Take a few minutes to get to know the tennis staff we have here at Wembley!
Sherif Abohabaga is Wembley’s newest addition to the tennis teaching staff. Beginning when he was 12, he played on the Egyptian national team, all the way until he was an adult. This included a run to the World Cup in 2008 where his team placed 13. Continuing on in his career, he played 3 years in the German League. At the age of 20, he took his talents to Southwest Baptist University to play Division II College tennis on a full scholarship. In 2015 he received the Freshman of the Year award for his conference, then was the Player of the Year the next 3 years. He was the NCAA Player to Watch in 2016, which he followed up with winning the Regional Tournament in singles, and a fifth place finish in the NCAA Finals. He was ranked #1 in singles, #2 in doubles in his region, and an All American 2016-18. His highest NCAA Ranking in Division II was #3, and his highest ITF ranking was 268. He and his team made it to the Final Four of the NCAA Tournament in 2017. Outside of his season, he continued his success on court while playing for the Lasers, Springfield WTT (World Team Tennis), which included winning the King Trophy in 2018. Sherif is adored by players of all levels, and ages! We are so happy to have him as part of our team!
Want to read Sherif’s full biography, starting from childhood, to now? Check out this blog he wrote!
Andre, “Dre” Mick was a four-year collegiate player at Cleveland State. From Melbourne, Australia, he was a top 10 Junior. Growing up in Melbourne, Dre was number one in the state. He was a hitting partner for many top-ten WTA players growing up. Dre has 10 years of teaching experience in both Melbourne, and the Cleveland area. He spent a year at Wembley, then went back to help his family in Melbourne. He was the Junior Director in his family’s tennis academy in Australia. He is loved by adults and juniors here at Wembley. We are so excited to have him back!
Ben is also a four-year former Cleveland State tennis player. He was a two time conference champion, along with a 2 time NCAA participant. He was nationally ranked 75th in Division 1. He was a former hitting partner in the Australian summer tennis circuit for players such as, Rafa Nadal, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, along with several top ten WTA players. Ben has almost 10 year of coaching experience in both Australia, and the United States, which includes coaching in the Cleveland area for four years. The enthusiasm Ben brings is loved by all of our members and juniors!
Robert Golsmith, USPTA Certified Pro
Robert Golsmith is a certified PTR & USPTA Tennis Pro with 30+ years of professional teaching experience. As a junior player, he attended the famed Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and the Billie Jean Tennis Camp. During his college days Robert played #1 singles and #1 doubles for division III Thiel College.
In 1995, Robert was ranked in top 20 of the USTA Middle States Men’s Open Singles division (PA, NJ, & DE). As a professional teaching pro, Robert was the Director of Tennis at the renowned Oakmont Country Club in Pittsburgh (8 years) and Director of Tennis of the Oakwood Club in Cleveland Heights (18 years). In 2013, Robert was honored with the Distinguished Achievement in Leadership Award by Boardroom Magazine. In addition to teaching at Wembley, Robert runs the summer tennis program at the Chagrin Valley Country Club.
Now that you have gotten to know our tennis staff, head over to our Tennis Page to learn how to get involved!