Director of Tennis – Jim Lipinski
Jim Lipinski is a native of Poland, where he was a top junior tennis player. Over the past 12 years, he has turned his passion for tennis into a stellar coaching career. He is a highly educated instructor with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education, a Master of Science in Sports Management and extensive work and study in the Theory of Human Kinetics from the Academy of Physical Education in Wroclaw, Poland. In 2004, he left Poland for Italy where he worked with the Italian Tennis Federation developing top 10 and under juniors before coming to the United States. He has been in the Stamford area since 2005 working at various clubs and developing a strong following with both adults and juniors. He has a wife, Clarissa and two beautiful kids, Gustavo and Ella.
Head Tennis Professional – Aldrin Dinya
Aldrin Dinya has been a top pro in the Fairfield County area for over five years. He is a certified International Tennis Federation Level 1 coach and was a traveling International Tennis Federation (ITF) coach for four years. He has extensive coaching experience working with ITF ranked juniors at the Grand Slams and ITF tournaments. He also represented his country of Kenya in the Davis Cup. Aldrin worked eight years for the ITF Africa Training Centre and was also the head coach for the Kenyan team before he came to the United States. He has had tremendous success teaching and coaching both juniors and adults.
Assistant Tennis Professionals
GiGi is a rising junior in college in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is originally from Croatia but came to the U.S. to play for the Division I Women’s Tennis Team at Oral Roberts University. GiGi was top 50 on the women’s tennis rankings in Croatia. In regional action, she won more than 15 tournaments, and she won the State Championship in doubles in the U16 age category. Internationally, Gorana was at the top of the game in U16 in singles and doubles play, being ranked on both the ITF world rankings and the European rankings. She was named MVP of the 2019 tennis season at her university. In all, Gorana is a very hardworking and organized person filled with positivity. She is an only child and her parents are Goran and Nives Kadijevic. Lastly, Gorana speaks three languages: English, Spanish and Croatian.
Ilya will be working his second summer as a Middlesex Tennis Pro. He graduated summa cum laude from Wagner College this spring, with a degree in Business Administration and Journalism. Ilya grew up in the Netherlands but came to the States to play tennis at the Division I level. He was the captain of the men’s tennis team and led the team to their first-ever Northeast Conference Championship finals. In the Netherlands, he competed at the U18 circuit in the Netherlands and was consistently ranked among the top-15 players of his age group. He advanced to the semifinals in doubles at the National Dutch U18 Championship before he came to the U.S. Ilya is also dedicated and independent, full of great and positive energy. Ilya has one half-brother, Jose, who lives in the Caribbean.
Marcelo is a rising senior and Team Captain at Florida Gulf Coast University, majoring in Entrepreneurship. Born and Raised in Londrina, Brazil, Marcelo played professional tennis for five years before coming to U.S. He played the U.S. Open Junior Championship in 2013 and has big wins against several top 200 ATP players. As a junior, Marcelo won the 2011 U16 Orange Bowl and was undefeated in national tournaments in Brazil. He reached his highest ATP rank in 2013, cracking the top 900 by the age of 17. Before getting injured, Marcelo was ranked in the top 100 of the world’s junior rankings, reaching the 88th position. Marcelo played two matches for Brazil at the 2012 Davis Cup and was the number one Junior Davis Cup player in Barcelona that same year. This spring, in 2019, Marcelo helped his university win their Third Regular Season and Conference Title in five years. Marcelo was also awarded FGCU’s Most Improved Player and All-Tournament Most Valuable Player, as well as the 2018-19 Season “Player to Watch” and “Fans’ Favorite.” His mom lives in New Hampshire and his dad lives in Brazil, but attended high school in Wilton, CT, back in the 1980s. Marcelo is a very mature and an easy-going young man who knows how to enjoy life as it finest.