Hardcore Tennis Staff

ERIC BURKE

Eric Burke Hardcore TennisEric is the owner and CIO (Chief Instigating Officer) of Hardcore Tennis. Eric has been into tennis equipment and what makes it work since he was since he was 10. Which was 2 years before his first competitive match.

He always wanted to know which racquets and strings the best players use, and why they use them. He read and played with everything he could get his hands on. As he still does today, Eric brings a very unique perspective to Hardcore Tennis.

In addition to stringing ATP and WTA tour events for the best players in the world, he is a very accomplished player. He played Division I college tennis, and has been ranked as high as # 2 in the USTA Southern Section in open singles, and # 3 in the US in 35’s doubles. There are few tennis store owners who have such high level experience and knowledge. Both as a racquet technician and player.

MISLAV MLAKAR

Mislav Mlakar, started playing tennis at the age of 9 in his home country, Croatia. He competed in junior tournaments, and was in the top 30 in Croatia.

At the age of 15, shoulder injury forced him to stop playing competitive tennis. He started coaching kids at the local tennis club, many of which are now on tennis scholarships around the world.

Mislav became a competitive runner in the 400 meters. He competed in international, European and World championships. Mislav placed as high as 30 and 18 in the world, in youth and junior categories.

In 2012 he started school at Life University in Marietta, GA and obtained Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and Exercise science. He is currently working on finishing his Doctor of Chiropractic degree along with a Master’s in Sports Nutrition.

Mislav is PTR certified coach with a professional rating and enjoys working with tennis players of all ages.

Mislav is the favorite choice of our players who like their pros a little more “aesthetically
pleasing.”

NICK HUDSON

Nick is a serious triple threat. He played four years of Division I tennis at Hampton University, has been coaching for 10 years, and started stringing with Hardcore Tennis in 2005.

He may also be the best player on the Hardcore staff. More than 7 years after college graduation, he still brings a shockingly big game on the court. (He’s 5’4) If you’re looking for nonstop positivity about tennis and life in general, get some coaching from Nick.

ANDY MCMASTER

Andy McMaster Hardcore Tennis Atlanta, MariettaFrom Marietta Georgia, Andy is actually a real Home Boy! He started playing tennis when he was 13 years old and fell in love with the sport immediately. He became PTR certified in 2007 and started coaching at Fergisun Tennis Academy when he was 17. Andy was the first player from Fergisun Tennis Academy to earn a tennis scholarship.

He played 4 years at NCAA Division II North Georgia College and State University. The school is now known as the University of North Georgia. In Andy’s junior year, the team made school history by earning a national ranking and making it to the NCAA tournament.

 

Apparently Andy was bored only playing NCAA tennis. So in his spare time at North Georgia, Andy earned bachelor degrees in accounting and management. We continually remind him that it isn’t that big of a deal…

Andy has become an even better player since his college days. And he loves to play more than ever.