Tommy Dixon, our General Manager and Tennis Director has been associated with Kildaire since 1981. Tommy is a 1976 graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill where he won six Atlantic Coast individual titles, four consecutive team championships, and played on four teams ranked in the top fifteen nationally. He has been a teaching professional since 1977 and works with players of all levels and abilities. IN January 2007, Tommy was inducted into the North Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame at Pinehurst, North Carolina.
Sandhya is a former top 500 WTA player who represented India In various Fed cups and holds 3 ITF Women's singles and doubles titles. She also played the junior Australian and French Opens reaching an ITF career high ranking of #77 in the world competing against players like Caroline Wozniacki and Dominika Cibulkova. In college, Sandhya played #1 singles and doubles for the NC State Wolfpack and helped her team reach a school record of #26 in NCAA as well as an individual ranking of #42 in singles and #7 in doubles.
John Panepinto is a PTR teaching professional with 25 years of coaching experience. A graduate of NC State, John is also a certified sports counselor and an authority on developing the mental side of peak performance. He has written articles for many organizations including the International Sports Professionals Association (ISPA). He has also developed and wrote the course "Developing Mental Toughness" for the ISPA.
Kirstie Marx, Director of Junior Tennis, has been a PTR tennis professional for over 25 years and has been a tennis pro at Kildaire Farms since 2005. In 2014, she received the Educational Merit Award from the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Kirstie has won numerous awards from the USTA NC and was awarded the 2009 Volunteer Service Award from USTA Southern. Kirstie is passionate about teaching tennis to all levels and offers private, group and homeschool clinics. She was the Director of Special Olympics Tennis for over 11 years and is a founding member of Abilities Tennis, a not-for-profit tennis organization that promotes tennis for people with special needs. Through her years of working with people with special needs, Kirstie wrote the PEAT school curriculum which is used throughout Wake County and other school systems. Kirstie has been married to her husband Rich for 24 years, and they have two daughters and a son-in-law. She attends Colonial Baptist Church. In her spare time, she loves to play tennis, read, travel and she is a published children’s book author.
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