Dennis Rizza - Former Director of Tennis (Retired in October 2017 after 31 years)

Dennis Rizza retired as Director of Tennis at The  Jack Kramer Club after 31 years in October 2017.  Currently residing in Palm Desert, Dennis continues to coach privately at JKC two days each week.  He has been one of the premier junior coaches in the country, having worked with most of the top junior players to come out of the South Bay.  Dennis, has arguably produced more college level players than any other coach in the country.  Thirty-eight years ago he started and still directs the Level 2, Woody Hunt South Bay Junior Tournament.  At one time it was one of the largest junior tournaments in the world.  In 2013, Dennis receive the Pete Brown, Southern California USPTA Life Time Achievement Award.  He has been an active member of the Southern California Junior Competition Committee for over 20 years.

In 1972 Dennis graduated from the University of Arkansas with a degree in Marketing. After a two year military commitment at Fort Sill, Oklahoma Dennis returned to Southern California and began his teaching career.

 Notable Achievements

  • Captain University of Arkansas Tennis Team (1971, 72, & 73)
  • Member of the All-Army Tennis Team (1974 & 73)
  • Intersectional Coach Boys 18 Southern California team (2 years)
  • Member of the Adidas National Advisory Staff, (36 years)
  • Member of the Yonex Advisory Staff (20 years)
  • USPTA Elite Professional   

Cecilia Fernandez Parker 

Cecilia has coached tennis at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club for over 30 years and enjoys instructing players of all ages and abilities.  Cecilia played on the Women’s Professional Tennis Circuit for 6 years, making over 10 Grand Slam tournaments while achieving a Top 100 World Singles Ranking.

Notable Achievements

  • Top 100 WTA Singles Rankings
  • Four-time All American and Two-time National Champion as a scholarship athlete at University of Southern California (USC)
  • Gold Medal winner at the World University Games held in Montreal, Canada
  • Ranked #1 in Southern California in 16U Junior Rankings
  • Ranked in the Top 10 Nationally as a Junior (ages 11 to 18)
  • Three-time member of the Junior Wightman Cup Team (each year the team is selected from top 10 players in the country)
  • Three-time member of the Junior Federation Cup (each year the team is comprised of the top 10 women in college tennis) 
  • Winner of Ojai Inter-Collegiate Singles Title
  • Two-time winner of Ojai Women’s Open Singles Title
  • Winner of numerous Open-level singles, doubles and mixed-doubles tournaments

Rylan Rizza 

Rylan Rizza grew up in the South Bay and developed into a top ranked USTA junior and touring professional at The Jack Kramer Club.  Son to Dennis Rizza, the Director of Tennis at the Jack Kramer Club.

Notable Achievements

  • Stand out junior tennis player at Peninsula High School, winning a CIF Championship (2000)
  • Top USTA junior winning prestigious Boys 16s Easter Bowl (2000)
  • Ranked Top 30 Nationally in Boys 18s
  • Athletic Scholarship to University of Virginia – Degree in Sociology (2006)
  • Lead University of Virginia to ACC Championship, and back to back ACC Conference Titles (2004/05)
  • #1 National Collegiate Team Ranking (2006) and All American in 2006 – University of Virginia 
  • ATP Career High - Singles #871
  • ATP Career High - Doubles 217
  • 10 ITF Futures Doubles Titles
  • Coached top ranked USTA juniors and WTA Top 100 - Mirijana Lucic, former semi-finalist at Wimbledon
  • Assistant Coach at LMU 2013-2016, leading team to highest national ranking to date #58

Trey Mason

Trey has taught tennis at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club for over 15 years and enjoys instructing players of all ages and abilities.  Trey played on the Women’s Professional Tennis Circuit for 8 years, achieving a world singles ranking of #35, and making 24 Grand Slam appearances.  

Notable Achievements

  • World Singles Ranking of #35
  • Avon Futures & Virginia Slims Singles and Doubles titles
  • 2-time All-American and 2-time National Team Champion while playing #1 Singles and Doubles at USC
  • NCAA Doubles Champion and Singles Semifinalist
  • Ranked #1 girls 16 & 18 Southern California
  • Ranked #3 National Girls 18 and under
  • National Hard Court Doubles champion 16 and 18 & under
  • World Team Tennis Team (L.A. Strings)
  • Winner of Ojai Inter-Collegiate Singles and Team Title
  • US Amateur Indoor doubles champion
  • Avon Futures & Virginia Slims Singles and Doubles Titles
  • Winner of numerous Open-level singles, doubles and mixed-doubles tournaments
  • USPTA member P-2 rating
  • USTA Jr. Wightman Cup – Head Coach
  • U.S.C. Women’s Assistant coach

Kip Brady

Kip has taught tennis at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club for the past 16 years. Growing up in a tennis family, Kip, his brother Kevin and sister Kara have started the famous Brady Camp which tours Southern California.

Notable Achievements

  • Formerly ATP World Ranked Touring Professional in Singles and Doubles
  • #1 Singles at UC Santa Barbara (1985 & 87)
  • NCAA All-American (1989)
  • Ranked NCAA Top 30 Nationally Division 1 (1989)
  • United States Professional Teaching Association National Champion
  • High School State Singles and Doubles Champion
  • Coach at USTA South Bay Training Center (1997-99)
  • Coach for Peninsula HS Boys Varsity Tennis Team (1997-01)
  • Achieved #1 Ranking in U.S as Coach for Peninsula H.S (2001)

Frederique Carver

Frederique has coached tennis at the Jack Kramer Tennis Club for the past 19 years. She was born in the Netherlands where she developed her tennis career at the age of seven.  Frederique's passion is coaching childern the fundmentals of the game with proper techinque, movement, and fun. 

Notable Achievements

  • Collegiate tennis player
  • Champion junior player in Holland 
  • USPTA certified

New to the JKC Tennis Professional Team - Please Welcome!

Jun Hirasawa -       

Jun has coached tennis in the South Bay over 15 years and enjoys working with world class to beginning level players.  Jun worked on the Men’s and Women’s Professional Tour as a International Player Service Manager at YONEX for over 10 years.  He has been an active member of the International Committee (Japan Tennis Association) for over 10 years and High Performance Division (Japan Professional Tennis Association) for over 7 years.

Notable Achievements

  • Worked with 5 World No.1 Singles players. (Monica Seles, Lleyton Hewitt, Martina Hingis, Ana Ivanovic, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario)
  • Worked with 6 World No.1 Doubles players. (Gigi Fernandez, Natasha Zvereva, Martina Hingis, Todd Woodbridge, Mark Woodforde, Peng Shuai)
  • Currently working with Tour players. (Zarina Diyas, Magda Linette, Saisai Zheng, Xu Yifan, Lu Yen Hsun, Peng Shuai) 
  • Certified Professional Coach at USA (USPTA & PTR), Japan (JPTA) and England (LTA). 
  • Assistant Tournament Director of Rakuten Japan Open (ATP 500) and Japan Women’s Open (WTA International)

Tennis Professionals​​

Jeff Tarango - Director of Tennis