Meet the Real Tennis Pro Staff

Our Pros come from various backgrounds and have different personalities,
but all have one common theme… a love for tennis!

Alex DeCecco, Director of Tennis/Head Teaching Professional arrow

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Alex has been teaching tennis in the Philadelphia Area for over 30 years and is PTR Certified in Adult, Junior Development and Performance Coaching. He is the new Director of Tennis Instruction for REAL TENNIS at Kinetix Sports Club. He has also held Director positions at several other successful programs including Bucks County Racquet Club, Ron Jaworski’s Golds Gym and Northampton Tennis Club.

In addition to his expertise as a Director, he has had many successes competing and coaching. Alex played #1 singles and doubles for his college tennis team and has held Middle States sectional rankings in singles, mens and mixed doubles. In addition,he has competed at the USTA 4.5 and 5.0 level. Alex lead the first ever team out of Kinetix Sports Club to USTA Nationals. Since then, Alex has coached all levels of women, men and mixed doubles teams to post-season play and many to a National level. His success as a coach must come from his extensive playing background and coaching expertise in addition to his unique guide that he authored himself, “The Real Tennis Guide to Match Play – The Players Handbook to USTA Competition”.

Throughout the past several years, Alex has been energizing players of all ages on the courts and inspiring them with his relentless positivity. He couldn’t be happier with new role as Director and is excited for the future of REAL TENNIS as he and his team work together toward their goal of becoming the premier tennis destination for players of all ages!

 

Kristina Alling, Adult Development Director arrow

KristinaKristina has been an instructor at Kinetix Sports Club for over five years. She is PTR certified in both adult and junior development and has had great success teaching adult and junior players. She is a former scholarship player at Villanova University (Division 1) and continues to play on several competitive teams while maintaining a 5.0 USTA rating. Kristina has used her extensive first-hand adult doubles knowledge that includes court position, shot selection and different formations to coach several USTA teams to post-season play. As a Middle States sectionally ranked junior player and two time state medalist for local high school, North Penn, she knows what it takes to succeed at the junior level as well. She was instrumental in introducing 10 and under tennis to Real Tennis and continues to enjoy and succeed in teaching and developing all ages of junior players. Kristina’s love of tennis comes from her parents who introduced her to the game and she passes this sport of a lifetime along to her three daughters, Karley, Lauren and Cassandra.

Karen Realbuto/PTR arrow

KristinaKaren has over 25 years of tennis teaching and playing experience in the Philadelphia and Atlanta areas and is certified by both the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and the Tennis Industry Association (TIA). For the past six years, she has been the Assistant Women’s tennis Coach for the Centennial Conference Ursinus Bears.

Applicable to the game of tennis, Karen is an exercise physiologist with both a BS and MS in Exercise Science and Cardiac Rehabilitation. She is a certified Exercise Specialist by the American College of Sports Medicine. In addition to tennis, Karen is an avid competitor in triathlon and Spartan races…the muddier the better!

 

“My new found love for tennis began with the excellent coaching staff of Real Tennis. Having
very little experience with a tennis racket, I was a little reluctant to start a whole new sport;
however, the staff at Real Tennis showed me that learning to play tennis was both fun and rewarding.
Their coaches are well experienced and passionate about what they do and it
shows when they hit the courts with their clients. If you’ve ever considered trying your hand
at tennis I highly suggest you give Real Tennis a call today!”

–Lisa O.