Tiago Ruffoni

Director of Junior Player Development

Junior Academy Director
At the age of 5, Tiago knew tennis would be his lifelong dream and career. A native of Brazil, he was consistently ranked in the top three nationally for singles and doubles posting wins over Lleyton Hewitt and Roger Federer.

Tiago accepted a tennis scholarship with SEC powerhouse Auburn University, where he played among the top three players from 1999 to 2002. His team ranked number 12 in the nation in 2002, reaching the elite 8 in the NCAA tournament. Tiago’s highest NCAA Division I ranking was 19 in singles and 1 in doubles.

After college, Tiago pursued his dream of playing professionally in the Pro Circuit, traveling internationally and achieving a world ranking in singles and doubles. Due to an ongoing tennis injury, he had to leave his tennis playing career to recover.

Tiago held the position of Men’s and Women’s graduate assistant coach at Winthrop University from 2007-08, leading the women’s team to capture the BIG SOUTH conference title. From 2010-2016, Tiago worked at the Rock Hill Tennis Center (RHTC) as Head Tennis Pro where he coached players of all ages and levels. Some of his former players achieved state rankings while some have gone on to receive scholarships to play Division I tennis at prestigious colleges.

Recently Tiago won two national doubles championships and was named USPTA Southern and USTA North Carolina male player of the year. He is regarded as one of the top teaching and playing professionals in the Charlotte-metro area.

Tiago holds the following professional certifications:

  • USPTA Elite Professional
  • Master of Tennis Performance PTR
  • 10 and under certified professional
  • Wheelchair certified professional
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Our Pros

Tyler Roberts

Head Teaching Professional

Tiago Ruffoni

Director of Junior Player Development

Claude Underwood

Teaching Professional

Misha Ayelov

Teaching Professional

Lucia Cervera Vazquez

Assistant Junior Academy Director

Asaad Davis

Strength and Conditioning Coach

Alex Calott

Teaching Professional