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DC Ranch Tennis Experts

Dave Critchley

Tennis Director

Dave grew up playing tennis at a club where his mother was the teaching professional and his father ran the pro shop. He was ranked a top 10 junior in Canada and went on to play for West Virginia University and Arizona State University. He graduated from ASU with a bachelor’s degree in finance. After college, Dave competed at the Futures and Challenger level of professional tennis maintaining an ATP world ranking in singles and doubles for several years. He represented Canada at Pan American Games for Canada and retired from the tour in 2000.

Gabo Gallefi

Gabo was born in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He started playing tennis at the age of 9 and continued to play national tournaments in his home country in all junior divisions. Gabo began his coaching career in Argentina and in 2013 moved to Shanghai, China where he was a WTA Hitting partner and Tennis Professional. A year later, he moved to Mexico and worked as a traveling coach of ATP players and a Tennis Professional at El Molino Club Privado. Gabo attended Arizona Christian University from 2014-2018 where he played Collegiate Tennis. While at ACU, he played in the GSAC conference reaching a national ranking of #16 in doubles and #8 in ITA Team rankings. After graduating, Gabo moved to Wichita, Kansas to work as a Tennis Professional and later became Junior Tennis Director for Genesis Health Clubs. In January 2021 Gabo joined the DC Ranch Village where he will specialize in 12 & Under and High-Performance players as well as creating new clinics for adults. Gabo’s tennis mission is to positively impact and influence the DC Ranch community with his high energy, unique coaching style and focus on relationship building.

David Nguyen

David grew up in Baltimore, Maryland where he was a top-ranked national player throughout his junior career. He played Division I Tennis for the University of Virginia, which was consistently ranked top 5 in Division I Men’s Tennis. After college, David competed at the highest level on the Pro Tour. 

David specializes in teaching high-performance tennis and has a passion for bringing the best out of every individual—on and off the court. 

Bill Meredith

Bill grew up in Michigan playing on clay courts. He was ranked in the Westerns, Southern and Missouri Valley sections. Attended Coastal Carolina College, earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration was Big South Conference Singles Champion and named Team MVP.  Bill’s coaching has included USTA U12 Boy’s National Champion in both singles and doubles. At the adult level, he has coached both Men’s and Women’s USTA Adult League teams to Sectionals and Nationals, including a current Women’s 40 & over 4.0 National Champion.

Bill is Net Generation Certified and serves on Wilson’s Advisory Staff.  His passion and focus are now on “Tennis for Life”, as he works with all ages and levels, helping players enjoy the great game of tennis!

Iveta Kuhnel

Iveta grew up in the Czech Republic where she started playing tennis at the age of seven. She played on the Czech national junior team and was ranked #2 in the Southern District of Czechoslovakia. Iveta played college tennis for Charles University while completing her medical degree in 1993. After relocating to Arizona in 2001, she earned her USPTA certification and began her teaching at various local tennis clubs. Having played extensively on clay, hard, and grass, Iveta incorporates the essentials of the game into her unique teaching philosophy. She emphasizes eye-hand coordination, proper techniques, court movement, and positioning in her lessons. Her style is direct, dynamic, and fun.

Nemo Brcan

Nemo was born and raised in Subotica, Serbia. He fell in love with tennis at an early age and began competing as a junior. Before his 14th birthday, he was ranked 5th in the nation and won the U14 National Championship. Nemo attended Erskine College in South Carolina on a full scholarship, earning a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Nemo began to teach tennis professionally in 2010 in South Bend, ID. He has high expectations for both himself and his students and believes that to improve in tennis you must have a strong work ethic, balanced with a fun learning environment.

Stavro Sophocleous

Stavro grew up in Fresno, California where he started playing tennis at the age of two. When he was 16, he made the Cyprus national team. Stavro went on to play college tennis until having to stop due to injuries.
Stavro has been teaching tennis since he was 17 and is looking forward to taking his talents to The Gainey Ranch Village, where he can bring his unique style, upbeat attitude, and high energy to help people reach their tennis and pickleball goals.

Chris Chastain

Chris gives new meaning to the phrase “tennis is a lifetime sport.”  His father, mother, grandparents, and great-grandparents were all tennis players. Growing up his dad would take him and his brother out to hit. Years later, he followed in his family’s footsteps and became a tennis professional. Chris is a USPTA-certified tennis professional and continually strives to develop his skills as a coach and be a great ambassador for the sport.