Habtu Mentored Young Tennis Players in Ethiopia and USA

G and Habtu with G's teammates at college

Gelawdiyos (center), Habtu, and

G's college teammates

Habtu and Jason, Miami Open 2022

 Christian and Habtu, Miami Open

  Matt Manasse, Pickleball coach to the Stars

1998 Mauritian national team

(Habtu with trophy, upper left)

 Habtu served as national team coach and technical head coach for the Ethiopian Tennis Federation from 1984-1993.  In this position, he started a summer camp for underprivileged children and year-round junior development programs.  He took this a step further for several of his players by bringing them to the USA.  Six to twelve of his players received scholarships at the Van der Meer Tennis Academy each year, and he has helped players receive college scholarships. His former students are now lawyers, bank vice presidents, university professors, tennis coaches, and another owns a 16-court tennis facility.

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  Gelawdiyos - Habtu has mentored "G" as a young teen in Ethiopia, and helped him develop his tennis expertise. He brought him to the United States.  G has since earned a Ph.D. in Sports Psychology, and is now teaching at Liberty University, and living in Atlanta GA.
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Jason Blanck - Mentored Jason, who attended Cornell University and Syracuse University, and is now working with USA Today.  

tennis bullet   Christian Langmo - plays for the USA and is ranked 339 on the ATP Tour.  Christian lives in Boca Raton.
tennis bullet  Matt Manasse - Played tennis for the University of Southern CA and Perdue University in Indiana. See article about Matt's climb from being a tennis coach to the top of the pickleball world.  He's now in Los Angeles, being the "pickleball coach to the stars."  Matt was mentored by Habtu.

tennis bullet Jasmine Edwards - Habtu mentored Jasmine and she received a full tennis scholarship to Morgan State University in Maryland.  She now works for FLP in marketing.

tennis bullet Jonathan Vencatachellum - a young man from the Mautitius national team who is now a financial executive at Clermont Trust.

tennis bullet  Mauritian tennis team - The Men's team became the champion in the 1998 Indian Ocean Games, and the women's team were the semi-finalists.

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