Lisa Stone is a Mom who also happens to be a Tennis Mom (or Tennis Zealot, as one friend calls her). The other hats in her ever-expanding wardrobe include Wife, Daughter, Sister, Fitness Consultant, Community Activist, and USTA Volunteer. As the former Chair of the Georgia Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness & Sports and President of Fit For 2, Inc., Stone been involved in the fitness and sports arena for over 25 years. She is also a voracious reader and loves movies. As new Empty-Nesters, Stone and her husband recently moved from the Atlanta suburbs into the city. They have 3 grown children – 2 daughters (Emma and Savannah) and a son (Morgan). Stone been playing tennis her entire life though never at the level her son reached. Through ParentingAces.com and the ParentingAces Podcast, Stone shares what she’s learned about navigating the Junior Tennis Journey and College Recruiting with other parents and coaches who are hungry for her insights and knowledge. She is available for speaking engagements, tournament consulting, and college recruiting guidance.
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Paul Ainsworth is the father of two mini tennis players. His son is in his second year of under 12s and his daughter is now in her final season of orange tennis. He is the author of the Tennis Dad Blog. Paul has written six books on education and education leadership and is currently drawing on those skills in writing a guide for tennis parents which will focus on the mental struggles. He is based in the UK.
Frank Giampaolo is a veteran author whose acclaimed book, The Tennis Parent’s Bible(www.thetennisparentsbible.com), is being used by ITF leaders, academy directors, parents, and coaches worldwide. Giampaolo’s innovative approach has earned him numerous honors, including being named the 2001 USPTA Southern California Tennis Director of the Year and being voted a top teaching professional in consecutive years by Southern California Tennis & Golf magazine. Giampaolo founded the Mental–Emotional Tennis Workshop in 2002; since then, participants in the program have gone on to win more than 71 U.S. national titles. His students have won ATP and WTA Tour singles and doubles titles. Giampaolo pioneered the Tennis Parents Workshop in 1998 and has conducted seminars throughout the United States, Mexico, Australia, and Canada. You can contact Frank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bill Patton is a 27 year veteran of the Tennis Industry. He is a USPTA Elite, PTR and MTM professional and is known for his mindful approach to coaching and performance. Even though he has not always been a full time tennis coach, over 50 of his players have gone on to play college tennis. Bill is more proud that many more students have gone on to coach tennis. As an author he currently has more titles available on Amazon than any other tennis writer. His best selling books are “The Art of Coaching High School Tennis” and “Top 5 Strategies and Tactics for Winning Tennis”. Bill is also the North American distributor of Bones Original Tennis Wear “Be Original, Be Bones!” Bill also hosts a blog radio show www.blogtalkradio.com/720degreecoaching. You can contact Bill at 510-909-3662 or email@example.com.
Calling Melanie Rubin an experienced Tennis Parent is a bit of an understatement! She has helped both her son and her daughter through their junior tennis development, culminating in college tennis careers for both of them as well as a professional tennis career for son Noah. Melanie is a long-time volunteer with her local USTA as well as other non-profit organizations all the while continuing her career as a Special Education teacher in the Rockville Centre School District. You can contact Melanie on Facebook.
Ryan, a Colorado native, brings a professional playing background together with Grand Slam level coaching experience to lead the High Altitude Tennis team as CO-Founder and CEO. Ryan’s vision to bring a more individualized and personal approach to the tennis academy world paired with his dedication for a higher standard of tennis coaching led him to establish Colorado’s Premier Junior Tennis Training Center in 2009.
Todd Widom is a former Top 200 ATP Professional in both singles and doubles and owner of TW Tennis, South Florida’s top small group/private tennis training geared exclusively for the high performance junior, collegiate or professional tennis player. Todd obtained a top 5 ranking in US Boys 16’s and, in 2001, held the #1 ranking in US Boys 18’s. Todd was named Most Valuable Player of the team and conference while attending the University of Miami from 2001 – 2003, and earned the All-American status during these years while playing in the #1 singles slot. Since the summer of 2010, Todd has coached a small, select group of students that have gone on to play at some of the most prestigious universities in the country. You can contact Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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