Tennis Staff

Tommy Dixon

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 Tommy Dixon is our General Manager and USPTA Tennis Professional.  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 Nagaraj

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 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

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 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

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 Kirstie Marx is a USPTR Tennis Professional and joined our staff in 2005.  She has been a tennis professional since 1992, coached at Meredith College, and is Director of Tennis for the N.C. Special Olympics.