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Carlton C. Jones is the head of the Aztec Tennis Club in Berkeley, California. He has developed numerous top-level players at the sectional, national, collegiate, and professional levels, and he knows the sport inside and out. Find out more about his expansive background.

Carlton Jones

Carlton's Bio

Carlton was part of the USTA National's High Performance Class of 2000 and 1996, directed by Stan Smith, Nick Saviano, and Jay Berger. He spent seven years with The University of California at Berkeley, and nine as director of a USTA Junior Development Program.

He was a USTA Junior Davis Cup coach in Columbia, South Carolina, and 14S Zonal coach in Pompano Beach, Florida. In addition, Carlton was a national coach for the American Tennis Association and was Director of  the USTA Competitive Training Center. Carlton is a USPTA-certified professional, and he holds a Master's degree in sports management. Carlton has accompanied his juniors to every major tournament in the US, including the prestigious Orange Bowl Internationals, Winter Super Nationals, and the Easter Bowl Spring Super Nationals.

Coach PJ

Coach PJ Mapamulo

Coach PJ, from South Africa, studied sports management (Durban KZN) and has extensive experience in coaching tennis , he is USPTA Certified Pro, Assistant Coach Sleepy Hollow Racket Club , Orinda, Head Coach Albany High (Boys and Girls), Teaching professional for City of Berkeley and has been on Aztec Tennis Staff 7 years.

Coach Sam Smith


Coach Sam Smith

Coach Sam Smith was a highly ranked junior player in Norcal USTA. He competed for Diablo Valley College then went on to play Division 1 Tennis for CSU Bakersfield where he played 2 years. He has been with the Aztec Team for 5years, and has a junior development background with the "Mayor's Youth Program in Oakland."

Coach Norm Sokalski


Coach Norm Sokalski

Coach Norm has taught with Aztec Tennis for over 17 years,a popular Junior Clinician, as well as private lesson coach. Norm has taught and developed all ages and levels and is passionate about coaching juniors and young adults.

Coach Rishi Garbharran


Coach Rishi Garbharran

Rishi grew up playing tennis in Durban, South Africa. He was a highly ranked junior in South Africa and played in junior tennis tournaments around the world, including the World Junior Olympics.

Rishi went on to play NCAA Division I tennis at Missouri State University where he was an all-conference scholar-athlete. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and an MBA. In his senior year, Rishi received the Virgil Cheek award - an individual award made annually to the Missouri State University male student-athlete best demonstrating high qualities in scholarship, character, attendance, leadership, and athletic performance.

Rishi is a United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) Certified Professional Tennis Coach. He enjoys working with players of all ages and abilities to help them reach their tennis goals.


Coach Julian Rulofs-Jones


Julian has been coaching for over 10 years in Berkeley, Ca under

the watch of Tennis

coaching professional Carlton Jones. Julian is

USPTA certified and has competed in numerous USTA Norcal

junior tournaments. He excels at teaching the fundamentals and

techniques that are needed to progress in the game of tennis. His

group lessons are always fun,exciting, and innovative, and his

private lessons will help take your game to the next level! His

teaching methods and patience also help his students grow in

confidence and learn to respect the game.

Contact Us

Thank you for your interest. For questions or comments, please use the information listed here. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

Email Carlton Jones at aztectennis@sbcglobal.net about Joining the Youth Tennis League

2219 Spaulding Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94703 

Office: (510) 457-0553 
On Court: (510) 290-8027 

Serving All of Berkeley, California