Tennis Staff

Director of Tennis

Brendan Curry

Born and raised in Port Elizabeth, South Africa Brendan began playing tennis at age 7 ranked #3 in the country as a junior. On the ATP Tour from 1989- 1996, he achieved a career high singles ranking of 450 and 181 in doubles. Brendan ran his own tennis school in Cape Town, South Africa before returning to the Tour as a travelling coach in 2000. In 2002 he joined the Orchid at Mauna Lani Resort on the Big Island of Hawaii as a tennis instructor and eventually Head Teaching Pro and then joined the team at Hualalai Resort in 2005 where he taught for 7 years.  

Brendan is a Professional Level PTR Certified coach, joined the team at the Tiburon Peninsula Club in 2013 and was Director of Tennis from December 2014- 2020 Brendan was the Tournament Director for the ATP100 Tiburon Challenger from 2015-2019.

Tennis Professionals

Rafa Cirne Lima

Rafael Lima is a tennis professional from Brazil who brings more than 20 years of teaching and coaching experience. He has been PTR certified since 1996, has earned a BA in Physical Education, and has expertise in Biomechanics and Sports Psychology. Rafael has been running the junior program at Berkeley Tennis Club since January 2014. Before joining Berkeley Tennis Club, he worked for YTA (2001), Mill Valley Tennis Club (2001-2012), and the High Performance Institute in San Mateo (2013). In addition to coaching, Rafa has co-founded Mythus, a sports product company channeling his passion for positive sports psychology.


Peter Benko

Peter is a member of the USTA Team NorCal coaching staff that is tasked with running training camps for the top juniors in Northern California, and Early Development camps for up-and-coming juniors in younger age groups.

He is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association, (P1-Elite). A graduate of the USTA High Performance Coaching Program, and International Coaches Institute certified (ICI) and has worked with players ranging from beginners to advanced juniors and collegiate level. 

Peter's experience and training in mental training techniques come is derived from a combination of competitive background and graduate level work in Sport Psychology. Techniques for Relaxation, Focus, and other tools are taught to help players "allow themselves the opportunity to perform to their fullest capabilities". Holding a Master's Degree in Sport Psychology, Peter has been a member of the Performance Enhancement and Intervention Committee, Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology (AAASP). 

His past coaching experience includes:

  • 5 years as the Head Coach for College of Alameda Men's/Women's Tennis Teams
  • 4 years as Head Coach of Diablo Valley College Men’s/Women’s Tennis Teams
  • Staff coach Claremont Tennis Academy
  • Staff coach Jensen/Redondo Tennis Academy
  • 2 ½ years staff coach (2002-2004) USTA Regional Competition Training Center- Northern California
  • Coach, 2003 NorCal Zonal 16's Champions


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