Robin White, Tennis Director
Two-time US Open Champion Robin White's passion for the game began at age seven. She was a nationally ranked junior competitor by eleven years old. After a successful collegiate season at Pepperdine University she joined the professional circuit. Robin played on the WTA tour for twelve years and won two singles titles (1992 in Auckland, New Zealand and 1995 in Hershey, Pennsylvania). The highlight of her career was her victory with Gigi Fernandez winning the US Open Women's Doubles Championship in 1988 at Flushing Meadows.
Robin holds eleven other doubles titles including the US Open Mixed Doubles Championship in 1989 partnered with Shelby Cannon. She was a finalist in the Australian Open Mixed Doubles Championship in 1991 and reached the finals of the Women's Doubles Championship in 1994 playing alongside Katerina Maleeva. Robin's singles victories include wins over Pam Shriver, Hana Mandlikova and Gabriela Sabatini. She gained rankings as high as #8 in the world for doubles and #15 in the world for singles. In 1989, Robin was inducted into the Pepperdine University Hall of Fame and in 2003 she was honored with an induction into the USTA Northern California Tennis Hall of Fame.
Robin's childhood passion for the game continues as she enjoys working with tennis players of all ages and levels. Robin was a USTA National Coach for many years, and helped develop numerous professional players through the High Performance Program, most recently coaching Christina McHale and Sloane Stephens.
Eduardo Sanchez, Head Tennis Professional
Eduardo became the Head Tennis Professional at Rancho Valencia in 1989, where he launched the resort's award-winning tennis program. Teaching techniques and strategies to all levels of players, Eduardo was named the USPTA San Diego Chapter Teaching Professional of the Year.
Originally from Tecate, Mexico, Eduardo played tennis at Mountain Empire High School and two San Diego Junior Colleges, where he ranked No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. He founded the Sean Eduardo Sanchez (SES) Tennis Center, a non-profit foundation that has provided free tennis lessons for children in his hometown for more than eight years, and that supports Empty Cradle, an organization in San Diego that helps parents cope with the loss of a child before, during and after birth. At the 2006 USPTA annual dinner, he was presented with the 2005 Community Service Award for exemplifying the spirit of "growing the game" of tennis in San Diego and for an entire community in Tecate.
Arturo Navarro, Resident Head Tennis Professional
Arturo has an energetic passion for tennis that transcends to the people who visit him at Rancho Valencia. While growing up in his native Mexico, he discovered his love for the game of tennis and - after playing competitively during his youth - Arturo turned his love for playing into teaching. From 1995 to 2002, Arturo served as professional at La Herradura Country Club and Hacienda San Javier in Mexico. In 2002, Arturo joined the Rancho Valencia team as the Resident Head Tennis Professional, providing lessons and clinics for a wide range of clientele including beginners, juniors and high-level players.
Steve Crawford, Tennis Professional
From the time he was fifteen years old and an undefeated varsity tennis player in Northern California, Steve always dreamed about being a tennis professional at a tennis resort. Today, Steve is living the dream as Tennis Professional at Rancho Valencia, where he has worked since 1999. Steve attended Butte College as a member of the men's tennis team and went on to teach private lessons for several years in Northern and Southern California. After moving to the San Diego area, Steve became the Head Tennis Coach for the boys and girls teams at Santa Fe Christian High School.
Putting the fun back into the fundamentals and improving players' strokes and techniques, Steve enjoys teaching all levels and ages of players at Rancho Valencia and has taught from ages 2 to 92.
Mason Fuller, Tennis Professional
Mason has been coaching tennis at Rancho Valencia since moving to San Diego in July 2007. He began playing tennis at age 10 in his hometown of Davis, California and was one of the top juniors in the Northern California section. During his four years at the University of San Francisco, he earned all-West Coast Conference honors in doubles in the 2003 and 2004 seasons, serving as team captain in 2004.
After college, Mason was the assistant coach for the UC Davis men's tennis team in 2005-2006. He also played on the pro tour for several years, competing in Futures and Challenger events all over the world from 2006 to 2010 and winning the doubles title at the Futures Pro Event in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico in 2008.
Specializing in stroke development and match strategy, Mason enjoys working with kids and adults of all ages. But he especially enjoys players who are serious about improving their game to get to the next level of league or tournament competition.
Patricia Tarabini, Tennis Professional
A bronze medalist at the 2004 Olympic Games for her native Argentina, Patricia reached her highest singles world ranking of No. 29 on May 9, 1988. That same year, she reached her highest doubles ranking at No. 12. Patricia won a total of 15 top-level doubles titles in her career and is the 1996 French Open mixed doubles champion, which she won with Javier Frana. As a coach, she worked with Conchita Martinez for five years, helping her to No. 3 in the world rankings.
At Rancho Valencia, Patricia teaches adults and juniors of all levels, and she helps high-level juniors train and prepare for careers at the professional tour or college level. She has also been Assistant Coach at the University of San Diego for the last five years, working under Head Coach Sherri Stephens.
Grant Doyle, Touring Professional
Grant Doyle comes to Rancho Valencia with an impressive career under his belt as both a professional tennis player and coach for many division one college athletes. In 1992, Grant was the #1 junior in the world, won both Australian and French Open Junior titles, and was co-captain of the USA World team, and a member of the Australian Davis Cup team. He achieved a career high ATP singles ranking of 174. In the past, he coached Sam Querrey from 2004 to 2008 and was instrumental in helping Querrey achieve 28 in the world. In his off time, Grant enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter.
Todd Nelson, Tennis Professional
During his fourteen year professional career on the ATP Men's Tennis Tour, Todd made it to the semifinals at both the U.S. Open and Wimbledon, achieved a world ranking within the top 50 in both singles and doubles, reached more than 16 ATP Tour-level finals and semifinals, and won several Challenger and Satellite tournaments. Todd has played in 40 Grand Slam tournaments, competing in more than 300 ATP Tour events in some 35 countries worldwide. He has played against the world's best players including Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, John McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Yannick Noah, Mats Willander, Boris Becker, Vitas Gerulaitis and Ivan Lendl.
With sixteen years of teaching and coaching experience on the professional, collegiate, national and local levels, Todd brings a wealth of knowledge, experience and enthusiasm to coaching. He has worked with several international tennis federation programs (French, Dutch & USA) and the United States Tennis Association High-Performance Player Program for nationally ranked juniors, along with coaching and training top-10 ranked tour professionals. Todd has also successfully coached local adult players and trained many San Diego junior players to achieve a top 50 national ranking, helping them earn tennis scholarships to major universities.
Mark Davis, Tennis Professional
As a part of the Rancho Valencia team since 2002, Mark brings a wealth of knowledge and more than fifteen years of experience providing tennis instruction to individuals, groups, summer camps and after-school programs of all levels. In addition, as a MRT Certified Master Racquet Technician, Mark has been very successful at managing all aspects of racquet repairs and stringing operations.
He coached the boys varsity tennis team at the University of San Diego High School for two seasons, winning the CIF Championship one year. Additionally, Mark maintains a high level of play by participating in tennis tournaments and volunteering in six to seven charity events annually.
Doug Failla, Tennis Professional
Doug Failla moved to San Diego County in 1982 from the Pacific Northwest to attend the World Junior Tennis Academy. He graduated from Ramona High School and won the CIF Doubles Championship in 1985. Doug received a tennis scholarship from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where he played #1 singles and doubles, winning the Missouri Valley Doubles Championship his senior year. Doug went on to play on the ATP tour, earning a world ranking in doubles. Doug also coached the men’s team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) from 1994-1998, and in 1997, coached the singles and doubles national champions. Doug has taught tennis in Europe, Puerto Rico and the United States for 30 years. Doug still plays on the senior tour and was ranked as high as #1 in doubles and #5 in singles in the United States, playing in the Men’s 45 Division. He is a certified USPTA-Elite Professional and holds a bachelor’s degree (History) from UNLV and a master’s degree (Educational Leadership) from National University. Doug is married to Kim and has a son, Christian.