MICHAEL ROMEO

DIRECTOR OF TENNIS

USPTA CERTIFIED (since 2003); PTR CERTIFIED (since 2016)

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Mike’s goal is to deliver an amazing lesson every time he steps on the court.

He has been a part of the New Jersey tennis community for most of his life. After playing Division I tennis at Seton Hall University, Mike launched his professional teaching career at West Orange Tennis Club in NJ (1992 - 2008).  He later became the Head Tennis Professional at the Tennis Center of the Black Hills in Rapid City, SD. Upon returning to his NJ roots, Mike assumed the title of Assistant Racquets Professional at The Short Hills Club. More recently, he was Senior Tennis Professional at The Strand Tennis Center in Chatham, NJ for a number of years.

At Murray Hill, his passion for teaching is as strong as ever. He works hard at honing his craft, and keeping his teaching fresh. Mike is also an avid racquet technician with over 25 years of experience stringing and repairing tennis racquets.

Mike lives with his wife and two adorable daughters in Lake Hiawatha, NJ.


Jason Thomas

Director of Junior Development
Cardio Tennis Coordinator

PTR Certified professional (performance); ptr certified professional (adults) 

Jason began playing at age five.

He played the USTA circuit as a junior before earning a scholarship to play at Hamilton College in New York, where he played singles and #1 doubles.

After graduating with his sociology degree, he began his coaching career at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago, where he quickly rose to Director of Junior Development for their nationally-recognized 10 & Under junior program. During his tenure, he worked closely with Butch Staples (who in 2011, was awarded the International Tennis Hall of Fame's Educational Merit Award, joining the likes of Arthur Ashe, Nick Bolleteri & Pam Shriver). At Midtown, he also had the opportunity to work first-hand with Mike Barrell (who in addition to working closely with the USTA, has developed curriculums for Tennis Australia, LTA (GB), the Chinese Tennis Association, Holland, Norway, Estonia, Cyprus and Hungary). 

He comes to Murray Hill most recently from Chelsea Piers in Connecticut, where he was Director of Junior Development. He wrote the junior curriculum, with input from international Tennis Hall-of-Famer, Gigi Fernandez. Jason's experience and energy transformed their program into one of the largest in the Northeast. 

Jason looks forward to helping Murray Hill's juniors achieve their goals. 

Jason lives in Maplewood, NJ. 

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chris young

Tennis professional

It takes Chris Young twenty minutes on average to string a racquet – a whole ten minutes slower than regulation U.S. Open stringers. Young’s talent on-court, however, makes up for his lack off-court.

Tennis has been a part of Chris Young’s life for 20+ years.

After claiming the 2001 NJ High School State Singles championship, Young went on to play NCAA Division I singles & doubles at Monmouth University.

Young decided to turn his passion into a career seven years ago. He worked closely with Michael Romeo for the four years leading up to Mike’s move to Murray Hill to become Director of Tennis.

His infectious energy, exponential patience, and ability to translate technical aspects of the game to his students make him an awesome choice for teaching juniors & adults alike.

Chris hails from Lake Hiathawa, NJ, and his stringing skills are actually pretty amazing.

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BRETT MICHEL

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL
 

Brett Michel has been a certified USPTR professional since 1991. His teaching career began as a Staff Pro and Assistant Manager at the Twin Oaks Tennis Center in Morristown, NJ in 1991. In 1999, he was promoted to Director of Tennis and General Manager of the club, and served in that capacity until 2010.

Upon leaving Twin Oaks, Brett began teaching at Columbia Racquet Club in Florham Park, NJ during the indoor season, and remained at the club until last year. During the outdoor season, he is a pro at the Noe Pond Club and is their Junior Team Tennis Coordinator.

In addition to his professional teaching, Brett is the Head Varsity Tennis Coach for the Morristown Beard boys and girls tennis teams. He played high school tennis at Morristown Beard and collegiate tennis at Drew University. Brett achieved USTA rankings in the Men’s Open Singles (#32 in 2000), and Men’s 25’s (#2 in 2000). Brett lives in Chatham, NJ with his wife and two kids.

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BEATRIX KLEIN-SZALAY

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL

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Beatrix has had a successful and varied career in tennis. A leader in the international tennis community, she was the #1 ranked player in Hungary in 1976. In the European Championships, she finished as a semi-finalist in both the womens and mixed doubles categories. She played in the Fed Cup for Hungary, on the grass at Wimbledon, the red clay in the French Open and the hard courts of the US Open! Her highest WTA ranking was 106. She played against Martina Navratilova (she won one of the two meetings!), Virginia Wade, Mary Carillo and others.

Beatrix has been a certified USPTA tennis professional for 18 years, and has more than 20 years of teaching experience. She was the Director of Tennis at Columbia Racquet Club from 2007-14. Beatrix lives in Chatham, NJ.


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tennis professional

Gregg is ecstatic to return home. His teaching career began here, when it was f.k.a Murray Hill Heath & Racquet Club. Fun fact: he worked the front desk as a teen, when the building’s exterior was painted red instead of green.

His passion for coaching then drew him to Connecticut, where his bright personality ignited the adult clinics at Ivan Lendl’s, Weston Racquet Club, and to Florida, where he developed nationally-ranked juniors at McEnroe's Tournament Tough camps.

He then moved back to New Jersey, and worked at Columbia Racquet Club for eight years. During his time at CRC, he befriended Murray Hill pro Beatrix Szalay!

Gregg has spent the last decade growing the games of several students who now play at Division I universities. 

When asked what Gregg loves about the game, he shares that tennis is a great game to learn about yourself, and think in order to overcome adversity.

Gregg lives in Summit, NJ.  

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MARIA MAHON

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL
 

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Maria began her tennis career at age eight. After playing number one singles for four years in high school, she earned a scholarship, and played four years of Division I tennis at Seton Hall University. She is PTR certified for 10 & Under. She has worked as head tennis instructor for Berkeley Heights Recreation for the past seven years, teaching both adults and children. She has been a teaching pro for Murray Hill for three years, specializing in the 10 & Under age group. She is a USTA member and loves playing on teams in the spring and winter.


BARBRA KOGAN

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL
 

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Barbra Kogan is a USPTA and PTR-certified tennis professional, and has taught tennis at Murray Hill for over eight years. She played both high school varsity tennis, and Division I tennis at Bucknell University.

In recent years, she has worked with with the Summit Tennis Association, The Strand Tennis Center, and with the Pro Smart Tennis Academy.

At Murray Hill, Barbra enjoys working with children and adults, and also runs tennis parties for the club. Barbra lives in New Providence with her husband and two teenage sons.


ADAM WAGER

TENNIS PROFESSIONAL
 

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Adam started playing tennis at the age of seven and had a successful career. After winning a New Jersey state championship in 1990, Adam went on to the University of Michigan where he played varsity tennis from 1992 to 1995. In his 16 years of coaching, Adam has worked with and helped develop over 200 USTA nationally ranked players and five New Jersey state singles champions.