Tennis Pros

Griff Lamkin

Tennis Director & Professional

Griff Lamkin was an outstanding local player from 1966 to 1972, earning a No. 1 ranking in Virginia in both singles and doubles and No.1 in 1971 and No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic in doubles in 1971.  He turned his local achievements into a college scholarship to University of South Florida where he played 4 years for a team that was ranked as high #33rd nationally. ...

Griff Lamkin was an outstanding local player from 1966 to 1972, earning a No. 1 ranking in Virginia in both singles and doubles and No.1 in 1971 and No. 1 in the Mid-Atlantic in doubles in 1971.  He turned his local achievements into a college scholarship to University of South Florida where he played 4 years for a team that was ranked as high #33rd nationally.   During his years at University of South Florida, Griff taught tennis during the summer and following his graduation (Bachelor of Science, Economics) he settled in to teach at MR&HC in February of 1977 and he earned his USPTA Teaching Certification (Currently P-1).   By June, 1977 he was the Head Pro and in 1984 he became the club’s Tennis Director.  Griff organizes a wide variety of special events throughout the year including: The Early Morning Breakfast, Tennis Exhibition for Charity, Tennis Trips, Brunches, Parent-Child. Member-Guest, and Century Tournaments.  In addition to this, he manages an outstanding staff of pros, and supervises maintenance of the 5 indoor tennis courts.   He provides member assistance, including arranging matches and personal assessments for all new members.   Despite 40 years of teaching at the club, Griff still loves teaching and maintain a 35+ hour weekly teaching schedule, teaching students from 5 to 90 years of age.   If you haven’t met him or you need help, please come up and say hello.

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Casey McClure

Tennis Professional

Having been a kid once himself (some claim he’s on his third childhood), Casey spent his formative years in the mid-1970’s learning how to play tennis at McLean Racquet & Health Club.

At Langley High School, he played varsity tennis and his team went on to win the Virginia AAA Championship. Unfortunately for Casey, this happened one year after...

Having been a kid once himself (some claim he’s on his third childhood), Casey spent his formative years in the mid-1970’s learning how to play tennis at McLean Racquet & Health Club.

At Langley High School, he played varsity tennis and his team went on to win the Virginia AAA Championship. Unfortunately for Casey, this happened one year after he had graduated.

Undaunted, he ventured to Ohio State University, where he played varsity tennis, and his team went on to win the Big 10 Championship. Unfortunately for Casey, this too occurred one year after he graduated.

In 1989, Casey became U.S.P.T.A. certified(some claim he’s certifiable as well) teaching professional. In 1992, his good friend Griff Lamkin was kind enough to offer him a job teaching tennis at McLean Racquet & Health Club. When Casey’s not off visiting some far-flung corner of the globe, he can usually be found on one of the five courts teaching kids and grown-ups the game of tennis, and having way too much fun in the process.

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Barbara Wilhelm Lamkin

Tennis Professional

Barb has over thirty years of tennis playing and teaching experience.  She has two tennis teaching certifications: the first as a Professional from the United States Professional Tennis Association, earned in 1998, and the second from the United States Professional Tennis Registry, earned in 1987. She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with ...

Barb has over thirty years of tennis playing and teaching experience.  She has two tennis teaching certifications: the first as a Professional from the United States Professional Tennis Association, earned in 1998, and the second from the United States Professional Tennis Registry, earned in 1987. She graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education in 1986.

Barb’s playing background includes Division 1 experience and competition in 14 years of sanctioned tournaments at the state and regional levels.  She has earned rankings in the Women’s Open singles division as high as #8 in Maryland and #14 in the Mid-Atlantic.

Barb taught elementary school from 1987 to 1994, teaching tennis over many summers.  Her favorite summer job was being Head Tennis Pro at Vineyard Haven Yacht Club on Martha’s Vineyard Island during the summers of 1989 and 1990.  She first joined MRHC staff as a Tennis Professional in 1994, and loves being a part of the warm and friendly McLean Racquet and health Club community.

Barb is happily married to Griff Lamkin.  Together they love spending time with their son, Bradley, who is also a tennis enthusiast!  Barb combines her loves of tennis teaching, school teaching, playing experience, and parenting to make her classes motivational and instructional.  She especially enjoys teaching singles and double strategy, providing clear stroke diagnosis, and mental toughness training.  Barb wants you to have fun while making a difference in your game.  She enjoys teaching students of all ages and levels. Barb looks forward for sharing her love of the game with you!

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Kristina Georgieva

Tennis Professional

Kristina was born in Haskovo, Bulgaria in 1982, the daughter of Atanas Georgiev and Nadia Georgieva.  She started to play tennis at the age of five with father Atanas, a national coach for the Bulgarian Tennis Federation who currently works for the Federation in an effort to further develop youth tennis in Europe.

Her first major tennis achievement came at ...

Kristina was born in Haskovo, Bulgaria in 1982, the daughter of Atanas Georgiev and Nadia Georgieva.  She started to play tennis at the age of five with father Atanas, a national coach for the Bulgarian Tennis Federation who currently works for the Federation in an effort to further develop youth tennis in Europe.

Her first major tennis achievement came at age 12 when she won the Bulgarian National Championship in singles and doubles in the 14-and-under age group.  One year later, she played in the European Championship for under-14s, where she lost in the third round in three sets against the later world #1 WTA tour player Kim Clijsters.

In high school, Kristina was consistently ranked among the top eight players in the senior women’s rankings in Bulgaria. She was a finalist in the under-18s junior national tournament in Bulgaria, and finished third overall in the Bulgarian senior women’s doubles tournament. Playing on the pro circuit, Kristina reached a career-high WTA tour ranking of number 870.

After coming to America, Kristina played four years on the American University Varsity Women’s Tennis Team, where she received a full scholarship.  She played No. 1 singles and doubles in her senior year and was named to the All – Patriot League First Singles and Doubles teams for four consecutive years.  Kristina graduated in 2004 from American University with a BA in Public Communications and a Minor in Health Promotion.  Kristina also received her MBA in Marketing in 2008.

Kristina Georgieva joined the team of teaching professionals at the Mclean Racquet and Health Club in 2006.  With regard to her tennis-teaching career, Kristina says: ” Tennis is a lifetime sport and has been my life so far. I plan to stay on the tennis courts for many years to come. I love sharing my knowledge about the game with anyone that loves this sport and wants to learn more about it.”

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Eugen Potorac

Tennis Professional

Eugen Potorac is a professional tennis instructor born and raised in Moldova (Eastern Europe) where he learned how to play the sport. During his teenage years, he competed in many challengers and satellites throughout Europe.
He immigrated to the US in 2005 and found himself  teaching at McLean Racquet and Health Club. He can teach all classes and all levels...

Eugen Potorac is a professional tennis instructor born and raised in Moldova (Eastern Europe) where he learned how to play the sport. During his teenage years, he competed in many challengers and satellites throughout Europe.
He immigrated to the US in 2005 and found himself  teaching at McLean Racquet and Health Club. He can teach all classes and all levels but his main strength is one on one.
PTR certified as a “professional” and with more than 12 years in teaching experience, he is ready to take your game to the next level.

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Darius Firousgar

Tennis Professional

Darius Firousgar played #1 and #2 singles and doubles for Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, and #1 Singles for Montgomery College from 1989-1990.

After playing in college, Darius was consistently ranked among the top 15 in the men’s Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association Open Division (1990-97). In 1997, he finished ranked fourth in the men’s open rankings for ...

Darius Firousgar played #1 and #2 singles and doubles for Bethesda Chevy Chase High School, and #1 Singles for Montgomery College from 1989-1990.

After playing in college, Darius was consistently ranked among the top 15 in the men’s Mid-Atlantic Tennis Association Open Division (1990-97). In 1997, he finished ranked fourth in the men’s open rankings for the Mid-Atlantic, and was tied for first in the midseason of that year. Darius also placed third in the National (Amateur) Open division championships in 1990.

In addition to competing locally and nationally, Darius played on the men’s tour semi-professionally on and off for five years from 1991-95. He has been teaching full time for almost ten years, and believes in teaching individuals of all levels the most modern techniques.

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Rob Carvajal

Tennis Professional

Rob Carvajal, Jr. is the creator and founder of RJ TENNIS BOOT CAMP®, an exciting, challenging, high energy tennis program which has grown to become the most sought after adult tennis clinic in the metropolitan area.  Rob has developed specialized programs for every level of player, from the beginner, to highly advanced USTA players.

A former competit...

Rob Carvajal, Jr. is the creator and founder of RJ TENNIS BOOT CAMP®, an exciting, challenging, high energy tennis program which has grown to become the most sought after adult tennis clinic in the metropolitan area.  Rob has developed specialized programs for every level of player, from the beginner, to highly advanced USTA players.

A former competitive diver, Rob knows that fear has no place in diving, because one moment of hesitation can lead to serious, life-altering injuries.   Along with coaching tennis, he has coached divers, motivating them to overcome that fear, achieve excellence, and win championships.   His record as a dive coach– 20 Virginia High School State Team Championships and 17 NVSL Division One Team Championships–proves his coaching style works.   Today, the number one diver in the country began as Rob’s student at age 10 through high school, entering Stanford in the fall.

Rob brings his unique motivational and coaching style to his RJ TENNIS BOOT CAMP™, and has helped players learn to hit all out and play fearlessly, while improving their fitness, foot speed, power and mental toughness on the court.    Players have attributed their increased wins and their higher USTA ratings to his RJT BOOT CAMP program, and others have dropped up to 40 pounds.

Rob gets players from day one to use the right technique and hit all out.  From his beginner RJT STROKE IMMERSION™ class, to his BOOT CAMP DRILLS & LIVE BALL® classes, he believes it is easier to learn to control power, than to start hitting timidly and try to get to powerful.  Like his divers, he wants players to be fearless.  Anyone in Rob’s boot camps will hear him shouting out, “HIT THAT BALL! BE STRONG!”  Or, “LET IT ALLLLLLLLL OUT!”  Rob has developed his RJ TENNIS BOOT CAMP® so you can lose the fear, lose the doubt, acquire belief and emerge a stronger player.

Rob is excited to be a part of the McLean Racquet and Health Club family and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve you.

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Johan-Milbrink

Johan Milbrink

Tennis Professional

Johan Milbrink grew up in Uppsala, Sweden, and was an outstanding junior player from a young age, consistently ranked in the top 8 in the country for his age group. In his teens, he got to enjoy the experience of travelling and playing many international tournaments in Europe, both as an individual player as well as on the national team. When he was 17 and 18 years...

Johan Milbrink grew up in Uppsala, Sweden, and was an outstanding junior player from a young age, consistently ranked in the top 8 in the country for his age group. In his teens, he got to enjoy the experience of travelling and playing many international tournaments in Europe, both as an individual player as well as on the national team. When he was 17 and 18 years of age he also had the opportunity to compete in satellites and challenger level tournaments throughout Europe. He had some early success and achieved an ATP world ranking of 692. Then as an 18yr old he was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to come to America on a full room and board tennis scholarship. There he played Division 1 college tennis at Louisiana State University for 2 years and at University of Miami for another 2 years. He played the number 1 and 2 positions on the team, and as a sophomore he was at one point ranked as high as #5 in the country, while the team was ranked #3 in the country. These days Johan is married with three young children, and he’s looking to pass on the experience he’s amassed over the years to them and other young players to help them develop and mature both on and off the tennis court. To that end, he recently achieved a formal tennis teaching certification by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), and he’s developed an advanced junior clinic program focused on progressing young talented players so they can reach their full potential and flourish.

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Sean Moran

Tennis Professional

Sean grew up playing many different sports but committed to tennis at age 12 and hasn’t looked back, training year-round on the sport ever since. At 16 Sean trained in Spain and came back to Chantilly HS to be the #1 player and team captain of the varsity tennis team, leading the team to win the Virginia 6A State Title. After graduating high school, returned to S...

Sean grew up playing many different sports but committed to tennis at age 12 and hasn’t looked back, training year-round on the sport ever since. At 16 Sean trained in Spain and came back to Chantilly HS to be the #1 player and team captain of the varsity tennis team, leading the team to win the Virginia 6A State Title. After graduating high school, returned to Spain for more training and went on to play Futures tennis tournaments in Indonesia, Japan, and Germany.

Sean loves to coach tennis as much as he loves to play and began coaching at age 15 in clubs, programs, and academies in and out of this area. Sean is certified by PTR as a performance tennis trainer, and teaches students, both adult and junior, that include collegiate, high school, and mid-atlantic tennis players. He has coached locally at Luis Rosado Academy, Fairfax Racquet Club, River Creek Country Club, Chesterbrook Swim and Tennis Club, Courtplay Athletics, RJTennis Boot Camp, and A+ Tennis Academy. Abroad, he coached at Academia TennisComp in Spain, and TennisSchwendi Academy in Germany. Sean uses his knowledge and experience from training and playing abroad when training his students. He trains players using a European style training model because he has found that this style maximizes the potential of the player. Sean believes that every player can take their game to the next level, and gives them the tools and knowledge they need to achieve this goal.

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