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About Us

Staff members

Scott Patrick

Scott Patrick

General Manager

I got a late start playing tennis at the age of 14. I was offered an opportunity to go to Nick Bollettieri, because my brother was a coach at the academy.

I played college tennis at Eastern Kentucky. Immediately, after I finished playing, I became the Assistant Women’s Coach at the University of Kentucky for 5 years.

I went on to become a Tennis Director In Topeka Kansas before settling in at Knoxville Racquet Club for the last 23 years.

I love helping players of all ages and enjoy the game of tennis. Throughout the years, I have really enjoyed getting junior players to the college level.  I estimate I have helped over 50 players make it to the college ranks.

Dave Thorton

Dave Thorton

Tennis Professional

This is David’s eighth year at the Knoxville Racquet Club and his twenty-eighth-year coaching tennis.

David coached collegiately for ten years as the Head Women’s Coach at Middle Tennessee State University and as the Assistant Women’s Coach at Vanderbilt University. In 2014 David was the interim Assistant Coach at Vanderbilt.

David worked at Ridgeland Country Club from 2003-2013.

He has coached and developed many top level junior players and has received multiple Collegiate “Coach of the Year” awards.

David played tennis at Middle Tennessee State University and is a native of Galway, Ireland.

Kata Szekely

Kata Szekely

Tennis Professional

Kata Szekely was ranked top 2 in Hungary and was part of the national team throughout her junior career.

She played tennis at the University of Tennessee where she received two All-America honors for reaching the semi-finals of the NCAA tournament in doubles.

Following her collegiate career, she coached at the Depaul University in Chicago for two years.

She has been at the Knoxville Racquet club for seven years. Kata works with juniors and adults as well.

Hala Sufi

Hala Sufi

Tennis Professional

I grew up playing Junior tennis in the U.S., after which I played D1 college tennis at Purdue University.

I have enjoyed working here at KRC for going on 15 years, and love getting to work with people of all ages, to help them reach their goals on and off the court, and have fun while doing so!

I’ve also had the privilege to help many hard-working junior players reach their goals of earning college tennis scholarships to various universities all over the country.

 

Stephen (Sid) Sidbury

Stephen (Sid) Sidbury

Tennis Professional

This is my 12th year, at KRC, teaching tennis and doing court maintenance.

When I’m not working I’m backpacking the Smokies and working on my photography.

I played tennis at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga from 1990-1995.

Xan Witherington

Xan Witherington

Tennis Professional

I started playing tennis at the age of 5 years old. I played junior tennis and then played at Centre College.

I finished top 8 in singles and doubles for most wins at Centre College.

I started coaching tennis in 2013 at Fox Den Country Club. I continued coaching there until 2016 and then moved over to Tennessee Tennis Club and Academy.

I enjoy working with adults and kids.

I have loved coaching ever since I started. I love watching my students grow with the game. In my spare time I enjoy fly fishing and tying my own flies.

Noah Griffin

Noah Griffin

Tennis Professional

Noah Griffin, a native Minnesotan, grew up playing tennis from the age of 5 and stuck with it all through high school and college. He was a student athlete at the prestigious D2 school in Lakeland, FL, Florida Southern College where he studied sport psychology.

After college, Noah stayed in Lakeland and taught at the Galindo Tennis Academy, followed by taking the Director of Tennis position at Bonita National Golf and Country Club in Bonita Springs.

He then taught at the world renowned Knoxville Racquet Club before taking a brief trip back to the sunshine state to teach in Naples at the beautiful country club of Olde Cypress

His greatest accomplishments were staying in the top 10 of the junior rankings in Minnesota through high school, as well as his college team making it to #7 in the NCAA D2 college rankings. Noah is very eager to help you with all of your tennis needs. His goal is to improve all facets of your game by using an efficient and effective coaching style, as well as an enthusiastic attitude. Noah believes in keeping the great game of tennis simple, fun and injury free!

He resides in Maryville with his lovely wife Heather and daughter Arley. 

Vicki Waring

Vicki Waring

Pro Shop

I have had the pleasure of working at the Knoxville Racquet club for the past 24 years

During that time I have met some of the most wonderful people, many of whom I now call friends.

I look forward to continuing serving our guests and making KRC the #1 tennis club in Knoxville, TN.

Crystal Barker

Crystal Barker

Nursery

 Sherri Coleman

Sherri Coleman

Book Keeper

 Nate Tudor

Nate Tudor

Maintenance Tech

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