Meet the Team
Director of Tennis
Ana Gasparyan has been bringing dynamic, educational & fun tennis programming to the West Hollywood/Los Angeles area for seven years. She is an accomplished player, coach, and administrator with decades of experience at the highest professional levels of tennis. As a player, Ana was the #1 ranked player in the former Soviet Union and later became the #1 ranked player in Armenia. She competed for many years for the Armenian Federation cup. Following her career as a player, Ana became a high level WTA tour coach as well at the Federation cup coach for Armenia. Through the years she became a highly experienced ITF world coach and moved up to be on the board of directors of the Armenian National Federation. She moved to Los Angeles area in 2012 and quickly establishing herself as one of Southern California’s most respected coaches.
Natasha Matusevich has worked as a professional tennis coach for more than 16 years. She holds a PhD in Theory and Methodology of Physical Education and Sport, specializing in tennis coaching for professional athletes from Belarus State University of Physical Culture. During her studying and training years, Ms. Matusevich created new methods of developing successful techniques for professional tennis players that have improved their athletic prowess considerably. Natallia Matusevich offers her unique tennis training system to children and adults at varies levels and of all ages. During her tennis teaching career, many of her students were members of Russian and Belarus national tennis teams. Also, using her formidable experience as a national and international junior team player, as a coach, she constructed new successful methods for junior professional tennis players of which Belarus Tennis Association adapted to train national tennis teams.
Before moving to Los Angeles, Natasha was professionally coaching and training tennis teams across Europe (Germany, Italy, and Spain). Now, as a resident of Los Angeles, Ms. Natasha Matusevich continues to coach and train tennis players of all ages, from champion to novice, using her original progressive methods to improve performance of all tennis enthusiasts.
Graham Kaye is an integral part of the iTennis team at Poinsettia park. Graham is a long time accomplished tennis professional as well as a Hollywood producer. He was Johnny Carson’s long time personal tennis coach and friend. He also worked as the Head Professional at the Malibu Racquet Club in his prior life and before Larry Ellison purchased the club. He loves being on the court and is happy to be working with kids of all ages and adults.
Ernie started his coaching in 2016 after a career as a sports journalist and copy writer for the Signal Newspaper in Santa Clarita, where he was the beat reporter for al Foothill League tennis and soccer programs.
Prior to working with iTennis he served on the coaching staff for the boys’ tennis program at the Viewpoint School in Calabasas. He was a varsity singles and #1 doubles player at Hart High School f rom 2007-2009.
He intends to use experience working with elite high school sports programs to develop high performance junior players able to receive college scholarships. He also incorporates his passion of stand up comedy into his lessons to create a memorable, fun experience for all of his clients.
Erika is a former Division I College Tennis player having competed for Prairie View A&M university from 2011 to 2015. She has been coaching almost as long as he has been playing and joined the iTennis team in 2020.
Her coaching philosophy is based on the principle that teaching & developing concrete fundamental skills will not only lead to high
tennis achievement, but will also contribute to success off the court. This philosophy is rooted in her own tennis background, which
focused on using tennis as a vehicle to develop strength, patience, resilience, focus, & determination.
She received her masters in Health Administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor in 2017.