Meet our Coaching Staff

A great tennis academy program starts with great coaches.


Valter Paiva | Head Pro

Valter Paiva

Head Pro and founder of the Valter Paiva Tennis Academy. Open Champion, USTA Nationals Finalist, USPTA Pro of the Year.

Hi, I’m Valter Paiva! Since my first tennis lesson as a kid in Brazil, I’ve been in love with tennis. I’ve had the privilege of teaching tennis to hundreds of kids in Orange County. Competing as a tour professional was an exciting experience, but I’m most passionate about sharing the game of tennis with the next generation. All of my tennis camps, lessons, and Junior Academy is aimed at making tennis fun and exciting for young children, starting around 5 years old, to juniors up to 13, and aspiring players entering high school.

  • 2015 National Finalist – Senior Doubles 35

  • 2015 Best Tennis Academy – Best Business of Long Beach Award

  • 2013 National Champion – Senior Doubles 35

  • 2009 USPTA Pro of the Year – Los Angeles District

  • 2007 Winner of the USTA Nationals Championships/5.0

  • 2007 Arcadia Open Winner

  • 2001, 2002 & 2004 Player of the Year MEAC Championship Regional Conf.

  • 2002 Playing Record of 34-7

  • 2001 Playing Record 19-2

  • 1995 & 1996 National Champion – Singles  18s – Brazil


Laetitia Paiva | General Manager

Laetitia Paiva

Laetitia Paiva

"Watching children having fun and growing is priceless."

Laetitia comes to us from Paris, France.  She is in charge of much of the administrative, customer service and client communication while Valter is on the court.   She studied marketing in school and has always been an avid tennis player.  Laetitia moved to California later on in life to live the American Dream! This is where she fell in love with the wonderful city of Long Beach, and of course, her husband, Valter Paiva.  

Latetia truly loves working with people.  She spent over 20 years in the service industry at Open Sesame, right here in Long Beach!  While there, she was a waitress, shift leader and manager. IOne common goal that makes Laetitia and Valter both so successful is their love of working with children, helping them to grow and achieve to their fullest potential.  She is so happy to call Long Beach home and is dedicated to making sure that all students and families are happy.


Mekeila Erspamer | Tennis Pro

Mekeila Erspamer

Mekeila Erspamer

Former Division I Tennis Player | Two-Time NJCAA National Champion | Passionate Coach

A recent graduate of Seton Hall University, Mekeila is excited to join the team. Not only did she graduate with honors, but she was also a proud member of the Chi Alpha Sigma National Collegiate Athlete Honor Society. While Michaela was a former Division I Tennis Player, she devoted an average of 40 hours per week of practice on the court.  Her recent volunteer experience also includes working with students with special needs as well as teaching tennis to children of all skill levels.

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