Jane Forman, Director of Racquet Sports
Head Tennis Professional
A former world-ranked tennis professional and Clemson Hall of Fame athlete, Jane Forman has devoted the last 33 years to developing community tennis and sports programs for children and adults of all ages and levels of ability. In 1990, Jane opened a tennis management company — The Jane Forman Tennis Academy — where she facilitated tennis programming and facility management to clubs, parks, and community centers. The Jane Forman Tennis Academy has been a staple in the Miami tennis community for decades. To date, over 10,000 children and 4,000 adults have taken part in a Jane Forman Tennis program. Jane joined forces with Rivera Prep School in 2010 as their Head coach to both Varsity and Middle School teams.
With the opening of Riviera Tennis Center, Jane will direct and implement all in-school and out-of-school programming for juniors and adults.
Jane teaches, coaches, trains, and manages all levels of play for both juniors and adults.
Jane began her tennis career as a Junior Player in Providence, RI. She began competing in Rhode Island at the age of 10 and won the Rhode Island state championships every year that she lived in the state. From the ages of 10-18, Jane competed in United States Tennis Association (USTA) Junior Tournaments all throughout New England. She never dropped below a 3rd ranking in New England throughout her junior career. At the age of 18, Jane won the women’s New England championships, ranking her the number-1 women’s tennis player in New England. In 4 years of high school tennis play, Jane never lost a match; in fact, she never lost a set.
Jane attended Clemson University in 1980 on a full athletic scholarship and was named to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) All American Team for four consecutive years; she achieved the most solid record in Clemson University history, a record that still stands today. In 1980, she started her professional career as an amateur so she could continue to work towards obtaining a college degree.
In 1984, Jane became an “official” professional player and competed for 10 years, reaching top 50-ranked player status in the world on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Circuit. She also competed on the following circuits: the United States Tennis Association professional circuit; the International Tennis Federation (satellite); Grand Slam tournaments; and the Virginia Slims Circuit. Some of Jane’s notable top-ten opponents include Tracy Austin, Pam Shriver, and Andrea Jaeger. Her most memorable match was playing Martina Navratilova on Wimbledon’s Center Court in 1986.
Jane retired from competitive play in 1989 and turned her efforts and enthusiasm for the sport of tennis to teaching tennis and sports management. The Jane Forman Tennis Academy (JFTA) was conceived and founded in 1990 to bring high-quality tennis to non-club amateurs — both children and adults. The JFTA staff is comprised of retired touring tennis professionals and certified instructors who specialize in teaching children. The Academy provides classes, instruction, after-school programs, leagues, and tournaments for adults, teens, and children.
In 2002, Jane created a Miami-based sports management group — Jane Forman Sports — that consisted of: (1) The Jane Forman Tennis Academy; (2) Jane Forman Golf School; and (3) Dade County Sports. Additionally, she established the Dade County Sports Foundation, which is a not-for-profit enterprise that provides sports scholarships to any of the sports programs managed by Jane Forman Sports. Each of these companies is unique; however, they are all similar in their mission to provide recreational sports programs for all ages, demographics, and levels of ability.
Honors and Records
- Nominated by Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce for Look Up Miami-Dade County Business Woman of the Year in 2008
- Named to Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003
- Named to the Top 50 Athletes in the Century in Rhode Island in 2003
- Holds the singles record with most wins in the history of Clemson University
- Named to the ALL ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Top Athletes of All Time in 1984
- Four time ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) Champion; three time Most Valuable Player
- Four time NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) All-American
- Selected for Rhode Island Jewish Hall of Fame in 1987
- Named Rhode Island’s Schoolgirl Athlete-of-the-Year by Words Unlimited in 1979 and 1980
- Named Prep All-America Girl Athlete by the National High School Athletic Coaches Association in 1977, 1978, 1979, and 1980
- USTA (United States Tennis Association) National Ranking: Top 10 Junior in 1979
- Never lost a match in the state of Rhode Island
- Never lost a match or set interscholastically
Völkl Tennis VIP Brand Ambassador
Recently, world renowned German company Völkl Tennis signed Jane as their VIP Brand Ambassador for the Miami Metro South area. She will be showcasing the Völkl products through her new instructional video series Völkl for the Masses. She will also be hosting Völkl Demo Days at various club locations.
SportsEdTV Contributing Coach
SportsEdTV has enlisted former WTA Top-50 professional Jane Forman to teach viewers of all levels how to play better doubles. The multi-video series covers the fundamentals of doubles play and basic doubles strategy. These beautifully filmed, informative videos can help beginners who are just learning the game or experienced players of all levels improve their doubles games.
Matt Spasic, Facility Manager
Assistant Tennis Professional
Matt grew up in Miami, Florida, and has played tennis his whole life. As a Riviera Preparatory School graduate, Matt was a 3-time MVP award recipient and earned the highest honor as a student athlete for recognition in academics and tennis in 2016.
Matt played D2 tennis for Eckerd College, where he earned MVP and was named to the All Second Team Doubles in the Sunshine State Conference.
In 2020, Matt graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management, with minors in both Economics and Marketing.
Matt enjoys coaching all levels of juniors and adults and is available 7 days a week for lessons, clinics, and fitness training. He always wears a smile and is ready to take you to the next level.
Nicolas Xiviller, High Performance Director
Fitness & Conditioning Instructor
As a dedicated tennis professional, Nicolas Xiviller (Coach Nico) brings his passion for competitive tennis to everyone and anyone who wants to learn to play.
With 10 years of high-level playing experience and 3 years of coaching top Juniors and ITF players, Nico comes to Riviera Tennis Center (RTC) with a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of the game.
Nico was Uruguay’s most decorated junior player, ranked #1 from age 12-18. In addition, he won numerous international junior tournaments, such as the prestigious Easter Bowl. As an ATP touring professional, Nico competed globally from 2009-2018 and was a member of Uruguay’s Davis Cup team. He also represented Uruguay in the Pan American Games.
In 3 short years, Nico has developed a comprehensive high-performance program for Juniors and ITF-bound players. He is steadfast in his coaching philosophy — “to create an environment that encourages players to learn and develop their game on and off the court.” According to Nico, “Planning, evaluating, implementing, and assessing are key components to a high-performance program.” Nico’s love of the game and wealth of playing experience makes for a great program.
Even though coach Nico is RTC’s high-performance director, he enjoys teaching and coaching all levels of juniors and adults. His soft-spoken, likeable personality facilitates a fun, energetic lesson for all levels from beginners to advanced players. Nico’s work ethic is unparalleled as he is available for classes 7 days a week.
John Michael Holtmann
Assistant Tennis Professional
Born and raised in Miami, Florida, John Michael Holtmann climbed through the junior rankings to become one of Ransom Everglades High School’s most decorated athletes. From 2013 -2017, he led his team to Florida’s High School Class 1A State Championships all 4 years. Plus, in 2016 and 2017, John Michael was named to the Miami Herald’s All-Dade First-Team Doubles and Second-Team Singles. During his tenure in high school, he helped his team win five district titles and six, straight regional championships.
John Michael became a three-star recruit by Tennis Recruiting Network (tennisrecruiting.net). He was ranked as high as No. 21 among Florida prospects and as high as No. 179 in the nation. In 2017, he went on to play tennis for the University of Connecticut at the D1 level, where he played in the number-1 position for singles and doubles.
In 2021, John Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s degree in economics. Throughout his 4 years in college, he gained vast teaching experience by working with all levels of junior and adult players at summer camps, clubs, and academies.
John Michael is a great tennis player who demonstrates a pleasing personality for all levels of play. He is available for lessons after 3:00 p.m. on weekdays and at all times during the weekends.
Jack Lee Coleman
Assistant Tennis Professional
Jack grew up in Coral Gables, Florida, and has played tennis the majority of his life. As a junior tennis player, he competed at the highest level, ranking amongst the best in the state of Florida.
From 2015-2018, Jack played high school tennis for Coral Gables High School. He was recognized for his on-court performance by the Miami Herald every season and was the 4A Florida State Doubles Champion in 2017.
As a top 100 college recruit in the nation, Jack attended Vanderbilt University in 2018 to play D1 tennis. As an athlete, he became a 3-time SEC Academic Honor Roll student. During his time as a college student, Jack also worked as a private tennis instructor for multiple clubs.
Jack is a certified USPTA instructor for all ages and abilities. He has a passion to teach, train, and coach all levels of play. His positive attitude and high-energy work ethic make him a great instructor.
Jack is available 7 days a week for tennis, fitness training, and pickleball.
PPR Certified Pickleball Pro
Felipe Duran is a PPR Certified Pickleball Pro who has been playing pickleball since 2016.
He first learned the game of pickleball while living in Naples, Florida (the pickleball capital of the world). He picked up the game quickly, and his love for the sport grew as his competitive play increased. Felipe travels South Florida through Collier counties to compete. He has played in the Pickleball US Open (the largest pickleball tournament in the world) and also qualified for the 2022 Pickleball US Open. Felipe is currently rated at the 4.0 level and will be transitioning to the 4.5 level by year-end.
Felipe grew up in Miami, Florida, and graduated in the Top 5% of his high school class. He attended the University of Miami on scholarship for his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and his Master of Science in Business Administration. His active involvement on campus allowed him to win numerous awards and be tapped into the Iron Arrow Society, the highest honor at the University of Miami. He is currently the Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis for iBio, Inc. Felipe lives in Miami with his wife, daughter, and two dogs.
Felipe’s passion for pickleball has turned towards teaching and coaching. Felipe offers lessons and clinics at Riviera Tennis Center on the weekends and specific weeknights after 6 PM to all ages and levels.
- Los Flacos Pickleball – Founder
Strength and Conditioning Coach Applied Physiology M.S.Ed.
BS in Physical Education: Sports and Fitness Studies Certified Personal Trainer
Certified Strength Coach Certified Crossfit LVL 1 & 2
A Miami native herself, Shereen Taljebini grew up in Coral Gables playing tennis throughout her junior years. She attended high school at International Studies Preparatory Academy in Coral Gables and continued her studies at FIU graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education: Sports and Fitness Studies. At the same time as she completed her bachelor’s degree she also became a Certified Personal Trainer and a Certified Strength Coach through the National Council of Strength and Fitness. Even more so, she also became a Certified CrossFit Level 1 and Level 2 Coach. Aside from being a CrossFit coach, Shereen was also a competitive CrossFit athlete who has competed in many CrossFit competitions around South Florida.
Her academic studies didn’t stop at FIU though, she continued her academics at the University of Miami pursuing a Master’s degree in Applied Physiology with a track in Strength and Conditioning. Throughout her career, she has had opportunities to work with a diverse population of athletes in varying sports. The training methods that she implements with athletes are based on new, improved, and contemporary research with a purpose and reasoning behind it. She focuses on not just building an athlete’s physical abilities but as well building their mental mindset to create a stronger, more confident athlete in the inside and the outside.
As an athlete herself, Shereen understands how important it is for athletes to prioritize proper strength and conditioning training in conjunction with playing on the court. With improved strength, greater power, better endurance, greater mobility, enhanced balance and coordination, and prevention of injuries, athletes can drastically improve their performance on the court.
Shereen is a passionate and highly motivated coach who strives to lead by example and showcase to her athletes a hard-working, dedicated, and positive character that they can be motivated to follow as well. Her goal is to help athletes convert their weaknesses into their strengths and make them into the best version of themselves.
Shereen is available for personal and group training 7 days a week.