Dipesh Rao | Director of Racquet Sports

Dipesh’s journey with tennis began at the tender age of 6, igniting a lifelong passion for the sport. At 12, he earned a coveted spot at the prestigious Britannia Amritraj Tennis Academy (B.A.T) in India, standing out among just eight select players from across the nation. Throughout his junior tennis career, Dipesh consistently ranked within the top 10 in India and clinched the under 16 Nationals title.
Venturing into the international arena at 16, Dipesh embarked on a whirlwind journey across Asia, competing in numerous International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments. His talents even took him to The Japan Open (Grade 1) in 1999, marking a significant milestone in his career.
At 17, Dipesh made the decision to pursue college tennis in the United States, drawing the attention of top Division 1 schools. He ultimately accepted a scholarship to the University of Toledo in Ohio, where he showcased his prowess as a formidable #1 singles and doubles player. His exceptional performance earned him the title of two-time MVP and three-time All Mid American Conference player.
Following his collegiate tenure, Dipesh continued to make waves in the tennis world, traversing Asia and Africa to compete in the Men’s ITF circuit. In 2004, he relocated to Florida to join the esteemed Chris Evert Tennis Academy, where he honed his coaching skills while working with elite junior players and serving as a hitting partner for visiting professionals.
Despite his coaching commitments, Dipesh’s love for the game remains unwavering, as evidenced by his continued participation in competitive play. He proudly holds the title of two-time USTA National Champion at both the 5.0 and 5.5 levels, a testament to his enduring dedication and skill on the court.

Graham Pearson, USPTA / IPTPA
Racquet Sports Professional

Graham Pearson was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. As a junior tennis player, he competed in USTA Tournaments all over the Southeast and was a high school standout at Grimsley High School.
During his junior years Graham trained and played for Green Valley Park. He played USTA Junior Team Tennis (JTT) for the club and won a USTA Greensboro City Championship, USTA North Carolina State Championship and a USTA Southern JTT Championship with his teammates from his training group. Graham then went on and competed in the USTA JTT Nationals placing third in the nation! While Graham attended Grimsley High School, he was awarded All – Metro 4-A Honors each of his three years on the team. Graham was the NCHSAA 4-A Conference Player of the Year as well as a 4-A North Carolina State Doubles Individual Finalist.
After high school, Graham started his college career at NC State University and then transferred to Guilford College to continue his passion – tennis. Graham played for the Quakers at Guilford College from 2015-2018. During his tenure at Guilford College, Graham was a starter in the singles and doubles lineups all three years earning ODAC 2nd Team All-Conference Honors his senior campaign. Graham was the Head Captain of the Quaker team his senior season. Additionally, Graham was an ITA Scholar Athlete, Guilford College Dean’s List member several years and Academic All-ODAC Conference member his junior and senior seasons. Graham graduated with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Sports Administration in the Spring of 2018.
His love of the game shows in his liveliness in teaching and he is excited to return to his home grow the games of tennis and pickleball as well as the overall racquet sports experience here at Green Valley Park.




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