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With an outstanding background as a collegiate and a professional player and many years of teaching experience, Emil Vassilev brings both his passion and expertise to the court, helping you believe & achieve!

Emil has made a name for himself not only at the national level but also locally in Northern Virginia & Richmond areas. Before moving to Richmond, Emil had worked with many players from local Winchester High Schools including: John Handley, Millbrook, James Wood, Sherando, Clarke County and others. Currently Emil works with players from Richmond High Schools such as: Collegiate, St. Christophers & St. Catherines, Deep Run and more. They all enjoy their lessons with Emil and see improvements in their tennis game.

What is the Emil Tennis Method ?

The Emil Tennis Method is a research based, tennis movement and footwork training program. It allows the player to learn better and faster by applying actual tennis movement patterns in their game.


EMIL VASSILEV, TPT (Tennis Performance Trainer), Master of Science in Leadership

Highly motivated and experienced high performance tennis coach and strength and conditioning consultant with a high degree of versatility and an exceptional work ethic. I am a bi-lingual sports professional, seeking continual advancement at the NCAA, ITF, ATP, ITPA, GPTCA, USPTA, USTA & PTR levels as professional in the field of High Performance Tennis coaching and Sports Management. I am also an ATP certified international coach member of GPTCA.
Emil is also an experienced hands-on Director of Tennis with a proven track record of delivering tactical and strategic leadership, developing high-performing staff professionals, building successful tennis programs, growing revenue, reducing operational expenses and increasing net profit. Emil's educational background helps him to be highly competent, business-minded and results-oriented professional with demonstrated history of developing effective sales and marketing strategies, spearheading profitable tennis operations and establishing standard operating procedures to achieve organizational objectives.

"When i think of the most important characteristics that i want to help my players develop i often think of the word FIERCE. The reason why i like that word is because each letter contains exactly what i am looking to develop in my players game: Focus; Intensity; Enthusiasm; Respect; Competitiveness; Excellence." ~ Coach Emil Vassilev  

Coach Emil's Credentials:

  • ATP Certified Coach by GPTCA

  • Certified Tennis Performance Trainer (TPT) by iTPA

  • Played NCAA D1 for 4 years on a full tennis scholarship

  • USTA Sports Science Level 1 Certified

  • Head Professional at John McEnroe Tennis Academy

  • Head Professional at Winchester Country Club, VA

  • Assistant Director of Tennis at Stonebrook Club, VA

  • Director of Junior Tennis at The Country Club of Virginia (CCV), Richmond, VA

  • Competed on the ITF Men's Pro and ATP Challenger Circuit

  • 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022 & 2023 USTA National Spring Team Coach

  • 2016 USTA Zone Team Championships Mid-Atlantic Section Coach

  • USTA Mid Atlantic Section coach

  • Member of the 2017 USTA Mid-Atlantic Coaches Commission Committee

  • D1 College Assistant Men's & Women's Coach at Bethune Cookman University

Endorsed and Recommended by  ATP World #865 Anthony Genov (BUL)

“I highly recommend coach Emil and his tennis footwork and movement training programs (Emil Tennis Method). I’ve worked with him in the past as a junior and was very happy with the results. “

About Emil
What some more happy tennis students say:  

"I was a student of Emil's and was part of many clinics he ran. He is a fantastic teacher and all around guy. Every lesson I had I left with new things I had learned. He gets along with everyone, is fun, and easy to talk to. I would recommend him to anyone, of any age group. I always enjoyed every minute on the court with him."


- Michael B.

"Emil's work ethic speaks for itslef. He has helped both of my kids a lot and they have been able to win numerous tennis tournaments."


- Joann T.

"Having worked with Emil for the past 3 years I have become a better and more confident player, Emil is one of the best pros/coaches around! I train with him 4 times a week and I'm constantly learning while on court. Emil has taken me under his wing and has been helping me try and reach my goal of ITF/ATP challenger tournaments. Whether you're a seasoned player or just starting out, Emil should definitely be your first choice when choosing a coach."


- Connor O.

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