​​​​​​​​​​ABOUT ATi
 ​​ ATi’s Mission Statement: ATi's mission is to promote and grow the game of tennis for all ages and levels and provide an enjoyable experience that fosters a lifelong passion for this amazing sport.  Additionally, we provide exceptional management and operation services that enhance the customer's experience. We take pride in building genuine and lasting relationships through ethical practices and staffing only professionals with outstanding character, knowledge, skills and enthusiasm.  ATi’s goal is to elevate the quality of life around us through, charitable endeavors, leadership mentoring and community services.  ​​​​​​​​​


 ATi Junior Academy Mission Statement: At ATi Tennis Academy we believe that tennis can be a vehicle for personal development in all areas of life. We stress to our players our core values of enthusiasm, industriousness, cooperation, friendship, and loyalty as being the foundation for success in tennis and in life. We believe that in an academy environment, these values are vital to a thriving and healthy culture where all players are pushing each other to reach their competitive potential. ATi trives together as a team and extended family where each person is crucial to the success of another.  


 Philosophy: Our coaching philosophy is based on splitting the court into three zones. The third zone is roughly from the baseline and back, the second zone is roughly from the baseline to the service line, and the first zone is roughly from the service line to the net. In order to be a complete tennis player, we believe our players should be proficient in defensive/neutral situations as well as offensive and attacking positions. We believe that no matter your personal playing style, all three of these areas of the court are necessary for development. Our practice structure is a mixture of live ball drills and match play / point play that emphasizes development in these three areas of the court.
   ​​​​​History:  Since 1983, Atlanta Tennis Inc. founder, Danny Carlson has been developing distinguished tennis players. Six students played professionally in the top 500 of the ATP and WTA tours. Over 100 others have earned college tennis scholarships. ATi currently consist of a team of outstanding coaches and over 150 students whose levels range from USTA level 5 tournament players to players ranked top 100 in the country.  Danny and his wife of 40+ years have two sons and both played at UGA on National Championship teams.  Chad played in the US and French Opens and was top 10 in the Nation his last four years of the juniors.  Chad and Todd went on to graduate Harvard and Emory's Business Schools.  Chad is now a Exec. VP at Burroughs and Chapin and Todd is a VP at SunTrust.  

Danny is also founder of the Serve and Return Foundation who's mission is "To SERVE communities, and RETURN service to promote the game of tennis. Additionally, we strive to improve the quality of life for all ages and specific vulnerable groups, such as children and seniors through the promotion of one of the top sports for physical exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle." 

Currently ATi is lead by an outstanding team of coaches listed below.  
Meet The Team
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    Danny Carlson
    Owner
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    Austin Roebuck
    ATi Partner
    Director, ATi Tennis Academy
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    Larry Schnall
    ATi Partner
    Director, Adult and Doubles Programming
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    Emily Zabor
    ATi Partner
    Director, High Performance
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    Jason Fleeman
    Director, Junior Development
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    Kyle Childree
    Co Director, Elite High Performance & Director of Strength and Conditioning
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    Taylor Bruin
    Director of Future Stars
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    Harrison Kansol
    Head Professional Currently at school
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    Ladd Harrison
    Summer Assistant
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    Katherine Muzik
    Summer Assistant

Danny Carlson
Owner, Atlanta Tennis Inc.
President, Serve and Return Foundation

Danny played number 1 singles and doubles for SPSU and earned number 1 rankings several years in open divisions in the state of GA.  He married his wife Kathy in 1977 and they have two sons.  Coach Carlson implemented a very successful and innovative coaching style in the early 80's exemplified by turning out numerous juniors ranked top 20 in the country and several students to make top 500 on the professional tours. Todd, their youngest son, was ranked 16 nationally in the 18's. Chad, their oldest was top 10 nationally his last four years of juniors and competed in the US and French Jr Opens. Chad was a finalist in the Easter Bowl 18's where he lost to Brian Vahaly another one of Danny's former students.  Chad won two professional ATP events and is the youngest male player to ever win the individual SEC singles and doubles tournament. He won two NCAA team Championships and clinched the title in 2001. In January, 2008, Coach Carlson retired from 30 years of government management and converted his 20 year part-time advanced junior program to a full-time tennis academy that serves approximately 150 juniors.  


Austin Roebuck 
ATi Partner, Director ATi Tennis Academy & Elite High Performance

Austin was born in Athens, Georgia and grew up playing in Georgia, Southern, and National Level tournaments. He was ranked top 100 nationally by the USTA in the 14s, 16s, and 18 under divisions. In Austin’s senior year of high school he was ranked number 78 in the nation by the Tennis Recruiting Network. After high school, Austin attended Georgia Tech and became a four year letter winner under head coach Kenny Thorne. He posted a career singles record of 30-29 for the Yellow Jackets and a career doubles record of 24-18. His best results came in the 2008-2009 season when he posted a dual match singles record of 7-3 and a dual match doubles record of 10-5. Austin graduated from Tech with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and joined the ATi staff in the early spring of 2014 as a high performance coach. He has pursued his coaching career full throttle by being certified as a Level 1 Professional by the USPTA. Additionally, Austin was named a team coach at the National Level 1 Team Spring Championships in Mobile, Alabama in March of 2016 where he coached some of the top players in the United States. In July of 2016 he was accepted into the USTA High Performance Coaching Program where he will partake in a week long course led by several of the top coaches in America. Austin’s main goal in coaching a junior tennis player is to help each student reach their potential both as an athlete and as a person. Austin married his wife Kara in November of 2015. They now reside in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta with their two crazy dogs Bridget and Chichi. 
Larry Schnall
ATi Partner, Director of Adult and Doubles Programming

Larry grew up in Marietta and is one of the south's most respected teaching and playing professionals.  Larry joins ATi with 30+ years of director experience at some of the area's finest clubs.  Larry will be using his world class doubles knowledge and experience with many of the top juniors in the south.  College - Two-Time All-American, Two-Time Athlete of the Year, Three-Time Most Valuable Player, Eight Conference Titles, University of West Georgia Athletic Hall of Fame.  
ITF World 45 Doubles Champion, 18 International Titles, Won the AT&T Wild Card Challenge, Played in the AT&T Challenge four times, wins over top world players like Bob Lutz and Harold Solomon. Several National Titles (Category 1 and 2), Awards from the Georgia Tennis Association: Player of the year, Program of the year and Pro of the year. Larry has coached over 300 ALTA and USTA city championship teams.  He has coached many juniors who received scholarships to NCAA Divison I schools. Larry has played in exhibition matches against Robby Genepri, Todd Martin, James Blake, Ellis Ferrera, Martina Navratilova and Billy Jean King.​ 
Emily Zabor 
ATi Partner, Director High Performance

Emily grew up in Marietta, GA and trained for part of her junior career at ATi:  She was a four-year letter winner in tennis at Walton High School ... Won four AAAAA state championships while playing for Walton High School and played No. 1 singles her junior and senior seasons ... became the winningest team in the state capturing 147 consecutive dual match wins ... two-time  MDJ and AJC Female Tennis Player of the Year ... High School All-American ... 2010 Peach State Champion ... 2010 National Open Doubles Champion ... 2 x National Open Doubles Finalis ... graduated with honors ... earned a 3.96 GPA ... received Coke Scholar Athlete award given to the student who is excellent in the classroom and in their sport ... member of the Beta Club ... member of National Honors Society ... received AP Distinguished Scholar Award.
Emily played four years of college tennis for the University of Alabama where she won two NCAA Elite 89 Awards, becoming the first repeat winner in women's tennis ... ITA/Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sportsmanship & Leadership Award winner for the southern region ... SEC All-Tournament Team ... ITA Scholar-Athlete ... SEC Academic Honor Roll ... entered the spring season ranked 69th nationally in singles ... ranked as high as 35 in doubles ... won 25 singles matches throughout the year, good for 2nd best at UAL ... 25 doubles wins ...
helped the Tide advance to Alabama's first SEC Tournament Championship ...  

Jason Fleeman
Director of Youth Development

Jason has twenty-three (23) years teaching experience.  His past tennis experience includes: Director of Tennis at Brookshire HOA, 
Tennis Professional, Beck Tennis Academy10 years Junior Competition Chairman, United States Tennis Association (Georgia)
15 years Director of JR Programming, Eagle Watch (Woodstock, GA), National Advisory Staff with Wilson, Yonex, & Head Sports, 6 years Head Tennis Professional, Brookstone Country Club (Acworth, GA)  
CAREER ACCOMPLISHMENTS: United States Tennis Association (USTA) Georgia Professional of the Year -  2008 & 2012;
·  USTA Regional Training Center Coach, Southern Section  -  2012-2015; USTA National Spring Team Coach  -  2013, 2014, & 2015;
3rd Place Bronze Ball Winner  -  2015; USTA National Junior Team Tennis Coach  -  2013 & 2014; Only Coach in USTA to have “back to back” wins; USTA Zonals Coach (14u Cary, NC) & Team Sportsmanship Winner  -  2015; President, USTA Cherokee Tennis Association  -  2008-2010

Education
Bachelor of Science, Psychology Georgia Southern University, Statesboro, GA * Top 5% of graduating class  * National Honor Society  * Psi Chi Honor Society * Published “Journal of Educational Psychology. Vol 89(2) pg. 251-261    
Kyle Childree  
High Performance Coach  

Kyle grew up in Smyrna, GA and started playing tennis at the age of 12.  He began training at ATi and soley trained at ATi until he secured a position on Boston College Tennis Team.  He played four years of varsity tennis for Whitefield Academy and led the team to a state title his senior year. Kyle was awarded the Cobb County Player of the Year in 2012.   Kyle was a two year captain during his junior and senior year while playing tennis for Boston College.  During his college career he won the Princeton Invatational and Flushing Meadows Fall Tournament.  He had singles wins over North Carolina in doubles and wins over Virginia, both while they ranked #1 in the nation.  He played number 1 doubles and as high as number 3 singles and recieved the Golden Eagle of the Year Award while at Boston College.
He earned the Athletic Director's Award for Academic Acheivement, and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll all 4 years while attending the #3 business school in the nation.   He returned to work at ATi during the summer months while at Boston College and we are so excited to have him as a full time coach at ATi.  
Terry Flynn  
Director of Development and Performance    

Coach Terry has been involved in Atlanta tennis for over 30 years, both as a player and coach. He attended UGA and GSU where he played. He has held state, Southern and National USTA rankings over the years. Terry was the Director of Tennis at Leizure Pointe Racquet Club, Fairington Country Club and most recently, Director of the ten and under tennis at Sandy Springs Tennis Center.  Terry is a member of the Adidas and Babolat Advisory Staffs and serves on the Board of the Sandy Springs Community Tennis Associationutton
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Taylor (Lindsey) Bruin
Director of Future Stars
 
Taylor grew up in Birmingham, AL and played four years of college tennis for the University of Alabama on an atlethic scholarship.  She graduated with a 3.9 GPA, was also a member of the National Honor Society and FCA. She was ranked as high as 27 in the NCAA Division I college tennis doubles rankings. Lindsey is an experienced and dedicated DR. of Physical Therapy and we plan to combine her HP tennis playing experience with her extensive training in treatment of movement dysfunction using manual therapy, specific exercise, trigger point dry needling, manipulation, and highly individualized care. Lindsey also has had extensive training in overuse injuries, post operative conditions and chronic pain conditions. Taylor worked at Birmingham Tennis Academy in 2012 with elite HP tennis players.                                                                                                                                                                      
                                                                                                  
 Harrison Kansol - Head Tennis Professional (Currently in Athens finishing he degree)
 
Harrison grew up in Marietta, GA and trained at ATi for the last 4 years of his junior career.  In 2105 he played for Anderson University.  He
carried the best winning percentage on the team in singles with a 12-1 overall record while playing at the No. 6 position … Closed the year on a three-match winning streak, including two in the SAC Tournament … Ended the season with a 9-1 singles record against SAC opponents … Finished with a 10-5 doubles record with all his appearances coming at No. 2 … Went 7-3 in doubles with teammate Nicolas Ascarrunz … Finished 5-1 with Ascarrunz against SAC opponents. 
Ladd Harrison (Currently playing for UNC)
Ladd has trained at ATi for 5 years and started at the age of 11.  Ladd will be playing tennis for Furman University starting in the Fall of 2016.  Ladd will train this summer with ATi and assist in our training ATi's high performance juniors.  
 
Katherine Muzik

Katherine trained at ATi for 6 years and secured a full scholarship to play tennis for Ruthers University in the fall of 2016
  
Kathy Carlson - ATi Team Coordinator
 
Kathy grew up in Mableton, GA.  She attended Pebblebook HS where she was a star basketball player who scored 45 points in a
single game.  Kathy has been playing and coaching tennis for 30+years.  She loves being around the juniors and is the acadeny mom who's love for the juniors is priceless.   
OUR PHILOSOPHY
SERVE AND RETURN FOUNDATION
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ATI's Mission

To assist in developing strong character, work ethic, self esteem, passion and respect for the game while learning to compete to their potential.  We strive to help prepare 
tomorrow’s players/leaders achieve their dreams, ambitions and aspirations on and off the court.
 
 
SRF's Mission         Web site:    serveandreturn.com
 
To SERVE communities and RETURN services to promote the game of tennis.  Additionally, we strive to improve the quality of life for all ages and specific vulnerable groups, such as children and seniors through the promotion of one of the top sports for physical exercise and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


The Serve and Return Foundation is a 501(c)(3)  Public Charity Status: 509 (a)(2)
 
  • Fair Oaks Tennis Center                                      1460 West Booth Rd Ext SW                             Marietta, GA 30008
  • Whitefield Academy
       1 Whitefield Drive SE
       Smyrna, GA 30126