Lisa Dodson



Born in Chappaqua, New York, Lisa is a 30-year teaching professional and formerly world ranked tennis player who returned home from Oakland, California to Mount Kisco NY in 2013. She is currently coaching at The Saw Mill Club.  Lisa is the owner of Tennis Concepts.


Lisa was previously employed at Clubsport Pleasanton in Pleasanton, Calif.; Hidden Hills Racquet Club in Hayward, Calif.; The Racquet Club at Ocean Reef in Key Largo, Fla.; the Stanwich Club in Greenwich, Conn.; and Pound Ridge Tennis Club in Pound Ridge, N.Y.


Also experienced in the restaurant business, she owned and operated Lobos Grill, Club Sandwich and The Alley Café in New Canaan, Conn., for seven years.


Lisa is a former WTA player with a world ranking of No. 270. She played on the women’s varsity team at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1979. She graduated from Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua, N.Y.


She also has held Eastern and Northern California sectional rankings in women’s singles and doubles, and has been a USTA Nor Cal 35s, 40s and 45s sectional team player.


Lisa says she went into teaching “because I loved the game!” Her first job was taking care of Har-Tru courts and teaching junior programs at a country club in New York at the age of 16. She became a full-time teaching pro in 1979, played professionally from 1982 to 1985, and resumed teaching until 1987. She was in the restaurant business from 1987 to 1994, and has been a teaching professional since 1994. In addition to her MTMCA L3 certification, Lisa is both a PTR and USPTA P1 member.

I enjoy connecting with people and watching them develop as players and individuals on the tennis court,” Lisa says. Her expertise is teaching stroke mechanics for all levels, as well as motivational skills.


Her accomplishments include inventing, developing, patenting and marketing The ServeMaster, a tennis-training device and aid for players and pros. A future goal is to invent an entire line of tennis-teaching tools. 




Lisa Dodson

MTM Tennis Professional


Mount Kisco, NY



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The Total Serve


The Sawmill Club



"The way that Oscar teaches is very, very different from 80% of the pros in the United States. Its just a completely different thing and it just makes so much sense to me. We do complicate things and what makes matters even more difficult is that there seem to be so many people who come up with their "best way" to do something and I think it's very very confusing to people and a lot of it is really unnatural. Its not the movements that our body really wants to make and its not the direction that the racket wants to go, but they're putting all this information out there about difficult ways to play tennis instead of simple ways to play tennis, which is what Oscar does."