Citi Stars Tennis Academy

“From ground strokes to grand slams”


Citi Stars Tennis Academy is dedicated to teaching each child the building blocks of tennis. No matter what age or skill level, every year students graduate with a strong foundation and a love for the sport of tennis.  Our program caters to all skill levels from never having touched a racket to Division I collegiate athletics. 

Citi Stars Tennis aims to help your child pursue his/her highest tennis dreams.  We achieve this goal by giving individual attention to every child and focusing  on each student's strengths. We always keep things fun, exciting and challenging. There will be a great deal of attention placed on the physical and mental aspects of the game, which in many cases are just as important as technique.

Tournament Training Tennis

Our Staff

Baloo | Program Director | Owner

Chris |Program Director | Owner

Chris DeStefano was born and raised in New York City, was a top-30 player in the nation throughout his junior career. He played Division One tennis for Penn State University, where he had one of the highest winning percentages in the team's history, and upon graduating delved into the coaching aspect of the game. He works with numerous nationally ranked players as well as top sectional players. Chris has been teaching younger generations since graduating from Penn State and is a well known figure in the national US coaching community.

Balazs Turcsik was an official national coach in Hungary in 2002. He brings a vast amount of coaching experience with him to Citi Stars Tennis Programs. While in Hungary, Baloo worked and coached 7 National Junior Champions and numerous top-50 professional WTA players. He has coached players at all four grand slams including many ATP, WTA and ITF Junior Tournaments. After relocating with his family to New York, Baloo has continued passing on his knowledge to future generations and continuing his high level coaching career. He has consistently produced national and sectional ranked players nationwide.

Started playing competitive tennis at The West Side Tennis Club under Chris Pucci in 1992. Went on to play at Xaverian High School where he was named Team Captain '95-'97, MVP '95-97, Coca-Cola Tennis Player of the Year '97, and received The Brother George Roth Scholar Athlete Award '97.  Then attended and played for St. Peter's College. Returned to The West Side Tennis Club in 2000 and began working with juniors and adults of all levels. Joined the Citi Stars staff in 2015.

National champion in Brazil both singles and doubles - highest national ranking there of #53 and  #1 singles for Queens College 1st team all conference 2008 to 2009. Rookie of the year east coast conference 2008 PTR registered. Assistant coach Queens College men s tennis team 2015 - present Tennis coach at DG tennis in Upper NYACK- 2011

I am from Maracay, Venezuela. I have been playing tennis for almost 10 years. When a kid I always watched the tournaments in TV and that encouraged me to start playing tennis. My tennis idol is Rafa Nadal, as a kid I always admired his determination and heart during the matches. I am college player now at Queens College (DIV 2), which is the second best team in the ECC (East Central Conference). Also, I have been coaching for more than 2 years and now I try to share my experience and knowledge in tennis to all my students.

John | Pro

Fabio | Head Pro

Sharvill Nawghre is an Indian born Tennis Professional. Sharvill is a former Division 1 Player and currently plays at the No.1 Position at Queens College (NY). Sharvill was a promising young talent in India rising as high top 25 in Under16s and 18s. He was also ranked in Spanish Men’sranking in the year 2011. He has played several ITF tournaments and is an alumnus of the Sanchez-Casal Tennis Academy (Spain) where he played for 2 years.    Sharvill is certified by USPTR and RPT (Spanish Federation). He is experienced at teaching all levels from Beginners to Advanced. Sharvill has assisted several club tennis programs in India and has worked as a Tennis Pro. at summer camps and Country Clubs in USA.  

"Citi Stars Tennis is one of the stronger programs in New York, great coaches and friendly staff. Many of the students visit the Rick Macci Academy in Florida and I am impressed with their foundation and willingness to learn."

-Rick Macci

**20 minute drive from Manhattan -- Transportation with shuttle vans available for all students, door to door pickup and drop-off**

Sharvill | Pro

Miguel | Pro

Bio Coming soon

Peter | Pro