Meet the Pros

NateNate Lipson

Tennis Director

Nate joined The Farm tennis staff in March of 2001 as an Assistant Tennis Professional and became the Director of Tennis in January of 2012.  He grew up in Chapel Hill and played his collegiate tennis at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Nate enjoys teaching anyone from age 3 to 93 as well as any skill level.  He has coached High School State Champions, National Level players, USTA League Local and State Champions and a NCAA Division 3 Champion.  Having taught for almost 20 years, Nate is ready for almost anything on the court.

RyanLewisRyan Lewis

Head Assistant Tennis Pro

Ryan has been coaching tennis at the Farm for over five years.  He grew up in Chapel Hill and discovered his love of tennis through the tutelage of both Howard Schroeder and Nate Lipson.  Though a late comer to the junior tournament circuit, Ryan was able to achieve a top ten ranking in the state and top forty ranking in the southern region in USTA play and all state honors in both singles and doubles at Chapel Hill High by graduation.  He went on to play top six singles and number one and two doubles at UNCG before returning to Chapel Hill to rejoin the Farm community and share his love of the game with others.

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Assistant Tennis Pro

Emily played her college tennis at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she she graduated with the 5th all time highest total wins in 49er tennis history.  She went on to be an assistant coach for the Lady Tarheel tennis team for 2 years under Coach Kitty Harrison.  She joined The Farm staff in 1990.  After a short break, she returned as a full time tennis professional in 2013.

samSam Weissler

Assistant Tennis Pro

Sam Weissler was born and raised in Chapel Hill, and took lessons and attended clinics at The Farm throughout his childhood.  Under Nate and Emily’s tutelage, Sam reached the #1 ranking in North Carolina in the Boy’s 16’s age division.  Sam played his high school tennis at East Chapel Hill High School under Coach Lindsey Linker, where they won a state championship in 2008.  Sam went on to play tennis at Johns Hopkins University, where he finished top 20 in total wins.  He also currently holds the school record for the best single-season win percentage.  Sam has been working camps and clinics for The Farm since he was in high school, and joined the staff full time in January, 2015.

Our pros offer half hour and one hour private and/or group lessons.

Gift Certificates for tennis lessons may be purchased from the pros or through the Tennis Shop. These are popular for special occasions such as birthdays and the holidays.

To schedule private lessons, email Nate at


1/2 hour 1 hour 3 People Non-Member Rate
Nate Lipson  $    28.00  $    52.00  $    18.00  $                        57.00
Ryan Lewis  $    26.00  $    50.00  $    17.00  $                        55.00
Emily Kutner  $    26.00  $    50.00  $    17.00  $                        55.00
Leon Poplawski  $    25.00  $    48.00  $    16.00  $                        53.00
Sam Weissler  $    26.00  $    50.00  $    17.00  $                        55.00
Colee Schroeder  $    26.00  $    50.00  $    17.00  $                        55.00
Jack Davenport  $    25.00  $    46.00  $    16.00  $                        51.00