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TENNIS LESSONS from a PRO! (Manhattan)

I have taught at the John McEnroe Tennis Academy and The Central Park Tennis Center among others (full resume below for your perusal). You'll see I have lots of experience.
I have a number of private students, and a good number of reviews from them as well (Some listed below.) I will take you to the level you want to achieve...and at Reasonable Rates.

ROBERT MITCHELL
USPTA Certified Tennis Instructor

Professional Experience:

JOHN MCENROE TENNIS ACADEMY AT RANDALLS ISLAND
Worked with GILAD BLOOM (Formerly Ranked #61 in the World, and #1 for Israel and Davis Cup Team), the program coordinator and Tennis Director,
in implementing his instructions and techniques.
Instruct and supervise all participants in a variety of drills and strokes.
Implement fitness exercises to all students.

SUTTON EAST TENNIS, Manhattan
Worked with Program Director, Michael Filipek
Indoors - After School Juniors Program

CENTRAL PARK TENNIS
Worked with Mohammed Yakubu (Former Davis Cup Player)
Juniors and Adults, Groups and Privates

TCR (Tennis Center of Riverdale)
Hired by Juan Rios (Former Davis Cup Player) in the Adults
and Juniors Program

Trinity High School, Manhattan
Assistant to Former Program Director, Pascal Gharamone
Assist in Privates, Group Lessons and the Team Program.
Encourage and promote tennis and the tennis program, and

R.A.M. TENNIS - Private Instruction with ROBERT MITCHELL

Education:
Graduated/Played for the University of Illinois
Graduate Studies at Northwestern University

REVIEWS from Private Students:
5/5 stars Tennis Lessons Verified Review

Wen Z.
Robert is incredibly easy to work with, making each lesson enjoyable and stress-free. As a total beginner, I have seen significant improvements in my skills, thanks to his patient and methodical teaching style.
Jun 10, 2024

Mayumi S.
I’ve taken 3 lessons with Robert so far and it’s been a great experience and lots of fun. He is a kind and thorough teacher and I am looking forward to continuing lessons. I’m basically a beginner but feel like I’ve already learned a lot from him already, and would highly recommend!
04/26/24

Preston D.
Robert is an excellent tennis teacher. He meets you where you're at and adapts his lesson plan to fit your interests/learning style. His keen attention to detail is very helpful as far as developing proper technique, and helped me improve with a greater sense of purpose. Would highly recommend!
May 1, 2024

Alexandra C.
The classes with Robert are excellent .He designs your personalized class to your needs. Thank you for helping me advance my tennis.
Apr 27, 2024


Ella J.
Robert is fun, he's patient, flexible with time, and I learned a whole lot in a very short time!
Jan. 5, 2024

Mayank M.
Robert has been an excellent coach - I had no background in racket sports and he's been very patient and methodical in teaching me the basics and helping me build confidence. He gives highly personalized advice by carefully observing form and timing, which has been extremely helpful to me. Would 100% recommend.
Aug. 24, 2023

Linda M.
Robert is an excellent communicator, offers a calm and ease to learning a new skill, answers any and all questions, has a dedication and supportive nature. Bravo!
July 15, 2023

Roula S.
Robert is excellent! I had minimal tennis background when I started taking lessons with him and only a few months in already feel confident playing on court. He worked on my hand-eye coordination and gave me some fun drills to learn. He is very patient and provides lots of constructive feedback. Highly recommend!
June 7, 2023

Ellen G.
Robert has been a fantastic teacher, I have felt my skills improving each week. The exercises are fun and tailored to what I’m interested in learning. Cannot recommended highly enough!
Mar 30, 2023

David W.
Private Tennis Instruction
I’ve been working with Robert for a few months now and cannot praise him enough. He does a great job of breaking the learning curve down to manageable, actionable exercises that pay off. I was a tennis novice and have been very impressed by his professionalism, patience, and his genuine excitement to see me improve.
Feb. 15, 2023

Verified

Felix Y.
Rob is a great Tennis teacher. His non-rushed and hands on approach really corrected my bad habits. He taught me how to volley and serve in ways that I never thought of before. Most importantly, he is truly happy when you are improving. Definitely the best teachers that I ever had. Highly recommended.
Jan. 7, 2023

James P.
I’ve been taking lessons with Robert for about 2 months after taking a break for many years. He provides a good balance between technical exercises and enjoyable games. He gives constant constructive feedback and does so in a patient manner. And he also provides additional notes outside of class. His scheduling has been very flexible for me, and is very responsive. I would definitely recommend him to anyone who wants to start learning tennis or wants to improve.
Dec. 15, 2022

Chloe Z.
Great teacher - for beginners too!
Nov 29, 2022

Verified

Joy M.
Was able to recognize and address deficiencies in technique.
Oct 27, 2022

Marco M.
I work with Robert on a weekly basis to improve my tennis skills. He is professional, knowledgeable and has great resources for learning. Robert tailors each session based on the areas where I need improvement.
I highly recommend Robert as a Tennis Instructor.
Oct 25, 2022

Soraya D.
Robert is a great teacher- he is articulate, patient, and very knowledgeable!
September 29, 2022

Perela G.
Robert has been a professional and extremely knowledgeable tennis instructor thus far, my husband and I have truly enjoyed working with him!
Aug. 25, 2022

Wayne G.
Robert is a very professional instructor with good work quality. We meet at handball court to practice basic movement as a beginner, and then change to public tennis course when needed. He also gives recommendations and instructions for those courses such as how to reserve and the peak/off peak hours. Highly recommended.
Jul 20, 2022

Lisa C.
Robert is great! I've learned so much from him, and he's always kind and punctual. Definitely recommend!
Jul 8, 2022

Eric M.
Been doing lessons with Robert for many weeks at this point. Really enjoy the instruction and flexibility.
June 17, 2022

Julia P.
Private Tennis Instruction
Robert made getting started in tennis easy by finding a place for us to do the lessons, bringing me a racquet and being a patient and skilled teacher. I’m enjoying the lessons and my swings are all improving a lot. Defiant recommend him!
June 7, 2022
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Kirstin P.
My daughter is enjoying her lessons with Robert and progressing very nicely. She had taken lessons for several years as a young child and then got interrupted, but Robert has gotten her back on track right where she left off. His approach is very efficient, and well balanced between technique and theory. Highly recommended!
May 29, 2022

Jennifer K.
Robert is excellent. He makes learning fun and really builds confidence.
May18, 2022

Rebecca P.
Private Tennis Instruction
Robert is an excellent coach. He is patient and thorough. I've been taking lessons with him for the last 2 months. His inputs have helped me improve my technique. I'd definitely recommend Robert to anyone looking to improve their game.
Apr 26, 2022

Verified
Caroline W.
Robert is a great tennis instructor. His pace for progressing skills/technique over time is perfect, as well as his ability to identify, communicate, and help improve areas where I’ve struggled. I have seen continuous improvement since working with him and can’t recommend him enough!
Apr 25, 2022

Karen W.
I learned how to play tennis from scratch from Robert. He is professional, responsive and provides high value. I recommend learning tennis from Robert!
Apr 23, 2022

Dan F.
Robert is an excellent tennis coach who I am working with to improve all aspects of my game. Robert is able to recognize areas to improve my performance on the court through changes both large and small. Together we have worked on my footwork, movement, and ground strokes. I would highly recommend Robert as a coach to both beginners and experienced players looking to build their game.
Apr 23, 2022

Mark R.
Robert knows his stuff and makes tennis lessons fun!
March 20, 2022

Sara R.
Robert is a dedicated and patient Tennis Instructor. His playing background and skill are evident during the lessons. Highly recommend!
Dec 11, 2021

April Y.
My friend and I started Tennis lessons with Robert as almost beginners. Robert was very effective in breaking down the basic fundamentals in digestible detail and I felt that we were learning technique in a structured manner. We tried several instructors and found Robert to be the most detailed, and we appreciated that Robert advanced us at an appropriate pace so that we did not feel overwhelmed by trying to learn too much at one time. I would highly recommend Robert for any future prospective students.
Dec 5, 2021

Cc P.
Robert has been very patient and encouraging with teaching newbies. He also corrects my mistakes very carefully. Would definitely recommend him!
Dec 1, 2021

Ofir L.
Robb is a fantastic teacher! He is extremely professional, highly skilled and qualified. My playing skills have substantially improved in a short period of time. Communication with Rob is great - he is very responsive and accommodating.
I definitely recommend Rob if you are looking to improve your playing!
Nov 30, 2021

Yi C.
I am a near beginner and Robert has been very patient with me since day one. He is quick at pointing out what my mistakes are and helpful in correcting them. In addition, he is punctual and easy to communicate with. Highly recommend!
Nov 30, 2021

Morgan L.
My girlfriend and I started semi-private lessons with Robert several weeks ago. We are both beginners. Robert is a great teacher, who is able to identify what part of your skills most needs improvement and then makes sure you are correcting that properly. He is patient and makes the lessons enjoyable. We have been having a lot of fun learning and always look forward to the next lesson.
Oct 29, 2021

Alexander B.
We had a very good experience. Robert worked well with students of very different skill levels.
Oct 22, 2021


Saaket P.
Robert is a wonderful tennis coach to help out students of any skill level. His experience and patience are perfect for those learning the game for the first time. I decided to start learning tennis, recently, and after my first lesson with Robert I knew he was the perfect instructor for me. He is able to diagnose strengths and weaknesses for each student and help them improve their weaknesses while also providing encouragement about strengths to help build confidence in students. I look forward to taking many more lessons with Robert and would highly recommend him to anyone wishing to learn tennis for the first time.
Oct. 20, 2021

Veronica m.
I couldn't be happier with Robert as an instructor! I had previously taken a handful of lessons with other coaches who were not as detailed or reliable. He's also cool so that's a plus. Robert drills the basics and calls out my mistakes, which has helped me tremendously. He also sent a very informative email detailing all court options, permit requirements, and pricing which was SUPER helpful because NYC is a very tricky place to play. HIGHLY RECOMMEND Robert if you're looking for lessons.
Oct 10, 2021

Min Z.
I have had 3 lessons so far with Robert and he is a very good coach. I was a complete beginner in tennis and he approached our weekly lessons with the utmost professionalism and patience. He is always flexible with scheduling and very responsive via text. I highly recommend Robert to anyone who is looking to build a solid foundation in tennis!
Sept. 20, 2021

Becky N.
I personally never tried tennis before and never thought I would enjoy it. However, Robert is so patient and detailed as an instructor, and has such great sense of humor that I got my husband to join as well, now train with him weekly and so look forward to it. He is flexible with scheduling as well. Would recommend to any beginner!
Aug 18, 2021

Steve L.
Best tennis coach ever. He is consistent and passionate and kind and professional!
Aug 8, 2021

Thao N.
Rob has helped me with all of the basics of tennis. He broken down to individual movement which helped me to learn quickly. He is very responsive. Highly recommended!
July 27, 2021

Dominick D.
Robert is a great tennis coach! He is very helpful and patient. He breaks down the mechanics of the swing so you can learn quickly. Highly recommend him!
July 17, 2021

Hannah K.
Robert is a GREAT tennis coach! I'm a beginner and needed a teacher with patience and a strong skillset. Robert is that and much more - he is a wonderful communicator and extremely flexible. I'm so grateful I found him and look forward to my weekly tennis lessons. I highly recommend him as a coach.
July 7, 2021

Charlotte S.
I highly recommend working with Robert to improve your tennis skills. He perfectly adapted the lessons to my level and has helped me get to my goal much faster than I thought was possible. Robert is fun, observant, talented, and an extremely effective teacher!
June 17, 2021

Linh J.
I started taking tennis lessons with Rob since Aug 2020 and loved it so I recommended my other 5 friends to join me. He is caring and professional. Would recommend you to learn with him.
Jun 13, 2021

Verified
Soro S.
About two weeks ago I was in Manhattan visiting family for a little over one week. During that time I met up with Robert three times. I found each session to be productive and fun. He even suggested some slight adjustments to my game which have been very helpful. I’m looking forward to working with Robert again the next time I visit my family in Manhattan.
Jun 4, 2021

John A.
Robert’s been a great instructor in bringing the best out of me! Really appreciate his guidance and communication!
Jun 4, 2021

Karen W.
I learned the foundation of tennis from Robert and it has been a great experience! Highly recommend.
May 31, 2021

Mar M.
May 30, 2021
I trained with Robert since the spring of 2020 and improved my tennis a lot. I’ve played tennis in several phases of my life since I was young, but felt like it finally came all together, the foot work, timing, my grand strokes got better, my volleys sharper and overall much more control and power.
As I thought it would be fun to have a hobby with my boyfriend. I encouraged him to take lessons with Robert in the summer as well. And despite he had no experience, Robert helped him to get a very solid technical base and we are able to have pretty decent rallies.…Read more


Sweta M.
May 29, 2021
I started training with Robert last year with zero experience of playing any sport. I had very poor hand eye coordination and terrible reflexes. But Robert has a knack for teaching tennis and his nuances helped me get better at the game. 6 months later, I’m now able to play on the court as I continue to fine tune my tennis skills. I highly recommend Robert for all levels of players. He is a ranked player of the sport and is a thorough professional. It has been a pleasure learning the nuances of the sport with him.

Verified
Arseny L.
Robert is a world class instructor. I am a beginner and what I have learned in the first few lessons with Robert has really taken me to the next level. He is professional, always on time and very highly engaged. He is interested in perfecting every single stroke. I highly recommend him to anyone looking to either start or perfect their game! A++ in my book.
May 29, 2021

Catherine S.
We had a lesson with Robert last weekend. I have been playing for years but I definitely feel my backhand technique improved. Robert also places a lot of emphasis on moving, which will come helpful to real gameplay.
May 18, 2021
Verified

Stephanie B.
Robert is fabulous and I would recommend him 100%. I started lessons as a beginner with no experience and Robert has been incredibly patient while teaching me. The way he goes through the details of each tactic is very detailed and he is very knowledgable and has taught me the ways everything works together nicely.
March 1, 2021

Cheryl c.
Robert is amazing! I’ve taken 3 lessons with him so far and I’ve made great progress, so good that I decided to make it a weekly thing. He’s very patient and gives good instruction. Very flexible with scheduling too, highly recommend!
Jan 14, 2021

Erick P.
I thought this was money well spent. Robert gave me some good instruction and he also seemed to care about me improving my technique.
Nov. 14, 2020

Aug 11, 2020
Caroline K.
I'm new to tennis and have only taken a couple of lessons with Robert so far, but I'm already learning so much and seeing an improvement in my skills. Robert is fun, easygoing and thorough with his instructions and makes the technique easy to pick up. Since I'm new to tennis, Robert brings a racquet for me to use (appreciate not having to invest in one for myself yet). He is always there early to ensure we have the space we need and he's a great communicator. I highly recommend Robert for tennis lessons.

Ting Chen
August 2, 2020
My friend asked me if I wanted to join her in taking lessons with Robert. He immediately improved my strokes and did the same for my girlfriend. Both our games have improved quickly!

Donny A.
July 15, 2020
I knew my game needed some improvement and I was immediately impressed how Robert worked within my game to find things to make me play better. Having fun!

Suhil G.
June 7, 2020
Robert is a really good instructor. He explains things really well, has a great eye for what you're doing right or wrong and is able to fix your problem on the spot!

Anita Layritz
May 12, 2020
I hadn't played for many years but Robert reviewed the basics with me, refined my technique a whole lot and added some new shots to my game. I've improved a lot in a really short time!

Bill B.
April 10, 2020
He's patient and fun to work with and knows his stuff!

Steven W.
March 11, 2019
Robert is a wonderful teacher!

Dore L.
January 3, 2019
I hadn't played tennis for several years, but Robert has ignited a resurgence in me, and I'm really enjoying tennis again!

Gerry Franklin
December 15, 2019
My friend and I have been working with Robert for 2 months now and we're really having a good time!

I've been working with Robert for more than a month now, and enjoying and learning a lot!
Sally C.
December 1, 2018

Robert is the best! Personable, patient, fun to work with, and he knows his subject and knows how to teach it!
Frank O.
September, 2018

Robert is a professional & highly responsible teacher. He correctly understands what I need to learn and arranges effective learning drills. He always explains each stroke clearly and makes what is difficult, easy to understand. Also, he has a strong background and can be highly recommended for beginners to advanced learners.
Taylor U.
July 23, 2018

I had no knowledge of tennis at all when my friend suggested we start learning. We then found Robert via Thumbtack and it has been one of the greatest learning experiences! Each week I am so excited to practice tennis with Robert as he is very knowledgeable and most importantly patient with my beginner ability. He kindly corrects my mistakes and I thoroughly enjoy his teaching style! Highly recommend.
Katie O.
April 24, 2018

Diana R.
March 5, 2018
Working with Robert has been a wonderful experience. He challenges you, but still moves at a pace that allows you to grasp each new technique. Every lesson is customized and different, and he is very flexible with his schedule. Our tennis lessons are one of the highlights of my week! Thanks Robert!

August H.
November 24, 2017
Robert has helped me get my game back in shape after several years off AND in no time at all. I've never felt more confident with my strokes!

Thumbtack Customer
October 9, 2017
Anonymous Review
In my opinion Robert is a patient and skilled teacher. He created a fun atmosphere to learn. He was punctual and consistent. If you want to learn, whatever your pace and previous skill level, I am confident Robert can adapt to your needs and provide a first class experience.

Nuoya L.
October 7, 2017
Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
Robert was very patient in his coaching with effective communication. I had an amazing experience as a beginner and always a great time learning tennis with Robert!

Kohzy K.
October 1, 2017
I started from scratch, with zero knowledge of tennis, and Robert was patient in teaching me the basic, starting against a wall in a handball court first, before graduating to a full court.
Robert is really responsive and very flexible in lesson time. He was patient and put me through drills to ensure I got the different strokes down. I always come away from a lesson feeling like I've improved in a particular aspect of my game. Under his tutelage I can now rally with some consistency!

Lisa D.
September 22, 2017
Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
Robert is a master of the sport and most importantly, patience. I knew nothing about tennis so he really had a lot of work on his hands. He explained everything so well and made sure I got it right before moving on to the next technique. I can be a slow learner and am not very coordinated, but he helped me progress each time we met. He is very flexible with meeting times and will work with me to grab a convenient time for my schedule. Great easy going personality and he really invests a great amount of care into me becoming a better player. Highly recommended expert coach!!!

Vera T.
August 3, 2017
Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
Robert is one of the best coaches! He has extensive knowledge of the sport. He provides you with specific yet simple advise to solidify your technique and improve your game. He takes his time to teach proper technique and is incredibly patient with his students. I have improved considerably and excited to continue these lessons. Robert is very accommodating in scheduling and always a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend!
Howard W.
August 2, 2017

Robert is a wonderful teacher-perceptive, highly skilled , effective and very pleasant to work with.
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Ori P.
July 20, 2017
Great coach. Highly recommended!

Holly T.
June 9, 2017
Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group)
I'm currently taking lessons from Robert and find him to be an excellent coach and teacher. He's skilled, observant, professional, reliable, responsive and thankfully - patient. His drills and advice offer constructive steps to build on, no matter what skill level. Thanks to him, I'm finally playing tennis, and having fun doing it!

Amanda A.
May 23, 2017
Robert has been a patient and capable tennis coach. Even in the early days of lessons, have seen improvement in many aspects of my technique.

Tennis Instruction: Robert is a great tennis coach. Robert has a real skill in observing exactly what your mistakes are, even if you don't know, and drills you on the basics; he is relentless in reminding you what you are doing wrong, and praising you on what you're doing right. Shot to shot, he'll push, prod, cajole, remind and encourage you to up your game. All you have to do is listen and act upon what he says, and you'll notice real tangible improvements.
I've had various coaches over the years who either can't tell what you're doing wrong, or don't seem to be able to explain what you're doing wrong. Robert sees it from the moment you do it, and puts you directly on the path to getting it right. I had some real "light bulb" moments with Robert including basic control, back hand, and serving.
I really cannot recommend Robert highly enough. Here is a guy who really can open the door for your tennis to improve.
Richard P. on May 16, 2017

5/5 stars Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group) Verified Review
Great knowledge of the game and very professional!
Paula G. on May 6, 2017

5/5 stars Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group) Verified Review

Awesome teacher!
Robert has a great attitude and he's extremely patient! Falling in love with tennis again.
Idit C. on December 11, 2016

5/5 stars Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group) Verified Review

Great Coach!
Robert is a great coach. He had great teaching methods to help me develop good techniques. My game has improved tremendously since I started taking lessons with him. He is a good motivator and is very accessible.
Alex S. on December 9, 2016

5/5 stars Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group) Verified Review


Give it a shot!
Robert is an excellent coach. You'll not only learn quickly, you'll enjoy yourself while doing it!
Yan S. on December 5, 2016

5/5 stars Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group) Verified Review


Seeing major progress!
Super patient!
Jessica D. on September 22, 2016

5/5 stars Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group) Verified Review


Private Tennis Lessons
The man is energetic, enthusiastic, and passionate about his tennis! I started taking lessons with him a few monthes ago and his method helped my game in the shortest time. From the grip, stance, footing, posture; he knows it all. I've done/ do many sports, and Robert is one of the best coaches I've ever come across. He has a great sense of humor and makes me want to try my hardest to improve. I learn something from each lesson and have a fantastic time in the process.

Neda P. on September 3, 2016
5/5 stars Private Tennis Instruction (for me or my group) Verified Review


Excellent!
Robert is excellent! He's a great teacher and makes lessons fun!
Sarah E. on September 1, 2016


I worked with Robert at an intermediate level and he has been very helpful in improving my strokes and bringing me to a respectable level in very few sessions.
Ithvi R. on July 13, 2016

5/5 stars

Robert is an excellent tennis teacher! I take lessons with my friend and he's very patient with both of us. After only a few weeks i've seen major improvement in my playing. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn to play.
Arielle S. on May 13, 2016
5/5 stars


As a tennis instructor, Robert is experienced, professional and patient. He replies emails and texts fast, and gives great feedback during class. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
Siqi L. on May 10, 2016

5/5 stars Tennis Lessons Verified Review

Robert is an excellent instructor. When I started with Robert, I had very little experience in playing tennis,and after only a handful of lessons, I can see great improvements. He makes lessons very enjoyable, he is patient and excellent at tweaking form. I look forward to continue working with Robert and would recommend him to anyone looking for a great instructor.
Milli P. on May 9, 2016


5/5 stars Tennis Lessons Verified Review
Sun Hi on March 2016:
Robert helped me learn the basics of tennis and start to grasp how to hold and use the racket. I had never played before, he was patient, helpful and very knowledgeable. He was always on time, positive and encouraging. I definitely improved with my lessons and feel much more confident about practicing.

5/5 stars Tennis Lessons Verified Review
Sherli F. on July 23, 2015:
Robert is absolutely amazing! He has the patience of a saint and the knowledge of a pro. Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a long time player, Robert has plenty to teach. I had never picked up a racket until I started with Robert and after only three sessions, I had most of the basics down pat. If you want to learn or just improve your game, Robert is the guy!

5/5 stars Group Tennis Instruction Verified Review
Bi C. on October 12, 2015:
Great instructor, friendly, patient and always punctual. Perfect for beginners.

Antonio V. on July 16, 2015:
Robert is great. He taught me the basics in a detailed yet approachable way. He's professional and laid back and easy going. Recommend him fully.


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