GEM Tennis, a revolutionary magazine dedicated to the world of tennis, brings the best tennis news and information to readers around the world. Founded in 2009 by professional tennis player and coach, Parsa Samii, GEM Tennis features unique editorial coverage and expert analysis from professional players for champions at every level.
GEM TENNIS – WHAT CHAMPIONS READ.
From the history of Wimbledon to the passion, hard work, dedication and self-belief behind the world’s top players, GEM Tennis provides a rare view inside the world of tennis. Featuring real-time editorial coverage, GEM Tennis goes beyond the surface to provide a fresh perspective of the game with one-of-a-kind images that capture the emotional intensity to incite the passion in every player.
About the Staff:
Parsa Samii [founder/editor]
Parsa’s vision for GEM Tennis started 8 years ago in 2002. GEM Tennis started as an idea on a yellow note pad and to this day GEM continues to evolve. GEMTennis.Com launched in May of 2009. The site is dedicated to bringing all of the best tennis information on the internet to one site. One of Parsa’s many dreams is to share his views on tennis and GEM Tennis allows him to achieve that dream.
As a Division 1 collegiate athlete Parsa competed at UMASS-Amherst finishing his tennis career with one of the best winning percentages in UMASS’ history. As a professional, he competed in various professional tournaments around the world with the best talent that tennis had to offer. As a coach, Parsa currently works with top junior talent that aspire to be collegiate athletes and touring professionals. He also has travelled as a part time coach on the ATP tour. He believes that improvement and development of a tennis player is based on four characteristics: Passion, Hardwork, Dedication, and Self-Belief.
My passion for the game started at the age of 13 because a friend needed a fourth for a group tennis lesson. From that very moment I had an instant and unbreakable connection with the sport. Starting that day, I lived and breathed the game honing my skills at the prestigious Port Washington Tennis Academy. I also spent a couple of summers at the Nick Bollitieri Tennis Academy (now IMG Academy) in Bradenton, Florida. As much passion as I had for the game it didn’t instantly turn into the greatest results. Through hardwork, determination, and perseverence I’ve grown to learn exactly what it takes to win in this game and also in life. This journey has travelled great distances and the path ahead continues with no end in sight. I’ve cherished every moment in this sport including almost every possible type of pain (mental, physical, and emotional) and I’m battle tested and still standing. Tennis has given me much more than I could’ve ever imagined and coaching allows me to share my experiences. Because of this I’m very grateful and appreciative of those who support my efforts and at the same time I’m very proud of those who choose to try and push themselves beyond they’re perceived limits. Always reach for your dreams!
Alyce Vilines [contributor]
Fitness buff, tennis enthusiast, and author of The Everywoman’s Guide to Marathoning, Alyce Vilines joins the GEM Tennis team as a contributing writer and commentator. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Health Sciences from the University of Kentucky and has since enjoyed a successful career in freelance writing and motivational speaking to various groups throughout the Midwest and South. In acknowledgment of her devotion and contribution to the sport of tennis, Alyce has been recognized as a “Volunteer of the Year” by the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association. She and her husband live in Northern Kentucky and are the proud parents of three beautiful daughters. Alyce’s combined passion for tennis and writing offers a doubles pairing we are excited to have onboard the GEM Tennis team.
Adrian Chirici [contributor]
Chirici’s more than 17 years of experience as a junior tennis coach and twice that as an accomplished tournament player offer an insightful and prophetic glimpse into the world of competitive tennis for all GEM readers. Lending his professional perspective and clever commentary to the forecasting of all majors and several masters series tournaments, Chirici’s matchless contributions promise to be a winning pick for the GEM team.
An Athletics Hall of Fame inductee and former #1 player at Division I Fairleigh Dickinson University in New Jersey, Chirici has since achieved professional success on the local, national and international scene, including singles and doubles competition at the ATP level.
Between pre-match data compilation and careful scrutiny of his crystal (tennis) ball, Chirichi now serves as head tennis professional at the Robbie Wagner Tournament Training Center in Glen Cove, N.Y.. The two-time USTA/Long Island Region Coach of the Year has also been thrice honored as Sectional Touring Coach of the Year.