Latin Coaches

  • Diego Snyder-Zuasnabar, Houston, TX

  • Carlos Mendez, Las Vegas, NV

  • Juan Oscar Rios, Miami, FL

  • Victor Hugo Camargo, Naples, FL

Let us know if you want to get in touch with one of them and we'll pass your request on to them.

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Meet Houston Tennis Pro Diego Snyder-Zuasnabar from Peru
Teaching now in Houston, Texas

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We were curious finding out why a person with criminal justice degrees who is currently studying to get his law degree, is teaching tennis.

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Hi, my name is Diego Snyder-Zuasnabar. I'm from Lima, Peru and I live in Houston, Texas, USA. I am teaching at the River Oaks Country Club in Houston.

 

I am USPTA, USPTR, PPR (Pickleball) certified and I've been teaching tennis full time for 4 years now. 

What I enjoy most about my work? That I don’t see what I do as work. 

Tennis has been my life for the last 20 years. I’ve represented my country in numerous events, played collegiately, and played a few professional tournaments as well. I felt I owed so much to the game for everything that it has given, so before I moved on to the next chapter in my life, I turned to coaching tennis to give back. Law and politics have always been a passion of mine and I feel like the opportunities that tennis has given me have served as a gateway into the legal field.  

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Meet Coach Carlos Mendez from Mexico
Working now in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Hi, my name is Carlos Mendez. I’m a US-born Native Hispanic. I have Native Mexican and Spanish bloodlines. In other words, I’m an American with Mexican cultural heritage.  I live in Las Vegas, Nevada, and Chicago, Illinois.

TCB: When were you introduced to tennis, and who introduced you?

CM: As a youngster, I did not take tennis lessons. I grew up in East Los Angeles, CA in a community where tennis courts and lessons were not accessible. I was introduced to the sport by watching Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi on TV.  I played high school basketball in 

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the 90’s and that’s also when I first picked up a racket. I recall attempting to learn to play on weekends as my weekdays were consumed with basketball practice.  I remember the first time I played tennis, the next day my forearm was extremely sore so much that I had doubts of ever getting back on the tennis court. It certainly didn’t help my basketball 3-point shot! 

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 Carlos Mendez, his wife and their two children, Bella and Amadeo

TCB: Did you ever teach tennis? Are you a certified tennis pro?

CM: I introduce the sport in under-resourced communities and coach the kids, including my own, Bella, 14 and Amadeo, 8. I am the founder of Multicutural Tennis Association Inc. and have USTA youth tennis and Safe Play certifications. 

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TCB: You are the founder of the Multicultural Tennis Association, MTA,  a National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapter of the USTA Foundation in Las Vegas and Chicago. What made you start this organization in 2014?

CM: When my daughter was born, I had envisioned her playing basketball like I did. When she was 6 years old,  at my wife Michelle’s suggestion, we enrolled Bella for tennis lessons at a local country club. It was then that my interest for the sport was reignited. The memories of my youth and the lack of accessible tennis opportunities all came back and gave birth to my life-long passion for tennis. I soon became an advocate of tennis and after realizing the lack of affordable and accessible tennis programs in under-resourced communities, I

decided to make a difference. I wanted to introduce the sport to kids who were like me as a kid. So, my family embarked on a life-long tennis journey and established Multicultural Tennis Association Inc. a tax-exempt non-profit youth tennis organization with a mission to make tennis accessible to all. 

TCB: What is your role at MTA? Are there other tennis professionals involved?

CM: I am the Founder and do just about everything related to day to day operations on and off the courts. I’m fortunate to have a team of dedicated and passionate volunteers, supportive community leaders, and coaches. Our main goal is to introduce tennis at an early age and support kids in this highly demanding sport.  

 

TCB: How is MTA doing? Have you been growing it over the last 6 years?  

CM: MTA’s programs are based in schools and parks. We have a long-standing partnership with city recreational departments and schools. Our partnerships have enabled us to give free lessons to hundreds of kids in the past 6 years and counting. We are proud to contribute to the growth of tennis. 

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TCB: How is MTA funded?

CM: Thanks to the funding from our family, private donors, and the USTA Foundation we are able to support and activate our programming. 

TCB: What are your biggest challenges running MTA?

CM: The current pandemic has certainly disrupted millions of lives. Kids, now more than ever, need sports. I will continue to champion our youth tennis programs and encourage family activity as we all overcome this pandemic. In addition, one of the lingering challenges nonprofit tennis organizations face is attracting PTR/USPTA certified high-performance coaches to further develop driven youth that are not typically from the academy or country club circuit. Our budgets do not allow for high-cost coaches. It would be beneficial for the sport to have more high-performance coaches contribute to the growth of tennis in under-resourced community programs. 

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TCB: If money were no object, what would you do with MTA?

CM: Our goals are to have more diversity in all levels of tennis, equitable representation of USA 🇺🇸 juniors receiving US college tennis scholarships, and certainly more BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) US Hispanic professional tennis players. This requires much financial support and a long term prospectus. As a reminder, our sport’s USA 🇺🇸 legends include Richard Pancho González, Arthur Ashe, Rosie Casal, and Charlie Pasarell, amongst many others who long ago contributed to the growth of tennis in their own communities such as the American Tennis Association, Mexican Tennis Association, Hispano Tennis Association, and La Raza Tennis Association. 
 

TCB: What are your future plans with MTA?

CM: MTA will continue to introduce the sport to kids, identify and support those who love the sport, develop those that aspire to earn college scholarships and/or become pro. But above all, MTA will continue to champion the growth of tennis in under-resourced communities and instill a pay it forward ethos in kids. Remember, it takes a village to raise a tennis player!

TCB: Thank you, Carlos.

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Meet Puerto Rican Tennis Pro Juan Oscar Rios

Now teaching in Miami, Florida

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Hi, my name is Juan Oscar Rios. I was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. My grandmother came to Puerto Rico from Spain, therefore I have a Spanish heritage.

 

TCB: Where do you live and work now, Juan?

JOR: I live in Miami, Florida. I work for Tennis Revolution, a company that manages private and public sports facilities.

TCB: When were you introduced to tennis, and who introduced you?

JOR: I started playing tennis at the age of 4. I was taught by my father (PR Hall of Famer) who has been a coach to hundreds of world-ranked players. Some of those players include Gigi Fernandez, Francisco Gonzalez, and Brian Gottfried.

TCB: You played tennis in college, had an exciting career playing Davis Cup, and worked at many nice tennis clubs and organizations. In 2009 you became President of

Tennis Concierge Global. Can you tell us what this is and what you do at that organization?

JOR: My career highlight is representing my country at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. TCG is a management, events, and court construction company that I founded in 2009. As President, I oversee all aspects of management, celebrity events, and Camps. Some of my past celebrity events have been with famous stars like Mats Wilander, Chris Evert, Anna Kournikova, and Billie Jean King.

TCB: In March of 2020 you became President of IJN Sports. How did this come about and what is that company doing?

JOR: This company was formed in 2020, and my sole purpose is to start developing my ultimate dream of a Kid's sports & education foundation here in Florida.


TCB: A few months later, in June of 2020, you took on the General Manager position at Tennis Revolution, a company founded by Eric Rebhuhn. What is that company's mission statement and what are you trying to accomplish there?

JOR: So Tennis Revolution- founded by my long time friend and partner Eric Rebhuhn. T R's mission and vision is to manage tennis facilities, run ATP & WTA events, as well as manage resorts all over the Caribbean and the world. We also have a department that shades tennis facilities - a new concept in which we have a partnership with a company called Fabritecture- an Australian architectural & design company.


TCB: What is your biggest challenge working three jobs in three different areas?

JOR: The challenges are tremendous, but when one has a genuine passion for the game of tennis then it's easier!


TCB: What are your long-term plans for the future in regards to managing tennis?

JOR: My long term plans are to develop a foundation that helps underprivileged youth have an opportunity to excel in life through the great game of Tennis.
 

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TCB: Have you played pickleball? Do you like it?

JOR: I have tried pickleball and I think it's a great game that complements the sport of tennis.
 

TCB: What is your tennis racquet of choice? 

JOR: I'm sponsored by Volkl for the last 10 years. I think Volkl has great racquets and I highly recommend them. 

 

TCB: Thank you, Juan.    

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Meet Mexican Tennis Pro Victor Hugo Camargo

Now teaching in Naples, Florida

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Hi, my name is Victor Hugo Camargo. I was born in a small town in Mexico called Moroleón, part of the state of Guanajuato in the central part of the country.

TCB: Where do you live and work now?

VHC: Now I live in Naples Florida and for the past 4 years I have been working at Sanchez Casal Tennis Academy as the Director of the Junior Program.

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TCB: When were you introduced to tennis, and who introduced you?

VHC: I started playing tennis in a very circumstantial way. Since I was a little kid I had always been passionate about sports. When I was 7, like a lot of kids in Mexico, I was into soccer but a bit frustrated because I just had too much energy to play and compete and my friends were not as committed. One day I was at a sports facility waiting for my dad who was playing “fronton” (Spanish racquetball game) and I got a little bored. There was a tennis court next to us, very deteriorated I have to say; with a falling net, large cracks in the floor, no fences surrounding it, but at the time the only one in my town nonetheless. I was curious about it. When he was on a break waiting to play, I asked him to hit some balls with me, and it was an immediate connection with the sport. A few weeks later, on a Sunday, where my whole family was reunited I got to watch on TV a David Cup match where Mexico defeated Germany with Boris Becker on the roster, it was a big deal for the country. That event, combined with my quick interaction with the sport, initiated an “internal fire” for the sport, which still lives inside of me until the day. Months later coincidentally with these events, they built the first tennis club with 8 hard courts, and from then on I started taking lessons, playing my first tournaments, traveling for regional competitions, etc. Every step was a new discovery. Little by little I learned the game and became part of the tennis world.

TCB: Did you play tennis in college?

VHC: Yes, I did. The summer after I finished High School, I came to visit my mom’s side of her family in Modesto, CA. It was thanks to them who opened not only the doors to their house but to their hearts, they offered me the opportunity to stay with them and go to College there. I played for Modesto Junior College where both years we were very successful, gaining conference championships and getting many individual accomplishments, but most importantly, experiencing what is to be part of a tennis community and have relationships built through the sport. Two years later I was offered a full-ride scholarship to Santa Clara University where I transferred for my junior and senior years, having a great experience and a very good record.

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TCB: You were in Spain for almost 9 years. How did this come about? How did the Sanchez Casal Academy find you?

VHC: I found Sanchez Casal…  I had always admired Spanish players’ fighting spirit; I identified myself with the passion they transmit and the attitude to run and work for every ball.

Once I finished my college experience, I went back to Mexico, I was in the transition to move on with my life, leave behind my days as a competitive tennis player and work as a professional in another area. But I also decided I wanted to pass on all my experience in tennis and teach the sport to young players from my town in Mexico. I looked at places in Spain and I contacted Sanchez Casal who offered me to be with them for the summer. After 2 months in Barcelona, with the beauty of the city, the tennis atmosphere you breathe there, and the coaches I met, I came to the conclusion I wanted to do it as my Profession. Then I was offered to stay for the year and my history with Sanchez Casal started there…

TCB: After Spain, you moved to Mexico and taught at a university? Was there tennis involved?

VHC: Yes, there was tennis involved and it was a very gratifying experience at Universidad Cuauhtémoc in Querétaro. I had the opportunity to influence young individuals beyond the act of sharing my tennis knowledge and it was something very refreshing. Most of our sessions were in the classroom, teaching the characteristics of individual sports, but focusing on tennis and all aspects involved in this sport.


TCB: Since 2016 you work for the Sanchez Casal Academy again, this time in Naples, Florida. How did this happen? Why Sanchez Casal Academy?

VHC: When I left ASC Barcelona it was not easy. I have lots of friends and colleagues that I respect a lot there. So when while I was in my second year back in Mexico, Emilio Sanchez, the owner of ASC, contacted me to see if I was interested in coming to Naples. He shared with me his vision for this place and I decided I wanted to be part of that again.

I was lucky to have my wife’s support and we decided to move here to continue our journey.

TCB: You must like working for Sanchez Casal. What's so special about that Academy?

VHC: Working at a tennis academy is not for everybody. It is very demanding, and not many economical rewards involved. But being able to have an influence on young 

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individuals, in their values, their approach to life, is priceless. ASC is special because it is a place of hardworking people in love with tennis as a sport and its values. It is a place made by the people who work there, their dedication, care and enthusiasm on top of all the professional knowledge behind them; make it a unique tennis academy in the world.

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TCB: I have been lucky to work with amazing talents, witness how they develop to play the game with such grace and beauty, share with them moments of excellence in the execution of the game, and witness their accomplishments. But most importantly I have had the opportunity to be part of the formation of the character of many individuals who are not going to be tennis professionals, but because of their experiences here with us, now they have a great base to face life and its challenges. Seeing entrepreneurs, engineers, economists, etc. doing well in life and showing you respect for what you taught them makes us feel good about our job.

TCB: What are your challenges at your job in Naples?

VHC: Our main challenge is to give each player that comes here an opportunity to build a good character that allows them to develop their potential as tennis players and becomes their pillar for life; we ambition to bring the best out of each individual in a team environment.

 

TCB: What are your long-term plans for the future in regards to tennis?

VHC: I am working to become more knowledgeable in the mental side of the sport. I would like to help players more in that aspect. For me, it is a side that I enjoy from my job, being able to motivate others to become the best version of them in whatever they do. I want to have more tools to become better at it.

 

TCB: Have you played pickleball? Do you like it?
VHC: No. I haven’t, it seems fun. I have played PADEL, and I enjoyed it a lot. I found that it is a very dynamic game where regardless of your level; you get to interact a lot, have fun and get a good workout.

 

TCB: What is your tennis racquet of choice?

VHC: I am using a HEAD Speed MP, it gives me a good feeling, good control, especially with the volleys which as a coach I get to spend a lot of time doing exercises volleying at the net.

TCB: Thank you, Victor.

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