LIFE'S BETTER AT THE VILLAGE

Gainey Tennis & Pickleball Experts

David Nguyen

Tennis & Pickleball Manager

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 and then moved to Scottsdale in 2019 where he has been coaching at the Village ever since.

David specializes in teaching high-performance tennis/pickleball 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 the Big South Conference Singles Champion, and was 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!

Rebecca Falkner

Rebecca began playing tennis at the age of six and hasn’t stopped since. She is a 2021 graduate of Augustana University where she won 4 regular-season NSIC Conference titles and 4 NSIC Conference Tournament titles. In 2022 she was 1 of 10 players selected as a USTA Tennis Coaching & Leadership Fellow in Orlando, Florida.
Rebecca is extremely passionate about teaching all ages and levels of tennis and helping athletes reach their full potential.

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.

Dylan Gunning

Dylan is from Boca Raton, Florida. He was highly ranked as a junior, No. 9 in the state of Florida and as high as No. 63 in the nation. He was also the highest-ranked American recruit ever to sign with FGCU, receiving a full-ride scholarship.

Dylan comes from a strong tennis background, as his Dad played on the ATP tour and was ranked inside the top 150 in the world. Dylan followed in his dad’s footsteps, playing in Futures tournaments at a professional level. When hindered by some injuries, he pursued a tennis career, teaching at resorts across Florida, and was the head pro in the Exumas Resort in the Bahamas.

He has a passion for bringing the best out of all his students.

Iulia Marcenco

Iulia is originally from Moldova. She moved to the US at the age of 16 as a foreign exchange student. After a year of living in Minnesota, she moved to Arizona where she played tennis at Arizona Christian University.

She started playing tennis at 5 years old and has never stopped. In recent years, she picked up the game of pickleball and has started competing in professional tournaments. 

Iulia’s passion for tennis and pickleball has transitioned into teaching. She enjoys working with people of all levels and ages.

Ryan Guercio

Ryan grew up in Chicago, Illinois where he began playing tennis at the age of five. Four years ago, he made the switch to pickleball and hasn’t looked back. His passion for the game has led him to become a PPR-certified level coach. Ryan’s energy and positivity allows each individual to feel comfortable with their own skill level. Ryan truly enjoys developing each player towards their own personal pickleball goals.