Southern California Tennis Academy
Welcome to Southern California Tennis Academy. SCTA has been in business since 2011 and has been at its home at El Dorado Tennis Center since January 1st, 2013. We offer after-school classes, holiday camps, junior team tennis and private lessons with three levels of programming. High Performance (tournament level players), FUNdamentals (pre-tournament players) and Future Stars (3 to 6 year olds). We believe you start where you are. If this is your first time on the court or you are training for college level pay, we are here to help you exceed your goals. Our coaches are the best in SoCal and they care about the development of each student, on and off the court. Owner and Director Mitch Bridge has developed some of the top players in the nation at all levels. Many of SCTA beginner players started in FUNdamentals, worked their way to High Performance and received tennis scholarships to some of the best universities in the US; UCLA, USC, Alabama and Yale to name a few. We believe in you and we believe that our program will exceed any and all expectations you may have.
COVID 19 Protocol
Limit 4-6 players on the court at one time to include full social distancing.
Limit the amount of equipment on court. Only baskets and ball mower‘s will be permitted.
Players will not handle any of the coaching equipment or tennis balls. Coaches will pick up balls using ball mowers.
We encourage players to use their racquet/foot to push balls back and/or hit them to their opponent to avoid using hands
Balls will be restricted to each pro and will be responsible for their own teaching basket.
Tennis equipment will be touched only by the pro/coach and should be clean frequently.
The pros will use a glove on their non-dominant hand.
Hand Sanitizer will be on courts.
Breaks for hand washing encouraged.
Bring water bottle from home.
Please do not arrive more than 10 minutes early for your class and do not congregate in the clubhouse or on court
Meet Our Coaches
Mitch started for Top 5 Long Beach State before graduating in 1987. He held at ATP ranking for 5 years and was a top 3 Men's SoCal player during that time period. Mitch has trained more than 50 Division One players from all the top schools in the US/
Jordan was a Blue Chip US National Jr. player with two bronze balls from National Championships. He received a full scholarship to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he played "All Big West" singles and doubles. As a freshman he was named Big West Conference Freshman of the Year. Jordan graduates with a B.A. in Business and he is a SoCal Men's Open player with a high of 13 UTR.
Coach Smith has coached five NCAA Team Championships for the aUSC Trojans and is one of the best college coaches in NCAA D1 history. Peter is currently the Head Coach of ATP #55 Sam Querry and ATP #79 Steve Johnson.
Brett is the current Head Coach at NCAA #1 USC. He was Peter's assistant coach at USC before taking the Head Coach position at University of San Diego followed by Texas Tech. Brett's two kids attend the High Performance Academy at SCTA.
Head Coach Developmental
Veteran coach Mark Chavez runs a fun and physical developmental program with a focus on overall stroke development and introduction to competitive play. Mark matches the physical energy of the younger players and runs and informative FUN class. Mark has graduated many players from the FUNdamental program to the High Performance.
Ayca Gumuscu is a native of Izmir Turkey. She received a full scholarship to play for the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was a four-time conference champion and qualified for the NCAA Tournament all four seasons. She earned both Bachelors of Marketing and Management degrees in 2005. She is USPTA Certified and has been teaching for 14 years.
Justin was a Nationally ranked Junior and a top SoCal player before attending Chapman University where he played at the #2 position. Justin trained under Coach Mitch for 3 years and attended SCTA.
Taylor has been coach at El Dorado Tennis Center for 15 years. He trained at West Coast Tennis Academy before competing for Division 2 Concordia University in Irvine. He is a high energy coach that will push players to work their hardest.
Jake comes from a tennis family. He played High School Tennis in Michigan and is an avid sports enthusiast.