Tennis Staff


Laurent Lecellier
Tennis Director


Laurent was born in the Bay of Le Mont-Saint-Michel, France and began playing tennis at the age of twelve. He played college tennis for Cardiff University (UK) for two years, one of which he was part of a doubles team that was runner up in a National college tournament. Laurent went on to play for privately owned clubs in Avranches in France and a private London country club in Kensington. While at those clubs, he would compete in the European Club Cup events. Additionally, he played ITF Challenger tournaments around Europe. He has taught tennis all around the world, including Avranches (FR), England, Saint Barts in the Caribbean, New York, the Hamptons (NY), Dominican Republic and here in Marin County. From 1997 to 2004, he was the Director of Tennis at Marin Tennis Club.  Before coming to SVSTC, he was the Head Tennis Professional at Rafael Racquet Club.  


Eli Pironkova
Tennis Professional

Eli comes from a family of professional tennis players as her sister Tsvetana Pironkova’s top ranking was 31 in the world and has achieved numerous wins against top 10 players among which 3 wins against Venus Williams. Eli has traveled the pro tennis circuit as a hitting partner/coach to her sister for more than 10 years. Originally from Bulgaria, Eli comes to the USA as a recipient of a full tennis scholarship to NCAA DI School in SoCal – Loyola Marymount University. After competing for 4 full seasons at the top of the line-up in singles and doubles, Eli graduated and moved to Marin County. Prior to joining our pro staff at Scott Valley Swim and Tennis Club, she served as a tennis pro at Mt. Tam Racquet Club in Larkspur, CA. and Lizardo Tennis Academy in Los Angeles, CA. Eli has experience working with kids and adults of all levels.


Tony Delario
Tennis Professional

Tony began his tennis career at age 6, at Tenefly Racquet Club in New Jersey, and Binghamton Racquet Club in New York. After moving to Santa Rosa at age 13, he quickly became one of the top players in Northern California. He attended The John Newcomb Tennis Academy in New Braunfels, TX where he was excited to learn from and play with some of the best coaches and juniors in the world. After moving back to CA, he won the Boys 16’s Pacific Coast Jr Nationals in Doubles. He rekindled his love for the sport at age 23, playing for Santa Rosa Junior College and achieving a ranking of 32nd in the state in 2002. He began teaching tennis in 2003 in the Marin area, coaching players at The Rolling Hills Club, Belvedere Tennis Club and Rafael Racquet before taking the Director of Tennis position at Petaluma Valley Athletic Club (2011-2017). Tony has worked with many top juniors in Norcal, and specializes in stroke development/technique,doubles tactics and court positioning.



 

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