Omni La Costa Resort & Spa (Carlsbad)
2100 Costa Del Mar Road
Carlsbad, California 92009


La Costa's top-notch tennis pros

Bryce Cunningham

Director of Tennis

A native of Australia and a USPTA Elite Professional, Bryce Cunningham brings prestigious international experience as a player, coach, and in tennis management to The Club at La Costa and Cliff Drysdale Tennis. Bryce joined Cliff Drysdale Tennis Management in 2008 and since has worked at several world renowned tennis resorts across the county including the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne in Florida. In 2013, Bryce was named USPTA Pro of the Year for the Florida panhandle and in 2016, the Omni La Costa Tennis Center was named USPTA Club of The Year for the San Diego Division under his management.

Norman Nguyen

Program Director

Norman comes to Cliff Drysdale Tennis after most recently serving as the Assistant Program Coordinator at New Rochelle Racquet Club in New York and Tennis Director at the Christmas Cove Improvement Association in South Bristol, ME. Hailing from Boston, MA, Norm brings experience in working with a wide range of students, spanning from 10-and-under to adults, as well as high-performance players. After earning a master’s degree in sports management, Norm knew coaching was his passion, and he built his coaching philosophy around developing strong habits and building confidence for his students. His career began with coaching high school teams, running local summer tennis programming, and serving as the Assistant Coach for the Men's and Women's Tennis teams at Williams College and he’s thrilled to now be in California as a member of the Cliff Drysdale Tennis Team.

Daniel Mergerner

Daniel Mergener

Program Director

Brought to us by the small town of Eaton Rapids, Michigan, Daniel is a recent graduate of the 12 month PTU Program offered through Cliff Drysdale Tennis Management. Daniel played four years of varsity high school tennis, then turned around and coached that same team for two years. Daniel’s favorite shot is his backhand and likes to hit a tweener from time to time. Daniel loves to work with and teach players of all different ages and ability levels... and whether you like high energy or high performance, Daniel does it all! If you see Daniel around, never hesitate to say hello. Before joining the team at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa, Daniel was most recently a teaching professional tennis at one of our sister clubs, the Omni Amelia Island Plantation in Amelia Island, Florida.

tennis pro Brian

Brian Blumenfield

Tennis Professional
USPTA certified and USRSA stringing

Brian has been teaching at the resort since 2005. Brian attended the University of Rhode Island and played two years of division 1 tennis singles and doubles - making all rookie his freshman year. He works with adults and children and is available for lessons and clinics.

Tennis Professional Sean Stewart

Sean Stewart

Tennis Professional

Sean has been a member of the USPTA since 1984 and has a Pro-1 rating. He attended UC Berkeley and was a member of one of the nation’s top-ranked collegiate men’s tennis teams. Sean has a passion for tennis and enjoys teaching, whether it is fundamentals, tactics or strategy you want to work on; Sean is knowledgeable in all facets of the game.

Júlia Aliseda Antón

Tennis Professional 

Júlia Aliseda Antón comes from Tarragona Spain, but she recently graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a major in Applied Health: Exercise Science. Julia has been part of the college tennis team at Northwest for the last 4 years where she has been the captain of the women’s team for the last two. Julia had a great college career: in her freshman year, she earned the #57 National Ranking, finished top 8 singles in her region in Fall 2018, Júlia and her team won the regional tournament and qualified for the National tournament in Altamonte Springs, FL where they finished #8 nationally. Moreover, Julia has been recognized as MIAA player of the week in 2021 and received multiple academic honors.

Júlia started playing tennis at 4 years old and competed in her hometown for more than 10 years, including in national tournaments and ITF. In Spain, Julia has been ranked among the best players in her region achieving multiple titles and finals in Catalonia. Teaching experience-wise, Júlia has worked in different tennis clubs in Spain; in the United States, she worked at the 2021 Northwest Missouri tennis camps. Júlia is excited to share her tennis experience and to help players of all levels and ages to improve their tennis skills and abilities at Omni La Costa Resort and Spa.

Tennis Pro  - Valentin

Valentin Bertin

Tennis Professional 

Valentin Bertin was born and raised in Pontoise, France a small suburb near Paris. His love of Tennis started at age 11 with his younger brother and
at this young age he joined the TENNIS CLUB DU VEXIN-THELLE in France where he played in Tennis Tournaments for 10 years and later worked as an instructor and coached tennis for 7 years. The Club was instrumental in building Valentin’s unique style of teaching adults and children. Every year Valentin would travel to Nantes, a city near western France with 10 kids for a 2 week high intensity coaching camp.

Valentin moved to America in early 2022 and joined Cliff Drysdale Management at Omni La Costa Resort & Spa as a full time tennis professional.
Valentin enjoys the California weather and strives to be a Tennis Director one day. He speaks 2 languages and has always been passionate about sports, particularity football and tennis. Valentine is available for lessons and clinics daily.

Antoine Mikolajczak

Antoine Mikolajczak

Tennis Professional

Antoine was born in Dunkerque, France and raised in the small country village north of France. With the influence of his parents love for tennis, he found his passion at the age of 4. Antoine joined Le Tennis Club du Vexin in Tourly, France where he trained as an up-and-coming junior tennis player as his taste for training and competition grew. He became a first-team regular and represented his home club in team championships all across France. Antoine attended the prestigious school, Efrei, a French engineering school located south of Paris. While studying Software Engineering and Cybersecurity he competed in D1 of the French Championship. Graduating with a Master’s Degree, he trained and played in competitions in Poland during a semester abroad. Antoine moved to the USA in May 2023 and joined Cliff Drysdale Management at La Costa. Antoine enjoys working with players of all ages and levels to improve their tennis skills.

Frederico Franco

Frederico Franco

Tennis Professional

Federico was born and raised in Punta del Este, Uruguay. Federico began playing tennis at 6 years old with his twin brother and a group of hometown friends. The close group of friends continued to train together and traveled Latin America over the years competing in tournaments. Most of them, including Federico, moved on to play collegiate tennis in the U.S. Federico competed in South American and Uruguayan tournaments and was able to achieve the #17th spot in the national ranking system. Federico learned everything about tennis from his coach and mentor Felipe Maccio, who was Pablo Cuevas’ (former ATP #19) coach during his professional career. Federico is currently playing his senior season at the University of Saint Katherine in San Marcos. The team achieved 3rd place in the CalPac Conference in 2021. Federico joined the Cliff Drysdale team in October 2022 and enjoys teaching all kinds of players, from tactics and strategy to advanced technique.

Tennis Professional

Gee Gee Garvin

Pickleball Professional  

Gee Gee is a natural gifted athlete who started playing tennis at age 6, and never stopped playing. She was a top 10 ranked junior tennis player in Southern California in all age categories, nationally ranked player, and achieved the honor of Player of the Year. With all her success on the tennis court, led her to earning innumerable number of scholarships to Division I universities all over the United States.
Gee Gee has over 25 years coaching experience as a professional tennis coach, college coach, high school coach, and a private coach. After college, Gee Gee competed in a few WTA pro events, USTA National Level I tournaments winning many national titles. She represented the USA Suzanne Lenglen Team as a member, and as a Captain internationally. Gee Gee has a world title winning the ITF World Championship in doubles.

Then Gee Gee, who loves sports found another passion, the sport of pickleball. The first time Gee Gee picked up a pickleball paddle was in a local tournament after hearing about the game from a friend a week before. Gee Gee’s pickleball playing achievements including winning several pickleball titles and medaling at pro level events which include Tournament of Champions, Hawaii Open, So Cal Classic, Las Vegas Open, 2 time US Open Gold medalist, Canadian National Champion, USAP National multiple medalist. Her highest ranking has been in the top 10. She still competes, but has been spending more time teaching and promoting the game of pickleball to all ages and levels.

Elijah - Tennis Pro

Elijah Gabriel

Tennis Professional 

Elijah was born and raised in Athens, Georgia. He grew up with a passion for tennis and at the age of 16 became PTR Certified and began teaching tennis. Elijah went on to play NCAA tennis at Allegheny College for three semesters at #5 singles and #3 doubles. Elijah graduated with a bachelor’s in science in Environmental Science from Berry College where he played #2 singles, #1 doubles and #3 doubles. Elijah’s junior year of college he began his teaching career with Cliff Drysdale Tennis Management at our Rome, Georgia location before relocating across the county to Omni La Costa Resort & Spa in the spring of 2024.