Damon Lopez-O'Dwyer, Director of Tennis

Damon Lopez-O'Dwyer is the Head Pro and Director of Tennis at Triangle Tennis Club. He has been with Hamptons Tennis Company for over 20 years and has vast experience teaching players of all ages and abilities. Damon played college tennis for Hamilton College, a member of the NESCAC conference, where he was captain of the team. Damon has worked at top tennis clubs all over New York and in the UK at the Cambridge Lawn Tennis Club in England.

Since 2005 Damon has been the Head Coach of the boys Varsity Tennis team at the Trinity School in New York––a team that has won four consecutive Ivy League titles and in 2016 won the Mayor’s Cup as the top team in the city. Damon has worked with Division I and top Division III recruits, sending players in recent years to play for college programs at Dartmouth College, Johns Hopkins University and Williams College. Damon spends his offseason as a freelance writer and has published articles in Inside Tennis Magazine.

Ron Ristroph, Head Pro

Ron Ristroph is pleased to be back at Triangle Tennis Club for his twentieth summer season in Southampton. Ron is a full-time tennis pro, and is ranked nationally as well as in California. As the former Director of Tennis at the Hotel Twin Dolphin and as a current Pro, working with all the major hotels and resorts in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico during the winter months, Ron has made tennis possible and more enjoyable for hundreds of people over the years. Unlike many tennis instructors, Ron came to tennis later in life and is able to share his passion by accelerating instruction so that people, regardless of their age and playing level, can improve their game in the shortest amount of time and use the right technique. He has helped philanthropists Bill and Melinda Gates, guitarist Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and Andy Summers of the Police to name just a few. The best part of teaching for Ron is helping people enjoy the game of tennis more and to witness the joy they experience when realizing their potential.

Julie Razafindranaly, Tour Pro

Julie is from Paris, France, where she played professionally on the Tour and was ranked 800 WTA in Single & 900 WTA in Doubles. She competed in several tournaments around the world and reached the finals of a $10,000 tournament in Georgia.

She decided to pursue her studies and play at Barry University in Miami, Number 1 of Division 2, where she played Number 3 in the lineup. Julie was 3 times National Champion with her Team and got rewarded as Athlete of the Year and All-American player.

Julie has 7 years of coaching experience; she started coaching in France with junior players, and continued in Miami, as a private coach teaching different levels, from beginners to advanced players. She also played competitive matches with members of the Tennis Country Club at Fisher Island in Miami.

Julie graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business and Marketing and is currently studying for a Master’s in Data Analytics.

Elias Fernandez, Senior Staff Pro

Elias was born and raised in La Rioja, Argentina. He was introduced to the sport of tennis at the age of 8, and went on to play national competitions, ITF events and COSAT tournaments, reaching a ranking of #30 in Argentina and #2 in his state La Rioja (U16).

In 2015, Elias committed to William Woods University in Missouri where he helped the Owls to a program high of NAIA #5 ranking. Elias was a three-time Conference Champion (AMC Conference) and made 3 national tournament appearances with the OWLS.

Elias graduated in 2018 with a double major in Finance and Accounting. After graduation he became the tennis graduate assistant for Heidelberg University in Ohio where he coached the men’s and women’s tennis teams and earned an MBA degree.

Elias has experience working as a teaching pro at various clubs in California, Pennsylvania, and New York . In January 2021, he was hired by Newberry College in South Carolina to be the full-time assistant coach for the Men’s and Women’s tennis team. Elias is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and a member of the intercollegiate tennis association (ITA).

Szabin Pusztay, Staff Pro

Szabin Pusztay was born in Budapest, Hungary where he started playing tennis at the age of 4. He began his competitive career at the age of 9 and was ranked in the top 5 nationally in Hungary in the U12s, U14s, U16s and U18s. Szabin was recruited to play college tennis in the United States, first for Alabama State University where he was named to the SWAC All-Tournament Team in each of his two years with the program. At Alabama State he was both a conference champion and conference runner-up. Szabin then went on to play for Newman University where he was a two-time conference finalist and named to the Heartland All-Tournament Team. In addition to his collegiate tennis accomplishments, Szabin distinguished himself as a student-athlete by making Dean’s List in all four years of his education. As a coach, Szabin has worked with players of all ages and abilities both in Hungary and in the United States. Recently he spent a season at Future Stars in Purchase, NY where he worked with both recreational level juniors and tournament players. He has also been an assistant director of the junior development program at Brookhaven Country Club.

Alejandro Ibanez Gallego, Tour Pro

Alejandro is from Spain. He played professionally for several years on the tour where he reached a high of 960 ATP ranking in singles. He played over 40 ATP tournaments from 2015 to 2018.

After the tour, Alejandro decided to go to college tennis where he won 2 NCAA National Championships and 1 ITA Indoor National Championship with his team at Barry University. Also, he was ranked number 1 in the nation in Division II after he won the ITA National Championship Singles in 2019.

Alejandro has been coaching several juniors in Spain. He has been working at the North Miami Beach Tennis Academy for a year as a coach and as a sparring partner for top 130 ITF Junior players in the world.

Alejandro just graduated from his two bachelor’s degrees in Accounting and International Business. He is currently studying for a masters’ degree at Barry University in Business Administration.

Octavio Volpi, Tour Pro

Octavio Volpi is from Corrientes, Argentina. He started playing tennis at age of 4. He was a top ranked junior in Argentina.

Octavio played on the pro tour and travelled across the world, he played tournaments in Europe, Africa and South America. His best ranking was ATP singles 1150 and doubles 1291.

He decided to come to the USA and play college tennis. Octavio attends Tennessee Wesleyan University where he is majoring in Business Administration.

Octavio is playing number 1 doubles and number 3 singles. Octavio’s team are the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Men's Tennis Tournament Champions for the second consecutive season. Octavio, with his team, advanced to the national tournament. Octavio is excited to be part of the Triangle Tennis Club coaching staff for summer 2022!

Marc Dookingue, Head Pro

Marc Dookingue was born in France and comes to us this summer via Palm Beach Florida where he is the Assistant Head Pro at the Four Seasons Resort and Spa.

He is a level 1 & 2 certified TRX trainer, a high performance junior tennis coach, an adult clinic and USTA tennis team specialist.

His playing style is classic serve & volley and he teaches first strike tennis.