Area tennis fans now have access to two new tennis pros at King’s Highway Tennis Club. Kosta Zinchanka and Zack Lahmar will be joining the team, with Lahmar as the new director of the tennisprogram, and Zinchanka the new tennis pro.
Lahmar, a native of Stockholm, Sweden, graduated from Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy and was one of the top three junior tennis players in Sweden. After high school, he played two years on the ATP Circuit and then decided to pursue a career focusing on tennis fitness. He attended the University of South Alabama on a full tennis scholarship and was honored as team captain for two years. During his leadership the team qualified for the NCAA Championships for both years.
Lahmar has more than 18 years of tennis and fitness coaching experience, as well as more than five years professional experience as a tennis professional and strength and conditioning coach at Saddlebrook Tennis and Golf Academy. While at Saddlebrook, Lahmar was the personal strength and conditioning coach and hitting partner to Mardy Fish, James Blake, Jennifer Capriati, and NHL player Nikolai Khabibulin, and two of the top three juniors in the world, Borut Puc and Lazare Kukhalashvili.
Zinchanka, a native of Minsk, Belarus, began playing tennis at 7. Throughout his junior career he won many national and international tournaments and was ranked top three in Belarus and top 100 in ITF. He represented his country in many European and World Junior Championships alongside champions such Marat Safin, Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov. Kosta continue his tennis career by playing on the professional circuit for two years. He played in the tournaments around the world and reached a 650 ranking of ATP.
Zinchanka had three very successful seasons playing for the University of South Alabama. Zinchanka was a runner up in the fall NCAA championship in Stone Mountain, Ga., and he won a WTT title in Palo Alto, Calif., and was ranked as high as fourth in the NCAA singles and fifth in doubles.