Park Ridge Tennis Academy has been in business for over 15 years! We believe tennis is a lifelong sport and it is never too late to start. We provide tennis lessons for people of all ages from 3 years old to 90 years old ! Tennis is a great sport and a great way to stay active and healthy.
Liliana Bedrosian is the Director of all tennis programs at the Park Ridge tennis Academy. She started her tennis career at the tender age of 6 and was one of the top juniors in Armenia. She received Olympic level training and traveled extensively throughout the former Soviet Union for about 9 years. When she was playing in the 18 and under group she was ranked 16 in the entire Soviet Union. In 1993 she was on the Armenian National Tennis Team and the number 1 ranked amateur in Armenia. In that same year the Armenian team was invited to go on a U.S tour against Harvard, Yale, Columbia and Princeton. The Armenian team had excellent results during this tour and as a result of that competition Liliana was offered a few full tennis scholarships and agreed to go to Virginia Commonwealth University, a division I school in Richmond, Virginia.
She completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology in 1997 and began her career as a tennis pro at various locations in Bergen County. After starting a family with two girls she and her husband, George Bedrosian, decided to open the Park Ridge Tennis Academy in 2004. Prior to opening the Park Ridge Tennis Academy the pair went to visit Chris Evert at her academy in Florida to get some valuable advice about operating a tennis academy from Chris and her brother John. During the visit Liliana and the head pro at Chris's academy got to play against Chris and George; Lilana's team won. Unfortunately for Chris, George was the weak link. Although Liliana has stopped competing in singles, she has teamed up with her husband George and played in a few USTA sanctioned events. They also played in a tournament sponsored by American Express at the Forest Hills Tennis Center (former home of the US Open) which they won. Over the years Liliana has been heavily involved with tennis and has had the opportunity to strike up acqaintences with Andre Aggassi, Jim Courier and others, and has also sponsored a female player from the Republic of Estonia. Liliana is now completely dedicated to making Park RidgeTennis a first rate tennis academy.
Oksana Manoukian has been our head Coach for over 15 years. Before her time at Park Ridge Tennis Academy she dominated her opponents on the tennis court during her time at Caldwell University. After spending a year at Rutgers, she transferred to Caldwell and compiled a singles record of 45-0 in three seasons. Oksana capped an undefeated season as a senior in 2006 by winning the conference singles championship to earn CACC Player of the Year honors. She is the first Caldwell student-athlete to capture an individual CACC title in any sport. That year, Oksana also won the NJAIAW singles crown en route to a perfect 21-0 singles record on the season. Oksana was later inducted into Caldwell University Athletics Hall of Fame in 2012. A native of Old Tappan, Oksana played Varsity Tennis at Northern Valley Old Tappan Regional High School and was also inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2015. She currently is the Girl's Varsity Tennis Coach at NVOT!