Xavier has been the teaching tennis at Jones Creek since 2001, when he became a full-time teaching professional.  He is a Certified Tennis Instructor, with certification from the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), as well as a Certified Pickleball Coach, with certification from the recently-created Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR). Xavier took up the game of tennis seriously in 1992, when he moved to Augusta from New York City.

"While I lived in New York City, I played mostly squash racquets, a game similar to racquetball but with longer racquets, played indoors. I worked for an engineering company (EBASCO, later bought by Raytheon) at the World Trade Center.  Every morning I would pack my racquets and sports clothes and take the subway to work. I would play before or after work, almost every day. The racquets were so long, they stuck out of the end of the bag! I was single then, so it did not matter what time I came home".

Xavier further told us:  "My engineering job brought me and my family to Augusta. The assignment was for one year only, working for SRS, but one thing led to another, and 26 years later we are still here.  Because I could not find other squash players (or courts) in Augusta, I started to play tennis. I took lessons from PTR Pro Hal Worthington.  Hal taught me proper racquet strokes and footwork, and now I teach the same basic technique to my students."

Xavier's teaching philosophy is simple: Teach sound fundamental techniques, and make it fun to be on the tennis court.  He encourages parents to join in with their children during classes (no extra charge!) and is very active in promoting play among his students and other Jones Creek tennis players.

Xavier lives in nearby Bridlewood subdivision.  He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Physics) from Trinity College, Hartford, CT, and an MBA in Finance from the Stern School of Business.  His wife, Edelma, teaches Spanish at Greenbrier High School. Both his sons are pursuing advanced degrees in Medicine (Daniel) and Music (Gabriel).

Xavier also teaches at the Augusta Jewish Community Center and is a certified Wheelchair Tennis instructor.  He may be reached at (706) 421-6219 (cell) or via e-mail at xdpique@gmail.com.  Happy hitting everyone!