SBW Tennis

Shawna Barasch Wilson

has been involved and had a love for tennis her entire life. After growing up in Southern California where she was consistently a top ranked junior she went on to a very successful college career where she was one of the top ranked doubles players in the country, and an all American. After travelling and competing all over Europe Shawna realized her true passion for the sport was through teaching others. 

For the past 14yrs SBW has coached many up and coming juniors that have gone on to receive college scholarships.  She has also worked with top high school players, beginning juniors, as well as adults of all levels. Shawna loves to teach anyone at any level that shares her love and desire to learn the sport.  Her unmatched energy and love for the game comes through with every lesson that she teaches.


Grant Friedman

has been teaching tennis in some capacity for 10 years. He has been teaching full time with the SBW Tennis Academy for 5 years. He currently serves as the Paul Revere Middle School Tennis Coach, where he has won multiple Delphic League championships. While in High School at Windward in Los Angeles, he spent 2 summers coaching at the Brady Tennis Camps in Santa Barbara, and 2 summers on his own, coaching tennis on the Jersey Shore at the St. Francis Aquatic Center. Then while at Pitzer College, Grant played college tennis for Pomona-Pitzer, one of the nations best Division 3 programs. There he earned All Academic Honors and was an ITA Scholar Athlete. While earning his bachelors, Grant spent summers administering the Nike Tennis Camps up in Santa Cruz.  Grant was born and raised in Los Angeles and learned the game at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades. He competed heavily on the USTA junior circuit and was highly ranked from ages 10-18. He brings an intimate understanding of the game and an unmatched passion for the sport. He is excited to continue bringing his expertise and energy to the SBW Tennis Academy.


Wkwesi Williams

fell in love with tennis at the age of 11 years old. He was nationally ranked in juniors from boys 12’s to 18’s. He went on to play division one collegiate tennis on an athletic scholarship at University of California Irvine, where he graduated as an Academic All-American with a degree in economics and a minor in education. In the years following his college education, he went on to train and play pro circuit events all over the US, Asia, Europe, South America and the Caribbean. In addition, he also played #1 for his home country of Barbados in multiple Davis Cup Competitions. 

During Wkwesi’s career playing professionally, he knew that he loved the game so much that he was committed to inspiring and empowering kids and adults to step into their greatness on and off of the tennis court. From this, he began teaching many juniors and adults in Orange County and went on to create his own teaching business called “Tennis Health and Beyond”. Since starting his company, he has coached top juniors in Southern California to become nationally ranked and play D1 college tennis, as well as the professional ranks. Williams has also worked with adult players of the 3.5 to 5.5 level to assist them in maximizing their performance and winning matches both at their clubs and USTA sanctioned tournaments. 

After coaching for a decade, Williams moved to Los Angeles, CA, as he was gaining many new students that were driving to Orange County for lessons. He has enjoyed his time so far in LA working with many kids, and is currently continuing on his path to empower and inspire people to play full out in life through his teachings on the court. He is excited to be teaming up with SBW Tennis!


Lauren Embree

grew up in Marco Island, FL.  As a junior she was ranked #1 in every age division in Florida from the 10 and unders all the way to 18 and unders. As she got older and her tennis became more serious she developed into one of the best junior players in the world ending her junior career at #6.

She went on to play for the Florida Gators where they won back to back national championships and she held the #1 ITA ranking before turning pro. In 2015 Lauren was ranked 232 in the world.

This past year she came to the very tough, decision to retire from professional tennis and move on to the next stage of life. She currently living in Los Angeles, California working for a nonprofit called First1Break, and working under the guidance of Shawna Barasch Wilson, teaching privately with SBW Tennis Academy in the Santa Monica/Brentwood area.


sam megowen

has been coaching tennis for close to 10 years.  He spent his summers coaching at the Heritage Pool and Racket Club outside of Boston, MA, where he helped run all the tennis programs, from youth clinics and teams to adult clinics and social events.  Outside of SBW he coaches the Paul Revere Middle School team with Grant and is the assistant coach for the Pali High Girls team.  He has a passion for helping players reach their full potential both on and off the court.

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