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Laura Berendt 

Platform Tennis Pro at River Forest Park District, River Forest, IL

Laura Berendt is currently 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

Hallie Bodman

Paddle Tennis Instructor at Indian Hill CC

Halli

Hallie Bodman is currently ranked #13 with partner Liz Hayward. Her best year-end National ranking was 6th in 2016. 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. She currently works part time at Indian Hill country club as a paddle instructor.

Nancy Janco-Budde

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

Liz Cruz​

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 a beautiful baby girl, Nadia.

Cynthia Dardis

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. 

Bobo Delaney

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.     

Mary Doten​

Director of Platform Tennis at the Hinsdale Park District, Hinsdale, IL

PPTA Certified Professional

Mary Doten is a 6-time National Champion, 2015 National Finalist, and has won over 28 National Platform Tennis titles in her career.  She achieved platform tennis’ highest honor and was inducted into the Platform Tennis Hall of Fame in 2014.

 

Mary is the Director of Platform Tennis at the Hinsdale Park District courts at Katherine Legge Memorial Park as well as Founder of Paddle in the Parks. Mary's latest accomplishments include winning silver and bronze medals in the U.S. Open Pickleball Championships.

Roxy Enica

Tennis/Platform Tennis Professional at Greenwich Country Club, Greenwich, CT

USPTA and PPTA Certified Professional

Roxy Enica is currently 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). This past season, 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.

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.

Tracy Zobrist Glassmeyer 

Maketewah Country Club Paddle Pro, Cincinnati, OH

  • Cincinnati City Paddle Champion 2009-2014 

  • Cleveland winner 2012

  • West Penn runner up 2012, 2013, 2014

  • Hinsdale placed 3/4 2015

  • 4-year tennis scholarship UW Madison

  • Big Ten champs 1996

  • Elite 8 1996

  • Wisconsin MVP 

Suzanne Lemery

Head Paddle Professional at Hinsdale Golf Club, Clarendon Hills, IL

 

Suzanne Lemery has been teaching paddle for 14 years. She is currently 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.

Jane McNitt

Paddle Professional at Michigan Shores Club, Wilmette, IL and Lake Shore Country Club, Glencoe, IL

 

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.  

Alison Morgan​

Head Professional at Birchwood Country Club, Highland Park, IL

Alison Morgan is currently ranked #19. She is the 2018 winner of the Hinsdale Women’s Challenge. Alison won the Illinois States with Laura Berendt in 2016. She was also the Married Mixed Nationals Champion with her husband, Adam Morgan, in 2016. 

 

Alison went to Grand Valley State University, a big division II school in Grand Rapids, MI were she played tennis all 4 years and coached her 5th year at GVSU.  She was Inducted into the GVSU Hall of Fame in 2013. Alison is originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan. She has taught tennis for 21 years, paddle for 7 years, and has been personal training for 8 years.

Denise Murphy 

Assistant Platform Tennis Professional, Lake Bluff, IL 

Denise is currently ranked #20 in the country. 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.

Chelsea Nusslock 

Lake Forest, IL

Chelsea Nusslock played tennis at the University of Wisconsin – Madison on a full tennis scholarship for 4 years. 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.

Marina Ohlmuller

Director of Racquet Sports, Briarwood Country Club, Deerfield, IL

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

Heather Prop  

Director of Platform Tennis at the Hyde Park Golf & Country Club, Cincinnati, OH

 

  • Highest National rank - #1

  • Husband / Wife National Champion 2010 

  • 3-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

Lynne Schneebeck

Professional and Co-owner of Midwest Platform Tennis Camp, Cincinnati, OH

  • 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

Amy Shay

Director of Platform Tennis at Woodway Country Club in Darien, 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.

 

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.

Charlotte Sikora

Radley Rund CC, West Chester, PA

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. 

Mirian Warner​

Assistant Rackets Professional at Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, IL

PPTA Certified Professional

Mirian Warner is currently ranked #6 in the country and continues to rise up in the National rankings. With her twin sister, Liz Cruz, 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.

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Founder and President, Tip Top Training, Northbrook, IL

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