What is the Tennis:Europe difference?
At the same time Tennis: Europe, however, is also about something more than just tennis. It's about believing in the power of a team. Beginning as a bunch of individuals in an individual sport, the teams commonly develop into close-knit families. As a participant on Tennis: Europe, you get to compete as part of a USA Junior Team at tournaments in foreign locations - expanding your athletic, academic, and social horizons. Furthermore, you learn life lessons through new experiences, and you get to pursue the dream of living like a touring pro.
Dr. Martin Vinokur – Founder, Co-Director
Martin started TENNIS:EUROPE in 1973. He spent 10 years as the New York State School Tennis Coordinator and coached both boys’ and girls’ high school teams for 22 years. His Rye, New York, girls’ team won four consecutive league titles and 29 straight matches, earning him “Coach of the Year” awards. He was awarded the U.S. Professional Tennis Association’s out- standing service award for his many years of accomplishments in tennis. Martin played his college tennis for Clark University (MA), received his Master’s in history from Columbia and his PhD in political science from The American University. Before Tennis:Europe, he taught high school history.
Gary Weiner – Co-Director
Gary has been involved in TENNIS:EUROPE for the past 18 years as Co-Director, following a career in the business world. He is a USPTA pro and served on the Board of the Eastern Division. A graduate of the University of Maryland with a BA in political science, he is married and the father of two sons, who both played college sports (swimming and soccer).
Moritz Koenig – Associate Director and Consultant
Moritz has participated in TENNIS:EUROPE since 2004 as a player, coach and, more recently, Associate Director. He received his degree from Amherst College (MA) and his MSC from Oxford University. At Amherst, Moritz was senior captain of the men’s tennis team that won the 2011 Division III National Championship. He was a two-time All-American, three-time All-NESCAC and an ITA and NESCAC All Academic. He played tennis for Oxford and on the ATP Futures circuit, gaining an ATP ranking. He brings to this position a passion for tennis, a wealth of European expertise, including fluency in four languages, and a youthful enthusiasm.
Magdalena Wiecha – Coach
Magda has coached for us in Europe for the past four summers. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Sports Management and holds a masters in English studies. She played on the women’s tennis team for four years and earned several accolades, including MVP and Scholar Athlete. Magda has worked as a coach on the French Riviera, the Okocimski Tennis Club in Poland and at Nike Camps in the USA. During her junior days, she won 20 national tournaments in Poland. She currently teaches English as a second language in Polish elementary and middle schools while coaching at tennis clubs there.
Skyler Verloop – Coach
Skyler has coached our San Diego-to-Santa Barbara Team for the past seven years. He graduated from Bethany College, where his team won conference and regional titles to qualify for NAIA nationals. He has a wealth of coaching experience, starting as graduate assistant coach at the University of LaVerne (CA), during which time it was a top 15 Division III program. He coached high school tennis for three years and taught professionally at the Claremont Tennis Club for three years. He currently teaches English as a second language at Stuart High School in Virginia. He resides in Alexandria, VA, with his wife and baby daughter.
History of Tennis: Europe
Accomplishments Over The Years
First team of 5 players and Martin Vinokur traveled to European tournaments in Rotterdam, Holland, Hamburg and Munich, Germany. Bob Stein, whose idea launched Tennis: Europe, was one of the original 5.
Tennis: Europe sent the first junior tennis team to travel behind the Iron-Curtain to Romania.
Two past players gained ATP Top-20 rankings: ‘ Mel Purcell of Kentucky at #20 and Chip Hooper of Northern California at #11 in the world. Meanwhile, two-time participant Larry Scott later became CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA).
Tennis: Europe conducted its first North America team to California, followed by a team that in 2009 traveled ‘Down Under’ to Australia.
Tennis: Europe attended the Summer Olympics in Barcelona. The visit included a number of Olympic events, highlighted by a game of the American ‘Dream Team’ in the basketball tournament. The same year the State Department selected Tennis: Europe to present a tennis demonstration at Spain’s World Fair in Seville.
Tennis: Europe celebrated its 25th Anniversary Year with Reunion Banquet in Manhattan.
Gary Weiner joined Dr. Vinokur as the co-director of Tennis: Europe and has since been working extensively to ensure the continuation of the program’s national reputation for a quality experience.
Tennis: Europe attended the London Olympics with tickets to tennis at Wimbledon, beach volleyball, swimming and badminton.
Tennis: Europe now has taken a total of 5,530 teenagers to tournaments in Europe, North America and Australia improving their tennis match results but more importantly making a difference in their personal, cultural and educational development.