|"Val Stoiana improves your tennis and
keeps the fun factor in the game. He is truly knowledgeable and knows how to
bring your tennis to a completely new level. If there is anything bad I
could say about him it would be that there aren't more Val's out in the
|Always gives clear instruction and cheerfully. Offers fine
tips. Keeps on top of my playing.
E mails tennis guides...This is very helpful also.
|I thought it was great. I learned a lot in such a short
|Val is a very creative, energetic tennis coach. We work on
various aspects of the game and his directions are always precise and to the
point for each person. He knows his clients strengths and weaknesses well
and works on fine tuning at every session.
Linda F. Kroha
|100% improvement in my tennis game
|Val, You make learning how to play tennis FUN! You have the
right balance of patience and determination...that which allows me to
continue making the same mistakes knowing that eventually I will get it
right and become a better player.
|Val, I am so pleased with what you have shown me. You are
always ready to answer and show myself and the group any questions we have.
You have taught me to learn tennis while having a great time. I enjoy very
much having you as my pro. And look so forward to our lesson every week.
Thankyou for a great time.
|I enjoyed the lessons and the fact that everyone seemed to
be at slightly different levels but it still worked out. I had not played in
several years and it was a nice way to get back into the game
A wonderful learning experience for this novice player. Benefited greatly
from personalized attention in a group setting.
|Val, you have a wonderful international presence, and you
provide minute to minute feedback, while you are with a group of players.
This is rare, I believe.
|Val is an incisive technician who pinpoints your weaknesses
(and strengths) and steadily improves them. His methods are very effective,
and he's a pleasure to work with.
|I've truly enjoyed playing tennis these past months. I feel
that in such a short time I have learned so much and continue to get a good
workout whenever I play. I like getting the instant feedback when a shot I
make is not hit properly. You have a good eye Val for seeing what the
problem is; whether the ball was hit too hard, soft, high,low, on the sweet
spot or not. It's very helpful to hear right away what needs to be changed
so that I can work on it right then. Also, even though the groups talents
are all different, you do a great job of keeping everyone on the ball. I've
really enjoyed playing tennis and hope this aging body will serve me well!
|You make learning the game of tennis fun and keep it
interesting by focusing each class on something specific and different from
the prior week to be sure everyone can learn all aspects of the game.
|I have been taught by Val for the past year. I was a college
tennis player whose game was definitely "rusty". I had not played with any
regularity and wanted to get my game back to a solid level. Val encouraged
me to add topspin to my forehand helping me to stay competitive with higher
level players. I was very pleased because over the summer I made it to the
finals in the LWCC ladies singles and doubles. Hopefully, I will continue to
improve in terms of my tennis results with more practice.
|Val is a great instructor with lots of patience and humor,
but also great knowledge and love of the game of tennis. He encourages you
while offering tips to help you improve your technique at whatever level
you're at. I would highly recommend him.
|Val not only teaches tennis fundamentals but he includes
strategy and ways to 'think' about playing the game that help improve player
performance at any level. I also appreciate that Val takes a 'cardio'
approach to his lessons, because when I'm through with a session I know that
I had a great'work out' in addition to (trying to) master the game of
|A positive experience all around. I got to play some good
tennis a couple of times a week. It had been a long time (since high school)
that I was able to play as often. I also learned good techniques that I
continue to use (such as continental grip for volleys, overheads and serves
(although I do not get to serve much when I play in the clinics).
|I learn a lot and it's fun
|Val is wonderful. Aftwer starting just 4 months
ago, I feel I have learned a lot and now am able to play tennis with my
|The experience has been great, I'm a better
tennis player because of you Val, and I'm having a great time too! Thanks so
much for your guidance and patience.
|I never thought at this age that I would be
able to learn the sport of tennis and enjoy it. Val has been a consistent
encouraging force, always positive but able to comment on the areas that
need work. He is able to do this in a manner that makes anyone feels at ease
while learning.The clinics vary in attendance and whether it is 4 or 7
week, Val keeps the drills running smoothly and everyone is challenged,
In addition Val maintains good contact through his special
email tips. I have a long way to go but this has been a very special and
|Your drills are very helpful, and the
instruction and suggestions made sense and really helped.. I also learned a
lot from watching you give instruction to others in the class. You seem to
have thought of everything. The classes are well structured. I have
thoroughly enjoyed my lessons.
|Val, I enjoy your sessions. You make
tennis fun, you never tire of correcting me when I makes mistakes, you do it
always in a nice way. Your patience and understanding is so much
appreciated. I always look forward to our sessions. I feel you always are
helping. What ever weak area or needs to be corrected, you say and in a way
that never offends me.
|Val is a great teacher, besides being
very personable and professional. the clinics are relaxed and enjoyable.
Val has improved my game by providing constructive feedback, technique
demonstration, drills/games to assist me in improving and expanding my
tennis game. He's also a fun and motivating instructor.
Val provides team training
with a personalized approach. I value a coach that trains a team while at
the same time coaches an individual.
He's helped me get back into the "swing of things". I am not a great
player but I have definitely seen improvement.
|I learned the reasoning behind how
you hit your shots. The advantages and disadvantages of specific shots and
how to execute the shots properly. All said it doesn't mean I can do them
but now I have something to think about and try to do it right. You made
learning fun and informative. I think we all had a good time while we
hopefully were learning. Some of it did sink in.
The tennis experience has
been a wonderful process for me. The clinic provides an experience to
develop many skills, focus, balance, strategic playing.
Val, has patience, his coaching skills assists greating in the learning
The journey will continue.............
I've enjoyed my 5 week session from both a social (a good way to meet other
tennis players)and physical (learn & improve strokes) point of view. The
environment is a non-threatening one in which each person, of different
levels, can receive the instruction they desire. Two things I especially
appreciated were, first, Val's comments as I was hitting to let me know what
I was doing incorrectly and how to rectify the problem. Secondly, I liked
the variety of drills in which we could practice our shots. I find that
method much more helpful than playing games (there is plenty of time for
that outside of lessons/clinics). Thank you for the feedback you have given
me during the clinics this session.
For me individually, I really appreicate knowing if I was hitting the way I
was supposed to. Verbal feedback during drills is important. Keep the
variety of drills. Making them as game-like as possible without the 'stand
around' time of a game situation.
My son, Joseph, had a
wonderful experience taking tennis lessons with Val Stoiana. He was taught
to play tennis in a fun way and developed a love of the game. We have seen
steady improvement in Joseph's tennis game with each session. We would
recommend Tennis Made Simple to any parent looking for a tennis instructor
for their child.
because your hot!!! no really because your easy to work with and I really
liked the group of girls that you were able to put together
Well before I met you I had no game
It was a blast! I like your approach to teaching tennis. I never feel
nervous . It is easier to learn when you feel relaxed. I liked meeting new
players as well.
MY SON HAS RECEIVED A GOOD
START IN PLAYING TENNIS.VAL COVERED ALL THE BASICS AND AND HAS TAKEN THE
TIME TO MOVE MAX THROUGH
A NUMBER OF LEVELS TO WHERE HE IS TODAY. GOOD PROGRAM.
Tennis made simple has been
a fun and enriching experience for me and my family. The instruction is
insightful and positive and the drills are fun and quite a work out.The
program is very good at teaching how to pay a point moving forward.
Very good to start playing
again and recieve good coaching as well. Small group size is beneficial
This has been a very good course to get back into Tennis. We have covered a
wide range of techniques and advice has been honest in order to highlight
what is going wrong. Repetition in the practice games helps build up each
Learning was fun. Seemed to progress from week to week. Reminders and tips
were given often and in a positive manner.
|Tennis Made Simple is a fun way to
learn tenns tips. In a group setting you can see what others are doing right
(or wrong) and it reinforces what Val is teaching us. Also it gave me the
opportunity to meet other tennis players and play outside of the lessons.
I was able to transition from just being happy that I hit the ball to being
able to place the ball strategically.Val's tips gave me confidence to play
at the net. Also really improved my backhand.
Keep up your positive attitude and making the lessons FUN!!
|Val, You have brought me to a
differant level of tennis I believe and improved my confidence as far as not
being so frightened to play harder and stronger. I am not as nervous to be
up at net. And I believe I owe this to you. Thank you Val.
Well, I think
we play faster and harder. And you change things so much I'm never sure what
you are going to do next. So that makes me stay more alert and keeps me on
my toes. and as always you make it fun.
Sure, you are always adding new drills and letting me know what my
weaknesses are. Helping me to understand what i'm doing wrong, without
making me feel bad. And always, always making it a fun time . I always enjoy
the class. Thank you Val
|Great instruction in a positive, fun
environment. When you work all day sitting - it's great to be able to learn
tennis and exercise in a one hour slot outdoors. It was terrific.
You are a patient and knowledgeable instructor. You really give folks a lot
of time and direction to improve their games.
devon and tom wickens