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    NCAA Champions and Professionals Bradley Klahn & Lauren Embree 
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Welcome Sebastian Serrano to Team RAMP!

First Break Academy - RAMP Tennis Hire Sebastian Serrano

Sebastian Serrano was born in April 24 of 1987 in Cartagena, Colombia where he is currently the highest  ATP ranked tennis player in the history of the city.  

He fell in love with the game at the age of 7 when his parents Zulma Moreno and Samuel Serrano took him for the first time to the clay courts of the Club Naval – a sports/recreational facility for families of the Army community.  At the age of 16 he was ranked number one player on his country...  

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First Break Academy - Ramp Tennis Coach Jay Leavitt, brings 15 years of experience to the courts. Born in Cleveland, Ohio, Coach Jay competed on the USTA junior circuit which lead to a successful collegiate career where he was named All-American on the Men’s Tennis Team at the University of Mount Union. Since graduating college, Coach Jay has concentrated on capitalizing on his experience as a junior and collegiate player to building a career in coaching. 

Coach Jay has achieved some of the highest of certifications a tennis coach can achieve including a High Performance Coaching credential from PTR as well as has been USPTA certified since 2005. Before coming to RAMP, Coach Jay owned and operated the JTA academy in Charlotte, North Carolina where his high performance program was limited to the top twenty ranked juniors in the Southern region. His program included many junior players who went on to achieve successful college careers including Mia King (#2 University of Georgia), Claudia Wicktorin (NC State), and Robby Mudge (#1 NC State).  During his tenure at RAMP Tennis, he has completed USTA Player Development High Performance Coaching education. 

Coach Jay shares in First Break Academy - Ramp Tennis goals of increased access and training opportunities for players of all backgrounds. Coach Jay has an incredible ability to connect with players, motivate effort and provide players with the technique and skills necessary for them to reach the highest levels of the game.

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Sebastian Serrano was born in April 24 of 1987 in Cartagena, Colombia where he is currently the highest  ATP ranked tennis player in the history of the city.  He fell in love with the game at the age of 7 when his parents Zulma Moreno and Samuel Serrano took him for the first time to the clay courts of the Club Naval – a sports/recreational facility for families of the Army community.  At the age of 16 he was ranked number one player on his country.  One year later he received a full athletic scholarship to East Tennessee State University, a division I school.  During his collegiate career, he obtained an ITA D1 ranking of 33 in doubles, won 3 conference tournaments, and was part of the best team of ETSU’s history (NCAA D1 ranking of 31).  As a senior he had the opportunity to clinch the deciding match where ETSU won and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament for the first time by defeating the University of Notre Dame.  In 2009 he decided to turn pro where he was able to obtain multiple titles in Future events. His best ATP ranking was 720 in singles and 450 in doubles. He still holds an atp ranking.  He has always been ranked inside the top 10 players of his country and was able to participate as the 5th player in the Colombian Davis cup team that played against Canada in 2010. 

While playing he has had the opportunity to train with the top coaches and know the top players of the game. Sebastian graduated with honors with a B.S. in business management in 2008. In 2014, during a long injury Sebastian Serrano worked at  Saviano High Performance Academy in Plantation Florida where he was the “right hand” of Nick Saviano who is former top 40 player in the world and have coached top players like Eugenie Bouchard and Sloane Stephens. 

Serrano thinks that having the opportunity to meet and share courts and locker rooms with the top coaches and the top tennis players is priceless –"It is something that no course can teach”.



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Coach Britton’s passion for tennis and ability to pass along his enthusiasm for the game to youth of all ages is a great asset on our courts. His patient personality and likeable smile always seems to bring out the best in First Break-Ramp players. Growing up in Westchester, CA, Coach Britton has a strong knowledge of the Southern California junior tennis circuit after competing in junior tournaments throughout his teen years. After graduating Crespi Carmelite High School in 2012, Coach Britton took his tennis skills to the courts of El Camino Community College where he has developed his game to a new level. He is currently a full time student at Arizona State University.

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Rick Buchta has over 20 years of player mentoring from juniors to NCAA to the professional tour. Some of his past tennis experiences include winning CIF doubles championship, playing number one singles for LMU Lions, working as travel coach for ATP player and friend, Kelly Jones, serving on the Advisory Board of the Junior Tennis Champions Center, playing on the championship Manhattan Country Club Mens 5.0 team, and organizing client and charitable tennis events for Jefferies Investment firm. Rick is a junior talent scout for HEAD racquets, and a friend to many college coaches. In addition to being the President and Co Founder of First Break Academy, Rick is one of the original founders RAMP Tennis. Rick spent twenty plus years in the finance industry at Jefferies and his own firm RBR Capital.  He is current focus is pursuing the growth of First Break Academy - Ramp Tennis CTA. 

Rick and his wife, AnneMarie, reside in Manhattan Beach with there three children, Sammy, Bella, and Nicolas. The family opens their home to many top junior national players and young professionals visiting Los Angeles.

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Marc is an original founder of the RAMP Tennis who remains a key influence in shaping the mission of First Break Academy founded by Rick Buchta and Peggy Bott. Currently, Marc is the exclusive coach to WTA  and USA Davis Cup player, Shelby Rogers. Prior to his work with Shelby and RAMP, Marc excelled as a former USTA Coach, working for USTA Player Development for four years. He was responsible for all aspects of the development of his assigned players.  This included formulating developmental plans, planning/conducting daily practices, tournament scheduling, and coordinating fitness with the strength and conditioning staff.  His achievements include helping his assigned player rise to the top of the 14’s rankings after winning both the Easter Bowl and Clay Courts.  Lucero has had the opportunity to help coach and travel with young professionals like Sam Querrey, Ryan Harrison, Alison Riske, Eugenie Bouchard, and former NCAA Champion, Nicole Gibbs. Marc’s experience includes visiting Regional Training Centers to evaluate young players (ages 7-12) and conduct regional camps around the USTA coaching philosophy. Marc spent three years as the women’s Assistant Coach at Princeton University. He is USPTR certified and also holds USTA High Performance Coaching Education and USTA Sports Science certifications. Coach Lucero played Division I tennis at Boston College and graduated from the Carroll School of Management Honors Program with a degree in Economics. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to RAMP’s high performance program. Under his guidance, RAMP players, Riley McQuaid has won her first gold ball and Taylor Johnson a silver ball. 

Coach Lucero is a contributing writer to TennisRecruiting.net

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