Meet Our Team

Alejandro Garcia

Role: Regional Director of Tennis
Serving Since: 2009
Phone Number: 678.393.7727

Alejandro Garcia joined The Manor Golf and Country Club staff in August of 2009.  Developing and participating in tennis programs and events, he is working to increase member participation by actively promoting high caliber private and group lessons, junior programs from beginner to national rank players, tennis tournaments, and ALTA and USTA leagues.  He leads a staff of 30 professionals in all 3 clubs and looks forward to growth, his tennis program has been awarded as national team of excellence.  Alejandro previously served as Director of Tennis at the TCA/Midtown Athletic Club in Atlanta from 2005 - 2009. At Midtown, he successfully led a team of ten tennis professionals and acted as a positive role model for the program.

A Master Certified Professional, Alejandro was an All-American singles and doubles player at Abraham Baldwin College, where he also served as Assistant Coach.  Originally from Venezuela, He was top 5 in the nation and top 35 players in South America in his junior years where he had the opportunity to travel and play. Alejandro also worked as a Coach for the Competition Training Centers in Atlanta.

Contact Alejandro at alejandro.garcia@clubcorp.com.

Javier Blanco

Role: Head Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2010

Javier Blanco joined the Manor Golf and Country Club Staff in September 2009.  Javier helps the Director of Tennis guide the growth of the Tennis program. In addition to the adult program, Javier’s current focus is growing our junior/adult  program and introducing junior tournaments to the Manor. He came from TCA/Midtown Athletic Club in Atlanta, where he served as Head Tennis Professional from 2008 – 2010. Before Midtown, Javier worked in Florida for over 14 years as an assistant tennis director at the Extreme Tennis Academy and The Nick Bollettieri International Tennis Academy. Javier had the opportunity to work with world class tennis players like Maria Sharapova and Alexandra Stevenson among others. In Venezuela, Javier was a top 10 Nationally Ranked player during his junior years. He has been a USPTR Certified Professional since 1992.

Contact Javier at javier.blanco@clubcorp.com.

Vitek Wild

Role: Master Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2011

Vitek Wild joined The Manor Golf and Country Club staff in August of 2011.  Vitek teaches all levels of players – Jrs, & Adults.  Vitek has over 20 years of teaching experience and specializes in high level tennis players.  From 2008 to 2011 he taught with Alejandro & Javier at TCA/Midtown Athletic Club in Atlanta. All 3 pros have been working together for 15 years.

Originally from Prague, Czech Republic, Vitek’s success in tennis began early with a world ranking as a junior by the international Tennis Federation.  He came to play his collegiate tennis in the U.S. at Bowling Green State University in Ohio where he still holds the record for most combined singles and doubles wins.  Vitek also holds the distinction of being Alejandro’s doubles partner!  He is a USPTR Certified Professional.

Contact Vitek at vitek.wild@clubcorp.com.

Gustavo Anzola

Role: Master Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2014

Gustavo Joined the Manor on August of 2014. He will focus on the growth of our Junior Program and Adult program during the afternoon and evenings.

Gustavo is a former nationally ranked junior in Venezuela, and a Scholarship Athlete at the University of Tennessee. Upon graduation, Anzola taught at the Tennis Academy of the South and Nike Tennis Camps, where he coached nationally ranked players, before becoming Windermere Tennis Director from 2008-2014.

At Windermere, Anzola led a team of 4 staff members and led several USTA and ALTA adult teams to division, city and state championships.  Anzola brings an immense amount of tennis knowledge, experience and enthusiasm. Gustavo is a member of the United States Tennis Professional Association.

Contact Gustavo at gustavo.anzola@clubcorp.com.

Alida Jakovenko

Role: Master Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2017

Alida Jakovenko joined The Manor Golf and Country Club team in August of 2017. She assists the Director of Tennis with the growth of the Adult Program in the mornings as well as the High Performance Junior Academy Program in the afternoons. Alida has over 13 years of coaching experience with two years as the assistant coach for the University of Buffalo women’s tennis team. In addition to coaching Division 1 tennis, she has been teaching/focusing on 10 and Under Tennis, as well as juniors and adults.

Alida started playing tennis when she was seven years old in Timisoara, Romania. She became a top Junior player for her country before going to play on the WTA tour, reaching a top 300 singles ranking. Alida was then recruited to play for Florida State University where she played #1 Singles and Doubles during her collegiate career.

Alida has two wonderful daughters, Emma and Maia, whom she has been coaching since they were three years old. Alida is a Certified PTR Professional.

Contact Alida at Hajnalka.jakovenko@clubcorp.com.

Kirill Smolkin

Role: Master Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2018

Kirill Smolkin joined The Manor Golf and Country Club staff in April of 2018.  Kirill teaches all juniors and adults and he has over 15 years of teaching experience and specializes in all level tennis players.

Kirill holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management from Georgia Southwestern State University. Additionally, Kirill holds a degree from Georgia Perimeter College, where he played on a scholarship under Billy Pate. (Prior extensive junior experience in Georgia with results for 18 and under in the top 10). 

Kirill enjoys passing on his Junior ITF coaching experience in Tenerife-Spain, working with all levels of juniors and adults, including groups and clinics. 

Kirill certifications are USPTA Elite Professional Certification USTA, High Performance Player Development Coaching, PTR – Junior Development Professional, USTA Sport Science, USPTA Career Development Achievement Award in 2016, Top 10 USPTA National Education Award in 2010 & USPTA Career Development Achievement Award in 2009.

 He is originally from Russia and during his spare time, Kirill takes pleasure in various activities – performance training, jogging, swimming, and surfing. He is fluent in Russian, English and intermediate in Spanish.

Joel Alvarez

Role: Master Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2020

Joel is from Puerto Rico, he has over 10 years of experience coaching in Puerto Rico, Connecticut where he worked with Gigi Fernandez & Atlanta. Joel is PTR Certified as Professional and was also selected for the USTA Coaching Mentorship Program in 2017. He has served as a USTA Caribbean sectional coach in Zonal Competitions & Inter-sectionals.

Joel started playing tennis at age 11. He has represented Puerto Rico Tennis in different tournaments as a Junior Player.

Joel decided to stay in Puerto Rico and play tennis for the University of Puerto Rico, his team won the NCAA D2 Championships in 2008 & 2009. Also played in the USTA League Nationals on 2009, 2011 (4.5) & 2012 (5.0) Joel graduated with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and decided to pursue a career in sports psychology.

Maya Mammetgulyyeva

Role: Master Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2018

Maya Mammetgulyyeva joined the Manor Golf and Country Club in November of 2018. Her primary duty is to assist the Director of tennis in various programs the club provides. As an independent instructor, she has successfully coached various private sessions that led her clients to win intermediate high school and alta kids matches. Her main focus has been junior development. Previously, Maya assisted in summer tennis camps at Brenau University and Chattahoochee County Club.

Maya’s coaching style emphasizes the importance of basic details that make a huge difference during play. She will focus on footwork, grip, and style development. Also, she will teach the concepts of weapons and patience in the game.

As a former college tennis player, she had a 17-2 record at Fresno City College and played top 3 lineups at Brenau University all three years in NAIA. In addition, was selected in the NAIA, all-conference southern states first team all three years. She is a PTR Certified Professional.

Edina Hall

Role: High Performance Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2020

Edina is a former professional tennis player from Romania. Her career highest singles ranking of No. 54 WTA was achieved in April 2008. She has competed in the Main Draw of all 4 Grand Slams and has made it to the 2nd round in all of them. In March 2010 she reached the semifinals of singles in Acapulco, Mexico losing in 3 sets to Venus Williams. She had victories over numerous top players like Roland Garros finalist Sara Errani, US Open semifinalist Angelique Kerber, World No.1 doubles player Roberta Vinci, US Open Champion Samantha Stosur and former No.1 Jelena Jankovic. On the ITF circuit she has won 18 singles and 12 doubles titles. As a junior she reached a career high of No. 7 ITF.  In 2000 she won Eddie Herr International Championships and made the final of the prestigious Orange Bowl Championships, losing to Vera Zvonareva.

She coached professional tennis players such as:
Melanie Oudin 
Cici Bellis 
Louisa Chirico 
Ellie Halbauer  

She also coached numerous college tennis players such as:
Carly Briggs, who was top 10 in the nation before she got a full Scholarship at University of Tennessee 
Jonathan Mascagni - Air Force 
Zack Waldow - North Georgia
Adeline Flach - Auburn 
Emma King - Marist
Mary Weston Courville - Mercer 
Avani Arora - Washington University, St. Louis

Manuel Garcia

Role: Tennis Professional
Serving Since: 2020

Manuel joined Manor in May 2019. Manuel helps run our Junior Development Program and our Manuel grew up playing children's and youth tennis in Venezuela where he achieved a state ranking of number 5 in the state, competing at a high level from an early age in  state, regional and national competences.

In venezuela he discovered his passion for teaching by preparing himself with different courses, Manuel enjoys spreading his love for tennis and is proud to make tennis a life-long sport for others.  He is a fun, observant and patient coach who knows how to raise the level of your game.

Manuel looks forward to helping players improve their game with his simplistic approach to learning. Manuel likes to teach adults, youth and children, from beginners to higher levels, certified trainer.

Manuel has two wonderful children, Manu and Santi, whose passion is Soccer and they also play tennis.