High Performance Tennis

Welcome to the WSC High Performance Tennis Program











Leandro Martins • 630.315.5344

Head Tennis Professional


Karl Peterson • 630.690.0887 x317
High Performance Director



WSC High Performance Program

Wheaton Sport Center High Performance is high intensity program for players who are committed to developing their game to the highest level. Our goal is to create an environment and experience where players can combine their own desire and determination with top quality on and off court training. The program is designed to make players technically proficient, physically stronger and mentally tougher so each player can experience success, reach their maximum potential and achieve their goals. We offer developmental levels from 10 & under (utilizing the green dot ball) all the way up to national level. Our players have risen to earn USTA Chicago, Northern Illinois, Midwest and National rankings. Please join the WSC High Performance team on this fun and challenging journey to the tennis elite.


How Do We Develop An

Elite Tennis Player?

There are three critical areas that must be developed to create a well rounded tennis player with proper fundamentals and technique: technical, physical and mental. The content of our program is specifically focused on developing strength in each of these areas. Getting technically tough will take your game to new heights. Focusing on repetition of stroke and muscle memory translates into sustained rallies and proper shot selection during the points. Proper shot selection produces longer rallies and the need to be more physically fit, not only for stamina, but for injury prevention. When you feel stronger and have confidence in your ability to hit the ball correctly, you give yourself the opportunity to gain the confidence, self-esteem and discipline necessary to become mentally tough.


WSC High Performance Director

Leandro Martins, Head Tennis Professional, PTR Certified Professional: Leandro grew up as a top junior player in his home country of Brazil, and continued to compete as an adult in men's open tournaments in the United States. He has been coaching tennis since 1996 and his expertise in developing junior players. As a coach he is highly proficient in producing results, which is evident in the achievements of his students who are USTA ranked and compete at the college level.

Karl Peterson, High Performance Director: Karl is a PTR Certified Tennis Professional and has over 30 years of experience in the Chicagoland area. He has been involved in developing programs for adults, USTA and NITTL teams and Juniors that have produced many local, Midwest and nationally ranked players. Karl played tennis at the College of St. Francis and was an All-Conference, All-District and a National Championship participant. He also achieved All-Academic Honors. Karl earned his highest USTA ranking in 1993 when he was ranked #6 in the Midwest in the Mens 25 & under division. He also captained a USTA 9.0 Mixed Doubles Team to the USTA National Championships in 2006.

High Performance Coaches

Anthony McPherson, High Performance Coach: A former standout tennis player at Elmhurst, Anthony closed out his collegiate career as one of Elmhurst's most decorated players. He earned three all-conference honors, including first-team recognition during the 2006 and 2007 seasons. He finished his four-year career ranked fifth in school history in both singles (61) and doubles (61) victories. He also holds the single-season record for most wins at No. 2 singles with 18 during the 2006 season. He earned his bachelor's degree from Elmhurst in 2007. In 2008, Anthony finished number 1 in the nation in USTA men's open doubles and he finished top 30 in the nation in singles. He also ranked top 300 on the end of the year top 500's list for singles.

Anthony has taught players from the beginner through the Division 1 collegiate level with two of his former athletes playing at Boston College and Tulane. He has been a tennis professional at area clubs since 2002. He is PTR certified at the professional level and he is in his sixth season as the head coach of the Bluejay men's and women's tennis teams. In 2010 he was named the CCIW Coach of the Year.

Mike Dieciuc, High Performance Coach : Mike played Division 1 tennis at Xavier University where he helped the team earn its first two Atlantic 10 conference titles and NCAA appearances. He finished his collegiate career ranked third in all-time career singles victories. Since then he has taught at Ruth Lake Country Club, Courts Plus in Elmhurst, and was the Director of Junior Development at Oak Brook Bath and Tennis. He was also assistant coach of the Elmhurst College Men's Tennis Team. His lessons are designed to emphasize movement, court positioning, athletic conditioning, and high-percentage aggression. Technique is catered to the unique capabilities of each individual. In addition, his method of teaching incorporates principles from cognitive psychology that have been shown to help maximize performance.

High Performance Levels

WSC High Performance offers 5 program levels. Players must be approved and placed by the program director prior to entrance into the program:



High Performance Program Requirements

1) Commitment - WSC High Performance is a year-round program. Players must participate in a minimum of 2 class days per week during the school year and a minimum of 10 camp days June - August. An additional day which should be a private lesson is recommended. Private coaching by one of the High Performance instructors is highly recommended. Consistent participation is essential to the development of the player.

2) Attitude - Players must have the desire, focus and motivation to work hard to accomplish their goals.

3) Sportsmanship - Sportsmanship and a high work ethic are expected when participating in any tennis event.

4) Participation - Students select their participation days prior to enrollment, and must notify the program director prior to missing class. All make-ups must be approved by the program director; it is critical to the integrity of the program that we maintain the proper pro:student:court ratios.

5) Competition - All High Performance players must actively compete in USTA tournaments and other tennis events.

6) Be on time!


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Tennis Classes and Camps will be found under 'Register for Classes',
'All Events' drop down, choose 'Tennis' and then search.






Questions? 630.690.0887 x315 • lmills@wheatonsportcenter.com