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Nikki Robbins - Director

Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nikki spent most of her life playing tennis in Studio City. She was the number one player at Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood. She received a tennis scholarship to Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona where she played on the Varsity tennis team for four years. After graduating in 1989 with a degree in Sports Psychology, she returned to her roots, The Racquet Centre of Universal City and started teaching full time. She quickly became Director of Social Activities running many tournaments and events. She has given trophies to Venus Williams and The Bryan Brothers. When her long time mentor/coach Rich Kinuya decided to downsize, Nikki took over as Director of Junior Development. She spent the next ten years teaching and playing tennis tournaments. She was ranked number one in Southern California in the ladies 25's singles, mixed 5.5 (with her student Mike Rosett) and number three in 5.5 singles. She has participated on many San Fernando Valley teams and played in several tournaments all over the world.

After The Racquet Centre of Universal City was turned into a shopping mall she relocated to Weddington Tennis, formally known as Studio City Golf and Tennis. She enjoys teaching all levels of tennis and specializes in beginners - intermediate, where many students have gone on to successful college careers. She also works with developmentally delayed children.

Nikki's teaching philosophy is that tennis is a skill that will last a life time, at all levels and can be enjoyed by young and old. She instills in her students a solid foundation of skill and strategy. Every student has a different learning style and Nikki adapts to their needs. She has an amazing ability to say the same thing many different ways so her students understand what is being taught.

Nikki went on to further her education and received a Masters in Spiritual Psychology and with an emphasis on Consciousness, Health and Healing. She uses this degree to help her students to release judgements and self limiting thoughts and behaviors that hamper their success on the tennis court.

Having taught for many years, she enjoys watching students who had the hardest time getting a ball over the net, then to see them later holding long rally's. A student's success in tennis is a success for Nikki. Many students grow up in Nikki's junior program and after graduating from college join her adult program.

Nikki also enjoys the martial arts (kung fu and tai chi), skiing and is attempting to learn how to play the piano, speak French and has an affinity for learning and traveling to far off places, including England, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Scotland, Mexico and Canada.

Mindy Oki - Head Pro

Mindy Oki comes to Nikki's Tennis Crew with over 35 years of teaching experience. She was mentored by the late Paul Xanthos, world renowned tennis clinician and coach at Pierce College. Mindy has been a member of the United Stated Professional Tennis Association since 1980, and has held vice-president position of the Southern California section. Mindy has participated in every aspect of the tennis industry, from teaching pro to director of tennis. Mindy was married to the late Rick Oki and daughters, Erynne and Aimee, both ve played Division 1 college tennis. Mindy still enjoys competing and has several national doubles titles. She has been ranked number 2 in the nation in women's 40's with her partner Nancy Garrison and number 1 in the nation in Mother-Daughter with both Erynne and Aimee. Mindy loves sharing her competitive passion with her students in Nikki's Tennis Crew.

Melissa Detwiler - Assistant

Olivia Sweetman - Assistant

Olivia Sweetman, a recent Oakwood Secondary School graduate, started playing tennis the summer of 2000, at age eight with coach, Nikki Robbins. She received her first assistant coaching job in 2004 alongside Nikki, and has been teaching as well as playing ever since. She has played on and captained many of Nikkiís Junior Tennis Teams. She received the San Fernando Valley Junior Team Tennis Sportsmanship Award in 2008 which was presented to her during the Los Angeles Menís Pro tournament. She joined the Oakwood girls tennis team her junior year, coached by John Hilton, playing #2 singles. Her senior year she played #1 doubles, winning League Individuals, and the first round of CIF. She will be attending Lewis and Clark College next fall.

When not on the tennis courts, Olivia can be found reading comic books/graphic novels, drawing, or riding her bicycle.

Lacey Gormley, Assistant

Nikki's Tennis Crew is really lucky to have Lacey teaching for us. She is a So. California native. She grew up in the valley and was taught by none other then our Mindy Oki. She started off as a club soccer player and easily transitioned into tennis. She played four years of soccer and tennis for Louisville high school and went on to play for Cal Luthern University. She recently graduated with a degree in English and creative writing. Lacey teaching the junior classes and helping with team tennis. Besides tennis you can get your bagels from her if you want to drive a bit to the Oak Park Western Bagel. For fun she likes to read, write, go to the movies and hang out with her friends!

Amanda - Assistant

Connor C.- Assistant

Conner Calabro is currently attends Campbell Hall High School as a Sophomore. As well as teaching tennis she plays tennis almost every day of the week and competes in USTA tournaments on the weekends. She currently has a ranking in the 16 and unders girls singles in SoCal. She competes on the Campbell Hall Varsity tennis team, switching between doubles and singles. They just finished up the season as the CIF D1 Champions. Conner is currently in 3 honors courses at her school, on the yearbook staff, and on the Athletic Committee at her school. She loves kids and tennis. The summer of 2011 will be her 4th year with NTC and she's really excited about it.

Sammy - Junior Assistant

Harrison - Junior Assistant

Camilla - Junior Assistant

Will J - Junior Assistant

Rachel - Junior Assistant

August - Junior Assistant

In Memoriam: Aimee Oki

Aimee is currently plays division I tennis at Northern Arizona University. She is studying exercise science in college and plans to go into sports training after graduating. Aimee started competing in tennis at age 8 and trained under many spectacular coaches along with her parents Mindy and Rick Oki. Aimee was ranked No. 1 in the nation in Mother-Daughter doubles in 2006. She specializes in doubles play but is continually improving overall singles play as well. Aimee has one last season of college tennis and hopes to go out with a bang! When not training on the court, she enjoys reading, hiking, singing, dancing, and family bonding.

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