Welcome to Norton Pines Tennis and Fitness, a world-class, private recreational facility in West Michigan that offers you and your family an exclusive experience where members/players can combine their own desire and determination with elite sport training, in order to become technically, physically, and mentally tough.
Designed for the child who has never picked up a tennis racket before, this class is for beginners. The focus will be on movement, coordination skills needed for tennis, and having fun!
Red Stars Tennis
Now that your child has the basics of tennis down, he/she is ready for the Red Stars class. Using simple tactics and technical instruction, the Tennis Pro will teach your child how to build a rally and keep it going. This class uses RED balls and plays on a small 36′ court. Advancement to the next level will be determined by the tennis pro.
Orange Stars Tennis
Players who move up to the Orange Stars class will transition to the larger 60′ court and will play with low-compression ORANGE tennis balls. In this class players learn how to use the whole court, including coming to the net to defend and attack.
Playing with a green dot ball that is 25% slower than the traditional yellow tennis ball, players will continue to develop technical skills (including serving) while learning tactics and correct decision making based on their position on the court. The Green Stars class will emphasize court coverage, decision making, and tactics. This class will help players transition more easily to the faster yellow ball and the larger court.
High School Drills
High School Drills promotes stroke development and both singles and doubles tactics. Players in this class should have limited competitive USTA tournament experience, be on a West Michigan high school varsity team, and want to increase their level of play. The Tennis Pro will provide on-court instruction and strategic patterns.
Our highest level of junior tennis, Elite focuses on the ability to apply and execute tactics and strategies. Advanced instruction for both singles and doubles is covered. All players at the Elite level must have a USTA district ranking and/or be playing at a high level on a West Michigan high school varsity team. Players must also have sound stroke production. Acceptance into the Elite class is determined by the Tennis Pro.
Meet Our Tennis Professionals
Andrea Remynse has been playing tennis since she was 7 years old. She was the number-one ranked junior in the country in the under 18 division, and was recruited to play for UCLA Women’s Tennis. She was a member of UCLA’s 2008 NCAA Championship Team and the winner of the PAC-10 Individual tournament in 2010.
Throughout her time at UCLA, she was an All-American, All-Pac-10, and All-Academic Team member. She graduated in 2011 and went on to law school at Michigan State University. She still plays occasionally and enjoys coaching and giving back to the sport that gave her so many opportunities.
Christine started playing tennis in Middle School and went on to win the #2 doubles State Championship for North Muskegon High School in 1992. After graduating from North Muskegon, Christine spent her summers in Central New Jersey where she taught tennis for PTP (Professional Tennis Program). After a hiatus from tennis due to the birth of her three children, She is happy to be back teaching, coaching and playing.
In 2015 Christine became the director of the North Muskegon Summer tennis program, which she will continue with each summer. Christine has assisted with the North Muskegon Middle School tennis team for the past two years and this year became the coach.
Steve was an all-conference all-area athlete and student athlete-of-the-year in high school. He was also a two-time NAIA Scholar Athlete and all-conference, conference champion in doubles and singles as a student at Taylor University in 2010.
Steve has spent the last 4 years as a varsity coach in Indiana and has led his team to a Team Section Championship win in 2014. Stop in, say hi, and schedule your session with Steve today!
Katelyn Schaffer is originally from Bloomfield Hills, and was a part of two-time State Championship Runner Up teams at Lasher High School. Upon graduation, Katelyn joined the Grand Valley State Laker’s tennis team. During her time at GVSU, Katelyn played both singles (#2 & #3) and doubles. Upon entering the college line up, she initially preferred singles and was honored with two all GLIAC 2 nd team honors for her singles abilities. As time passed though she began to prefer doubles and finished her collegiate career at the coveted number one doubles position. Another highlight was being a member of the most successful tennis team in Grand Valley’s History with a record of 31-1, and competing in the round of sweet 16 in Orlando Florida. However, her most proud athletic accomplishment was being named the winner of the 2013 Midwest Region Arthur Ash Award for Leadership and Sportsmanship following her senior year.
After graduating GVSU with a double major in Political Science and Marketing, Katelyn went on to pursue her dream of becoming an attorney at Michigan State University College of Law. Katelyn moved back to the west side of the state after accepting a full time position last fall with Ottawa County’s Friend of the Court. She is continuing her education and plans to graduate with her J.D. in December 2016. Katelyn is excited about joining the Norton Pines tennis community and meeting all of the talented members.
Craig Kelley is a proud alumni of Ferris State University, graduating in 1990 with a degree in Professional Tennis Management and Marketing. With the technical experience he acquired throughout his academic career Craig went on to become a full-time staff professional at the Grand Rapids Racket Club and the East Hills Athletic Club.
In 1994, Craig became the official tennis director of the West Shore Tennis Club in Pennsylvania. There he was able to train players of all ages, skills, and experience levels by blending a relentless passion for the sport with his long history of competitive play. After returning back to his home state, Craig coached both JV and Varsity teams at Grand Haven High School and Mona Shores High School.
As a USPTR-certified trainer, Craig is a huge asset to the area’s tennis community!
Gregory McManus has a long history of tennis expertise starting from when he was a top player at Whitehall High School. In his junior year he was honored with All-State recognition as a doubles player before transitioning to singles in his senior year. After graduating high school, he furthered his tennis career by playing for three years at Grand Valley State University where he was able to hone his skills and strengthen his technical understanding of the game.
For the past nine years Gregory has served as the Whitehall boys tennis team coach, and for the past eight years he has coached the Whitehall girls team as well. His passion for the sport and the dedication he has to his players is evident not just in his team’s success, but also in the recognition he has gained as a coach. He has been named All-Area boys coach once and All-Area girls coach twice. Additionally, he was also named Regional Coach of the Year in 2010 for division 4.
In the process of his coaching career he has led his boys team to six state finals with three top-10 finishes, while leading the girls to three state finals with one top-10 finish. We are eager to introduce this well-decorated athlete and coach to our members and he is proud to become a part of the team!