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Phil Cello - Tennis Director

Cello International Tennis Academy (CITA), directed by Norcal Tennis Hall of Fame Phil Cello, has partnered with the City of Woodland to organize the city's tennis program. Phil was inducted into the Norcal Coaching Hall of Fame in 2013, was a past USTA Norcal President and has been honored with the USTA Norcal Service to Tennis Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988. He has over 40 years of experience coaching, running tennis centres and academies.


Phil currently runs an elite junior academy out of Solano College in Fairfield. He has trained thousands or players of all levels including ATP and WTA professionals with one US Open title holder! Phil is also the current USA National boys and girls 12's and 14's team coach of the Nike Junior Tour International Masters.


Mark learned to play tennis here in Woodland. He played number 1 for Woodland High and went on to play on the American River J.C. team. The summer after going to American River, Mark got his first tennis teaching job working for the Woodland Recreation Department, soon after that he got his first Club job as Phil Cello’s assistant at Green Valley Country Club. Since then, he has held many positions including Teaching Professional, Tennis Director and Club Manager.

Mark has been certified by the USPTA as a Teaching Professional for over 30 years. In that time, he has successfully worked with all ages and levels of students. He enjoys working with beginners as well as high performance players.

Email Mark at if you have any questions about tennis in Woodland.

Mark Hansen - Head Tennis Professional

Sunny Mallinson - Tennis Professional

Sunny loves the sport of tennis and is a very enthusiastic tennis coach. He is great at teaching technique and likes to keep his classes high energy and fun.

Sunny enjoys teaching tennis to players of all ages and skill levels. He holds numerous adult and junior groups throughout the week and is also available for private instruction.

He was the Woodland High School Boy's Team Tennis Coach and is a member of the Woodland Tennis Club. He is the current coach of many High School tennis team players and has coached players from High School to College level. He is an active on the men's singles ladder and is passionate about growing the Woodland tennis program.

Sunny also is the assistant director to may USTA Open tournaments and continues his coaching education through USTA tennis coaching courses.

  • Thank you so much for all that you bring to the community. I feel so lucky that I'm able to take affordable tennis lessons in such a supportive and encouraging environment. I also really love the free tennis clinic on Saturdays! The mix of people that come out to have some fun and get some exercise is really quite special.


  • I have learned more from you, in the short time I have been with you, than any tennis pro I ever had in the past. Plus your very patient with us!

  • Thank you for what you are doing here. This is really a great addition to our community.

  • She is so excited about the game and still talks about playing Jail with you. I am sure you are having a great effect on many children, but you have certainly impacted our child. 



  • “You have done a fantastic job with the program"

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