Meet our Coaching Staff

A great tennis academy program starts with great coaches.


Valter Paiva | Head Pro

Valter Paiva

Head Pro and founder of the Valter Paiva Tennis Academy. Open Champion, USTA Nationals Finalist, USPTA Pro of the Year.

Hi, I’m Valter Paiva! Since my first tennis lesson as a kid in Brazil, I’ve been in love with tennis. I’ve had the privilege of teaching tennis to hundreds of kids in Orange County. Competing as a tour professional was an exciting experience, but I’m most passionate about sharing the game of tennis with the next generation. All of my tennis camps, lessons, and Junior Academy is aimed at making tennis fun and exciting for young children, starting around 5 years old, to juniors up to 13, and aspiring players entering high school.

  • 2015 National Finalist – Senior Doubles 35

  • 2015 Best Tennis Academy – Best Business of Long Beach Award

  • 2013 National Champion – Senior Doubles 35

  • 2009 USPTA Pro of the Year – Los Angeles District

  • 2007 Winner of the USTA Nationals Championships/5.0

  • 2007 Arcadia Open Winner

  • 2001, 2002 & 2004 Player of the Year MEAC Championship Regional Conf.

  • 2002 Playing Record of 34-7

  • 2001 Playing Record 19-2

  • 1995 & 1996 National Champion – Singles  18s – Brazil


Devin Bowler

Devin Coaching

Devin Bowler

Valter Paiva Tennis Teaching Pro An accomplished USPTA certified coach with #1 high school rankings and a current collegiate level player.

Devin Bowler joined Valter Paiva Tennis Academy as a Coach in 2012. He was born and raised in California. He has been playing tennis since he was 8 years old. Devin played for Wilson high school all 4 years where he was ranked #1 in doubles. He plays at collegiate level while attending Cypress College and competes in USTA sanctioned tournaments.

Shortly after becoming a certified USPTA coach, Devin began his first year teaching tennis at Ace Maker Tennis Academy in 2011.  Devin is currently teaching the after school tennis program for children aged 10-and-under for the Valter Paiva Tennis Academy held at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.


Christian Doria

Christian Doria

Valter Paiva Tennis Academy Teaching Pro

Christian Doria was born and raised in Argentina where he played competitive junior tennis.  He also played 4 years of Varsity tennis in high school and junior college. As a USPTA certified coach, Chris also worked with the boys and girls high school varsity tennis teams.

Chris began coaching in 2007 and in 2011 he began teaching at a local high school. In 2012 Chris began coaching at Valter Paiva Tennis Academy Summer and Winter Junior Tennis Camps and was hired as a coordinator and assistant coach for Valter Paiva Tennis Academy Junior Team Tennis, where he led his team to the OC sectionals for the 10’s and 14’s Intermediate level.


Lilya Hadab

Lilya Hadab

Lilya Hadab

Valter Tennis Academy Teaching Pro and Former Assistance Coach at USMC Tennis Club in Rabat Morocco

Enthusiastic Student-Athlete dedicated to pursuing goals, promoting team player mentality, and performing well under pressure. Motivated with
a strong work ethic and ability to work independently. Strong organizational and team collaboration skills with experience in improving processes.
A high-energy student currently finalizing my Bachelor in Science diploma in International Business and prepared to contribute abilities to
Marketing Manager role while further developing acquired skills and gaining real-world experience.


Mekeila Erspamer

Mekeila Erspamer

Mekeila Erspamer

Valter Tennis Academy Teaching Pro and Former Division I Tennis Student-Athlete

Former Division I Tennis Student-Athlete looking for a part-time position where I can utilize my knowledge and experience within tennis to introduce the sport to those wishing to learn.

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