Elliot Pegg will be returning as the Director of Tennis for the 2019 club program at Southampton Racquet Club for his 5th year. Elliot is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, UK, and an accomplished player and Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) certified coach. His tennis background in the UK includes 5 years with David Lloyd Leisure in Ringwood and Oxford, as well as tennis camp experience in the US with Nike Tennis Camps and Carmel Valley Tennis Camp.
Elliot joined Cliff Drysdale Tennis in 2012 and worked at several award-winning resorts, clubs and camps (Stratton Mountain, VT, Red Ledges Club, UT and Amelia Island, FL) before taking on the Director position at Southampton in 2015.
Gabriella will be returning for her third summer at SRC managing the Tennis Pro Shop. She is graduating from Suffolk County Community College with an Associate’s Degree in graphic design. Gabriella has been playing tennis since she was 5 years old and a true passion for the sport. She uses her experience in graphic design and photography to promote the club using the different channels of social media!
She loves to jump into the morning tennis matches and spends her free time with her two rescue dogs at the beach, reading a good book, taking photos/designing and of course playing tennis!!
Alisa was born and raised in Donetsk, Eastern Ukraine. Before she moved to USA, she was training in Ukraine, traveling the world playing ITF and WTA tournaments. When she was 18, she received a full scholarship to play tennis at Oklahoma State University. During Alisa’s 4 years at OSU, she played #1 singles and #1 doubles in the team and graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Economics and a Master’s in International Trade.
In May 2012, Alisa pursued her tennis career relocating from Oklahoma to Miami. Alisa began working as a Tennis Professional and Assistant Director for Cliff Drysdale Management at The Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne, FL, where she gained a lot of experience in coaching and tennis operations. Alisa was promoted to a Director of Tennis position at Indian Creek Country Club, Indian Creek Village, FL in October 2014. During the off-peak season at ICCC, Alisa is excited to rejoin our club and be a part of our teaching staff for her third summer.
Andrej is originally from Belgrade, Serbia and has been practicing tennis since he was 9 years old. He has competed in all international junior categories (ETA and ITF) and achieved top 10 national rankings. Andrej is currently a junior at Alabama State University and he is also a member of the tennis team, Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), and the Honors program.
The summer of 2019 will be Andrej’s second year at the Southampton Racquet Club after a very successful 2018 season.
This is Matty’s 3rd season returning to Southampton Racquet Club and is looking forward to being part of the team once again. Matty has been playing tennis since the age of 3 and has been involved with his county team for 8+ years. He has also played in national standard tournaments during his time as a junior and across Europe in tournaments such as; The La Manga tournament in Spain and The Vilamoura tennis academy in Portugal.
Matty has been coaching players of all ages and ability for the past 5 years and has obtained an LTA level 2 in coaching and tennis foundation certificate in coaching wheelchair tennis. Matty has been full time with Cliff Drysdale Tennis since March 2018 coaching at some of the Cliff Drysdale’s most successful clubs such as Amelia Island, FL and Rancho Las Palmas, CA.
Luke currently competes at the Division II collegiate level in the US. Growing up in Auckland, New Zealand, Luke pursued college tennis as a way to continue his passion in the USA, and have a change of scenery while living in New York. Luke regularly competed in tournaments from the time he was 12, and after years of training and competing at local, and regional tournaments; he progressed to National tournaments, team events, and ITF competitions around New Zealand, Australia, and the South Pacific Islands.
This is Luke’s third summer in Southampton, having enjoyed the previous two summers, he is eager to begin his third. Luke regularly runs weekday clinics, many lessons at the club, as well as traveling to client’s private courts to perform lessons. For the past two summers, Luke has also maintained a good relationship with the Camp Director, and various Counsellors, running the Southampton Camp tennis for the children that attend.
Lauren, who is originally from Auckland, New Zealand will be joining the Cliff Drysdale team for the 2019 season. Lauren has been studying and playing tennis in the US for two years. In 2017, she received a full scholarship for tennis to the University of Houston, and has since transferred to play for the University of Arkansas, studying Business Management and Marketing. Throughout her junior career, Lauren was a regional and national representative for singles and doubles, being apart of the Fed Cup team that competed in Madrid, Spain in 2016.
Lauren comes from a strong tennis family and with a lot of coaching experience, having coached from the age of 15 in group clinics, kids camps, and as a hitting partner for up and coming juniors and fitness seeking seniors.
Both on and off the court, International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale is one of the most popular personalities in the international tennis community. Drysdale has devoted over four decades of his life to promoting the advancement of the tennis culture. His leadership and contributions span across an award-winning career as a professional player, his leadership roles in advancing Open Tennis and in the founding and presidency of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), a 30 year+ tenure as an ESPN tennis analyst, and the ownership of the tennis and sports management company, Cliff Drysdale Tennis.
Founded in 2001 by International Tennis Hall of Fame member Cliff Drysdale and partner Don Henderson, specializes in daily tennis operations and management for resorts, hotels and private tennis clubs; sports design and construction consultation for companies interested in building world-class tennis facilities; tennis educational programs, summer camps, clinics and retreats; and resort, hotel corporate outing planning and leisure operations. CDT is dedicated to growing the game of tennis and strives to develop, promote and teach new programs that bring more tennis to more people. As the sport continues to grow, as does the CDT commitment to hire, educate and advance talented tennis professionals that provide service excellence both on and off the court. Cliff Drysdale Tennis’ managed property portfolio currently boasts 27 tennis facilities nationwide, including multiple Gold, Silver and Bronze Medal ranked tennis resorts on Tennis Resorts Online’s Top 100 list. For more information, visit www.cliffdrysdale.com