Meet the Pros
Mike Sanchez, Head Tennis Professional
Place of Birth: Howard Beach, NY
Tennis Background: Mike started playing tennis at the age of four at St. Charles Park. An FAU alumni and former Tennis Director at PGA National Resort and Spa, Mike has been a USPTA Elite Member for over 20 years.
Fun Fact: Off the court, Mike is a professional musician and has toured with multi-platinum band Daughtry, opening 85 dates on the band's 2012 “Break The Spell” Tour. In addition, Mike has released over 50 songs on CD, Spotify, and Amazon music.
Quote: “Over the net you will have no regret. Cross court and deep you will not face defeat. Keep it in the lines and you will be just fine."
Marco Castaneda, Tennis Instructor
Place of Birth: Lima, Peru
Tennis Background: Marco started playing tennis at the age of 8. He has played at Northwood University and was the former Coach at Van Der Meer Academy in Hilton Head, SC, as well as the Evert Academy in Boca Raton, FL.
Fun Fact: Marco maintains that he is always on a "See-Food Diet."
Quote: “Don’t coach the drill, coach the skill.”
Fernando Ochoa, Tennis Instructor
Place of Birth: Ayacucho, Peru
Tennis Background: Fernando has been playing and teaching tennis for over 30 years. With over 17 years as a PTR certified tennis professional, he has taught at several local clubs and has developed several high school and college level players. He is passionate about developing proper tennis technique and footwork.
Fun Fact: Fernando runs 22 miles every week!
Quote: “Hard work beats talent.”
Chris Pressley, Tennis Instructor
Place of Birth: Caracas, Venezuela
Tennis Background: A Florida native, Chris has earned significant recognition as a top ranked Florida and National 18 and under junior player, Multiple Junior National Sportsmanship Award Winner, Full Tennis Scholarahip to Duke University, 3 Time All American at Duke University, Multiple ACC Player of the year Awards, Multiple National Collegiate Sportsmanship and Leadership Award Winner, 6 years as an ATP Tour Professional, 20 plus years Tennis teaching Professional.
Fun Fact: Chris has been married 20 years to his wife, Tara, and they have two kids: Blaire and Blake.
Favorite quote: “Swing away Merrill, swing away”
Tim Bustle, Tennis Instructor
Place of Birth: Moline, IL
Tennis Background: In his 20-year tennis coaching career, Tim has led tennis programs in multiple national locations as well as in the Middle East, mostly recently in Chicago. He holds certifications with the Professional Tennis Registry as a Master of Tennis in Adult Development and a Professional rating in Under 10 Tennis, Tennis Performance and 11 - 17 age ratings. He is also a USPTA Elite Professional.
Tim currently consults with the USTA as a Coach Developer in their coach education pathway and is also a Global Cardio Tennis Master Trainer. He also contributes articles to industry magazines, covering topics such as club curriculums, coaching habits and hiring best practices.
Fun Fact: Tim and his wife, Amanda, enjoy spending time with their two children and fitting in as many beach days as possible! He is constantly on the lookout for new restaurants and Chicago-style pizza.
Favorite quote: "I find the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have." - Thomas Jefferson
Bill Maas, Tennis Instructor
Place of Birth: Milwaukee, WI
Tennis Background: The sport of tennis has been an integral part of Bill’s life for quite some time. Holding a top junior ranking throughout his childhood in suburban Milwaukee, WI, Bill became a four-time individual qualifier in the Wisconsin State Tournament, and was voted “Athlete of the Year” in high school. He went on to play NAIA college tennis for 4 years at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, earning a “Scholar Athlete” award as well as a valuable education.
A USPTA certified professional, Bill has long been involved in club tennis and has worked at various distinguished properties including Ibis Golf and Country Club in West Palm Beach, FL, Wykagyl Country Club in New Rochelle, NY, the Innis Arden Golf Club in Old Greenwich, CT, The Millbrook Club in Greenwich, CT, and the San Diego resort ranked “Number 1” by ‘Tennis Magazine’, Rancho Valencia Resort and Spa.
Fun Fact: Away from tennis, Bill enjoys traveling, skiing and snowboarding, and surfing.
Bill is looking forward to a great season on the courts and would like to remind everyone that the best way to improve your game is through refining your strokes with a pro as well as playing regularly with a partner. This will keep your fitness level high, your technique solid, and lead to more enjoyable hours on the court!