ATi tennis coaches are selected not only for their impressive skills on the court, but also because they genuinely care about helping kids achieve athletic and personal greatness. In addition to drill interaction, coaches are available for private lessons, travel to and from tournaments and to consult on your child's progress.
Danny Carlson, Owner
A lifelong contributor to the Atlanta tennis community, Atlanta Tennis Inc. (ATi Tennis Academy) founder and owner, Danny Carlson has been developing distinguished tennis players. Several students held top 500 ATP and WTA rankings and over 100 others earned college tennis scholarships. ATi Tennis Academy has averaged a yearly enrollment of over 150 students and staffs over 10 professionals.
Danny is the founded of the Serve and Return Foundation Inc (501 c3) who's mission is: To SERVE communities, and RETURN service to promote the game of tennis. Additionally, they strive to improve the quality of life for all ages and vulnerable groups, such as children and seniors.
Danny and his wife, Kathy have been married over 40 years, have two sons, Chad and Todd who have added four grandchildren to the family.
Kathy Carlson, Team Coordinator
As team coordinator, Kathy helps keep the academy running smoothly and seamlessly. An avid tennis player herself, Kathy has coached and mentored hundreds of junior players, and is affectionately thought of as “team mom.”
Kathy and Danny sons, Chad and Todd both played on NCAA National Championship teams for UGA. Chad and Todd received MBA's from Harvard and Emory respectively. Chad is an Exec. VP for Burroughs and Chapin and Todd is a VP at SunTrust.
Austin Roebuck, Director of Elite High Performance
Few people are better equipped to help juniors navigate the complex tennis tournament and ranking system than Austin, who was ranked in USTA’s top 100 in the 14, 16 and 18 and under age groups. Raised in Athens, Georgia, he went on to achieve a national high school ranking of 78, according to the Tennis Recruiting Network. This success propelled him to play for the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2006 to 2009, where he held a winning record in both singles (30-29) and doubles (24-18).
Austin is a USPTA certified professional and a USTA high performance coach. He also holds certifications with the International Coaches Institute, as both a level 1 competitive coach and level 2 professional coach. He trains high-level athletes to be especially skilled in three critical areas – the backcourt, midcourt and front court. His specific coaching system of drills, live ball controls and match play encourages proficiency with footwork, balance and shot placement in defensive, offensive and finishing positions.
Kyle Childree, Co-director of High Performance
Kyle returned to ATi in a professional capacity after spending four years competing on the Boston College tennis team. He secured the sought-after spot after training with ATi since age 12. Kyle served the team as captain during his junior and senior years, and led the team to major wins at the Princeton Invitational and Flushing Meadows Fall Tournament. He also claimed huge victories at both singles and doubles against the University of North Carolina and the University of Virginia, while both programs were ranked number one in the nation, respectively. In addition, he posted wins against programs like the University of Miami, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina State and Florida State University.
His leadership and skills both on and off the court helped him secure the Eagle of the Year Award, as well as Outstanding Senior. In addition, during his time at one of the nation’s top business schools, he earned the Athletic Director’s Award for Academic Achievement, and was named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll all four years. Prior to college, Kyle played four years of varsity tennis for Whitefield Academy, leading the team to a state championship his senior year. He also earned the much-coveted honor of Cobb County Player of the Year in 2012.
He specializes in high performance singles and doubles, however he regularly works with athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Harrison Kansol, head coaching professional
15 years playing experience-local, regional and national tournament player
Top ranked in State of Georgia and Regional Level B16-B18’s
Anderson University-starter on the Men’s tennis team 12-1 singles record, 2014
Harrison High School Men’s varsity tennis #1 singles 2009-2012
*Atlanta Tennis Academy , Marietta, GA inc. current-
*The Georgia Club-Statham, GA 2016-2018
*University of GA Manager of Women’s tennis team 2016-2017
*Tennis for Life, Athens, GA 2012-2013
*University of GA, Bachelors Business administration, Terry College of Business, May 2018
Alexandra Apostu CO-Director of High Performance
Alex was born and raised in Bucharest, Romania before coming to the United States to join the Kennesaw State women’s tennis team in 2010. As a student athlete, she received several awards such as: Atlantic Sun All-Academic Team, Atlantic Sun All-Conference First Team, Atlantic Sun All-Freshman Team, and ITA Scholar Athlete.
Alex had previously coached for 4 years at the Peachtree City Tennis Center, where she was the Director of Junior Tennis. During her time there, Alex worked with players of all ages and abilities. Her biggest passion revolves around high-performance junior tennis and helping players on their journey to college tennis.
Alex is actively involved with the USTA, having coached multiple developmental camps such as: USTA PD TEAM USA Sectional Camp, USTA High Performance Camp, USTA Early Developmental Camp, and others. Alex has been USPTA certified since 2015.