Meet The Pros

Yhonny Murray

Director of Junior Development

Yhonny Murray first discovered tennis as a 7-year-old ball boy in the Dominican Republic. Working at the local tennis club in Cabarete, Dominica Republic. By age 9, he was in demand as a hitting partner. And, the following year, he was on his way to a scholarship summer at the esteemed Bollettieri Academy. He trained at IMG Bollettieri Tennis Academy under the guidance of Nick Bollettieri. At the time he was ranked #1 junior for Dominican Republic and was also competing in the ITF junior circuit. A successful junior career, with wins over the likes of Andy Roddick, Dimitri Tursunov and Victor Estrella Burgos led to a full scholarship at a prep school, St Benedict’s Prep in New Jersey (3 State Singles Championships) and eventually at Temple University, where he played first singles and first doubles throughout his collegiate career. Yhonny has also won the three Junior Olympics. But throughout high school and college, Yhonny has been recognized and awarded countless times for his impressive sportsmanship shown towards his opponents throughout his junior career. Yhonny also pursued his passion for coaching – especially inner-city kids and high-performance juniors – and, upon graduation, he launched his full-time career as a tennis teaching professional. Reaching across the barrier of income and class, Yhonny has volunteered with several organizations, especially the Sports for Life and the USTA. Host and volunteering at summer camp workshops, celebrity events, and within school programs, Yhonny has always tried to make time for those who may not have always had the means to play this great sport. Since then, he’s worked at many of New Jersey’s top tennis facilities, including the prestigious Bradford Tennis in Upper Montclair, New Jersey, where he’s now head pro. Although Yhonny is now a full-time tennis pro and full-time family coach to his 2 children, Yhonny still finds time to compete in local tournaments. He still manages to play open singles as well as mixed with his long-time doubles partner. Yhonny’s two children, Gabriel and Yohany, have also inherited his passion for the game!