Advantage Tennis, owned and managed by Coach Darren Holt, is the tennis management company for the town of Celebration. Coach Darren is also our head teaching pro and the Celebration High School Boys Tennis Coach. Originally from Sussex, England, and a player from the age of 7, he has taught for over 25 years, all over the east coast of the United States! Former Director of Operations for MG Tennis (overseeing Lake Cane Tennis Center, Ft. Gatlin Tennis Center, and others) he enjoys all aspects of the tennis industry; creating, promoting and teaching programs, giving private lessons, managing other tennis professionals, and he himself continues to play competitively! Coach Darren is skilled and experienced at teaching all levels of students, from the very beginner, to the college prospect and advanced ladies teams and is certified USPTA, CPR and First Aid.
Coach Darren and his family live right here in Celebration, where they all play tennis competitively and as a fun, family pastime!
GianCarlo comes to Advantage Tennis with a substantial amount of experience in competitive tennis! At 16, he was number 3 in his home country, Dominican Republic, in the 18's division. He also reached the top 500 in the world for ITF, and for four years, he played on the Davis Cup for his country! When Coach GianCarlo moved to the US, he continued to play competitively in professional tournaments for prize money while beginning his career in coaching. Currently, Coach GianCarlo has over 7 years of experince in coaching, working for such prestigious academy's such as P3 Tennis Academy in NJ, ESTA academy, Nike summer camps, and most recently Montverde Academy. Another beneficial asset is Coach's ability to speak three languages; Spanish, English and Portuguese!
Coach GianCarlo is UPSTA and PTR certified and excited to help build the tennis programs here in Celebration!
As our newest addition to the Advantage Tennis Family, Coach Josh views tennis as an artistic sport. He knows it takes skill, discipline, patience, focus, and mental toughness to win a match. All of these factors are used in our daily life, making tennis a beautiful exercise for the mind and body. Coach Josh's philosophy as an instructor is to provide the knowledge needed to win difficult matches, make tennis fun, and build players confidence to play at a the next level.
He is USPTA certified.