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Professional Tennis Staff

Teaching Professionals

Our Pro Staff offer expert instruction for all levels of play. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned competitor we can help you to improve your game.

Click on a Professional's name below to see their Bio.

You do not have to be a member to take lessons however we have special non-member rates.

Tennis Director, Shikha Singh


Lesson Rates

Tennis Director

Shikha Singh
$60.00 per hour private (members)
$70.00 per hour private (non-members)
 

Tennis Professionals

Patrick Derr
Gina Craig-Misenhelder
Jasa Pohara
$60.00 per hour private (members)
$70.00 per hour private (non-members)

Pro Staff Bios

Shikha Singh

Tennis Director

Shikha joined the staff at the Racquet Club in April 2014. Shikha is USPTA certified and has spent the last twelve years at the St. Pete Tennis Center since his graduation from Eckerd College.

Shikha's homeland is Mumbai, India where he was ranked #1 in the country as a junior. Shikha played professional tennis and also played #1 singles and doubles for four years at Eckerd College where he spearheaded the best winning record in Eckerd history.

Patrick Derr

Staff Professional

Patrick is originally from Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Kent State University and played four years at #1 singles earning his degree in speech/communications in 1995. Patrick is USPTA certified. As a high school coach, his Lancaster Catholic High School team was undefeated and state champions. Before relocating to St. Pete, Patrick was the Head Professional of the Princeton Tennis Program in NJ. He instructed thousands of children and adults with a consistent mix of fun, technique, and strategy.

Gina Craig-Misenhelder

Staff Professional

Gina was born and raised in St. Petersburg, graduating from Canterbury High School. She then received tennis scholarships to play for the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and then for the University of South Florida. She graduated from USF with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. She is a USPTA certified professional tennis instructor. She has worked at Hunter's Green Country Club, Bardmoor Golf and Tennis Club, and the Renaissance Vinoy. She has taught players of all ages and levels. She was Northside Christian School's varsity tennis coach for five years. Gina was also selected to be a USTA Team Zonal's tennis coach for the Florida Section. She is also a certified Personal Trainer.

Jasa Pohara

Staff Professional

Jasa is originally from Croatia. Growing up in Europe he competed actively in playing competitively in Munich, Bosnia and Croatia. He then attended Pinellas Park High as the #1 singles and doubles at the local and state levels. He is a SPC graduate and is pursuing a bachelors of science in sports management. Jasa also worked at the Mc Mullen Tennis Center as a teaching professional before joining the racquet club in 2015. Jasa is USPTA certified and experienced in working with different age groups including children and adults.