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2020 Staff Introductions

ELLIOT PEGG (Tennis Director)

Elliot Pegg will be returning as the Director of Tennis for the 2019 club program at Southampton Racquet Club for his 6th 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 and a Regional Director position in 2019.

LUKE TAPLIN  (Head Pro)

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 fourth summer in Southampton, having enjoyed the previous three summers, he is eager to begin his fourth. Luke regularly runs weekday clinics, many lessons at the club, as well as traveling to client’s private courts to perform lessons.

ANDREJ TRAJKOVSKI  (Pro)

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 2020 will be Andrej’s third year at the Southampton Racquet Club after a very successful 2019 season.

JOHNNIE CARMICHAEL  (Pro)

Johnnie Carmichael is originally from the UK. He has spent his last 2 years competing at University of North Dakota. Johnnie is Level 2 accredited LTA coach and has a great passion for the game. Johnnie is a Finance and Investments student at University of North Dakota and is looking to pursue his MBA in the future.

ANA CASTILLO  (Pro)

Ana currently competes at the Division I collegiate level in North Carolina. She is from Venezuela and decided to come to the USA to continue playing high level tennis while also getting an academic education. Ana has been playing tennis sisnce she was 5 years old. She represented her country 6 times in a row in Southamerica, and she was number one ranked nationally in every category she played. She played several ITF in Venezuela and other Latin American countries before coming to the US.  This will be Ana’s first summer in Southampton, after spending the past two summers working with Cliff Drysdale as well in Stratton Mountain, Vermont.

LUKAS BUTH  (Pro)

Originally from Germany, Lukas Buth will be joining our team this summer. In May, Lukas graduated with his Bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota where he also played 3 years of tennis. He is a Level 2 accredited LTA coach and has been teaching both individual lessons and group lessons for 7 years in his hometown, Kaiserslautern. With his enthusiasm for the sport and his experience teaching all levels, Lukas is excited to be joining the Cliff Drysdale community.

CLIFF DRYSDALE, Founder & President

Professional Biography

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.

About 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