Cliff grew up in Miami, FL and began playing tennis at the age of 6. His dedication and hard work led to a college tennis career at Florida A&M University. While at Forida A&M, Cliff held the number 4 position his freshman year and was the first ever rookie of the year in the MEAC conference (2004). While playing the top spots his Sophomore through Senior year, he also lead as team Captain for 2 years.
As a professional instructor for 8 years, Clifford was recognized and subsequently chosen as USTA's Multicultural camp coach for two consecutive years. Cliff has been afforded the opportunity to coach alongside legendary figures such as Dr. Carl Goodman, Rodney Harmon, Jean Desdunes, Chanda Rubin and others who inspired him to push forward. Cliff has coached at North Atlanta Tennis Academy (Atlanta, GA), PoshRock Tennis (Orlando, FL) XS Tennis Academy (Chicago, IL), Evert Tennis Academy (Boca Raton, FL) and was a traveling coach on the ATP tour for Takanyi Garanganga. He was a hitting partner for Taylor Townsend, who at the time, was the #1 Junior in the world. He has also served as hitter for Belinda Bencic, currently ranked in the top ten on the WTA tour.
Cliff can also be seen in Tennis Magazine's January 2013 issue demonstrating a backhand slice and the June 2013 issue demonstrating a backhand volley.
“Coach helped me achieve my tennis goals " - Logan G.
“Coach Cliff is the best tennis coach
I ever had– Cameron Gruss.
“Coach Cliff helped me get ready for my spring season at Phillips Exeter Academy”– Cam
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