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MEET DIRECTOR of TENNIS - ALFONSO(Alfie) BACALJA

Alfie Bacalja was born in Madrid, Spain but grew up in Melbourne, Australia.  He began playing tennis at the age of 5 and fell in love with the sport very quickly.  By the age of 8 he was playing 6 hours a day and could never get enough.  He played tournaments almost every weekend of the year and achieved National recognition in Australia for his results and tenacity.  At 17 years of age he spent 18 months playing professionally and after a serious shoulder injury decided to come to the United States of America to play College Tennis.  After 4 years of college with a long list of accolades and achievements he still couldn't get enough and decided to teach the sport he loves most and share his passion for tennis with others.  Alfie is so excited to be your Director of Tennis at PPRSC and he is here for you and all your tennis needs.  Alfie loves working with all levels and ages and his love for the game is infectious.  He loves North Carolina, loves the outdoor feel, with both Mountains and Beaches so close.  He has 3 daughters, Annabelle, Sophie and Eleanor, who are the loves of his life.  If you see him around the club, go over and say G'day and introduce yourself.
 
Ranked no.13 in Australia in Singles Juniors
Ranked no.1 in Australia in Doubles Juniors
3 Time NAIA 1st Team All-American 
3 Time ITA 1st Team All-American
National Team Champions 2003
Undefeated Junior and Senior Years of College in Singles 64-0 (College record)
Coached over 50 state champions in the State of Oklahoma
coached 2 top 10 nationally ranked juniors
USPTA Certified
2010 5.0 National Runner Up



Program Mission

Teach the sport of a lifetime. We are committed to offering quality tennis instruction, while having fun and building each
student’s confidence in a safe and welcoming environment. While learning the game of tennis, from the basics to competing
at the highest levels, sportsmanship, fairness and honesty will be stressed. We believe in teaching individuals, not systems.

Our knowledgeable and fun-loving staff has over 50 years of teaching and coaching tennis experience. They are well-trained and
enthusiastic in their passion for teaching tennis and tennis-specific fitness.