Sept. 10, 2008
PROVIDENCE, RI - Nestor Bernabe, a 2003 Division II All-American, has been named an assistant coach for the Brown men's tennis team, in an announcement made by head coach Jay Harris. Bernabe joins the Bears after spending the past 17 months as the Assistant Junior Director at the Stamford Indoor Tennis Academy.
Prior to his time at the Stamford Indoor Tennis Academy, Bernabe spent a year as the Director at the Sonoma Tennis Academy (2006), a year as an Instructor at La Cantera Racquet and Swim Club (2005), and two years as an Independent Youth Coach (2003-2004). In addition to these coaching positions, Bernabe was also playing professionally from 2003-2007, earning rankings in both singles and doubles. He was also a WTA Tour Practice Partner for Justine Henin-Hardenne for the 2004 US Open.
A 2003 graduate of Sonoma State with a B.A. in American Multicultural Studies, Bernabe was a four-time MVP of the Sonoma State Men's Tennis team. He capped his collegiate playing career by earning First Team All-American honors as a senior in 2003. The Sonoma State University Alumni Association Athlete of the Year in 2003, Bernabe was ranked #16 in singles at the end of the year and had a U.S. National Open Ranking of #130. During his career, Bernabe was ranked as high as #10 in singles (2002) and #4 in doubles (2001), while posting a career-record of 142-49.
During college, Bernabe was also an instructor at Evert Tennis Academy and the co-founder and head pro at One Love Tennis Academy. In addition, he also served as Vice President for the Sonoma State Student Athlete Advisory Counsel during his junior and senior years.