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Norton Pines Tennis prides itself on offering a wide variety of year-round tennis programs and lessons for players of all ages and abilities here in West Michigan. Lessons are available to members and guests beginning at age 3 and continuing into the high school years. As an adult, there are lots of ways to come back to the sport as well as new programs to help learn the game.
Junior Tournament Schedule
Entry Level 5 Surfing Aussie Single Day Showdown
High School Doubles Shootouts
High School JTT
This class is designed for children who are inexperienced, have never taken Quickstart lessons or have graduated from Green Stars, but are not ready for High School Drills.
Little Stars 3-5
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 5-7
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 7-10
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.
JV 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 JV 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, Varsity Drills focuses on the ability to apply and execute tactics and strategies. Advanced instruction for both singles and doubles is covered. All players at the Varsity Drills 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 Varsity Drills class is determined by the Tennis Pro.
Meet Our Tennis Professionals
(Head Professional) Nate graduated from Ferris State University with a Professional Tennis Management degree in 2013. He has since continued to teach and study the game from world class programs including Tennismith in Tampa and Midtown Athletic Club at Bannockburn in Chicago. This had allowed him to understand the nuts and bolts of the game, and also how to transfer that knowledge to players effectively.
Nate is a certified Professional (P2) through the USPTA and has specialized certifications in Cardio Tennis and 10 and Under Tennis. He has coordinated multiple kids summer camps ranging from 15 to 60 players. Nate has coached for the Oklahoma Junior Tennis Academy and countless adult lessons, clinics, and drills along the way.
Nate has recently decided to reconnect with his West Michigan roots and is now eager to help grow the game of tennis at every age, level, and ability here in his home region.
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!
(Junior and Proshop Coordinator) Tanya Gonzalez grew up on the east side of the state where she played tennis at the varsity level throughout high school. After graduation, she furthered her tennis career by attending Oakland University where she played both doubles and singles. While at Oakland, Tanya coached their summer kids program and discovered her indelible skill not just as a player but as an instructor too.
While she loves competing, Tanya’s true passion within the tennis community is sharing her love for the sport with younger generations. Using the USTA QuickStart Program, she helps kids reach their athletic potential while also fostering a fun and enjoyable environment to play within both on and off the court.
As a PTR Certified Tennis Professional, Tanya’s expertise extends to adults and children of all ages, abilities, and skill levels. Since 2008 she has been teaching at Norton Pines where she has been recognized for her ability to make learning the game of tennis fun and exciting! We can’t wait to see what more she has in store for our members!
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!
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.
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!