Teaching the sport of a lifetime is Carlos Girola’s way of helping players, particularly disabled and able-bodied children, live a healthy life.
“I love playing and teaching tennis,” he says. “I am very good at promoting and organizing it at all levels of the game. It is great to help people interact in an atmosphere of fun in a healthy sport activity.”
Carlos started teaching tennis in 1981 at age 17 when his coach offered him a position at a club in Argentina. “I became a teaching pro because I love tennis and I make people of all ages happy by teaching and promoting the game,” he says.
Carlos is the director of tennis for Llanerch Country Club in Havertown, Pa., and Head Coach at Rosemont College in Rosemont, Pa. Carlos is also a tennis professional at Fisher Island Resort in Miami Beach, Fla. He previously was employed by Overbrook Golf Club in Bryn Mawr, Pa., Radnor Valley Country Club in Philadelphia and Radley Run Country Club in Philadelphia.
This Professional 1 member of USPTA is better prepared as a teaching pro because of his varied experiences as a player, businessman and student of health sciences. He worked in advertising and sales for one year and hotel administration for a year. This experience has helped him because “the tennis business is so complex,” he says. “Advertising, sales and administration are a big part of it, especially when you run the program.”
He developed his sales skills while working in marketing in Argentina for three years, and has traveled and made friends worldwide.
Some of his greatest professional accomplishments include earning his USPTA Pro 1 certification, teaching wheelchair tennis for three years, building a tennis center in South Africa in 1991, and introducing tennis as recreational therapy for mentally ill patients. Carlos is also a professional platform tennis instructor, certified by the Professional Platform Tennis Association. Carlos has run the Philadelphia Open Junior Paddle Tournament 2004/05 and played the Nationals at Overbrook 03, Ohio, 04 and Pittsburgh 06.
Carlos has been playing tennis for 30 years. He played satellite and national tournaments – open division and 35s – in the USTA Middle States Section. He is ranked no. 1 in the men's 35-and-over division in the Middle States Section, and he was on the 2005 and 2006 USPTA International Team Championships winning team.
Carlos earned a bachelor’s degree in business from John F. Kennedy University in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and a degree in the science of health professions from Delaware County College in Pennsylvania. He is an honor student in the science of health professions.
His future goals include becoming a USPTA Master Professional. He continues to take health sciences courses and he has published an article in the USPTA Middle States newsletter called “Athletes’ proper hydration.”