USTA Florida Names John Sanders Head Tennis Professional at Racquet Club of Cocoa Beach
By Space Coast Daily // January 4, 2018
Grand Re-Opening Celebration set Jan. 6
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA BEACH, FLORIDA – USTA Florida kicked off the New Year with a bang, introducing John Sanders as the new head tennis professional at the Racquet Club of Cocoa Beach and unveiling a new schedule of programs at its flagship facility.
A Florida native, former top junior player and a USPTA professional, Sanders brings with him more than 10 years of professional tennis teaching experience and an eye for innovation.
He most recently served as director of 10 & Under Tennis and a high-performance coach at Sanlando Park in Seminole County and is a founding member of XGLOsive Blacklight Tennis, which has brought a unique format of play to tennis facilities across the state.
“John is exactly the type of person we wanted to lead this facility,” said Frank Swope, director of tennis management for USTA Florida.
“He knows Florida tennis, as both a player and a coach. He understands the public park system and what it takes to serve the community as a whole. Most importantly, he is eager to try new ideas. We couldn’t be happier to have him at our flagship facility.”
Sanders said the position at the Racquet Club of Cocoa Beach appealed to him largely because it offered an opportunity for him to try new ideas.
“What USTA Florida is doing with its Tennis Management Division is very exciting,” Sanders said. “There is so much potential for public facilities across Florida to grow and thrive. As a teaching pro, I am excited to be part of the USTA Florida family and help raise the bar for all facilities across the state.
Sanders’ first order of business will be to implement a new schedule of classes at the facility, focusing on youth and adult play. The new approach reflects feedback from the tennis community and the goal of reaching out to new youth and adult players. The new offerings are posted online at CocoaBeachRacquetClub.com/Play.
Members of the community will get a taste of the program menu and have the opportunity to meet the new head pro at a Grand Re-Opening Celebration on Jan. 6. More than 140 people have registered to attend the event, featuring a tennis exhibition, youth and adult play, and a beach-themed barbeque.
To register for the event and learn more about the Racquet Club of Cocoa Beach, visit CocoaBeachRacquetClub.com. For more information about USTA Florida’s Tennis Management Division, and all of USTA Florida’s programs and services, visit USTAFlorida.com.
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