Schaumburg Tennis Plus Membership

Schaumburg Tennis Plus Pros

Director of Tennis Paul MacDonald is a graduate of DePaul University where he played collegiate tennis and was coached by Wimbledon champion and International Tennis Hall of Fame member George Lott.

He has coached all ages and levels from beginners to NCAA Division I All-Americans. Paul has been recognized and chosen to be a USTA midwest zonal coach, a competitive training center head coach, a USTA Midwest Sectional Training Camp coach and a USTA Regional Training Center coach. He is the USTA/Midwest Boys 18s team coach which is the two-time defending National Champion at the USTA National Boys 18s Team Championship.

Paul is past president of the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA), co-chair of the USTA Midwest Junior Pathway committee, and a member of the USTA National Junior Competition committee.

He is a frequent speaker at the USPTA Midwest Convention, and an 11-time presenter at the USPTA World Conference. Paul also was co-director of the USPTA School of Pro Shop Management and co-author, with Klaus Hilgers, of six tennis management books.   

 
   
   
Michael Wallace grew up on the south side of Chicago and played number one singles and doubles on a full tennis scholarship at University of Alabama, Birmingham. He has a wealth of tennis knowledge and experience and is a pioneer in 10 and Under Tennis.

After competing in college and on the pro circuit, Michael was a tennis professional in Alabama. He was the first director of player development for the USTA Southern Section. He worked at Wilson where he was global tour director and selected, recruited and managed relationships with more than 2,000 top 200 tour players. He has worked with professional players including Venus and Serena Williams and Roger Federer.

 
   

Alex Shusis teaches students from beginners to high performance juniors looking to further their tennis careers after high school and college. He is recognized as one of the top 10 and Under and junior coaches in Illinois.

Prior to working at Schaumburg Tennis Plus, Alex attended Illinois State University where he received a history and social studies education degree. There, Alex founded the Illinois State University Club Tennis Team. He managed the entire tennis operation and under his leadership the team qualified twice for the national championships. In 2009 Alex studied abroad at the University of Leicester in England where he competed on the men’s varsity team.
 

 

USPTA Elite Tennis Professional Ritchie Hernandez is a graduate of Lewis University on a tennis scholarship with a bachelor’s degree in biology and psychology. He played number one singles and doubles, was MVP all four years and an All Academic and All Conference tennis player finishing with a 103-56 record. He holds two USTA men’s open championship titles, six USTA junior doubles and singles titles and a USTA Illinois state league championship title.

He entered the corporate world and received his master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in human-computer interaction from DePaul University. He became a computer usability test consultant for Accenture in Phoenix, Arizona and worked with clients including Microsoft and Cigna Healthcare. After working in Arizona for several years, he decided to return to the game he loves.

Ritchie was previously a tennis professional at the Oakbrook Tennis Center, Downers Grove Racquet Club and assistant varsity coach for Downers Grove North High School. He also has ran cardio tennis and coordinated team tennis leagues for Sports Monster Corporation, now the Chicago Sport and Social Club.

Ritchie loves that tennis continues to evolve. He understands the best coaches never stop learning about themselves, their students and life off the court. He is an excellent teacher for the Great Base, beginners and advanced players.

 

Jonathan Arrington is recognized as one of the top junior coaches in greater Chicago. He has-pro level ball striking ability and is a private and group lesson coach.

A native of Hope, AK, he was the Arkansas State High School champion and two time runner-up. He played number one singles and doubles, Division 1 collegiate tennis at Mississippi Valley State University. 

Jonathan is a member of the USPTA and is certified by the USTA as a 10 and Under Coach. He has been selected to coach at several USTA Midwest Training Camps. He also is a coach at the Illinois USTA Early Development Center and club leader in teaching the Great Base at the Schaumburg Tennis Academy.

 

Michelle Werkema is a native of Crystal Lake and is an experienced tennis teacher. She was the director of adult tennis programs at Bayard H. Friedman Tennis Center, located at Texas Christian University and the league coordinator and tennis professional at The Libertyville Club in Libertyville, Illinois.

She is a student of the game of tennis. In 2004 she was ranked #1 Women’s 4.5 singles player in Texas. She has outstanding results in teaching juniors and adults for more than 10 years.

Michelle has a strong passion for tennis and introducing it to beginners. She stresses the importance of not only the technical and tactical aspects, but also having a great time.

She graduated from Michigan State University on a piano performance scholarship. Michelle is married, enjoys travelling, cooking and playing professional piano. When not teaching tennis, she is working on becoming a professional golfer.

 Michelle Werkema
   
   

John Trump grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and became captain and MVP of the Kalamazoo College Tennis Team. While playing for Kalamazoo, he earned conference player of the year and the conference sportsmanship award. After college he was a high school coach and the college men’s varsity tennis coach at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

He is recognized as one of the best junior coaches in the country with 15 of his students winning more than 20 national championships with four holding the number 1 National USTA year end rankings. Fifty of his students received college tennis scholarships.

John’s top three students who he coached from 10 and Under into professional players are: Aaron Krickstein, who ranked professionally as high as number 6 in the world; Amy Frazier, who ranked professionally as high as 13 in the world; and Laura Granville, who ranked professionally as high as 28 in the world and won two NCAA singles championships while attending Standford University. All three were ranked number one by the USTA.

John was previously: tennis director at the Franklin Racquet Club, Southfield, MI; tennis director at Mid-Town Tennis Club, Chicago, IL; and general manager at the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff, Lake Bluff, IL.

 

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