TENNIS PRO STAFF

Partner & Director of Tennis

Christophe P. Delavaut

Christophe holds an Elite Professional rating by the U.S.P.T.A  (1996), P.T.R. (1986), and MTM (2012) and a member of the PTCA (2015). He has competed and coached at every level from juniors collegiate and professional. Graduate of Franklin Pierce University ’87 with Bachelor of Science in Business Management, with Minor in Recreation Management. Awarded Full 4-year Tennis Scholarship and was a Division II all American in 1986. Christophe has 30 years of experience as a Director of Tennis and Head Tennis Professional at several Top 50 Tennis Resorts and exclusive Country Clubs. He is a current Faculty Member of the Tennis Congress as well as a speaker for the USPTA continuing education courses. Christophe was the Director of Tennis at the Grand Harbor C.C. for 20 season. Christophe is the founder of the Common Thread Teaching Methodology and the Proactive
Doubles Strategy Method.

Head Tennis Pro

Karim Balagh

Karim has extensive experience working at well-known clubs such as The Colony in Sarasota and the East River Club in NYC, as well as a Master Pro at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy high performance program. Karim has coached a number of touring ATP and WTA ranked players including Karim Alami (#21) and Greta Arn (#40). Karim is fluent in French, Dutch, Arabic and proficient in Spanish. He is currently the Director of Tennis for the summer season at Old Black Point Club in Niantic, CT.

Assistant Tennis Professional

Jackie Gurda

Jackie is resourceful, self-motivated, and energetic. Prior to joining the Boulevard, Jackie was the head pro at Aquarina in Melbourne Beach. She also spent a season at John's Island, and prior spent several years teaching Glastonbury CT. Jackie received her PTR certification for quick stat teaching youth tennis. Jackie went to SUNY Orange College in New York, Winning a NJCAA D3 national championship in doubles, and runner up in singles.

Assistant Tennis Professional

Connor Pickering

Conner Pickering has a decade of teaching experience. Graduated from Saint Edward’s School in 2010 when he was also the Florida State singles finalist and doubles champion. He attended Bluefield State College in West Virginia, where he helped bring the Big Blues 4 straight Regional championships with 68 straight conference wins.

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