Alim Mambetov

Co-founder, Director of Tennis Programs, FM Tennis Academy
B.A. Degree in Economics, University of Illinois, Springfield, IL
Certified Tennis Professional, USPTA 

Prior to FM Tennis, Alim was a Tennis Pro for three years at The Woodlands Athletic Club. At that time, Alim competed at USTA tournaments. He won a number of USTA tournaments and was ranked as high as #2 in Texas in 2007.

In college, Alim was recruited from Russia to come to the United States to play for Illinois State University, NCAA Division 1 school. With the Red Birds he won Missouri Valley Conference Championships in 2002. Later Alim transferred to University of Illinois, Springfield, IL. While at UIS, Alim played at #1 singles and doubles position. He was the captain and voted Most Valuable Player. Two years in a row, in 2004 and 2005, Alim reached the Mid West Individual Championships finals. In 2005, he received the Mid West Region Player of the Year Award and was ranked #20 in the nation. For excellence in studies and athletics he received the Ron Gibbs Scholarship Award. 

As a junior, Alim competed in Russia and Europe. He was ranked #21 under 18's in Russia in 2001.



Christopher Faulman

Co-founder, Director of Tennis Programs, FM Tennis Academy
B.S. Degree in Finance, University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho
Certified Tennis Professional, USPTA  

Prior to FM Tennis, Chris was a Tennis Pro for over three years at The Woodlands Athletic Club, and before that a Head Pro at the Springfield Racquet and Fitness Center (Springfield, Illinois). Besides serving as a club pro, Chris competed at USTA tournaments. 

In college, Chris competed for the University of Idaho, NCAA Division 1 school. While at Idaho, Chris was the captain of his tennis team and received the Doubles Most Valuable Player Award two years in a row.

As a junior, Chris was ranked as high as #2 in USTA Pacific Northwest Section and in the Top 150 in the US. He graduated from an elite private high school - Weil Tennis & Preparatory Academy in Ojai, California. At Weil, Chris accomplished the prestigious Wild Diamond Award for Academic Achievements.


Alim Mambetov and Christopher Faulman, young tennis professionals of former Woodlands Athletic Club (WAC), founded FM Tennis Academy in 2008. Today FM Tennis coaching staff is a team of USPTA certified tennis professionals, ex Division I college athletes, united by the idea to share their talents and love for the sport with others. We push our students to pursue excellence in tennis and in life. No matter what your goals are, whether it is to become #1 in the world, to play for a prestigious college team, or to lead the tennis lifestyle, we are here to help you achieve them together with us in one team.

We welcome international students to join us and participate in one of the programs. We consider it is one of the best places in the world to learn tennis and life, to build your character. We are located in River Plantation, a green subdivision of Greater Houston Metropolitan area, just 30 min drive from Intercontinental Airport of Houston, Texas. The climate allows us to play all year round, the economics is strong, there are lots of USTA tournaments around here and people are the most friendly!… International students are provided with F1 visa support and aided in their placement in private or public schools. We arrange all their living needs, at high standards, so that they can concentrate on their academics and tennis without difficulty. We also will provide college placement support for those student-athletes seeking scholarships.