2018 Hispanic Heritage Month
Sally Milano | October 9, 2018
It's National Hispanic Heritage Month, and to celebrate, USTA.com is honoring players and coaches of Hispanic heritage who are making a mark on the game of tennis. Let’s take a look at some of the coaches from USTA Player Development, who are working to develop some of the finest players in the U.S.
Nico Todero: Todero, who has previously coached American star Frances Tiafoe, became a USTA National Coach for men’s tennis in August 2010 and currently facilitates programming of men's tennis training at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. Todero played professionally from 1998-2009, achieving a career-high ranking of No. 219 in 2004. During his career, he won 10 ITF Futures events, reached finals on the ATP Challenger circuit, played on the ATP World Tour and competed in qualifying for all four Grand Slam tournaments. ADVERTISEMENT He turned to coaching after retiring from the tour and served as a touring professional coach for American player Jesse Levine for a year before joining the USTA full time.
Jorge Todero: Jorge Todero, Nico’s father, became the Lead National Coach at the USTA Training Center – East in Flushing, N.Y., in November 2010. Prior to joining USTA Player Development, he was the owner and director of the Todero Tennis Training Academy in Florida. From 1990-96, Todero served as captain of the Argentinean Fed Cup team, which included Grand Slam champion Gabriella Sabatini, and he was also the women's captain for Argentina at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. He currently works with rising young stars Grace Min and Ann Li and previously coached Irina Falconi and Vicky Duval.
Anibal Aranda: Aranda, who now coaches CiCi Bellis (both pictured above), joined the USTA Player Development staff full time in January 2014 as a National Coach in women’s tennis. Prior to joining the USTA, he was a part-time coach at the USTA Training Center – East in Flushing, N.Y., for a year and a half, and he was also a teaching pro at several clubs in the New York metro area starting in 2009. Aranda had a successful collegiate career and was named the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s NAIA Senior Player of the Year in 2006 at the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico.
Diego Moyano: Moyano, who became a full-time coach with USTA Player Development in 2005, currently coaches men’s players Tommy Paul and Stefan Kozlov and previously worked with Reilly Opelka. Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, Moyano has worked with many top pros during his coaching career, including 2004 French Open finalist Guillermo Coria, 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando Gonzalez and American Robby Ginepri, who advanced further than any other American man at the 2010 French Open. Moyano played professionally from 1997-2005 and won four ATP Challenger singles titles, all on clay. He also qualified for the main draw of the 1999 French Open and reached a career-high world ranking of No. 130 in 2000.
Eric Nunez: Nunez began working as a USTA National Coach in September 2012 and, in this role, facilitates coaching and training programs to assist in the development of American players. Prior to joining Player Development, he was the Director of High Performance at Nunez Tennis Training, where he coordinated clinics and special events for the academy. During his playing career, Nunez was ranked as high as No. 199 in singles and No. 178 in doubles and won four ATP Challenger and four ITF singles titles. As a junior, he captured the singles title at the USTA Boys’ 16 National Clay Court Championships.
Gabriel Echevarria: Echevarria has been working as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist for USTA Player Development since March 2012. In this role, he administers a comprehensive, tennis-specific strength and conditioning program for elite athletes at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. Prior to joining the USTA, Gabriel was employed at BTT Tennis Academy in Barcelona, Spain, as a fitness coach.