Meet our Coaching Staff

A great tennis academy program starts with great coaches.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Cody Freischlag

Cody Freischlag tennis coach for kids at the valter tennis academy

Cody Freischlag

USPTA certified tennis professional with NCAA Division experience and passion for teaching tennis to the next generation.

Cody Freischlag is USPTA certified tennis professional. He was a top 20 junior player out of Chicago. He also was a four time All-State Illinois High School player.
He went on to play NCAA Division II tennis at Colorado Mesa University where he captained a team and played number one while winning a conference championship and making an NCAA tournament appearance. He has a genuine passion for spreading joy through the game of tennis!

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James Ly

Coach James Ly at the Valter Tennis Academy

James Ly

Valter Tennis Academy Teaching Pro Accomplished High School #1 player, team leader, coach and Garden Grove League Champion with a love for tennis and teaching kids.

James Ly joined Valter Paiva Tennis Academy as a Coach in 2017. He was born and raised in Garden Grove, CA. He has been playing tennis and competing since he was 13, James played for Garden Grove High School all 4 years where he was ranked #1 in the Varsity Doubles. James was also a 2-time Garden Grove League Champ in Doubles, Varsity team captain, 3-time CIF team Quarterfinalist, and CIF team Semi-finalist. He also coached at Garden Grove High School for two seasons.

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Nicole Merrit

Nicole Merrit

USPTA Certified Tennis Pro

Nicole Merrit is a USPTA certified tennis pro with experience coaching kids and adults of all levels and a passion to share her love and knowledge of the game.