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, where she currently calls
home. 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
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 is married
to Rick Oki and they have two daughters, Erynne and Aimee, who both have 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.
Ed Charles - Head Pro High Performance Tennis
Ed is USPTA B1 certified instructor. He is a two time All American for California State
University of Northridge. Ed is a long time valley coach who taught at Calabasas Tennis
and Swim Club for over ten years until he and his wife decided to travel the world. After
living in Louisville for a couple years, he is excited to return to his home town to
share his talents with Nikki's Tennis Crew. Ed is extremely knowledgeable in match play
and performance. He was ranked number 13 in the nation and has recent wins over players
like Scott Davis.
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.
Aimee Oki - Assistant
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.
Carl Bryan - Assistant
Carl grew up in Coronado and trained at the Weil Academy in Ojai. He comes to us after
coaching in Spain, France and Italy. He is fluent in all those languages as well. Those
of you who know me, know I love languages and hired him just for that ability! Luckily,
he is a great coach who works well with the kids and adults. He really has wonderful
enthusiasm for the game which he passes along to the students. He spent some time traveling
as a hitting partner for his cousin's Mike and Bob Bryan. He is full of energy and
filled with lots of Bryan Tennis wisdom. He loves tennis but his passion is the theater
and acting. Carl will be helping out with the junior program and some adult programs.
He looks forward in meeting you all!
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
Rachel - Junior Assistant