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Meet The Pros

La Jolla Tennis Club has an incredible team of experienced professional Tennis Instructors.  Our instructors offer private lessons and clinics to our members and non-members from beginner to advanced level players.  Contact our instructors directly to book your next lesson.

Michael Bucher

Junior Academy Director

(858) 761-5615

One of the leading tennis minds in San Diego, our Director of Youth Tennis is a top tier technician, tactician and program builder. 

- For 2+ years Michael was the private coach for Joao Fonseca (until Joao moved back to Brazil). Joao is the current US Open Boys' Champion and #1 ranked junior in the world! Michael was handpicked by the Fonseca family to guide Joao during his time in America. Michael and Joao spent a lot of time together building the technical and tactical aspects of Joao's game that have allowed him to thrive on the global stage.

- Michael helped direct the Barnes high performance program for 11 years. After Barnes, Michael built his own thriving tennis academy, The La Jolla Tennis Academy. LJTA works with beginners to advanced competitive players and is the standard for tennis in La Jolla.

- Michael has worked with thousands of juniors and adults of all ages and levels over the past 20+ years in San Diego. Many of whom were locally and nationally ranked and many have gone on to play in college and beyond. 


Note from Michael: Hi!  Along with working with students of all levels, I'm very eager to work with more and more high level juniors. Right now I'm offering a free 30 minute lesson for any junior with a UTR over 7. Come in and I'll show you how I can take your game to the next level.

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Ty Johnson

(858) 775-5037

Ty Johnson has been teaching for at least 30 years. With many tournament wins in his background, it is difficult to narrow down his many accomplishments. One outstanding 1995 achievement was being awarded San Diego Men’s NUMBER ONE tennis player in the thirty-fives. You will appreciate his expert tennis instruction during lessons, and his pleasant personality while encouraging your best performance on the court.

Dave Bushnell

(619) 316-3891

Dave enjoys teaching players of all ages, and his area of expertise is focusing on groundstrokes!

Teaching Experience and Accolades:

  • Over 20 Years of Teaching Experience

  • Has taught numerous players from the beginner level all the way to Division 1 competitors.

  • Numerous wins over top 200 players in Open Tournaments.

  • 2 time USTA National Hardcourt Singles Finalist

  • He was ranked #1 in San Diego in Men’s Open Singles & Doubles.

  • Played #1 for East Texas State University

  • Former #1 Ranked San Diego Player in Boys 18s

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