Akia’s early years were spent on the island of St. Croix where he was first introduced to tennis. At age 9, Akia’s family moved to Antigua where he played his very first tournament in the 12 & under division. He won in the doubles final and from that moment forward he was determined to reach the highest levels of tennis, he had fallen in love with the sport and it was clear to Akia that he wanted to become a professional tennis player. The countless hours practicing against the wall, training and competing against his sister had become the daily routine.
Around the age of 15, Akia’s family moved to Georgia, where he was unknowingly being scouted by NCAA coaches to play Division II tennis in Savannah. Although he was mostly self-taught, his passion and tenacity toward the sport drove him to defeat players with more resources. After graduating high school, Akia had reached world class tennis ability and began playing ITF and ATP tournaments. Wildcard & Futures Circuit tournaments developed his experience and prepared him for the challenges ahead. He attended Gordon College from 2005-2006 to play NCAA D3 tennis on grants and merit awards. After his first season, he improved his skills and ability to compete, Akia started taking online college courses in order to play more ATP/ITF Futures events and travel. Soon after, his passion to teach the game developed.
Akia is a skilled and enthusiastic tennis coach with 15 years of coaching experience with beginners, tournament/high schoolers, high performance, and adult players. He believes that with consistency, persistence, and hard work anyone can achieve their goals. His love for the game and his determination and resilience through life challenges lead him to playing tennis at every level. His aptitude for strength and conditioning, movement and stroke mechanics has helped his students to improve their game tremendously and achieve tournament success at the sectional, national and collegiate level.
He enjoys working with juniors and adults alike to achieve their highest potential and looks forward to bringing his skills and energy to our TIA community.