About UsOur goal is to inspire you and help you enjoy playing tennis and share our passion for the game. If you are looking for vigorous exercise, meeting new friends, improving your skill or just having fun; this is the place to be. We can help you improve tennis technique and your competitive skills no matter your age, experience or level of skill.
We subscribe to the overall philosophy of USTA Player Development that encourages developing overall athletic skill, personal fitness, and sound tennis technique. Our emphasis is on playing the game based on strategic and tactical principles, good shot selection, court positioning and your personal strengths or weaknesses. Whether you are just beginning or a skilled competitive player, we’ll help you develop the psychological skills to learn faster, practice efficiently and compete fearlessly.
Meet Our Pros!
Kathy Woods, Director of TennisKathy Woods, Director of Tennis, has directed programs in Key Biscayne, Florida, Princeton, NJ, and Westport, CT. Since 2004, Kathy has been the Director of Tennis and Manager of the Racquet Club of St. Petersburg.
Kathy served as President of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) from 1994-1996 and in 1995, Kathy was the recipient of The International Tennis Hall of Fame, Educational Merit award.
Throughout her career, Kathy has trained teaching professionals and has been a featured speaker at national forums and conferences for tennis coaches and professionals. She is co-author with her husband Ron of Playing Tennis After 50. Kathy is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she played varsity tennis.
Head Teaching Professionals
Rita Gladstone will lead programming at the USTA National Campus’ Nemours Family Zone for young players, adult beginning players, and senior adult players. Gladstone is a nationally-recognized USTA trainer and a lead faculty coach of USTA early development camps. She is certified by both the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) and United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA). A former collegiate player and graduate of the University of South Carolina, Gladstone has most recently been the Director, Nike Tennis Camp at Rollins College, and Junior Program Director at Airport Park in Port Orange, FL.
Tim Pleasant will provide program direction for play and programs for players ages of 11-18 with a focus on increasing participation as well as providing high performance training. Pleasant had served twenty years as a teaching professional and five years as a collegiate coach for both men and women at Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida. A graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, he is certified by USPTA is a member of the American Tennis Association. Pleasant served head tennis professional at the Trails Racquet Club, Ormond Beach, Fla, and as Director, Junior Tennis Academy, Rock Hills Tennis Center, S.C.
Tina Lee will focus on high performance development programs for youth players. Lee is a former WTA touring professional who successfully competed on the WTA and ITF tour in both singles and doubles from 1998-2001. She was among the top 70 in the world (ITF, under 18) as a junior player. Originally from Slovakia, Tina has a strong history of coaching and traveling with top 100 WTA players Dominika Cibulkova and Daniela Hantuchova. She as mentored by Marian Vadja (coach of Novak Djokovic), Dominik Hrbaty (former top 10 ATP player), Milos Mecir (Olympic Champion), and Matej Liptak (Fed Cup Coach for Slovakia). Tina has extensive coaching experience at all levels including high school, college, competitive high performance and tournament training. Before joining the USTA coaching staff in June, Tina has been on the professional staff at Red Bug Lake Park in Orlando since 2011. A USPTA certified professional, Tina also holds a Masters of Science in Transformative Leadership from Bethune-Cookman University.
Ben Zaiser will focus on all areas of adult play and programming. A graduate of the University of Maine, Ben has more than a decade of full-time teaching experience and administration at the Midlothian Atlantic Coast Athletic Club in Richmond, Va. where he has been the head tennis professional since 2013 and adult tennis coordinator from 2008 to 2013. Certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) and PTR, Zaiser is also an experienced tournament director.