications: USTA High Performance Development Certified, USTA Net Generation Certified, USPTR Coach, Certified by Academia Sanchez-Casal as a Professional and Competition Coach.
In his own words, "I am very passionate about tennis, trying to keep myself updated learning new skills to help my players. I enjoy spending time with the kids and give them a hand to reach their goals. I strongly believe that hard work, discipline and perseverance are the keys to get to your goals."
Recreation Team & Adult Program Manager
Rob Box was born and raised in Bellevue, WA. He began his tennis career in 1978 with lessons through the Redmond Parks Department and Marceil Whitney. His passion for tennis continued throughout his seasons on the Sammamish High School Boys Team, and on the Seattle University Men's Tennis team where he received a 4-year Athletic scholarship. Rob's teaching career began as an assistant instructor at Robinswood Tennis Center in Bellevue and evolved into Tennis Professional positions with Mark Frisby Tennis Academy, PNW Adidas Tennis Camps, and The Edgebrook Club. He was a Head Tennis Professional at The Samena Club and Mercerwood Shore Club. Most recently he was a tennis Professional at Mill Creek Tennis Club. He also spent 5 years as the Assistant Manager of Avanti Sports in Bellevue.
Adult Coach & Orange and Green Ball Program Manager
Ted Kim joined TOPs in 2019 as an Adult Coach and Orange and Green Ball Program Manager. Ted was a member of the top 10 team at Seattle University Men's Varsity Tennis Team, where he earned a degree in accounting. After a time in banking as a branch manager Ted returned to his calling as a Tennis Professional. He has 18 years coaching experience most recently at Mill Creek Tennis Club where he directed the high performance junior programs and coaching multiple adult teams to national championships. He cultivated long term private lesson clientele and a devoted following with his high energy style and great command of tennis technique.
Adult and Junior Teaching Professional
Roman brings his passion for tennis while instructing our youth at ETC. Roman was a standout high school player at Lake Washington High School. Roman is an active competitor in the local adult tennis scene and completes as a highly rated 5.0 rated tennis player.
Red Ball & Youth Coach
Ahn Li has instructed youth tennis classes at ETC since joining the staff in 2017. He has been teaching 10 and Under Tennis for over 4 years and previously taught for TGA of Greater Seattle. As an avid tennis player, he enjoys competing in USTA league and tournaments and volunteering in the local community to spread the game of tennis.
Red Ball Program Manager
Travis Roach is the manager of TOPs Red Ball Program. A Seattle native, Travis has coached extensively across the region from Ballard High School, UW Nordstrom Tennis Center, Mercer Island Beach Club, and Woodinville Sports Club. As a founding member of TOPs, Travis was instrumental in building the "Tennis for Everyone" vision at Eastside Tennis Center. “I am privileged to be a part of such a special organization that is Tennis Outreach Programs (TOPs). Our volunteers, board members and staff’s commitment to making a difference in the lives of youth and community is truly inspiring. We, as a community, have a special opportunity now to reach even more youth and at a deeper level thanks to our great supporters, our first-class facility and because of the vision and dream of our founder Marceil Whitney.”
USPTA Professional Fitness Coach
Mike Walter has had a lifelong passion for tennis. He was a top ranked junior from New Mexico and earned a tennis scholarship to Washington State University where he played 1988-1993. He is a USPTA certified tennis professional and also owns and runs the Fit2Hit Pro Shop at ETC. He loves working with juniors and adults in attaining their individual tennis goals. Mike actively captains 5.0 USTA teams and competes in Pacific Northwest tournaments as well as in National 45 tournaments. In 2016, Mike picked up a Pickleball paddle and began playing and competing in local & national Pickleball Tournaments. In November 2019, he won a Gold Medal in singles in the Margaritaville National Pickleball Championships in Indian Wells, CA . Mike was a founding member of the Tennis Outreach Programs (TOPs) organization. He joined the board in 2007 and has played a key role in through the years of growth and change. While on the board he has helped drive initiatives around fundraising, business strategy & development.
NextGen Elite Coach
Wendell Watanbe is a NextGen Elite Coach. Wendell is originally from Duvall, Washington. He is the eldest of 4 siblings, all competitive tennis players. He reached a #1 ranking in PNW Section for Boys 18-and-Under in 2012 and was ranked top 200 nationally. Wendell went on to play 4 years of varsity tennis for University of Washington and served as Team Captain his junior and senior years. While at UW he received his Master of Education degree in Intercollegiate Athletics Leadership (Coaching Track). He was named to the Pac-12 All- Academic Second Team in 2017 and received an Honorable Mention in 2016. In his own words, "Seeing people grow through sports right before your eyes is a special and fulfilling experience! I love the mission at TOPs and the things we do for the tennis community on the Eastside."
Red Ball Assistant Coach
Tim Wong is a Coach and facility assistant. He loves to coach, string racquets, and help around the center. Tim lives in Sammamish and enjoys spending time with family and friends.