Our Team

Jon Neeter / Director of Tennis

Jon Neeter is a former collegiate coach from Duke University and has been coaching tennis for more than 20 years.  He has helped his students earn over $2.5 Million dollars in combined college scholarship money.  Jon believes that tennis can serve as a great platform to secure a good education.  Jon has a reputation for helping kids to cultivate independence, discipline and problem solving skills that are required to become successful in tennis and in life.

Private Lesson Rates:  $150 per hour  -  8-lesson package:  $920 (Save $240)

Deiton Baughman / Head Tennis Professional / ATP Touring Pro

Deiton Baughman adds to the staff at SMTC one of the most impressive resumes of any young coach in the nation. While serving at SMTC will also be pulling double duty as the Volunteer Assistant Men's Coach at the University of Southern California.   A program which has won five of the last seven NCAA titles.  Coach Deiton is not only one of the best young coaches in the nation he is also one of the most accomplished junior and professional players from the Los Angeles area over the past decade.   


Deiton is currently the #1 ranked player in the USTA SoCal men's open division and was ranked #315 on the ATP tour in 2015.  He has won several professional tournaments over the past few years and competed in the main draw of the 2015 US Open men's doubles.  As a junior player he was the So Cal sectional champion in the boy's 10's, 12's, 14's divisions and was ranked #1 in the nation on several occasions.


What makes Coach Deiton even more special to SMTC is that he spent many of his formative years training on our court at 2505 Wilshire Blvd.  From the start of our business in 2010 till now Deiton has spent most of the  Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings that he was not traveling the world on the junior and professional circuit training on our ball machine and perfecting his craft.  The level of experience he brings to SMTC is nothing that can be found at any other club or facility in our area.  

Private Lesson Rates:  $130 per hour  -  8 lesson package: $880  (Save  $80)

Kathleen Elkins / Senior Staff Professional

Kathleen first picked up a tennis racket at age 3 and has been in love with the game ever since. She grew up in Davidson, NC and started competing in USTA junior tournaments at age 8.  Kathleen was ranked top 100 in the nation as well as #1 in North Carolina  as a junior.  Kathleen went on to play for Williams College and helped lead the team to three, Division III National Championships.  She advanced to the semifinals of the DIII NCAA Individual Singles Championships and finished the year ranked #6 nationally in singles while earning All-American honors.  


After graduating with a Spanish degree in 2014, she moved to NYC to pursue a career in online journalism. She worked in Manhattan for five years before moving to Santa Monica, where she currently resides. 

Private Lesson Rates:  $130 per hour  -  8 lesson package: $880  (Save  $80)

Michael Scovotti / Senior Staff Professional

Michael Scovotti grew up just outside of NYC in the suburb of Bronxville where he excelled in USTA tournaments all over the northeast with a high ranking in the top ten in the USTA's Eastern Section. Michael also played Lacrosse collegiately at Catholic University in Washington DC.  Michael has worked at numerous prestigious tennis clubs on the East Coast including Siwanoy Country Club, Manursing Beach Club, & Westchester Country Club.  Mike is also a working actor and competes in men's open-level tournaments in the USTA's Southern California Section.  He loves passing on his experience as part of our team.

Private Lesson Rates:  $130 per hour  -  8 lesson package: $880  (Save  $80)

Fabrice Saint-Elie / Staff Professional

Coach Fabrice Saint-Elie is new here in Los Angeles by way of Atlanta, Georgia, and originally from Paris, France. HIs passion for tennis began at the age of 9 when he began learning with NCAA coach John Desdunes and former USTA Developmental coach of the year Ernie Peterson. Along the way, Fabrice played junior and college tennis while amassing degrees in Business Marketing at Oakwood College and a J.D. at Florida Coastal School of law. After practicing law for 5 years, he made the decision to return to his passion and teach tennis to fellow enthusiasts both young and old. He truly enjoys the process of connecting with each and every student and working with them to develop their best tennis.

Private Lesson Rates:  $110 per hour  -  8 lesson package: $800  (Save  $80)

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Andrew Liner / Staff Professional

Andrew is a long time student at SMTC and we are happy to have him join our staff!  Andrew is a standout player and was the captain and number one player for the Beverly Hills High School Team for the past two years.  Andrew is a terrific player and has won junior tournaments in the USTA So Cal division.  He will be attending Chapman University next year where he plans to study screen acting.

Private Lesson Rates:  $110 per hour  -  8 lesson package: $800  (Save  $80)

Austin Karosi / Senior Staff Professional

From the age of 8 years old, Austin trained to become a top professional tennis player and was one of the top juniors from Southern California. Austin turned professional out of high school after being recruited by Pepperdine, UC Irvine and the United States Air Force Academy.


After training and playing tournaments all over the world, he won his first ATP points in 2009. Austin has been based in Singapore for the past seven years, and is joining SMTC for this summer and fall seasons. Over the years, Austin has trained with many top players such as current WTA #1 and US open champion Angie Kerber, as well as 3 time ATP Grand Slam Winner, Stan Wawrinka.


Austin works with all ranges of tennis players – from children and recreational players to top Athletes. Austin brings his competitive experience acquired from the Professional tennis tour combined with the prestigious, United States Professional Tennis Association Elite (USPTA) coaching background to develop individual training programs to suit each of his clients.

Private Lesson Rates:  $130 per hour  -  8 lesson package: $880  (Save  $80)