Bethel Parks & Recreation
Easton Parks & Recreation
Fairfield Recreation
Indoor tennis at the Newtown Youth Academy
Milford Recreation
Monroe Parks & Recreation
Newtown Parks & Recreation
Old Greenwich Riverside Community Center
Orange Park & Recreation
Redding Park & Recreation
Stratford Recreation
Sylvan Tennis Club
Westport Continuing Education
Wilton Recreation
Wilton YMCA
Woodbridge
   About Us

Greg Sansonetti

Greg has been teaching tennis for twenty two years. Greg is currently Co–Director of Stratford, Easton, Newtown, Fairfield, Orange and Wilton Parks and Recreation tennis programs which includes both adult and junior instruction. Greg also runs tennis programs through Bethel Parks & Recreation, Monroe Parks & Recreation, and Redding Park & Recreation.

Greg’s competitive tennis experience began at Bunnell High School where he earned Conference MVP status and was Class M State Champion. Greg continued his winning streak in Trumbull’s USTA League Tennis 5.0 Team as the team’s top singles player. Greg’s team advanced to the finals in the 1998 USTA New England Sectional Championships. Greg also finished as a finalist in the New England Men’s Open tournament in Wellsley, MA and as a semifinalist in the Men’s Open in Madison, CT. Greg has taught at various clubs throughout Fairfield County including Weston Racquet Club, New Canaan Racquet Club,Westport Tennis Club and Sylvan Tennis Club.

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Performance/Sport Science and personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise, Greg has a special interest in sports-specific training for competitive tennis. Greg also carries USTA Sport-Science certification and is a member of the United States Professional Tennis Registry.

In 2009 Greg won 4 New England Open Men's Doubles Tournaments and was ranked 3 in New England.

Greg and his wife, Courtney, won the First Niagara Family Classic Tournament Husband/Wife division in August of 2011 and again in 2013.


Dave Kardas

Dave has been teaching tennis for over eighteen years and is the Tennis Director of Milford Recreation. 

A member of the USPTA and USPTR since 1998, Dave has taught at several local clubs including Madison Racquet Club, Sylvan Tennis Club, Tennis Club of Trumbull, Westport Tennis Club, Tennis Central, Roton Point, and New Canaan Racquet Club. Dave has also coached the Boys and Girls teams at Joseph A. Foran High School in Milford.

In addition to local tennis clubs, Dave has taught at several resorts in the Caribbean including Coral Reef in Barbados, Coyaba in Jamaica, and Sandals St. Lucia, and several other resorts.  Dave has also taught with former APT Pro, Tom Gullikson as well as Tim Mayotte in workshops. 

Dave has written articles for New England Tennis magazine and received an award for “Public Tennis Facility” in 2002 from the Fairfield County Advocate

Dave continues to run sanctioned tennis tournaments, charity, and social events.


Jacob Kreimer

Jacob is a native of Brazil with over 40 years of experience in the tennis industry. Jacob has served as an international junior, college and satellite level pro. He has also designed and developed Tiny Tots, a program that has proven to be effective in developing motor coordination, the fundamentals of tennis, and the love for the game in children ranging from 3 to 7 years in age.

Since 1982, Jacob has coached both juniors and adults at various locations in New York and Connecticut. Jacob has worked with top world class professionals like Martina Navratilova and Ivan Lendl. As a player, Jacob has won the 1996 National 5.0 League and he was a finalist at the National Doubles 35’s Grass Court. Additionally, Jacob worked as an announcer for ESPN International where he covered the tennis world for 13 years.

Jacob is looking forward to working with children, men and women of all levels of play, helping to develop a fun and healthy atmosphere at the parks and recreation grounds.


John Barbaria

John played high school tennis, both doubles and singles.  He played doubles in the state tournament both as a Junior and Senior on the varsity team.


As an adult, John began his teaching career for Norwalk Parks and Recreation from 1971-1973 teaching youth and adult lessons. In addition he organized end of summer tournaments.  During the summer of 1974 John was the assistant to the head pro at Camp Berkshire.  The camp participants traveled to other area camps for match play.  In 1974 John became the Assistant Pro at Trumbull Racquet Club (at the time the head pro was his high school tennis coach).  In the summer of 2004 John, along side Colin Lea, worked for Milford Recreation teaching youth tennis lessons.  John has been with Greg and Dave (now FCT) since 2004 working in many towns, and has been the Head pro at the Wilton Summer Camp for the past 6 summers.  In addition to working at FCT, John will return for his seventh summer at Longshore Club Park teaching youth tennis in the afternoons. In the spring and fall John also provides instruction to children and adults in Fairfield, Stratford and Orange.  For the fall and winter months, John teaches at Sylvan Tennis Club in Westport. 

Being able to teach a game he is passionate about to everyone who wants to learn and allow them to have fun while improving their skills is something he will always cherish and never take for granted. This is central to John’s philosophy as a tennis instructor and coach.


Pat DeNigris

Pat, a member of United States Professional Tennis Registry, has been playing tennis for 41 years. As a player, Pat has won several local tennis tournaments. From 1980 to 1992, Pat not only played tennis but worked with many stars, directors, and producers in the motion picture and Broadway theatrical industry from New York to Hollywood.


Pat is certified by the USPTR in Teaching Advanced Stroke Production, Growing Kids, Growing the Game, Match Play Drills for Singles and Doubles, Teaching Today’s Modern Game with a Ball Machine and Mental Game Mastery.

This is Pat’s sixth year with FCT. Pat is an instructor in several towns for both indoor and outdoor programs. During the 2008-09 season, Pat coached the USTA Westport Tennis Team.

Pat, in conjunction with the Wilton YMCA, completed Redwoods Institute Risk Management Training. 

For Pat, teaching tennis is a privilege, one that should not be taken lightly. He enjoys being entrusted to individuals of all ages who share an interest in a sport that he loves to play, and he is pleased that he can impart his knowledge of the game with others. For children, it is developing the fundamentals and a passion for the game. Drawing out the competitive spirit in teens and playing smarter tennis is his goal. And for adults, creating a game they can play and enjoy forever. For everyone, FUN!


Tim Downey

Tim is a former top ten nationally ranked men’s tennis player having reached #9 in the country in the 21 and under men’s, and top 500 on the men’s ATP computer in 1980. While playing the Satellite Tour, Tim possessed one of the fastest recorded serves in men’s tennis at 142 miles per hour. Tim has played against such great players as John McEnroe, Ivan Lendl, Paul Annacone, Jimmy Arias, and John James. Tim retired from pro tennis in 1988, and is currently a Physical Education teacher at Brookside Elementary School in Norwalk, CT. During the summer he teaches and coaches players of all ages, and has been a teaching pro for 37 years.

In addition to teaching tennis here in Connecticut, Tim also leads Sports programs for the Native American children on the Crow reservation in Montana. 

Tim has been working tennis programs for Greg Sansonetti and Dave Kardas (now FCT) for the last thirteen years in Easton, Fairfield, and Newtown.

Tim will return to the Fairfield County Tennis for the summer of 2014 as head pro for the Advanced Camp in Fairfield at the Dwight Elementary School courts.


Shirley Avril

Shirley grew up in New Jersey where she was an all-state lacrosse player in high school. However, upon realizing that it would be difficult to find another 2 dozen or so players required for a lacrosse game, she made the switch to tennis. Shirley graduated from Connecticut College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies.


Shirley is a certified USPTR instructor with over 18 years of teaching experience. She gained recognition as a player and coach during the early 90’s through her active membership in the Lawn Tennis Association of England. As a proponent of the David Gabb “Tennis Technique”, she taught at the David Lloyd Club in Eastbourne and captained her club’s ladies tennis team in North London. She reached the singles final of the All London 35 and over and played 5.0 USTA for several years in CT.

She has taught men, women and children of all ages with various ability levels. In addition to teaching programs through Westport Parks and Recreation and Fairfield County Tennis for several years, Shirley has also taught at local clubs, including Patterson, Westport Tennis Club, and Sylvan as well as at the Sandpiper Resort in Barbados. She has coached the Greens Farms tennis team for the past 14 years and the Fairfield Town tennis team since 2007.

Whether it’s a serious competition or just socializing with friends, tennis is a sport one can enjoy for a lifetime.



Oleta Urda

Oleta joined Fairfield County Tennis in the spring of 2015.  Oleta has been teaching tennis for twenty years.  She has taught at area clubs including New Canaan Racquet Club, New Canaan Country Club, Trumbull Indoor Tennis, Stamford Indoor Tennis and the Shore and Country Club.

Oleta grew up in Connecticut and in high school was an All FCIAC and All State High School tennis player. Oleta went on to coach both junior varsity and varsity high school tennis for many years with teams that earned titles in both the Connecticut FCIAC and Connecticut State conferences.

She played college tennis at Providence College and earned her masters degree in teaching from Sacred Heart University. She enjoys working with students of all levels and hopes to inspire them to develop and improve their skills as players in a fun and friendly learning environment.
 
Staff

Greg Sansonetti


Dave Kardas


Jacob Kreimer


Pat DeNigris


Nancy Lally