Our Tennis Pros
We offer private lessons for adults and youth 7 days a week at the following locations:
City College, San Francisco
Del Mar Middle School, Tiburon
Strawberry Recreation Center, Mill Valley (lights at this location)
Eastwood Park, Mill Valley
Tamalpais High School, Mill Valley
Sanyi Szabo -Head Pro
Sanyi fell in love with the game when he learned tennis at the age of 17 in Satu Mare, Romania. He has extensive coaching experience both in the US in Chicago and San Francisco and overseas in Budapest, Hungary. He helped develop one the largest youth tennis programs in the Midwest when he worked for Midwest Tennis Programs in Chicago for 8 years. This program set the standard for grassroots tennis programming for park districts, villages, community centers, and schools in Illinois and has been recognized nationally for excellence. Sanyi also coached a Junior Tennis Academy Team designed for competitive players, following the USTA standards for 10 and under tennis. He holds a PTR specialty certifications for teaching adults and for teaching children 10 and under. His passion for tennis infuses his teaching and inspires his students of all ages and levels.
Sanyi's rate: $120/hour or $60/half hour
Olga Bulycheva - Marin Summer Camp Director/Associate Pro - Marin
Olga was ranked in the top 600 on the professional WTA tour and still competes professionally. She grew up in Moscow competing against such top 10 players as: Svetlana Kuznetsova, Dinara Safina, and Vera Zvonareva. As a junior, she was ranked #9 in Russia in under 14's. She played for Brigham Young University and was ranked #17 in NCAA. She runs all our Pre-K programs, and Kindergarten-5th Grade Programs at Strawberry.
Olga's rate: $90/hour or $45/half hour
Roy Eldred - Associate Pro
Roy played #1 Singles and #1 Doubles for Diablo Valley College. He is a 3rd generation Bay Area native who has been playing tennis since he was 5 years old. He played varsity tennis for Tamalpais High his freshman year and then finished his schooling in the East Bay playing for Monte Vista High, where he captained his team to an undefeated in-league record and made it to the NCS Finals. He then went on to play for Diablo Valley College where he earned the MVP Award and the Coaches Award. Roy stayed on board after he completed his eligibility, and served as an extra Assistant Coach for Diablo Valley. Roy coached for 6 years at Crow Canyon Country Club in Danville. There he developed numerous players from beginners who just wanted to learn and have fun to serious players who went on to play high school and collegiate tennis. In addition to teaching tennis, he also was a radio newsreporter at KOTZ in Kotzebue, Alaska. Roy is a patient and easy going coach who makes tennis fun and who motivates players to be their best!
Roy's rate: $90/hour or $45/half hour
David Resnick-Dunn - Site Director - SF City College
David runs all our programs at CCSF and is also available for private lessons. He has taught tennis for over 6 years with Higgins Tennis and was our previous Director of Schools Programming. He has worked with thousands of children. He is the current SF and San Mateio Tennis Service Representative with the Northern California United States Tennis Association, and spends his week traveling all over the Bay Area helping grow the wonderful game of tennis.
He is a patient and fun coach that has the experience to work with any level or age of player. He was a top junior player in Northern California and is from the Bay Area.
David's rate: $80/hour or $40/half hour
William Higgins - Director/Owner
William is originally from Austin, Texas where he was a top-ranked Open level player. He played professionally on the ATP tour after graduating from the University of Texas with an English degree. He ran the largest junior tennis facility in the world, the Barnes Junior Tennis Center in San Diego, and was the Head Pro at the Harbor Bay Club in Alameda. After moving to California in 2000, he was awarded the "Rookie Teaching Pro of the Year" by the Northern California United States Professional Tennis Association. In 2002, he coached Billie Jean King's World Team Tennis Junior National Team to a National Championship in San Diego. He has worked with National Adult & Junior ranked players and teams. He has run tennis programs in Marin since 2004, and has managed the tennis lesson programs at The Ranch since 2008. He manages tennis facilities and school programs all over California. Come on out and join his team of pros to learn how to play like the pros and have a blast doing it!
William does not teach private lessons.
Bernard Sutter - Associate Pro - Marin Aug 19, 1965 - Dec 2, 2021
Coach Bernard Sutter passed away on Dec 2nd, 2021. He went into CPMC in late November with a severe blood infection and had suffered a number of strokes. He had an existing heart problem, which complicated his treatment, and made any type of recovery very difficult. He had a wonderful team of doctors doing everything they could for him
He had many friends from Tiburon in constant contact with him at the hospital. They were there for him every step of the way and made sure he had the best care possible as well as got the word out to his friends and family. He was not alone, and many of us had a chance to see him and tell him how much we loved him before he passed.
Bernard was a wonderful man and an amazing tennis coach who brought so much joy and happiness to so many families. He loved what he did. He will be terribly missed.
With deep sadness,
Bio: Originally from Toulouse, France, Bernard taught tirelessly for over 30 years. He was certified by the French Federation Tennis Association and USPTA. Bernard taught all around the world, including Toulouse (FR), Martinique (Caribbean), Los Angeles, Hawaii, Berkeley and Moraga. He was the Head Coach for the legendary Robert Lansdorp Junior Program (coach of Pete Sampras, Tracy Austin, Maria Sharapova, and many more). He taught for 12 years at Moraga Country before coming to Higgins Tennis in the summer of 2012. He has worked with 1000s of students and coached numerous Adult USTA teams and adults and children from beginners on up to the nationally ranked level. He has a passion for the game and enjoys teaching players of all ages and abilities.