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After Getting a Break, Lozano Proves His Worth

February 3, 2015 04:40 PM

By Jonathon Braden, USTA South Carolina

LEXINGTON, S.C.  Carlos Lozano needed someone to take a chance.

It was August 2003, and Lozano, who had recently graduated from Brigham Young University, was looking for a tennis teaching or coaching position.

This wasn’t your typical job search, though. Lozano, who grew up in Mexico City, needed an employer to sponsor a work visa so he could legally stay in the U.S.

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The first three employers Lozano interviewed with essentially said good luck when he told them the news. “I thought I was done,” he said. “I thought I’d have to move back (to Mexico City).”

But Charly Rasheed, who was then the director of tennis at Topspin Racquet & Swim Club in Lexington, was excited to hire Lozano, an all-American tennis player at BYU, and help him with his work visa.

“When you’ve got somebody like Carlos as a right-hand man, that’s a once-in-a-career opportunity,” Rasheed said. “There was no way I was letting him go.”

Tennis in South Carolina and throughout the Southeast has benefited from Rasheed’s decision. Lozano was recently named the 2014 USTA South Carolina and USTA Southern Tennis Professional of the Year.

“(Lozano’s) mission has always been to grow the game,” said Rasheed, who is now the director of tennis at Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms. “He spends countless hours on court each week, developing tennis players and creating memorable tennis experiences for his clientele.”

At Topspin, where Lozano is now the director of tennis, he teaches lessons and clinics for more than 30 hours a week.

On a recent afternoon, the temperature read 40 degrees and was dropping. Lozano, who wore a stocking cap and a long-sleeved shirt, blew into his gloveless hands. “This is when tennis is not a lot of fun,” he said to his student, Robby Cope, a sophomore at River Bluff High School.

The two rallied and worked on specific shots for almost an hour straight, breaking for water only a few times.

Cope has been working with Lozano for the past four years. “He taught me how to do everything,” said Cope, who played No. 2 doubles last season at River Bluff. “He makes you work hard but I have fun.”

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Lozano teaches lessons and clinics for more than 30 hours a week, in addition to his other duties.


Lozano also helps tennis throughout the state.

He is regularly chosen to help coach strong junior tennis players at training camps and major team competitions. He also has served on the USTA South Carolina board and numerous committees.

These days, Lozano also has no trouble finding work. In fact, he recently accepted a new position in South Carolina. On February 16, Lozano will be the head tennis professional and director of junior programs at the Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island.

He said it will be hard to leave Topspin, where he’s taught for 11 years, and all of his students.

“It’s just a huge opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Lozano said.

 

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