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About Us

The Mid-Atlantic Tennis Academy, MATA, has been a premier tennis academy in the Maryland, DC, Virginia area for over 10 years.  MATA was founded by Neale Castillo, a professional tennis player and a USPTA Elite tennis professional who has been inspiring and coaching for the past 20 years.  Neale comes from a family of players and coaches who have been teaching for over 70 years.  In addition to being a highly accomplished player, Neale has coached several players who have gone onto the ATP/WTA tour, as well as 2 NCAA Champions.


Neale’s philosophy is simple, “I enjoy giving back to a game that gave me everything.”  Everything, including a love of the game, a drive that pervades every aspect of his life and a desire to offer the next generation of players an environment with the highest standard of coaching.  He is committed to seeing his players reach their maximum playing potential through excellence in coaching and support.


MATA’s tennis program promotes not only superior tennis instruction with individualized training, it also emphasizes the life lessons that come from hard work and dedication. The coaches and trainers at MATA promote a healthy lifestyle, as well as teaching passion, respect, humility and a strong work ethic. They believe that tennis should promote mental strength and determination while recognizing the importance of instilling and fostering a love of the game.  

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