Nika Kukharchuk

Nika Kukharchuk

Nika Kukharchuk, Senior Professional      
Certifications: PTR Professional, USPTA Elite Professional

Nika sees the game through a player’s eyes first.  Then she effectively communicates the necessary information that leads to improved performance.  She teaches with an athlete’s intensity and gives every lesson the same high level professionalism she displays when she competes.  Nika’s music background is evident in her tennis strokes with great rhythm and timing!

Year of certification: 2008                 
Years of experience: 5.5
Credentials: USTA Sport Science Competency, CPR/First Aid, USTA Background Check

Education: University of Mississippi, B.A. Managerial Finance, M.B.A.; Music School graduate (Kaliningrad, Russia) – Xylophone and Piano

Playing Background/Highlights:
Juniors: Ranked #3 nationally in Russia (16u) and #8 (14u)
College:  Played for the University of Mississippi, Ranked as high as #59 in D1 NCAA single, #22 in doubles; SEC Player of the Week (2/08)
Professional:  World #456, Won $10,000 Victoria, Mexico singles, $10,000 Buffalo, NY Doubles and $10,000 Sauluis Potasi, Mexico doubles, 2012 USTA Women’s National Indoor Singles Champion (Gold Ball)

Teaching Experience: Ole Miss Summer Tennis Camp; Adult Tennis Director, Hardscrabble Club

Teaching Style: Cooperative

Teaching Philosophy: I use common sense…but overall I like to see 100% effort, enjoyment of our sport, and fundamentals

Person having the greatest impact on your tennis: My Dad (a music teacher)
Person having the greatest influence on your teaching: Jay Devashetty
Favorite male player: Rafael Nadal            
Favorite Female Player: Kim Clijsters
Best win: Winning $10,000 final in Victoria, Mexico for first professional singles title        
Worst loss: Losing 3 $10,000 final matches in a row

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