Schaumburg Tennis Plus Pros

Paul MacDonald

Director of Tennis
USPTA Master Professional

Paul, 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.

National Certification and Awards:

• Member of the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame
• Graduate of the USTA High Performance Coaching Program
• Two time Chicago Tournament Director of the Year
• Illinois USPTA Tennis Professional of the Year
• USTA Level 1 Sport Science Competency Test
• USTA Level 2 Sports Medicine/Biomechanics
• USTA Certified 10 and Under Coach
• USTA Midwest Volunteer of the Month  
• German Tennis Federation Tennis Teaching License
• German Tennis Federation Chair Umpire License
•  The Vic Braden Tennis Academy, Advanced Tennis Teaching Academy
•  Great Base Certified

Jonathan Arrington

Head Tennis Professional
Member United States Professional Tennis Association

Jonathan 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, Arkansas, 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.

Certification and Awards:
• USTA certified 10 and Under Coach
• Coach, USTA Illinois Early Development Camp (EDC)
• Great Base certified

John Trump

Tennis Pofessional
USPTA Elite Professional

John 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.

National Certification and Awards:
• USPTA Michigan Tennis Professional of the Year
• South East Michigan Tournament Director of the Year

Ben Britto

Tennis Professional

A Schaumburg native, Ben Britto played number one singles for Schaumburg High School. After high school, Ben continued to compete in Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournaments and USTA Pro tournaments. He competed in the National Tennis on Campus Championships for the University of Illinois, Chicago where he graduated with a psychology degree.

Ben teaches all levels and is an expert in the Great Base.

Certification and Awards:
• USTA 10 and Under Certified Coach
• Great Base certified

Ritchie Hernandez

Tennis Professional
USPTA Elite Professional

Ritchie 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.

National Certification and Awards:

• USTA Certified Ten and Under Coach
• American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Certified
• Advisory Staff for Wilson Sporting Goods
• Great Base Certified

Michelle Werkema

Tennis Pofessional
USPTA Elite Professional

Michelle 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.

National Certification and Awards:
• USTA 10 and Under Certified Coach
• Great Base Certified

Jeff Love

Head Tennis Pofessional
USPTA Elite Professional 

Jeff is a native of Western Springs, Illinois. He grew up playing junior tennis and high school tennis at LyonsTownship High School. He played college tennis at Illinois State University.

Upon graduation Jeff entered the corporate world. After working in the corporate sector in accounting, finance, IT, and project management Jeff returned to tennis in the summer of 2005 as a player, coach, and manager. Jeff held the position of Club Manager for the Lincolnshire Club before managing both the Lincolnshire and Libertyville clubs for Club-Net. In the spring of 2009 Jeff turned his full attention to Tennis as the Director of Tennis for the Lincolnshire Club. 

As the Director of Tennis his responsibilities included instruction, organizing and growing the tennis programs, and managing the staff for both Junior and Adult tennis. 

He has a reputation as being an excellent technical, tactical and motivational tennis teacher. Having an extensive playing and teaching background Jeff is excellent at teaching all levels

National Certification and Awards:
  • UPSTA Accredited Professional Coach (APC)
  • USTA 10 and Under Certified Coach
  • Coach, USTA Illinois Early Development Camp (EDC)
  • Great Base Certified
  • Member of the Wilson Advisory Staff

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