Tennis Pros

Phyllis Blackwell
Tennis Director

Phyllis is originally from Mobile, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management, and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1992. She is our Tennis Director here at LTC and was a touring pro for four years. Phyllis held a world ranking of 125 and competed at Wimbledon, the French Open and the U.S. Open. In 2008, she was a member of the U.S. women’s 50 team that took first place at the International Tennis Federation World Team Competition in Antalya, Turkey. Phyllis is certified as a USPTA Elite Professional.

Jani Tiilikainen
Junior Tennis Director

Jani has been at Lakeridge Tennis Club since 1998. He is originally from Finland, where he learned to play tennis at the age of six. Jani obtained the number one Men’s Singles and Doubles Ranking in the state of Califorinia and was voted the Norcal Player of the Year in 1998. Jani has held a world ranking on the ATP tour and has wins over players ranked in the 150 in the world. Jani is also a former number one singles and doubles player at the University of Nevada at Reno. He obtained a business degree from UNR and also served as the men’s assistant coach for two years. Jani has won the M30 USTA national singles six years in a row. Jani is the director of junior development and summer camp programs here at LTC. Jani enjoys teaching private and group lessons to all levels and abilities and has worked with many nationally and internationally ranked juniors.

Jason Yelley
Tennis Professional

Jason Yelley made his way to Reno from West Texas where he was District doubles champion and third in the region. He competed in USTA tournaments throughout Texas and made it to Super Champions as a junior. At the University of Nevada Reno he played four years under Ryan Johnston, #3 singles and #1 doubles positions. In 2004, Jason was the University of Nevada Assistant Women’s coach for Kurt Richter and became certified with the USPTA. He is currently the assistant director of the Summer Camps and afternoon junior programs. He enjoys teaching players of all levels and abilities.

Aleksandra Josifoska Shul
Tennis Professional

Aleksandra Josifoska Shul, native of Macedonia, is former number one singles and doubles player at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). Graduating in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration, Aleks attained a national ranking of 20 in singles and 26 in doubles.

At UNLV, Aleks was a 4 year All-American Participant, and recorded an NCAA singles appearance in 2013, as well as team appearances in ’11 and ’13. Among her accolades are the ‘13 Mountain West Player of The Year and UNLV Sportswoman of The Year.  Aleks led her team from the one position to become the Mountain West Champions in ’11 and ’13, which gave them a berth into the NCAA tournament as previously mentioned.  While at UNLV, Aleksandra also became an ITA Regional Champion for 2 consecutive years in ’12 and ‘13 propelling her to take a spot in the National Indoor Championship in New York City. While there, she posted one of the biggest upsets in program history by winning against the number 3 ranked player in the country.  Prior to joining UNLV, Aleksandra competed on the WTA tour for 1 year and reached a high ranking of 466. As a junior, she was a national champion of Macedonia in all junior categories and was part of her national team. As a part of the ITF team 16U, she reached a high ranking of 2 on ETA.

In her coaching career, Aleksandra worked at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in New York City and Sportime Tennis in Amagansett, East Hampton. She enjoys teaching tennis of all ages and levels.



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Five one hour sessions $275 outdoors
One hour session $72 indoors
Five hour sessions $330 indoors