Player Development

Travel Coaching
Travel coaching is a big part of our developmental philosophy. How a player manages his or her tournament routine can be the difference between being an also ran and finishing first. The best players don't always win their matches. More so the players who played best do. Tier Ones Travel Team has been successful in reaching peak performance by getting mentally and physically ready for each and every match while monitoring their performance from match to match.

A USA/USPTA certified competitive specialist, Robert has traveled across the world with his students to prestigious tournaments like the French & US Opens, Les Petit As (FRA), Windmill Cup (HOL), Banana Bowl (BRA) and Teen Tennis (ENG).

Kalamazoo (MI), Easter Bowl (CA), Clay Courts (TN) and the Orange Bowl (FL)) are all on his national calendar each year, along with Designateds and Sectionals.

Mental Toughness
Many of the Tier One Tennis students work with Dr. Jorge Valverde ( The combination of the expert on-court instruction and the huge aspect of mental toughness that Dr. Valverde teaches, results in optimal training. Robert and Dr. Valverde work together with the players so that maximum potential is reached.

The academy operates out two facilities. Salvadore Park and the William Kerdyk Tennis Center at the Biltmore Hotel. The facilities are blocks apart in beautiful Coral Gables. With the main site at Salvadore (eight clay, five hard), preparation for hard-court tournaments is usually done at the Biltmore courts (10 hard).

Robert Gomez, is a USA/High performance certified coach. 

  • Robert was awarded the 2004 USPTA/ITA Touring Coach of the Year.
  • 2008 USTA/Florida Junior Development Coach of the Year.
  • 2011 USPTA/Miami Professional of the Year.

Zurab Zhvania, who played for and graduated from Florida A&M then served as the men’s assistant coach for two years.  Zurab who played first line singles as a senior at A&M stills plays circuit Futures events to keep his game sharp, is passionate and is quickly becoming a lead coach on our staff. 

Pablo Lopez, a Miami native, Pablo was a standout Florida junior who is very familiar with the Florida junior circuit both as a player and coach. 

Luis Cabrera, known for his clinical eye for technique has been with our staff for the past five years.