About Us

Jesse Witten 

Jesse Witten began playing tennis at age 6, however, it wasn’t until the age of 15 that he fully dedicated himself to the sport. It was during the years that he spent countless hours training at Tough Tennis Academy that he started to realize and fulfill his immense amount of talent.

Jesse continued his tennis career at the University of Kentucky where he reached the final of the NCAA Championship as a Freshman in 2002. He was also the Universities first 5 time All-American.

Upon graduating, Jesse became an active player on the ATP tour. Some of his highlighting performances include qualifying for the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open.  In 2009, Jesse made it to the 3rd round of the US Open losing in 4 close sets to Novak Djokovic. His highest single ranking was achieved during 2010 at 163 in the world.

He has also represented the NY Sportimes as part of World Tennis Team for the last 5 years with great amount of success along side one of tennis’s greats, John McEnroe.

Ronen Graziani

Ronen Graziani is the founder of Tough Tennis Academy, he has more than 30 years of coaching experience at the highest level.

He has coached over 30 National Champions, as well several players who have achieved #1 ranking in the USA. In addition, he has coached several players who have achieved WTA and ATP world ranking. Under his coaching at TTA 100% of his students have received academic / athletic scholarships to some of the top universities in the country.

Originally from Israel , he has served in the Israeli Military for 3 years, was a member of 2 National Championship teams, and coached a Division one college team to its first conference championship ever, during his first year of coaching.

He also has a masters degree in education and development in addition to managing several businesses. Ronen and his wife Leeanne, who is a CPA and attorney, have lived in Naples for over 15 years with their daughter Gabrielle who is now attending college.

Vimal Patel

Vimal has been ranked #2 in the U.S. in the boys 18 and under division.  He was the Kentucky state high school singles champion in 1988 and Florida state high school singles champion in 1989.

He has played four years on the varsity tennis team at Stanford University on a full scholarship where he was a 3-time All American.  He has competed professionally and received an ATP ranking in both singles and doubles.

Vimal is one of the best coaches located in Naples.  He has been training tennis players of all ages since he started in 1997.  He has worked with several top-ranked juniors and professional players over the years.

He still resides in Naples and plans on continuing coaching privately as well as working with the students of Tough Tennis Academy.