TENNIS 101 - specializing in high quality private and group tennis instruction for adults and children in Orange County, California
Greg Langdon has been teaching tennis in southern California for over twenty five years.
Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, Greg's career as a tennis instructor began in
1983, as manager and assistant pro of the Beverly Hills Tennis Center. Two years later he
became Head Professional.

In 1986, Greg’s reputation as a specialist in teaching the fundamentals of tennis continued
to grow quickly. With a burgeoning clientele, he formed his own tennis instruction company,
Langdon’s Professional Tennis, which he operated in Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles
until his relocation to Orange County in 1992.

In 1993, he was then appointed Executive Director of the California Division of the
States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) the national trade association for tennis
Greg Langdon
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teaching professionals. Among the many accomplishments during his three-year tenure, he created and published
'ProFile', the bi-monthly divisional newsletter, and created and coordinated the inaugural Southern California Tennis
Convention. In 1994, he received the highly coveted
Professional of the Year award.

In 1995 he founded
TENNIS IOI, an independent tennis instruction business in south Orange County, specializing in
private and group instruction for beginning adults and children. He has been Director of Tennis for the
Aliso Viejo
Community Association tennis program in the city of Aliso Viejo, one of the first recreational programs developed for
the new city, offering year-round instruction for groups of all ages and levels.

In January, 2009,
TENNIS 101 was awarded the contract to provide tennis professional services to the City of
Newport Beach at Mariners Park. In conjunction with his instructors, he is proud to bring a new level of
professionalism to the tennis program in Newport Beach, providing group lessons five days per week for children,
teens, and adults, as well as the extensive summer tennis camp program, conducted by TENNIS 101 subsidiary,
Tennis Camps.

Throughout his career, Greg has built a formidable reputation and successful business on his patient and dedicated
work with children, and his care and attention to detail when working with adults.

Certifications: USPTA, Professional 1
PTR, Affiliate Member
Affiliations:  United States Tennis Association, Lifetime Member

Sponsorship: Prince National Team member
"Greg is a great teacher - concise in his directions, very
encouraging, and he promotes a fun learning environment."
- Michael Botros, Aliso Viejo
TENNIS 101 - specializing in high quality private and group tennis instruction for adults and children in Orange County, California
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John Craig
As Director of Junior Development, John brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience
to the programs of TENNIS 101

As a college player, John started in singles and doubles for Palomar College in San Diego,
and in 1983 played for San Diego State. John also attended Harry Hopman’s Advanced
Player Academy in Saddlebrook, FL during the summer of 1982. At the same time, he
worked as a tennis professional at the Courtyard in Escondido, and coached at Rancho
Bernardo Inn Tennis College. After college, John continued to play regional tournaments
while working as the Club Manager and Head Pro at Tennis Escondido, between 1985-86.
Over the years, John has always been a student of the game, and has learned from, and
worked with, a variety of successful coaches including Dan Spies, Ian Russell, and Phil Dent.
in San Diego and the Tournament Director for the CHOC Padrinos Tennis Classic (in Orange County) for 5 years, In
1986, John was appointed Director of Tennis at John Wayne Tennis Club, and served as resident pro at the Four
Seasons Resort & Hotel in Newport Beach for 5 years.

He brings to our
TENNIS INTENSIVES program a teaching philosophy that combines traditional methods with
contemporary technique defined as the modern game, adhering to the core principles of sound fundamentals while
enabling each player to develop their own style.

Certification: USPTA, Professional 1
Kristi Atkinson
Now a seasoned instructor and an extremely valuable asset to our tennis camp
programming in Aliso Viejo and Newport Beach, Kristi actually takes her original court
experience from a volleyball court.  She played on the Women’s Professional Beach player
and coach, she has now transitioned into full-time tennis instruction with flying colors.  

In addition to her knowledge of, and passion for, the sport of tennis, Kristi understands the
strategy and skills of singles and doubles and still plays competitively herself. Moreover, she
has dedicated her tennis instruction career to passing along her techniques for learning the
fundamentals, in a patient, detail-oriented, and enthusiastic style.

For four years she was an assistant on her son's and daughter’s JV and Varsity tennis
teams at San Clemente High School.  Last season she was on the tennis coaching staff at Mater Dei working with
the girls frosh-soph team. Most recently, she has spent time understudying the philosophies and techniques of the
Brandon Ferris
state. His experience as a competitive player and Junior Varsity and Varsity high school
tennis coach brings a wealth of experience to our programs for juniors and adults alike.

A graduate of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, with a degree in Journalism,
Brandon began his tennis teaching career as a volunteer USTA instructor in 1997 for Lee
Community Tennis Association, in Lee, MA. After spending a number of years in the private
education system, he returned to coaching as Boys Head Tennis Coach at Cardigan
Mountain School in Canaan, NH, in 2003.

Also in 2003, he received his Professional 1 certification with the United States Professional
Tennis Association.
In 2005, he relocated to Lafayette, CO where he coached the Boys Junior Varsity and Varsity tennis teams at
Alexander Dawson School. From 2008-2010, he was the Head Tennis Coach at Saint Georges School in Spokane,
instructor at North Park Racquet and Athletic Club.

Having recently relocated to Laguna Niguel with his wife and two young children, we welcome Brandon to our team.

Certification: USPTA Professional 1