Our Team


Chris Canepa

Site Director at Lee Graham

Chris is the Head Tennis Pro at Lee Graham where we will be offering spring, summer and fall programs. Coach Chris has been coaching in the Northern Virginia area for the past 20 years. He has a strong passion for the sport and aiding in the development of his players.


Alex Shek

Founder and Director of Tennis

Coach Alex has been directing C.O.R.E. Tennis since its inception ten years ago. He has been coaching tennis in the DC-Metropolitan area for over twelve years. Before founding C.O.R.E. Tennis, he began teaching tennis and supervising summer junior camps at Tennistar Academy in Bethesda. He then continued as an instructor at 4 Star Academy in Merrifield, VA. Alex was Co-Director of Programs at nearby Tuckahoe Recreation Club, where he managed both their junior and adult tennis teams. He also worked as Assistant Head Coach of the McLean High School Varsity Girls Tennis Team. In this capacity, he guided the McLean Girls to one their most successful seasons in the history of MHS tennis (winning the Liberty District championship, Northern Region title and placing 2nd in the state of Virginia). Coach Alex is a certified USPTA professional.

Coach Alex has a lifelong passion for the game of tennis and enjoys contributing to the development of his players.  He seeks to develop his players’ confidence and character with focus on technique, speed and conditioning. When he is not on the courts, he is blessed to enjoy time with his beautiful wife, their three kids (and future grand-slam champions) and their two German Shepherd Dogs.



Tommy Weber

Tennis Pro and Director of Sports Performance

Coach Tommy has been working with C.O.R.E. Tennis for the past 7 years as an coach. Tommy played varsity tennis at George Mason high school where they earned 5 straight state championships. He finished his 5 years at Mason with 99 wins.

Coach Tommy enjoys sharing the game of tennis with younger kids through games and competition. He believes in creating a fun and positive environment for all students and emphasizes the importance of dedication and hard work. Coach Tommy is a certified USPTA professional.


Steve Gershman

Tennis Professional (10 and Under)

 Coach Steve has been with C.O.R.E. Tennis for the past 4 years. Before joining C.O.R.E. Steve coached the boys and girls tennis teams at Meyer Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida. Steve is a lifelong tennis player and is Professional Tennis Registry certified.

Coach Steve’s philosophy is simple. Children play sports to have fun and to be with friends. His games and drills are organized to improve skills and introduce small disciplines, always encouraging, never criticizing. Games can be competitive, but the focus is not on winning, but on improving the development of each child. The result is to leave them feeling at the end of each session with the desire to come back for more.

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Kelly Ego-Osuala

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Kelly Ego-Osuala is a proud University of Michigan alumnus. Kelly has been working in collaboration with C.O.R.E. for the past 2 years. She is an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer with nine years of experience, Kelly conducts boot camp classes as well develops and implements health and fitness programs for small groups and individual clients.

Since her early years as a young athlete, Kelly has been engrained with a “leave it all on the floor” and “it’s mind over matter” mindset. She applies this mindset in everything she does. She believes that if you’re not going to put forth 100% in whatever you do, there is no point in doing it.


The CORE Tennis management team handles everything from facilities management, to beginner training, and advanced player development.

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About C.O.R.E.

As specialists in tennis facility programming and management, C.O.R.E. Tennis believes in creating hubs of tennis activity. Facilitated by top quality staff, we are committed to investing in the local community by consistently providing a safe and welcoming tennis environment.

We firmly believe in the power of sport to develop thriving communities. In the words of Nelson Mandela, “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”

At C.O.R.E. Tennis, we provide an opportunity for athletes to become better tennis players in a competitive, positive and energetic environment. Community, Optimism, Relationships, and Energy are all essential to success. Regardless of age and background, anyone open to learning and having fun while improving can join us in being a part of our tennis community.

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