BY SUE ERWIN – The first match of the Pro Tennis Exhibition Series at the Boca Grande Club begins on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and each week until then a profile of the players will be featured in the Boca Beacon in anticipation of the event.
Below are the first two players who will be participating in the series, Jen Fiers and Adrian Moghina.
Jen has been the director of tennis at the Boca Grande Club for the past three years. She grew up in Sarasota and has been coaching tennis and competing in the sport since she was 16. She has a doctorate degree in Anthropology and played tennis for the University of Florida and the University of Virginia for nearly 20 years.
She holds two national titles from the juniors and was in the top 10 in the country for doubles in Division 1 ranks. She also played pro tennis for a couple of years after college before trying a career in archeology for a short stint.
After grad school, Jen decided to follow her passion and get back into coaching. She is married to Dan, and the couple has a 15-month-old son named Max and a dog named Ramsey. Jen is proud to announce that her team recently took third place in the national competition that was held in Arizona in November.
Adrian has been the new Head Pro at the Boca Grande Club since October. Adrian came to the island from Napa Valley, California, where he was Head Pro for seven years in St. Helena. He spends the summer months coaching in Nantucket, where he plans to return in June. Adrian said he wanted to start teaching again on clay courts, because it’s so much easier on the body.
Most Florida courts are clay. Adrian interviewed for the position with Jen Fiers last June, when she learned that the Head Pro at the time would not be returning this season.
Adrian and his wife, Amy, have two children – a daughter, Alexa, 12, and a son, Austin, 5.
Adrian said he is very happy with his new position. “The members are amazing and super nice. They have taken me in and treat me like family.”
Adrian played on a scholarship for Auburn University in Alabama. He grew up in Chicago. He has been teaching tennis since 1991.
The 8th Annual Tennis Ball/Live & Silent Auction to benefit the Suncoast Humane Society will take place at the Boca Grande Club on Wednesday, Jan. 27, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This year’s theme is “Fête for Pets,” and the event will include a cocktail hour with canapés, a seated served dinner with wine and a live and silent auction featuring some wonderful items, including a Napa Valley Trip (which includes wine tastings) and a private “Nat Italiano Italian Pasta & Vino Dinner” for up to 100 guests.
Tickets are $125 and can be purchased at the Suncoast Humane Society. Contact Jackie Elliott at 474-7884, ext. 422 or contact Stephanie Benton at the Boca Grande Club, 964-2211.
A silent and live auction will also be held, with the live auction being conducted by Kennedy Brothers Auctions of St. Petersburg.
The Boca Grande Club’s ProTennis Expo Series is a seven-week exhibition series. It will be held every Wednesday from February 3 through March 15 at the Boca Grande Club tennis courts. All are welcome. A $5 donation is requested.