Tennis Pros

There are tennis pros who can play and those that can teach, but there are a select few who possess both of those skills and combine them with a contagious passion for the sport. Our diverse group of tennis pros offer different teaching styles for players to choose from.

Whether you are picking up a racquet for the first time, or are a seasoned competitor, Kiwi Tennis Club has the right professional instructor for you.

Joey Jones

Joey is the Kiwi Tennis Club head tennis professional.  He played Division 1 college at Stetson University and was a 4-time all-conference player.  Joey specializes in training high-performance juniors and has a high success rate of players receiving college tennis scholarships.  Joey’s focus is on building “all-court” players. To contact Joey, email Joey@kiwitennisclub.com


Ruben VanOppen 

Ruben is originally from Belgium where he grew up playing competitive junior tennis, reaching as high as number 6 in the junior rankings there. He then came to the USA to pursue an undergraduate degree while playing on the Mercer University Division I Men’s Tennis Team. He was named team captain, executive member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, and played at the number 1 spot for doubles and singles lineups. After graduating, Ruben worked as a tennis coach at Southern Arkansas University where he received his MBA and coached both teams to conference championship wins. To contact Ruben, please email ruben@kiwitennisclub.com.


DSC_0427Joe Romanelli

Joe has been USPTR certified since 2006.  He started his teaching career at the world-class Dennis Van der Meer Academy in Hilton Head, SC.  He has been teaching at Kiwi Tennis Club since 2006.  He loves the game of tennis and has a passion for helping others improve their game.  To contact Joe, email Joe@kiwitennisclub.com.


Jeff Jenkins

Jeff began his teaching career at the Vic Braden Tennis College in Southern California in 1986.  It was there that his understanding of biomechanics and the art of teaching tennis came together.  He has worked for and with several tennis legends over the years.  He enjoys working with all levels and playing abilities.  For professional instruction, you can reach Jeff at 786-405-3667 or jeffyjkb@gmail.com


Mimi Wright

Mimi received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Toledo and a Master of Business Administration from Tiffin University.  After 12 years as a design engineer in the automotive field she moved to Florida and discovered a love for tennis.  Mimi’s passion for tennis led her to become a certified instructor through the USPTA.  She has a specialty certification in 10 and under tennis as well as cardio tennis.  For the past 9 years she has enjoyed helping kids and adults develop the same love of tennis that will last a lifetime.


Kiwi Tennis Pro Tomas KarlssonTomas Karlsson

Tomas was born in Stockholm, Sweden where he was a top-ranked junior.  At age 18, Tomas received a college scholarship to compete in the United States.  After college, Tomas played on the pro satellite circuit for several years before deciding to become a tennis instructor.  He is a USPTA and USPTR certified teaching professional.  To contact Tomas, please call 321-773-2116.