Nikki Robbins - Director
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Nikki spent most of her life playing tennis in Studio City.
She was the number one player at Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood. She received
a tennis scholarship to Northern Arizona in Flagstaff, Arizona where she played on the
Varsity tennis team for four years. After graduating in 1989 with a degree in Psychology,
she returned to her roots, The Racquet Centre of Universal City and started teaching full
time. She quickly became Director of Social Activities running many tournaments and events.
She has given trophies to Venus Williams and The Bryan Brothers. When her long time mentor/coach
Rich Kinuya decided to downsize, Nikki took over as Director of Junior Development. She spent
the next ten years teaching and playing tennis tournaments. She was ranked number one in Southern
California in the ladies 25's singles, mixed 5.5 (with her student Mike Rosett) and number three
in 5.5 singles. She has participated on many San Fernando Valley teams and played in several
tournaments all over the world.
After The Racquet Centre of Universal City was turned into a shopping mall she relocated to
Weddington Tennis, formally known as Studio City Golf and Tennis. With Weddington condo development
looming in the near future, Nikki (after 17 years) has moved her crew to Balboa Tennis Center where she
currently calls home and really enjoying her new digs. She enjoys teaching all levels of
tennis and specializes in beginners - intermediate, where many students have gone on to
successful college careers. She also works with developmentally delayed children.
Nikki's teaching philosophy is that tennis is a skill that will last a life time, at all
levels and can be enjoyed by young and old. She instills in her students a solid foundation
of skill and strategy. Every student has a different learning style and Nikki adapts to their
needs. She has an amazing ability to say the same thing many different ways so her students
understand what is being taught.
Having taught for many years, she enjoys watching students who had the hardest time getting a
ball over the net, then to see them later holding long rally's. A students success in tennis is
a success for Nikki. Many students grow up in Nikki's junior program and after graduating from
college join her adult program.
Nikki also enjoys the martial arts (kung fu and tai chi), skiing and is attempting to learn
how to play the piano, speak French and has an affinity for traveling to far off places,
including England, Italy, France, Germany, Holland, Japan, Scotland, Mexico and Canada.
Mindy Oki - Head Pro
Mindy Oki comes to Nikki's Tennis Crew with over 35 years of teaching experience. She was
mentored by the late Paul Xanthos, world renowned tennis clinician and coach at Pierce College.
Mindy has been a member of the United Stated Professional Tennis Association since 1980,
and has held vice-president position of the Southern California section. Mindy has participated
in every aspect of the tennis industry, from teaching pro to director of tennis. Mindy was married
to the late Rick Oki and daughters, Erynne and Aimee, both ve played Division 1
college tennis. Mindy still enjoys competing and has several national doubles titles. She has
been ranked number 2 in the nation in women's 40's with her partner Nancy Garrison and number
1 in the nation in Mother-Daughter with both Erynne and Aimee. Mindy loves sharing her
competitive passion with her students in Nikki's Tennis Crew.
Melissa Detwiler - Assistant
Olivia Sweetman - Assistant
Olivia Sweetman, a recent Oakwood Secondary School graduate, started playing tennis the
summer of 2000, at age eight with coach, Nikki Robbins. She received her first assistant
coaching job in 2004 alongside Nikki, and has been teaching as well as playing ever since.
She has played on and captained many of Nikkiís Junior Tennis Teams. She received the San
Fernando Valley Junior Team Tennis Sportsmanship Award in 2008 which was presented to her
during the Los Angeles Menís Pro tournament. She joined the Oakwood girls tennis team
her junior year, coached by John Hilton, playing #2 singles. Her senior year she played
#1 doubles, winning League Individuals, and the first round of CIF. She will be attending
Lewis and Clark College next fall.
When not on the tennis courts, Olivia can be found reading comic books/graphic novels,
drawing, or riding her bicycle.
Lacey Gormley, Assistant
Nikki's Tennis Crew is really lucky to have Lacey teaching for us. She is a So. California
native. She grew up in the valley and was taught by none other then our Mindy Oki. She started
off as a club soccer player and easily transitioned into tennis. She played four years of
soccer and tennis for Louisville high school and went on to play for Cal Luthern University.
She recently graduated with a degree in English and creative writing. Lacey teaching the
junior classes and helping with team tennis. Besides tennis you can get your bagels from her
if you want to drive a bit to the Oak Park Western Bagel. For fun she likes to read, write, go
to the movies and hang out with her friends!
Amanda - Assistant
Connor C.- Assistant
Conner Calabro is currently attends Campbell Hall High School as a Sophomore. As well as
teaching tennis she plays tennis almost every day of the week and competes in USTA
tournaments on the weekends. She currently has a ranking in the 16 and unders girls
singles in SoCal. She competes on the Campbell Hall Varsity tennis team, switching
between doubles and singles. They just finished up the season as the CIF D1 Champions.
Conner is currently in 3 honors courses at her school, on the yearbook staff, and
on the Athletic Committee at her school. She loves kids and tennis. The summer of
2011 will be her 4th year with NTC and she's really excited about it.
Sammy - Junior Assistant
Harrison - Junior Assistant
Camilla - Junior Assistant
Will J - Junior Assistant
Rachel - Junior Assistant
August - Junior Assistant
In Memoriam: Aimee Oki
Aimee is currently plays division I tennis at Northern Arizona University. She is studying
exercise science in college and plans to go into sports training after graduating. Aimee
started competing in tennis at age 8 and trained under many spectacular coaches along with
her parents Mindy and Rick Oki. Aimee was ranked No. 1 in the nation in Mother-Daughter
doubles in 2006. She specializes in doubles play but is continually improving overall
singles play as well. Aimee has one last season of college tennis and hopes to go out
with a bang! When not training on the court, she enjoys reading, hiking, singing,
dancing, and family bonding.