This Year's Pros
Platform Tennis Professional at Skokie Country Club and Co-Director of Kawaga Platform Tennis Camps
Denise is currently ranked #19 with Olga Martinsone nationally. Denise is passionate about teaching and playing platform tennis and tennis. She is the Founder/Director of "For the Love of the Game" Tennis Camp (2005-present), a Tennis Professional at College Park Athletic Club (2009-present), and the Girls Head Varsity Tennis Coach at Lake Forest High School (2005-present). Under Denise’s leadership, Lake Forest High School has won 3 State championship titles (2010, 2012, 2013), and in 2010, she was awarded " Coach of the Year" by the IHSTCA. In 2011, was awarded "Coach of the Year" in Illinois by The National Tennis Coaches Association . Denise grew up in Erie, PA and played tennis at Penn State University. She was captain of the tennis team her senior year. In 2004-2005, she was Asst. tennis coach at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA (division 2). She is also the co-founder/director of the "Play Tennis for Peace" tennis fundraiser; a charity event benefiting the House of Peace domestic violence shelter in North Chicago.
Assistant Racquets Professional, Skokie Country Club
I am a USPTA certified Tennis/Paddle Elite Professional. I began playing tennis when I was ten years old in my home country of Latvia where I played for the Latvian National Tennis Team. Additionally, I played in several International Tennis Federation (ITF) tournaments throughout Europe and the Middle East. In the United States, I played on the Ferris State Tennis Team as line one in doubles and finished playing as line two in singles. In 2016, I received the Most Improved Player of the Year Award for the Midwest Region. I have experience in coaching players of all ages and levels. Currently, I am an assistant director at Skokie Country Club in Glencoe, Illinois coaching and developing tennis and paddle programs. I enjoy teaching paddle and playing on the paddle pro tour. Last year my partner Denise Murphy and I made it to the round of 16 at the national championships.
Founder and Owner of Racket Odyssey
Currently ranked #4 in the country with Alison Morgan. Charlotte Sikora is from France and arrived in the U.S. in 2002. She went to Oklahoma Community College to play tennis for 1 year and then transferred to Flager College in Augustine, FL where she played #1 singles and #3 doubles for the next three years. She traveled to Bali for 1 year after college where she gained a new perspective. Shortly thereafter, she was introduced to the game of paddle, and it didn’t take her long to master the game.
She is currently the head rackets professional at Radley Run and has earned a wonderful reputation among her membership as a great person and instructor.
Co-Director of Racquets at The Birchwood Club with Adam Morgan
I have been teaching and playing paddle for 10 years.
I also teach tennis, pickle, and fitness.
Charlotte Sikora and I are currently ranked #4
Charlotte and I won The Birchwood Open in 2022
Adam and I won Husband & Wife Nationals in 2016 & 2017
Originally from Kalamazoo, MI
Played #1 singles and #1 doubles at Grand Valley State University
Assistant Coach at GVSU my 5th year
Inducted into the GVSU Hall of Fame in 2013
Live in Lake Bluff, IL with my husband Adam and our daughter Kaylee
Jane McNitt was ranked #8 in 2018 with Chelsea Nusslock. Her best national ranking was 4th in 2011 and 2015. Jane and Chelsea placed 6th at the 2018 APTA Women's Nationals. Jane won the Chicago Charities in 2005, 2010, and 2012. She is Illinois State Women’s Champion and Mixed Doubles Champion. She has also won the Cincinnati Open, Milwaukee Open, and Indianapolis Open tournaments. Jane is a native of Pittsburgh, PA and a Penn State graduate.
Ellie Halbauer comes to us with an extensive high level playing background and a lifelong of experience in and around racquet facilities. In 2017, she reached a career high ranking of 260 in both singles and doubles on the WTA Tour. She has won 7 titles at the professional level. Ellie was introduced to platform tennis in the last two years and instantly fell in love with the sport. She recently moved back home to Cincinnati to begin her new career as a Racquets Professional while also volunteering as an Assistant Coach on the University of Cincinnati Women’s Team. She is eager to share her love, knowledge and enthusiasm for the game!
Marina Ohlmuller Anderson
Marina Ohlmuller was the 2017/2018 recipient of the Charlotte Lee Award. The Charlotte Lee Award is a highly regarded sportsmanship award. Marina continues to be a force on the paddle tournament circuit and has won numerous gold medals in her new sport Pickleball.
Ranked #13 in 2018; has been ranked as high as #5 nationally
2-time Mixed National Champion 2010, 2012
2-time Husband-Wife National Champion 2003, 2005
Top national player for two decades
Frequent instructional contributor to Platform Tennis Magazine
Chelsea Nusslock Mittal
Assistant Rackets Professional at Sunset Ridge Country Club, Northfield, IL
Chelsea Nusslock played tennis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison on a full tennis scholarship for 4 years. She is currently ranked #14 with her partner Hallie Bodman. She took up paddle tennis in 2010 and quickly made a name for herself with her partner Mary Doten. Mary and Chelsea came in 2nd at the APTA Women’s Nationals in 2013 and 2015. They took 3/4 place in the Nationals in 2011, 2012, and 2014. She and Mary have won the Milwaukee Open, Hinsdale Challenge, and Illinois States together. In 2018, Chelsea also took 6th in Nationals with Jane McNitt. In 2019, she took 5th place in the Boston Open. Chelsea was the 2018/2019 recipient of the Charlotte Lee Award.
Chelsea works full time at RMB Capital as a financial writer. When Chelsea is not working or playing paddle, she is strategizing to raise funds and awareness for a charity close to her hear heart, the Dravet Syndrome Foundation. She is also helping to grow Top Seed Paddle Camps.
Lake Forest, IL
Kari Falls is currently the co-director of platform tennis at Lake Bluff Racquet Club. She is on their Series 1 team and plays in local and national APTA events. Kari played paddle in high school with a wooden racquet and has had a love of the game for a long time! She lives in the area with her husband Chris and their three grown daughters.
Director of Women's Platform Tennis at Winnetka Platform Tennis Club in Winnetka, IL
Highest National Ranking #10 (2019/20)
Cleveland Masters Champion 2019
West Penn runner up 2019
Chicago Charities GP 3rd pl 2020
Hinsdale GP 3rd pl 2021
On APTA national players committee and contributing author for Platform Tennis Magazine
Chris went to the University of Arizona on a full tennis scholarship. She played both Jr. and Professional tennis. Her highest National Ranking was #1 for 18 & under doubles. She is a longtime USPTA Tennis Professional and also an avid pickleball competitor and instructor.
Director of Racket Sports at The Patterson Club, Fairfield, CT
PPTA Certified Professional
Liz Cruz is currently ranked #6 Nationally after having a hugely successful year on the tournament circuit! Liz and her partner Gabriela Niculescu won the 2019 and 2018 APTA Women’s Nationals and 2017 Long Island Invitational, Steel City, and Patterson Open. With her twin sister, Mirian Warner, they were finalists at the 2018 Philly Open and placed 3/4 at the 2018 Chicago Charities and Long Island Invitational.
Liz grew up in El Salvador and started playing professional tennis at the age of 14. Liz played on the Fed Cup team for 10 years and went on to play D1 tennis at the University of South Florida. In addition to being an amazing professional tennis and paddle player, she is a mom to 2 girls and a boy.
Head Pro at the Rowayton Platform Tennis Association in Rowayton, CT
Amy Shay and Cynthia Dardis are currently ranked #4 in the country and have been ranked in the top 4 for the past 9 seasons. Dardis/Shay started playing tournaments together 15 years ago and together have captured 11 national titles.
It was another banner season for Dardis and Shay! They won the Women’s 50’s Nationals, were finalists at Midwesterns and Chicago Charities, and took 5th at the Philly Open. In 2018, they won the Women’s 50’s Nationals, Chicago Charities, and Philly Open and were runners up in the Steel City Open, Boston, and Patterson. They are 2018 winners of the Childress Cup. This was their second time winning the cup. The Childress Cup is a prestigious award that is given to the team that earned the most points in a Grand Prix Series.
Dardis/Shay attribute much of their success to teamwork, strategy, and disciplined play, which they continually reinforce in their teaching. Cynthia played Division I tennis for Villanova University. She lives in Stamford, CT with her husband and 4 children.
Director of Platform Tennis at Woodway Country Club in Darien, CT
Amy Shay and Jolene Sutter are currently ranked #5 in the country. For 10 years, Amy Shay and Cynthia Dardis were ranked in the top 4 in the country and together have captured 11 national titles.
With Cynthia Dardis, they won the Women’s 50’s Nationals, were finalists at Midwesterns and Chicago Charities, and took 5th at the Philly Open. Amy Shay took 3/4 in the 2019 Nationals Championship with Ana Brzova. In 2018, Cynthia and Amy won the Women’s 50’s Nationals, Chicago Charities, and Philly Open and were runners up in Steel City Open, Boston, and Patterson. They are 2018 winners of the Childress Cup. This was their second time winning the cup. The Childress Cup is a prestigious award that is given to the team that earned the most points in a Grand Prix Series.
Dardis/Shay attribute much of their success to teamwork, strategy, and disciplined play, which they continually reinforce in their teaching. Amy graduated from Boston College on a full tennis scholarship. She lives in Wilton, CT with her husband and 2 children.
Director of Platform Tennis at the Hyde Park Golf & Country Club, Cincinnati, OH
Highest National rank - #1
2-time Husband / Wife National Champion 2010 & 2014 (Masters)
5-time champion of the Hinsdale Challenge
8-time Midwesterns Champion
2013 Recipient of the Charlotte Lee Sportsmanship Award
APTA Women's Player/ Ranking Chairperson
Co-Founder and Director of the Midwest Platform Tennis Camps in Cincinnati, Ohio
Former Collegiate Tennis Player at SMU
Played on Professional Tour 1989-1990
Former APTA Women’s player and Ranking Chairperson 2016-2021
Head Paddle Professional at Hinsdale Golf Club, Clarendon Hills, IL
Suzanne Lemery has been teaching paddle for 18 years. She has been ranked #11 in the country with her partner Kelly Rohrbach.
Suzanne recently placed 3/4 in the APTA Women’s 2018 Nationals, 5th in Chicago Charities 2018, and 6th in the 2018 Boston Open. Before teaching, Suzanne played college tennis at Ferris State University. She and her husband Matt have two young children.
Director of Rackets of The Patterson Club, Fairfield, CT
Roxy Enica is formerly ranked #2 in the nation with her partner Laura Berendt and is a three-peat champion of the Mixed Nationals Championship with her partner Juan P. Martinez-Arraya. Roxy is a 2-time National Finalist (2019 & 2017). Laura and her were champions of the Chicago Charities, finalists of the Boston Open and Long Island Invitational, and took 3/4 at the Philly Open and Midwesterns. She has also achieved #2 with Gabbi Niculescu.
Roxy started playing tennis as s youngster in her home country of Romania. She had a distinguished junior career in her native country and received a full tennis scholarship to play Division I tennis at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. At SFA, Roxy played the #1 position in both singles and doubles for all four years. Throughout her college career, she won nearly 80 matches, including 35 single competitions. For the 3 consecutive years, Roxy earned the MVP of the team and was named “The Player of the Week” in 2007 and 2009. After college, Roxy started her coaching career as an Assistant Coach at SFA, helping the team work their way up to becoming ranked #71 in the nation.
Assistant Rackets Professional at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, IL
PPTA Certified Professional
Mirian Warner has been ranked #6 in the country with her twin sister, Liz Cruz. Together, they were finalists at the 2018 Philly Open and placed 3/4 at the 2018 Chicago Charities and Long Island Invitational.
Mirian grew up playing tennis with her twin sister, Liz Cruz, in El Salvador. She played collegiate tennis for South Carolina State University 2004-2008. She led her team to conference champions 4 straight years. Mirian has quickly made a name for herself as a force on the Paddle Tournament Circuit.
Macie Elliott Medeiros
Macie is the current national champion with partner Lynn Kiro. She is originally from Evansville, IN. She has been working as a Racquets Professional at the Country Club of Darien since 2015. Macie is a certified PPTA instructor and was a member of Region II’s winning presidents cup team in 2019.
Kerri Delmonico has been playing paddle for 18 years, and is currently ranked #7 with Lauren Gabbia. She started playing in Watch Hill RI and quickly took to the sport. She currently has one womens national championship with her partner Aila Main in 2007. In addition, she has won four Husband and wife nationals w mike stulac and one Mixed National Championships. (Mike stulac) In 2022, she reached the semifinals of the National Championships w Lauren Gebbia (they are currently ranked Fourth in the country). Kerri lives in summit nj with her husband mike And daughter Riley. She works in NYC in logistics when she is not playing paddle :)
Director of Racket Sports at Edgewood Valley Country Club, Burridge, IL
Laura Berendt was highest ranked #2 with Roxy Enica.
Runner up at the Platform Tennis Nationals, 2019 and 2008
Chicago Charities Champion, 2018 and 2007
Runner up at the Boston Open, 2019
Runner up at the Long Island Invitational, 2018
Took 3/4 at the 2018 Philly Open and 2019 Midwesterns
Hinsdale Women's Challenge Champion, 2018
Illinois State Champion, 2016
Lake Forest Finalist, 2016
Played tennis for the University of Texas all 4 years and was a 4-time All American
#1 in the State of Florida in tennis when she was 18
Was consistently ranked in the top 10 in the country for 15 years
Was ranked #21 in 2018 with Denise Murphy
7-time champion of the Midwesterns
Played college tennis at Kenyon College; was a Division III NCAA Team Championship Finalist
Inducted into the Kenyon Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008
Coached Division I Men’s and Women’s College Tennis at Colgate University for 3 years
Coached Division III Women’s College Tennis at Kenyon College for 15 years
Coached high school girl’s tennis at Cincinnati Country Day for 21 years
Platform Tennis Professional at Dayton Country Club and Moraine Country Club, Dayton, OH
PPTA Certified Professional
Highest Ranking, #6; Top 10 Nationally for 15 years
National Age Group Champion
President's Cup Captain and Champion 4 times
Owner Midwest Platform Tennis Camp
3-Time Ironman Finisher
Her best year-end National ranking was 6th with Liz Hayward, and current ranking #14 with Chelsea Mittal. Hallie is a native of upstate New York and a graduate of Denison University, where she played both singles and doubles all 4 years and received many all-conference honors, which includes being named to the NCAC all-decade team. Hallie has been instrumental in growing junior paddle on the North Shore by organizing instruction and match opportunities for hundreds of local high school students. She is also a long-standing member of the APTA players committee. Prior to taking up paddle tennis in 2009, Hallie was a tennis pro and tournament director at Midtown Athletic Club in Chicago. Hallie is married to Jack Bodman, and they have four children.
Morristown Field Club Platform Tennis Professional, Chatham, New Jersey
PPTA Certified Professional
Bobo Delaney lives in Chatham , NJ and has been a platform tennis professional for over 25 years. She has won over 20 National Championships, and in 2016, Bobo was inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame. She played tennis and field hockey at the University of Denver and is also in the Hall Of Fame there. She is an incredible paddle player, athlete, and competitor.