Our Staff

Dinesh-smDinesh Rajagopalan

Owner

Dinesh Rajagopalan was formerly the sixth-ranked player in India. He  competed in the professional tennis circuit in the early eighties. Through the eighties he taught and played team tennis in Belgium. In 1989   Dinesh moved to the US and was appointed head professional at the Ivan Lendl Tennis Academy in Banksville, New York, where he worked for six years. The idea of owning and operating a tennis club was always his ambition and this became a reality in June of 1997 when Dinesh bought the New Milford Tennis and Swim Club from Suzy and George Kilberg.

Dinesh—who also works for National Iron Bank out of their Washington Depot Office as Mortgage Lending Officer—oversees all the operations of the club.  Dinesh's two sons Jonathan (who plays on the New Milford high School Team) and Alex are amongst the many promising young players that  train at NMTSC. Dinesh holds a master's degree from the Madras Presidency College, Madras, India.

large_Maria profileMaria Merante

Day-to-Day Management

You will almost always find Maria at the Club, where she has been making sure everything is running smoothly for 15 years! As the Office Manager, she is responsible for creating the best possible experience for our members and guests. Feel free to say hello when you see her!

Tennis Pros

Brad Harrington

brad-fullBrad brings years of coaching and playing experience to NMTSC. As the Ridgefield High School Boys Varsity Head Coach, he oversees both JV and Varsity teams, developing personalized training plans to suit each athlete's ability. He also brings this experience to his work with adults, creating teaching plans for Beginners, Amateur and Advanced Adult Clinics.

 

Eric Wade

Eric-smEric Graduated from Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2014. He majored in exercise science and received a tennis scholarship while playing on his college team. Eric is certified at the professional level by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). He has been playing tennis for over 12 years and is currently ranked in the top 20 in New England for singles. He has held the #1 ranking in the father-son doubles division for many years and he is a formerly ranked top 10 player in New England for men's open doubles. Eric is passionate about coaching and is inspired to help others achieve their goals. Eric is currently pursuing a degree in physical therapy.   This will be Eric’s 5th season with NMTSC.

 

Rob Howard

HeadCoachRobHowardRob Howard is currently the head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Post University in 2015. In 2014, he mentored ITA East Regional Singles Champions Liza Dubrovskaya and Martin Munoz. He played collegiately at Texas, and went on to a professional career in the sport, where he played out of the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy.

He currently resides in Ridgefield.

 

(Coach Sofresh) Suresh Ramamurthi

USPTA Certified Elite Pro since 1991
Personable & personalized approach to motivating students of all skill levels - inspiring them to set and achieve lofty and yet realistic personal goals.

Head Pro-Director of Instruction & Programming at South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida.

Trained all level of players from beginners to ATP & WTA PROFESSIONALS.

Successful college coach with 20 Conference & NCAA Regional Championships.

Tennis Director at summer camp in Craftsbury Common, Vermont.

Managed several summer country clubs and indoor tennis only facilities around the Philadelphia suburbs.

Founder & Promoter of Tri-Level Team Tennis involving Men's & Women's Teams in the Philadelphia suburbs. The USTA has embraced and taken this league nationally.

 

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