Jayadeva (Jay) Devashetty will join the team at the Cary Leeds Center for Tennis & Learning (CLC) on August 3. Jay spent nine years working as a national coach for the United States Tennis Association based in NY at Training Center – East. Jay was responsible for implementing the USTA teaching philosophy to top national juniors and professional players. Some highlights include coaching Kristie Ahn into the second week of the US Open last year and Ann Li to the finals at Wimbledon’s Juniors in 2017. When Jay was a player, he would rise to top 5 in juniors and top 10 in men’s in India.
In his role at the Cary Leeds Center, Jay will oversee player development programming including the Intensive Training Program, the Tournament Team, and the Premier Group.
“High performance training is a slow process, not a quick fix,” said Jay Devashetty. “Sometimes the most important improvement is simply the commitment to putting in the hard work every day.”
Jay will report directly to Liezel Huber, the Executive Director of Tennis at the Cary Leeds Center.
“I am thrilled to bring Jay to our team”, said Liezel Huber. “As with his experience, he will play a crucial role in ensuring that we provide the highest level training and development programs.”
Jay will be an addition to an already experienced team at CLC, filled with former professional tour players.
Jay was born in the town of Mysore in the southern part of India. He began playing tennis at the age of eight and soon fell in love with the sport. He would wake up at 5:30 am and walk to the tennis courts a couple of blocks just to make sure that he was able to play singles before they filled up for the day.
After college, where he earned an engineering degree in Polymer Science, he used tennis to bring him to the United States to create more opportunities for himself. He worked under Randy Mani and was promoted to running the Crosstown Tennis Club and later the very successful high-performance unit at Hardscrabble Club.
Jay is excited to join the team, setting long-term goals.
“For me it is important to instill a growth mindset in the juniors. NYJTL was the perfect fit for me because I hope to build a direct pathway from NYJTL programs to collegiate tennis,” said Jay. “With even a few children having the opportunity to play international tennis and maybe even one day a couple turning pro.”