Anders Eriksson – Owner
President and CEO of The Polo Tennis & Fitness Club. Originally from Sweden, Anders is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a BA in Liberal Arts and a Minor in Business Administration. As the Longhorn #1 Singles and Doubles player he received many honors including, Texas Longhorn Co-Captain, NCAA team semi-finalist, NCAA top ranked doubles team, Southwest Conference Singles, Doubles & Team Champion, University of Texas Athletic Award Recipient for showing support & leadership of the team. After graduation, Anders spent 5 years as the Director of Junior Development for St. Stephen’s Tennis Academy. He moved on to the position of Head Tennis Pro for Berry Creek Country Club & Director of Tennis for Onion Creek Club in the next 10 years. In 2007 Anders was selected to play for Team USA Men’s 35 at the World Championship in Turkey. He is the winner of five US Men’ 30 National Hard court Singles Titles & one US Men’s 35 National Clay court Doubles Title. Anders served on the USTA Texas Section Senior Council & the USTA Texas Section Adult Tournament Council from 2002 – 2008.
Brandi Goldsmith – Manager
Brandi Goldsmith is the Manager at the Polo Tennis Club. She has been with us since 2008. Brandi is in charge of the day to day operations at the club. Brandi brings a wealth of experience and business organizational skills which are vital for the overall management the Polo Tennis Club. Brandi is responsible for the day to day operations of the Pro Shop & Academy, including membership administration, event planning, tournament logistics, billing, pro shop management, client relations and even stringing services. Brandi is instrumental in managing membership needs and developing marketing strategies for the Polo Tennis Club. With past experiences as a high level gymnast and gymnastic coach, Brandi understands the dedication and hard work it takes to succeed. The leadership and organization skills Brandi displays is certainly a major asset to the Academy and valued by all involved.
Remi Almani – Director of Member Services
Remi Almani is the Director of Member Services for the Polo Tennis Club. She has a Bachelor’s in Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s of Science in Human Resource Development from the University of Texas at Tyler. Her primary work has been in the field of healthcare, most recently heading a cancer research study for Baylor College of Medicine and Duke University. She loves living in the hill country of Austin with her husband and new baby girl. On a perfect weekend, Remi can be found enjoying the beautiful tennis facilities at the Polo Tennis Club, trying one of the fabulous restaurants Austin has to offer, or simply enjoying a picnic at the duck pond with her family.
Director Ladies Tennis
Dinka brings the wealth of knowledge to AESA Academy as a former student athlete. She attended University of Washington on a full tennis scholarship. During her years there, Dinka gained valuable experience as an athlete and a mentor. She helped her team reach their highest national ranking (#4) and was nationally ranked as high as #34 in singles and #14 in doubles herself. Prior to joining the Huskies, Dinka was a member of Croatian (her native country) junior national tennis team. While in Croatia, she also earned her first WTA ranking while playing several challenges. Prior to joining the AESA team, Dinka was a teaching tennis professional for 3 years at River Place Country Club where she helped with development of their junior program. Throughout her tennis career, she learned the importance of athletics, role models and strong leadership and she hopes to instill these same traits in players she will be working with.
High Performance Director & Academy Coach
Suds is a critical part of our high performance and academy program. Suds is not only a great coach and the kids love him, but he is a great player as well. Suds is originally from Coimbapore India. He played all four Junior Grand Slams. He was ranked 38 in ITF juniors before accepting a full scholarship to University of Texas. Suds was a big 12 individual champion at line 3 singles and was the captain of the team his senior year. Suds graduated August 2014 with a sports management degree.
High Performance Academy Coach
Kolby coaches our high performance and junior academy and also assist in our high performance fitness program. Kolby majored in Excercise Science at the University of Texas, San Antonio (UTSA), where he also played tennis for the Team. Kolby was first team all conference in doubles. Kolby brings a lot of positive energy to our programs and we are excited about having him on board.
Fernando M. Velasco
Polo Club Coach
The Polo Tennis Club would like to welcome Fernando Velasco, former Manager and Director of Tennis at Grey Rock. Fernando is originally from Bolivia, South America. As a USPTA and PTR Master Tennis Professional with forty-years plus experience in the Tennis Management business, he has served as General Manager and Director of Tennis at top-notch clubs in Chicago, Phoenix, Dallas, Savannah and Boca Raton, Florida and lately, at the Grey Rock Tennis Club in Austin. He is considered one of the top teaching professionals and managers in the country, having been selected as “National Pro of the Year” by the USPTA and “International Pro of the Year” by the PTR. He is a sought after speaker at National and International Tennis Professionals Conventions, and is ranked in the National USPTA, PTR, Texas and National USTA. Fernando’s role at the Polo Tennis Club is to serve our members with private lessons & clinics, as well as special events like the upcoming fall mixer! Please give a warm welcome to Fernando!
Junior Academy Coach
Carrie Cockayne is the assistant pro shop manager. Carrie is an important part of our team and is a big part of our day to day operations and membership committee. She is in charge of the Polo Club’s inner club tennis league program. Carrie is very knowledgeable about all the programs at the Polo Club and will be happy to help with any questions you may have.
Carrie is a proud mother of 3 and a native Texan. She has 2 sons who play tennis and a daughter who graduated from UT. Please feel free to contact Carrie for more information on Club Memberships, programs and billing questions.
Director of Maintenance
Sam handles maintenance for the Polo Club, which couldn’t run without him. When he’s not working on the grounds Sam can be spotted on the courts practicing and playing with the Polo men’s 3.5 league!