The heartbeat of The Bridges tennis programs lies in our tennis staff. Each pro brings his or her own teaching technique, experiences, talents & energy to the ‘teaching game.’ And as with any endeavor, it is one thing to do something well, and another to have the insight and skills to know how to teach it with clarity, fun and the ability to bring the best out in the student. Our pros have proven, again and again, their commitment to the art of instructing the art of tennis.
Director of Tennis and Resort Programs
Errol was born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa where he grew his love for the game of tennis. Errol is a graduate of The University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business Finance and Marketing. He played #1 singles and doubles for WITS and served as chairman of the tennis club. Errol is a certified PTR Teaching Professional and is currently obtaining the highly prestigious Master of Tennis (M.O.T) qualification. Errol loves to teach the game and truly believes that tennis is one of the great lifetime sports that can be enjoyed by all.
For over 20 years Curt Johnson has been coaching juniors, adults and training other pro’s to coach. He has been Director of Tennis at Sports & Fitness Edge (Vermont’s largest tennis club), The Burlington Tennis Club and Head Pro for New England Tennis Holidays. Curt has also had year-end rankings of #1 in Vermont in both singles and doubles. Curt is a 6 handicap golfer and an avid outdoorsman with a passion for rock/ice climbing, hiking and skiing. Photography and film making are other new interests.
Charlie was born and raised in Connecticut and has been playing tennis since he can remember. Starting his collegiate career at Ohio University, he succumbed to the allure of the ski-bum life out-west, but was smart enough to turn his passion for competitive tennis into a passion for teaching the game. As a 25+ year veteran of the industry, Charlie has taught throughout the country, including Taos, NM, The Hamptons, Montclair, NJ, and Vermont. He still enjoys playing competitively and has held USTA National Rankings in multiple senior divisions. A USPTA Certified professional, Charlie enjoys teaching all levels and ages with a particular fondness for coaching strategic match-play in both singles and doubles. When not on the tennis court, Charlie is likely to be debating a non-compliant Corgi named Daisy.
The Bridges Resort is pleased to welcome back Ross Greene who first taught at here in 2008. After his time at the Bridges, he ran a successful program as the Tennis Director at Sugarbush Resort and worked with a New England Tennis Holidays. He also spent a summer working at a private tennis club in Southampton, New York. Ross has 10+ years teaching experience and has held certifications from the United States Professional Tennis Association and the United States Professional Tennis Registry. Ross played his college tennis at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania and continues to participate in local tournaments when he can.
Carolina grew up in Palma de Mallorca, Spain which is the same home city as Rafael Nadal. As a junior she was coached by Joan Bosch who also coached Carlos Moya for the past 7 years. Carolina has played professional WTA International tournaments around the World. She was ranked 20th in Spain and 644 (WTA). Carolina is currently a nursing student-athlete at Armstrong State University in Savannah, Georgia. She received the National “Player to Watch” award in 2014. She is a two time Conference Champion (2014, 2015) and National Champion (2015). Last summer, Carolina taught tennis in The Hamptons, NY and is looking forward to her first summer at The Bridges.
Francesca was born in Tubarao, a small town in Brazil. At 13 years, she moved to Balneario Camboriu to practice at Itamirim Clube de Campo which is a high performance training program. This program is well known for the best players and coaches of South America including her head coach, Ivan Kley, a former #184 player in the world. Francesca has won many national and South America tournaments such as Unimed and CreditCard Tour. Her best ranking was 5th in Brazil at 16 years old. When Francesca turned 17, she went to Germany to play Interclubs for 2 months. She represented Grefelfing Tennis Club at the #1 position. In 2011, she moved to Austin, TX and played for St. Edward’s University on a full tennis scholarship. Francesca recent graduated with a 3.91 GPA, and double majored in International Business and Marketing.
Nigel is a USPTA/PPTA certified coach originally from Australia. He has been training players on the east coast for the last 15 years. In Australia, Nigel was a representative player for several sports but chose tennis as his passion and his career. Getting a wide influence in different sports gave him a unique perspective on performance at a high level. With 20 years of experience in developing tennis players, he has a special set of tools to understand how the body learns and repeats new skills. Nigel was the Junior Director for the A.C.T (Australian Capital Territory) and a Cardio Tennis Trainer for TCA (Tennis Coaches Australia). Nigel has worked with companies on the leading edge of junior tennis in both Australia and America. As Director of the Yonkers Tennis center, Nigel helped establish the 10/U pathway in the NY area and ran the first USTA U/10 tournaments. Nigel is a founding member of Upstarz. A website under construction that gives players the accessible tools to compare and improve their skills online. Incorporating video analysis into a lesson is something Nigel has had great success with.