UPCOMING EVENTS

Junior After School Program Session 2 Begins | October 10

Tennis Committee Meeting | October 12

Men's 3.0 (Phoenix) & Ladies 2.5 (Mobile) USTA National Championships | October 20-22

Singles Club Championships | October 24-28

Doubles Club Championships

Tennis enthusiasts of all ages enjoy our program, which is considered one of the best and most active in North Florida. We offer 10 lighted Har-Tru courts, as well as a fully stocked pro shop, for all of your tennis needs. Tennis instruction is offered at all skill levels, from social, recreational, tournament and advanced.

FYC's talented and outgoing staff is lead by our Director of Tennis, Louis Ballantyne, supported by 5 teaching professionals, all of which are USPTA and PTR certified. Each teaching professional is experienced in a wide variety of instructional programs, for all ages and skill levels.

State-of-the-art ball machine and backboard are also available for those who would like to fine tune their game, or warm-up before an important match.

If you are looking for either a well-respected program to mold your child into a future tennis star, or an adult team to join and get your competitive juices flowing, The Florida Yacht Club is the place for you!


FYC Tennis Contact Info

The Tennis Pro Shop Phone # (904) 389-4281

Sign-Up for Tennis Events on Courtside USA 

FYC Tennis Facebook Page

 

Director of Tennis Louis Ballantyne

  

Louis Ballantyne’s love for tennis was cultivated during a childhood spent accompanied by the bright sun and white sands of Freeport, Bahamas. Two years after picking up tennis, Louis won the Boys 12 Bahamian Doubles Nationals, and one year later found himself moving to Apopka, Florida, where he would finish his junior career ranked in the top 20 in Florida. After graduating from the University of North Florida, where he was an All-American in 1988, Louis spent two summers in Germany playing professional team tennis and traveling Europe playing ATP futures events.

From 1988 to 1993, Louis also taught and coached tennis at Oakbridge Racket Club and The Marriott at Sawgrass, as well as Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs. During this high-energy period of flourishing success, Louis coached several top-ranked Florida juniors, as well as several touring pros, among whom included Caroline Kuhlman, whose ranking improved from #300 to top 70 while under Louis’ tutelage on the WTA tour, an ascension whose highlights included Kuhlman hitting with former world #1 Monica Seles.

Louis took on the next big challenge in his young career when be became the Director of Tennis at the Florida Yacht Club. The FYC tennis program has flourished with Louis at the helm, growing from 6 adult teams and 15 active juniors to more than 25 adult teams and 100 active juniors. 50 juniors coached by Louis have gone on to receive college tennis scholarships, and many of Louis’ adult and junior teams have been coached to city and state championships. The Florida Yacht Club junior program has grown to become considered one of the elite programs in Northeast Florida, and the program currently trains 50 juniors ranked in Florida, as well as 5 former juniors currently playing collegiate tennis.

Louis is a USPTA P1-certified professional, and has remained very active with the USPTA, pursuing extensive continuing education and serving on several committees. Louis is presently the President of the USPTA District 2 in Jacksonville. In addition, he received his USTA High Performance Coaching Certificate in 2002, a program with which Louis has remained very active. Louis has also received several professional awards including the First Coast Tennis Foundation Director of Tennis award and the USPTA Player of the Year Award three times. Louis has continued to be a successful tennis player since joining the Florida Yacht Club in 1993, having been ranked in the top 5 in Florida and the top 10 nationally in USPTA, including 2013 #1 ranking in the Men’s 45 Doubles.

FYC Tennis Staff

Director of Tennis
 Louis Ballantyne

Head Tennis Professional
 Danny Colon

Director of Jr. Tennis
 Matthew Broom

Staff Professionals
 Stacey Allen
 Andy Rios
 Susan Kirby

Tennis Pro Shop Manager
 Margaret Irwin

Tennis Pro Shop Assistant
 Stacey Moran

USTA National Championships Begin: Men’s 3.0 in Phoenix, AZ and Ladies 2.5 in Mobile , AL 

Pirate’s Den Patio Bar 5:00 - 11:00pm 

Pool Bar 5:00 – 8:30pm 

Lunch 11:30 - 5:00pm 

Dinner 5:30 - 9:00pm

A La Carte Offered on the Pirate’s Den Patio featuring Fried Shrimp To-go’s available

Bring the whole family for outdoor fun and entertainment by the river!

Alex Affronti will be performing Live from 6:00-9:00pm with your favorite acoustic tunes! Join us at the Club for The Sunset Pot ‘O Gold at 6:30pm. And don’t miss the Kid’s Pot ‘O Gold!

For those looking for a quieter dining experience, tables in the Time Out Bar are available for adults only. (Temporarily located on the back of the croquet lawn)