Meet the Tennis Staff

Rob Van Der Schans

Role: Director of Tennis
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 972.231.1466
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Rob Van Der Schans joined the Canyon Creek staff in November of 2018 and has over 35 years of experience in the tennis industry. As a junior, Rob competed in, and won, over 30 tournaments in Spain, England, Dubai (U.A.E.), the Netherlands and the United States. He also played on full scholarship for the nationally ranked University of Texas at Tyler, and was ranked #50 in the country N.A.I.A.

Starting his professional career in Irving, Rob was the Head Tennis Professional at Four Seasons Resort before moving to Louisville, Kentucky. During his time there, he held the position of Director of Racquet Sports at the prestigious Louisville Boat Club. He also served the tennis community in Louisville as treasurer of the Kentucky Board of USPTA from 2000 to 2002. In 2001, Rob was ranked #1 in the Kentucky Men's "Open" Doubles Division, and his contributions to Kentucky tennis earned him the USPTA Southern 2002 Kentucky Pro of the Year award.

Since returning to Texas 17 years ago, Rob has been the Director of Tennis at Stonebriar Country Club. Rob is a USPTA Elite and USPTR Pro certified teaching professional, and has served as the President of the Dallas Professional Tennis Association (DPTA). In his 35 years of teaching experience, he has worked with numerous nationally ranked adults and juniors in Kentucky and Texas. Rob is always interested in sharing his lifelong passion with any level of player ready to learn the sport of a lifetime.

Ginny LeBlanc

Role: Pro Shop Manager
Serving Since: 2009

Ginny joined The Canyon Creek Tennis Staff on January 2009 to co-manage the Pro Shop.  She is not new to the Canyon Creek Tennis Family; Ginny and her family have been members since 1984. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Texas at Dallas and did graduate work at the Center for Translation Studies. 

Ginny brings not only a passion for the game of tennis but extensive customer service, training and organizational experience acquired throughout her career in a variety of industry sectors.

Michael Martinez

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2009

Michael Martinez has been at Canyon Creek since August, 2009 and in that time has developed a strong following. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Criminal Justice in 1993 and was a NCAA Division I All American. While playing for OU, he won the Big 8 Conference titles in Singles, Doubles, and Team Tennis.  He went on to play on the ATP Tour, earning ATP points in both singles and doubles.  He was ranked as high as 35 in the nation in NCAA Division 1 and top 15 in doubles.   

Michael was also an assistant coach for the University of Oklahoma Men’s Tennis Team after graduation.  He is USPTA, P-1 certified.

Alex Zavgorodni

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2000

Alex Zavgorodni has a Master's Degree from the Special University in Russia for sports teachers. He was a Kremlin Cup referee and spent 6 years in Mexico with an academy established in Spain for very strong players. Alex was the Russian National Champion 5 times in singles, 5 times in doubles, and 3 times in mixed doubles. He also was the USSR Cup Champion twice and in 1999 was the Texas Men's 45 Sectional winner.

Alex was the Russian National Coach for Juniors working two years with Yvegeny Kafelnikov.  He has been at Canyon Creek since January, 2000.

Peter Hancy

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2011

Peter Hancy joined the Canyon Creek staff in September of 2011 and brings with him a full resume of Division I Collegiate Tennis at Oklahoma State where he received a BS in Economics and was two time Big Eight Singles and Doubles Champion. He also coached at the University of Missouri-Kansas City where he was voted Coach of the year award for the Conference.  He led the team to a Conference Championship and qualified for the NCAA Div. 1 tournament.

Peter grew up in Australia and was ranked #1 in the state of Victoria 12's-18's and top 8 in Australia in 14's-18's. He reached a career high of #4 in 16's. He is the former Director of Tennis at Hackberry Creek Country Club and Head Tennis Professional at Las Colinas Country Club.  Peter has also served the tennis community as both President of the Dallas Professional Tennis Association and Chairman of the Dallas Cup. 

He is currently the Director of the Future Champ Junior Program and works with all skill levels of men, women and juniors.

Nathan Byrnes

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2016

Nathan Byrnes joined the Canyon Creek staff in January, 2016, and is one in a long line of former Aussies on our staff. He comes from a tennis family in Melbourne where he played and worked with his father and brother in tennis programs there. Nathan graduated St.Kevin’s College in Toorak, Australia, and Oklahoma State University where he received a BAS in Economics in 2010.

While at OSU he was a 4 year starter, led the team to the Sweet 16 at the NCAA tournament on 2 occasions, was Team Captain in 2009, made the individual tournament 3 times, was top 10 in NCAA doubles and qualified for NCAA team tournament 4 years, and went on to earn ATP points in both singles and doubles!

Before joining our staff, Nathan was on staff at South Lake Tennis Center where he worked with adults and juniors. He is Quick Start qualified, started their College Prep Program, developed their 10 and Under curriculum and program, and assisted with their organization of tournaments. Nathan is a USPTR certified Professional.

Kevin Milton

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2018
Phone Number: 972.231.1466

Kevin Milton brings over 25 years of tennis experience to Canyon Creek Country Club; most recently as Tennis Manager at Life Time Athletic in Oklahoma City and Director of Tennis at Trophy Club Country Club in the Dallas Fort Worth area. As Director of Tennis for several corporate and privately owned clubs, Kevin has gained extensive experience and expertise in all aspects of the Tennis industry.Kevin’s Tennis career began in Oklahoma City before moving to the Tulsa area.  His management experience continued in Texas as Director of Tennis at Wichita Falls Country Club and Trophy Club Country Club.Kevin works closely with industry organizations such as USTA and USPTA, and has been recognized by USTA/Missouri Valley for his contribution to increasing participation in adult tennis. Kevin has taken many adult teams to USTA local, sectional and national championships.  He has been involved in USTA training centers for high performance junior players, organized tennis events for special needs children, and partnered with school districts to bring tennis into school PE programs. He has worked with USTA 10 and Under programming, coached section and nationally ranked juniors, as well as college tennis players who have received scholarships.Kevin and his lovely wife Kelley have 2 daughters Katelyn and Caroline.

John Singer

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2019
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John Singer has proudly accepted the position of Tennis Professional at Canyon Creek Country Club. He comes to us with a wealth of experience in the tennis industry. John has been a USPTA certified tennis professional for 35 years and recently obtained his Level 2 Pickleball certification with IPTPA. John was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He attended Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri where he earned his bachelor’s degree in physical education with a minor in adaptive physical education (working with physically handicapped children). During his time at Westminster he lettered all four years in tennis having played in the NAIA Division, competing in both singles and doubles. He started his professional career in 1983 at Park Forest Tennis & Health Club, Park Forest, Illinois, serving as their Director of Tennis for13 years. In 1995 he had the opportunity to move to Shady Oaks Country Club, in Fort Worth, TX, as their Director of Tennis & owner of the Tennis Pro Shop. In August, 2001, John moved to Dallas, Texas where he was the Assistant Director of Tennis at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas for 17 years.