COMO Racquet Sports Professionals

Our nationally-ranked COMO Racquet professionals offer clinics and lessons for youth and adults on the COMO paddle tennis courts and COMO tennis courts. Parties interested in booking clinics, semi-private/private lessons or learning more about racquet sport instruction should email tennis@thecomo.org.

COMO tennis/paddle tennis/combined racquet membership is required for all play including booking lessons and clinics with the pros. New tennis/paddle tennis players can take their first lesson as a non-member before a membership is required.


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Jerry Albrikes

Jerry was born and raised in Connecticut. Jerry was a two time state champion playing for St. Joseph's in Trumbull, CT. He then went on to play at Division I Central Connecticut State University where he played #1 in singles and doubles. In his senior year he was named Athlete of the Year. Jerry also achieved the #1 ranking in New England in three divisions (Men's Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles). While teaching and coaching full time for the past 25 years he has worked with multiple world, national and college ranked players. Jerry worked under the tutelage of world renowned coach Nick Bollettieri where he was able to help train former #1 in the world ranked players Maria Sharapova and Jelena Jankovic. Jerry and his staff raised the level of tennis in this area by leading a tennis revival from the years 2000-2010 at Mystic Indoor Tennis. From 2010-2017 Jerry and his family moved to Charleston, SC to start a new tennis training facility called LTP where he had over 20 nationally ranked juniors. Some of Jerry’s prized awards are: Mixed Doubles National Champion, 2010 National Platform Tennis Champion and in 2017 he was inducted into the New England Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island. Jerry is excited for this opportunity to raise the energy and level of platform tennis and join forces with the Stonington Community Center.

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Nick Raho 

Nick Raho is a USPTA certified elite professional and joins the Stonington COMO team after spending the last year as the Head Pro at Mystic Indoor Sports (Mystic, CT). Prior to his time at MIS, Nick taught as Head Pro at Pond View Racquet Club (Westerly, RI) for six years. Between 2012 and 2014, Nick split his time teaching at both Pond View and Weekapaug Tennis Clubs in Westerly, RI. Nick played varsity Men's Tennis and Squash at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, before transferring and eventually graduating from Bryant University. He continued his tennis and squash career at Bryant, captaining the Men's Tennis team his senior year. In 2013, Nick began playing platform tennis. His passion and love of the sport have only grown over time as Nick continues to play in tournaments nationwide. Nick and his playing partner finished the 2017-2018 season ranked #53 in the country. Nick brings a tremendous amount of enthusiasm to the court and has a wealth of experience teaching players of all levels and all ages. As a true fan himself, Nick prides himself on being able to share his love for both tennis and platform tennis, each in their own unique way.


Clinics with Nick and Jerry

 

Stonington Community Paddle League (SCPL) - Play with a Pro (Members Only)

Saturdays (starting November 3) | 9-10:30 a.m. & Wednesdays (starting November 7) | 6:30-8 p.m.
Fee: $10 per player for league play payable by cash, check or venmo(@Jerry-Albrikes) to Jerry Albrikes before play
11 spots available each day 
Please e-mail tennis@thecomo.org for weekly sign-ups, questions and comments

Paddle Intro (Members Only)

Looking to learn a new sport? Paddle Intro is your answer! This weekly members-only drop-in clinic will cover the basics of the game and give you the foundation you will need to play paddle. Instructors will be Jerry Albrikes & Nick Raho.

Mondays (beginning November 5) | 9-10:30 a.m.
$30 per person payable by cash, check or venmo (@Jerry-Albrikes) to Jerry Albrikes before play
Please e-mail tennis@thecomo.org for weekly sign-ups, questions and comments

Adult Intermediate Paddle (Members Only)

Have you played paddle but need some help in an area of your game? Jerry Albrikes and Nick Raho are offering a weekly clinic specifically for intermediate players looking for an extra day of paddle and valuable instruction.

Mondays (starting November 5) | 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
$30 payable by cash, check or venmo (@Jerry-Albrikes) to Jerry Albrikes before play
Please e-mail tennis@thecomo.org for weekly sign-ups, questions and comments


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Steve & Trish Griggs

Steve Griggs was the head coach of men's tennis and soccer at Yale before moving to the platform tennis rich environment of New Jersey in 1997. Both he and his wife Trish picked up the game quickly and soon found themselves on teams in the top division of NJ paddle. For the past 15 years they have been playing in local as well as national tournaments sponsored by the APTA (American Platform Tennis Association). Steve has won two national age group titles. Both Steve and Trish are certified instructors of the PPTA (Professional Platform Tennis Association). Steve was the teaching pro at the Noe Pond Club in Chatham, NJ. Now they have returned to CT and live in Guilford where they are the teaching pros at Guilford Racquet Club. They will split their time between Stonington and Guilford as they bring the excitement of paddle to our community.