Director of Sports
Marcin Rozpedski
Marcin was born in Warsaw, Poland coming to United States as a young boy. He spent most of his tennis training at the Van Der Meer Tennis Academy in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. At the age of 18, he won the Polish National Championship and became number one in Poland. In 1994 and 1995, he played in the Davis Cup for Poland as well as all major tennis tournaments around the World. In 1995, his professional career came to halt when he fell ill with malaria. Marcin settled in the desert while playing college tennis at College of the Desert and UCLA, which commenced his teaching career. His vast accomplishments include the 2016 US Open and National Pickleball Champion, Head Tennis Pro at The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Indian Ridge Country Club, Head Tennis Coach for College of the Desert, traveling with Ana Ivanovic as she won the French Open Championship, serving as the hitting partner for Victoria Azarenka as she became number one in the World.
Head Tennis Professional
Donny Felich
A Coachella Valley resident, Donny grew up playing junior tennis in the desert winters and Tahoe City during the summer months. He played four years of varsity tennis at Palm Desert High School, captaining the team, as well as playing #1 singles his last three years, winning Desert Valley League Singles title as a senior and CIF Division II Player of the Year Award. Playing college tennis at Sonoma State and Santa Rosa Junior College, Donny won the Big 8 Conference Doubles title and was ranked Top 10 in Doubles in California. During the summer, he runs the Tennis and Pickleball program at Tahoe Tavern Properties located in beautiful Lake Tahoe. He is certified at the highest levels through the PTR and USPTA for tennis as well as the PPR for pickleball instruction. When not on the court, he enjoys paddleboarding, fly fishing, camping and many other outdoor activities. Donny works part-time in the radio/emcee industry and is a part-time country-western line dancing instructor.
Tennis Hostess
Asia Hajduga
Asia was born in Poland and came to U.S. in 2005 to follow her uncle, a tennis fanatic who built two tennis courts at her home in Poland where she was first introduced to tennis and it has been her passion ever since. She also holds a few medals under her belt in ping pong, tennis and volleyball. Asia began studying at College of the Desert, where she made lead position on the tennis team competing between other colleges and traveled with the team. While studying, Asia worked at The Flight School in Palm Springs, where she learned about aviation helping her overcome her fear of flying. She has a background in bookkeeping and currently is a part-time bookkeeper for two businesses in Palm Springs. Despite Asia’s interests in all different areas, her goal is to finish the P.A. Degree and work in the medical field. She considers herself very lucky to be able to connect her passion for tennis with work and enjoy fun times on the court with the members.
Tennis Hostess
Carol Hartson
Carol is a San Diego Native and has been working as a Tennis Hostess since 2005. She moved to the desert from San Diego where she had worked for a family owned and operated tennis club, which is also where she met her tennis pro husband of 37 years. Before coming out to the desert, Carol has worked many other jobs from medical offices to garden center to photo shop. Her tennis passion started at age 14, playing on high school and community college teams. Besides her passion for tennis she is a cyclist, dog lover and enjoys reading. She considers The Lakes her second home. With so many years working for The Lakes, she knows a lot of members which makes member experience familiar, comfortable and personal. She enjoys biking around the valley, and her favorite job is to take care of her two rescue doggies!