Sue is a Michigan tennis legend. Originally from the Detroit area, she had a successful junior career and went on to play #1 singles during her entire career with the Michigan State Spartans. Her team leadership and play was an instrumental component of the team winning two Big Ten Team Championships. Sue personally amassed three consecutive Big Ten Singles Championships, a feat that has never been equaled. In the fall of 2014, Sue was enshrined in the Michigan State Athletic Hall of Fame. She has been with Court One Athletic Clubs for over 35 years in many capacities and is currently the Executive Director. Sue has been teaching tennis since 1976 and has been inducted into the USPTA Hall of Fame for teaching professionals. She also directs many of the area’s top sectional events including the Midwest Closed Championships for the 12’s and 14’s. There is hardly a national, sectional, or district committee that she has not served on. Currently, Sue is the chairwoman of the Midwest Adult Competition Committee. Her hobbies are tennis in all its levels and forms.
Justin, a PTR (Professional Tennis Registry) certified professional since 2006, joins our staff as the Director of Competitive Tennis. Prior to joining our staff Justin was the Head Tennis Professional at the Genesee Valley Sports Center in Flint for 5 years. He is involved with the USTA Midwest Early Development Camps as a coach and has served on USTA Midwest Adult Committees since 2011. He has been playing tennis for over 20 years and teaching the game for 17 years. When he isn't on the court teaching he is attending or presenting at conferences and seminars. Justin has a passion for teaching and playing the game and brings a creative and focused mindset to his lessons. He has worked with players at all skill levels and ages and enjoys the challenge of helping players reach and exceed their goals.
Shelly joined Court One Athletic Clubs in 2008 to facilitate growth of our 10 and Under Program. Her employment history includes impressive terms with both the USTA Player Development and the USTA/Midwest Section office. She has an undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine and Physical Education from the University of Indianapolis. Shelly holds a Masters of Science degree in Education and Professional Tennis Management from Ferris State University, where she had served as the assistant coach. Shelly is a National Trainer for the USTA for the 10 and under programming. She has a unique passion for inspiring children and juniors to explore the game of tennis. Her certifications are through the USPTR and USPTA. In Shelly’s off time she enjoys golf and downhill skiing.
A native of the Lansing area, Greg was born in Haslett, Michigan. He not only played and graduated from Haslett High School, but he later returned to serve as their head tennis coach for 11 years. Greg received his college degree from Michigan State with a major in the Social Sciences. A teaching professional at Court One since 2004, Greg is a high quality USPTA certified professional who splits his time between our adult and developmental junior programs. In addition to his on court persona, Greg is our resident stringing expert. As a supporter of community youth programming, Greg has invested nearly a decade of work with the Todd Martin Development Fund. Off court, he pursues an active interest in photography and mountain biking when not spending time with his wife, Nicole.
A lifelong Michigander, Jim was ranked in the top 25 as a Midwest junior player. As an adult, Jim still plays competitively. He is currently ranked #2 in the Midwest and #73 nationally in his age group. As a teaching professional, he has achieved the ‘Elite’ level status as a USPTA professional instructor.Jim continues to coach the girls Varsity team at Mason High School in his free time. His teams have reached the State Finals in six of his eight years.Jim lives in Eaton Rapids with Carol, his wife of 32 years. Together they own and operate a local landscape company. Their daughter Jenna (a former tennis standout) lives in Brooklyn, New York and is pursuing an acting career. Jim’s tennis motto is “if you can get to the ball, you should make the shot”.
We are extremely fortunate to have Sam return to us as a part-time instructor. Originally our Head Professional at the North Club, Sam instituted a strong junior development program while balancing outstanding adult participation in the 1990’s. Many of those junior players went on to fulfill their aspirations of college tennis. Sam graduated in 1989 from Ferris State University and is an alumnus of the Professional Tennis Management program’s first graduating class. With the advent of his daughter’s, Emma, involvement in junior tennis, Sam has found more time to be on the court. We are excited to have a professional with his knowledge and expertise working with us.