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Tennis Instructor

Richard F.

Naples , FL (1 location)

  • USPTA Certified
  • Years Teaching: 35
  • Years Playing: 48
  • Levels Taught:
  • Advanced, Intermediate, Beginner
  • Teaches:
  • Seniors, Adults, Juniors
Lessons Starting at $108/hr
Schedule Lessons

About Me

I am currently the head tennis pro at Forest Glen Country Club. I was previously the head tennis pro at the Ritz-Carlton Naples Beach Resort in Naples, FL.

I played on the tennis team while earning a mechanical and aerospace engineering degree from the University of Missouri - Columbia. I also did graduate study in the field of physiology at my alma mater. In 1998 I passed all four of the USTA Sport Science tests.

I played on the ATP tour from 1976 to 1981 and achieved a world ranking in the 300s in singles and 200s in doubles. I won minor tour events in the United States, France, Holland, Germany, India and Central Africa. I also played professional club tennis in Germany from 1977 to 1981, in Kaiserslautern and went undefeated for five seasons in singles and doubles.

I coached my younger brothers, Ken and Doug, on the ATP tour from 1983 to 1995.

Ken earned a ranking of 44 in singles and No. 1 in doubles. He won titles at Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Italian Open, and a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics.

Doug was ranked in the top 100 in singles and doubles, and had wins over Andre Agassi, Patrick Rafter, Thomas Enqvist and Ivan Lendl in singles.

I also coached the Washington University men’s tennis team from 1989 to 1998 and was the University Athletic Association Coach of the Year in 1995.

I coached the World TeamTennis franchise, the St. Louis Aces from 1994 to 1996 and was awarded the WTT Coach of the Year in 1996 by Billie Jean King.

From 1996 to 2000, I volunteered as vice president in charge of juniors for the St. Louis District Tennis Association and a Junior Competition Committee member for the USTA Missouri Valley Section. My honors include Outstanding Contributor to USTA Player Development, St. Louis District Tennis Association, 1998; Tennis Family of the Year, SLDTA and Missouri Valley, 1998; and Professional Coach of the Year, USPTA Missouri Valley Division, 1996.

My two children were both international level tennis players.

My daughter, Niki, is a former conference player of the year in the Patriot League and a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. But more importantly she distinguished herself in combat in Afghanistan and was awarded the Bronze Star.

My son, Ricky, played on the ATP tour and attained a world ranking in doubles before injuries ended his tennis career. He is currently a professional poker player.

Teaching Style

I have worked with players from all levels of the game and have a unique knowledge and skill set to help any player who wants to improve. I am not a ball machine. I only work with players who want to learn and work on their game to play better and to enjoy their tennis more.

Teaching Locations = Travel Radius = Preferred Court

= Travel Radius = Preferred Court
  • Forest Glen Golf & Cc
  • 3855 Forest Glen Blvd
  • Naples, FL 34105