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About Us and the Academy

Welcome! My name is Dimitar Yazadzhiev and I am the Owner and Tennis Director of DIMITAR Tennis Academy in Santa Barbara, California.

My academy offers top quality tennis instructions for the young competitive players who are determined to excel to the next level. I have over 20 years of domestic and international coaching and managerial experience in some of the world-top tennis centers.

Dimitar Yazadzhiev - Owner and Tennis Director of Dimitar Tennis Academy at DoubleTree Resort - Santa Barbara, California. Dimitar Yazadzhiev is USPTR Professional with over 20 years of experience

Dimitar Yazadzhiev working with Grigor Dimitrov

Congratulations to our top player Kento Perera for winning the 113th edition of the prestigious tournament in Ojai, CA for boys 14 and under.

I have coached three ranked in Top 50 ATP/WTA tennis players and worked with many national and international top junior players. Among them:
Grigor Dimitrov - #26 ATP (and rising), #1 ITF B18s, 2006 Orange Bowl Boys 16s singles champion, 2008 Jr. Wimbledon champion, and 2008 Jr. US Open singles champion.
Anna Tatishvili – #50 WTA Singles, #78 WTA Doubles, #10 ITF.
Sesil Karatancheva - Former #35 WTA and French Open Quarter Finalist.
Ksenia Milevskaya - Top 200 WTA and 2007 #2 ITF.
Aleksandrina Naydenova - Top 300 WTA and Top 200 doubles.
Nolan Bauer - #1 SW Section B14s, Top 30 US B14s…

Before founding of DIMITAR Tennis Academy (previously Oceanside School of Tennis), I was the Head Coach & Summer Camp Tennis Director of Weil Tennis Academy in Ojai, CA for 10 years, I coached at the Maleeva Tennis Academy, I was Tournament Director for the Bulgarian Tennis Federation and Management Director for the “Academic Tennis Club” (Sofia, Bulgaria). I have been ranked among the Top Four Juniors in Bulgaria and have been a Professional USPTR since 1993.

In 2013, I was awarded the prestigious HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports Advisory Pro of the Year.

I graduated from the prestigious Bulgarian National Sports Academy with a master's degree in Physical Education and Sports Management.

Game, Set, Coach - Inside Dimitar Yazadzhiev’s Dimitar Tennis Academy (interview with Dimitar Yazadzhiev with Santa Barbara Independent )

Bulgarians conquer from Santa Barbara (article in Presidio Sports about Dimitar Tennis Academy international partnerships)


Performance with no compromise!

DIMITAR Tennis Academy is for competitive players who are determined to excel in their game to a level of successfully competing at top national and international tournaments.

Peter Jivkov - one of the rising players of Dimitar Tennis Academy

Mattea Kilstofte - one of rising players of Dimitar Tennis Academy

Kento Perera - one of rising players of Dimitar Tennis Academy

Our mission at the tennis academy is to provide quality tennis instructions and an environment where players can learn to compete, win, and enjoy the game of tennis.

We aim to develop and enhance all aspects of the successful tennis players, including technique, footwork, fitness, peak performance, nutrition, and strategy. Each camp or clinic includes specially designed fitness sessions with Certified Athletic Trainer / Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialists.

Examples of determination and being able to develop their potential are our long-term students Petar Jivkov, Mattea Kilstofte and Kento Perera.

Peter is ranked Top#20 Boys 16 Southern California and is Central Coast Grand Prix (SCTA Level 3) 2011 B16 Singles Champion, Knowlwood (USTA Level 5 National) 2011 B16 Doubles Champion, 2012 Channel League Singles Runnerup, MVP and #1 Player & Captain of San Marcos High School Varsity Tennis Team.

Kento entered the Top 10 in Sothern California B14s division in 2013. He is now Nationally Ranked Top 20. He won the Doubles Draw and the Consolation Tournament of the USTA National Open Tournament presented by City of Irvine for Boys '14. Partnering with Cody Lin, Kento defeated (2)Liu/Sah with 8-5 on the finals of the doubles draw to win the gold medal. In November, Kento made it to the semifinals in singles and won the doubles draw of the USTA Regional Tournament Segment- (Las Vegas) Mike Agassi NO QUIT Championships for Boys'16. Kento lost to his doubles partner Victor Cheng in singles with 4-6 2-6, and together they defeated the (3) Goodwin/Tang with 8-6 to win the title.


Training for International Junior Rising Stars

Dimitar Tennis Academy is the training base for international ITF players

The Bulgarian Junior National, Melody Todorova completed a 5 week training program at DTA, thanks to the wonderful partnership between Dimitar Yazadzhiev and the Bulgarian Tennis Federation. Melody, who was accompanied by her sister Lia, had a very productive preparation for Florida's junior tournaments Eddie Herr, Orange Bowl, and Prince Cup, where she is going to meet with the remaining Bulgarian National Team. Melody made a lot of new friendships and enjoyed her stay in sunny Santa Barbara. Dimitar Tennis Academy wishes Melody best of luck in Florida!

Dimitar Tennis Academy is the training base for international ITF players
Dimitar Tennis Academy is the training base for international ITF players

Dimitar Tennis Academy is the U.S. training base for several rising ITF players: Jose Miguel Alcalde Rojas (Chile), Artiom Dimitriev (Russia), Larisa Troxler (Switzerland), Toni Neykov and Martin Dimitrov (Bulgaria) and Luca Ferrari (Italy).

Artiom has been in the top 20 in Serbia national rank in 16s and 18s division.

Toni is the Bulgarian National Champion for B'16.

Martin is the Bulgarian National Champion for B'18.

DIMITAR Tennis Academy is happy to have also Alisa Axyanova train here with us.


Dimitar's Tennis Pro Shop

Fully equipped Pro Shop

Our on-site Pro Shop offers full assortment of racquets, shoes, shirts, skirts, socks, grips, strings, hats, tennis balls, wristbands, headbands, vibration dampeners, head and lead tape and gifts, as well as: racquet stringing (same day service), grommets replacement (for all Head racquets) and grip replacement...

You can also visit our online Tennis-Depot.com store, which is an exclusive authorized dealer for HEAD/Penn Racquet Sports.


Unmatchable Location

Dimitar Tennis Academy at DoubleTree Resort - Santa Barbara, CA

Dimitar Tennis Academy at Fess Parker's DoubleTree Resort is situated at one of the most beautiful and prestigious destination on the West Coast. Known also as the “Paradise on the Pacific” and “American Riviera”, Santa Barbara is also well known for its tennis traditions.

Our location provides a unique place to train and learn from world-class coaches and instructors while enjoying the eminence and tranquility of the environment.

So, if you want to compete and excel to the next level, please come, join, and experience it for yourself!!!

Endorsed and recommended by Grigor Dimitrov!

(805) 746-3644 info@sbschooloftennis.com
News & Announcements

• DIMITAR Tennis Academy and EleVen by Venus have joined forces to offer our First Annual Pro Am Tournament. Distinguished local tennis professionals met and played at the Elings Park Tennis Center in Santa Barbara, CA

DIMITAR Tennis Academy and EleVen by Venus have joined forces to offer our First Annual Pro Am Tournament

• We are enrolling new advanced players for the 2013/2014 Tennis Academy program. All candidates have to demonstrate advanced skill levels and determination.

• All of our junior clinics are now certified for independent PE program.

• We would like to present our first annual Dimitar Tennis Academy Junior Tennis Scholarship. The scholarship monetary value is $5,000. The application packages are due by July 15th, 2013.

• We are proud to announce the new “Tennis & Language” Program for international tennis players. The program is for non-English speaking junior tennis players who can come and train at Santa Barbara School of Tennis as they learn English in a leading ESL program in Santa Barbara, California. For more information, please contact us.

• Dimitar Tennis Academy offers seasonal/part-time employment as tennis coaches for international students--tennis players as: internships, CPT (curriculum practical training-during the course of study) or OPT (optional practical training post-graduation). Please contact us for more information.

• Grigor Dimitrov beats World's No.1 Novak Djokovic at ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid. Watch in HD the highlights of their match here

Grigor Dimitrov ousted world No 1 Novak Djokovic 7-6(6) 6-7(8) 6-3 in the second round of the ATP Masters in Madrid.

• Visit our online HEAD Exclusive pro-shop Tennis-Depot for the latest HEAD/Penn gear.

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