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About the West Coast Tennis Academy 

The West Coast Tennis Academy was founded by Andy Farmer in the 1980's while coaching juniors in Japan. The goal has always been to offer a tennis program that gives junior players the ability to reach their full potential with their individual goals in mind. Whether their dream is to become a touring professional, high school player or simply enjoy tennis as a social activity, we have a top flight coaching staff, training systems and five star training facility to get the job done.

Our mission is to give students a sense of work ethic, pride, and the will to succeed. When a student begins exhibiting self-discipline, self-sufficiency, and pride as part of their character we have succeeded. Our philosophy is to continually expand tennis horizons. With effort and a positive attitude there are no limits to what anyone can accomplish.

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About Andy Farmer 

Andy received his training at the prestigious Harry Hopman Tennis Academy in Florida, known today as Saddlebrook Resort. While at the academy, he had the opportunity to train alongside some of the world's greatest tennis players and learn from renowned coaches like Tommmy Thompson, Bob Butterfield, Alvaro Betancur, Colon Nunez, and the great Harry Hopman. When visiting with his family in San Diego, Andy would also train with Hall of Famer Pancho Segura, whom he considers a good friend and mentor. After a brief stint on the professional circuit, Andy was sidelined by an Achilles injury. It was during his recovery when Andy discovered his passion for coaching. He has now been coaching for over 20 years and consistently produces students ranked in Southern California's top 50 tennis players.

At the invitation of K. Maebara, former president of the Japanese Tennis Association (JTA), Andy traveled to Japan to play Pro-Ams and coach at prestigious tennis clubs in the Tokyo area. During this time, Mr. Maebara motivated Andy to start his own academy. Over the next decade, players of all ages from Japan, Mexico and England traveled to San Diego to train with Andy.

Over the past 22 years, the WCTA has gained a large, loyal following. For years, Andy traveled with his players to National and ITF tournaments while helping them gain college scholarships. While at a major resort, Andy was given the opportunity to travel and coach two players on the WTA tour for two and a half years, thus achieving his goal of taking a player from a beginner to the professional level.

What Andy brings to the court is an instilled sense of discipline, energy and a true love of tennis. His love of the game definitely shows when he is in his element, on the court.

To learn more about the WCTA and the junior tennis programs offered at Rancho Valencia, call 760.212.6772 or email juniortennis@ranchovalencia.com.

 

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