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The Glastonbury Tennis Club is pleased and proud to introduce our Certified Teaching Professionals.


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OUR DIRECTOR OF TENNIS - JIM MELESKO, PTR

Jim played Division I tennis for Central Connecticut State University.  After college, he taught tennis at the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Bradenton, FL.  There he worked with young aspiring juniors like Maria Sharapova and Tatiana Golovin.  Jim began traveling around the world conducting promotional clinics for the NBTA.  Then for two years, Jim directed satellite projects for NBTA in Berlin, Germany and Jakarta, Indonesia.  After returning to the states, he has been teaching in the greater Hartford area for the past 10 years.  He was the Head Tennis Professional at the Newington Tennis Center for 3 years.  Jim holds a PTR (professional) certification.  Jim is looking forward to teaching all ability levels and sharing his love for the game.

 

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Quin Howe, PTR

Quin played Divison I college tennis for Central Connecticut State University. After college, he moved to Miami Florida and taught at the Nick Bollitieri Tennis Academy at Flamingo Park, as well as the North Shore Tennis Academy in North Miami Beach. While living in Florida, Quin coached nationally and internationally ranked juniors. After moving back to Connecticut in 2005, Quin has been teaching in the greater Hartford area for the Glastonbury Tennis Club. He's been a full-time pro at the club since 2007. 

 

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Kim Francis, USPTA 
Kim was a nationally ranked junior, achieving a ranking of #7 in doubles and #55 in singles. She won the Class M singles title in high school and was All State and All Conference all four years. Kim went on to play Division I tennis for Central Connecticut State University and received a full tennis scholarship. She achieved an NCAA ranking of #9 singles/#4 doubles. During her four years at Central Conn., she won the Seaboard Conference Championship in singles and doubles. During her college years, she was awarded the Elizabeth Shaw Johnson Award for sportsmanship and the Gail Rutz Award given to most outstanding female senior student athlete. She was honored as an All-American and was inducted into the CCSU Atheletic Hall of Fame in 1995. Kim has also competed in the Mother-Daughter national level with her mother Ann and acheive a national ranking of #3. Kim competes now in 5.0 mixed doubles and has been ranked #1 in New England. Currently, Kim is Head Coach of the Glastonbury High School Boys Tennis team, and Director of Tennis at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club. She has been teaching at GTC for 20 years.  She is USPTA Certified since 1984 and Certified USTA Quick Start and recreational workshop, May 2010.

   
   

Cristina Walters, PTR

Cristina Walters was born and trained in her native country of Brazil. She climbed up the junior ranks before moving to the U.S. in th early '90s. She has been teaching tennis in the greater Hartford area for 18 years. Christina has woked at serveral tennis clubs in the region, training a wide range of ages and skill levels. She was the head coarch for the University of Hartford's men's and women's Division 1 tennis teams and currently coaches USTA teams. She has spent the past 17 years at the golf Club of Avon, first working as an assistant pro before taking the reins of the head pro position 7 years ago. Cristina continues to develop her teaching and playing abilities.

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 Keith Perron, PTR

Keith Perron has been a part of the Glastonbury Tennis Club teaching staff for over 20 years. He was director of tennis for eighteen of those. Additionally, Keith was the owner and director of a very popular tennis camp based at the University of Connecticut. During the summer months, Keith was the director of tennis at a prestigious club on Nantucket, and ran one the most successful programs in the history of the island. When he actively competed, he was ranked in the top 6 for singles New England's open division and was ranked in the top three for doubles. Additionally, he competed in many regional professional events. Keith is a long standing USTPR certified professional with certifications in both junior and adult development. He is helping to introduce the quick start methodology for 10 and under players. He has worked with all levels from beginner to advanced players. His primary objective is to discover ways to motivate all participants to have fun so as to embrace the game of tennis as a lifelong activity.

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James Mathews 

James has been coaching tennis part-time and full-time for the past ten years. He has worked at clubs and camps in New England, Florida and the Bahamas, learning under head pros and directors with ATP, Fed Cup and NCAA experience. James tries to let his passion for the game create an environment of high energy, excitment and education.

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