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Christi

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Christi Turdo
Christi has been in the tennis industry for over 30 years either as a competitive professional player, tennis instructor, club owner, manager, and now entrepreneur. A graduate of The Ohio State University, where she played collegiate tennis.
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Beth Druffel, USPTA

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Beth Druffel
Grew up in Chicago suburbs, started playing tennis seriously at age 13. Played USTA tournaments locally and nationally, played #1 singles at high school all 4 years and played division 1 college tennis.

Education: University of Arkansas – BSBA Business Mangement
Certifications: USPTA & PTR 10 & Under
Position at Glenbrook Racquet Cub: Junior Development Director
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Gary Thomas, PTR

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Kevin Aquino

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Kevin Aquino
Personal: Staten Island, New York
Education: University of Mary Washington '12
B.S. in Psychology

Certifications:
PTR 10 & Under Professional
PTR Performance Professional

Position at Glenbrook: Director of Development, Tennis Professional, Racquet Stringer
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Van King, USPTR

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Van King
Van King is PTR certified. He is now the director of Ten and Under Tennis at Glenbrook. He has been teaching tennis at Glenbrook for twelve years. Van focuses on making tennis fun while insuring that his students have great technique and strong fundamentals.

Van coached his son, Evan, from peewee to the college level. Evan was #1 in the nation in the USTA’s Boys 12s, 14s, 16s, and 18s.

Evan won the Easter Bowl in the Boys 14s and 18s. He won the Illinois State High School Singles Championship and graduated from the University of Michigan as its winningest men’s player. Van has coached numerous juniors who have gone on to play Division I tennis. Evan is now playing on the ITF Pro Tennis Tour.

Van has written the premier book on ten and under tennis, Pee Wee Tennis the Fun Way to Learn and Play. Van was a participant in the USTA National Tennis Coaches Symposium.

Van would like to make Glenbrook’s 10 and Under Programs a great place for tennis development.
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Chris Thomas, PTR

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Chris Thomas
Born and raised in Wilmette, IL playing varsity tennis at New Trier. Earned an athletic scholarship to play Division I tennis at Eastern Illinois University. Played all 4 years and helped earn Eastern their first ever national ranking at 75 in the country. Captained the team my senior year.

Position at GRC: Director of Performance, Tennis Professional since 2009

Education: Eastern Illinois to earn undergrad in Recreation Administration
  • Master’s Recreation Management
  • Graduate assistant for both the men's and women's tennis teams

Certifications
  • PTR 10 and Under Professional Certification
  • PTR Performance Professional Certification
  • PTR Masters of Performance
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Alan Fijalkowski

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Alan Fijalkowski
Personal: Grew up in Warsaw, Poland
Played tennis since the age of 5
Moved to USA at the age of 17
Played tournaments on national and international level
Attended IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy
Played High School tennis for Buffalo Grove HS and made state

Education: Played DII Tennis for Lewis University
Position: Tennis Professional 
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Kim Kehl

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Kim Kehl
Personal: I started playing tennis at the age of 7, my best friend and I would play from early morning to sun-down.  On the way to the courts we walked together excited about the game that lay ahead.  On the return trip we found ourselves on opposite sides of the street; we took our tennis serious!  An hour later we were best buddies again and returning to the courts for another epic battle. I played intramural college tennis at Colorado State University and Western Illinois.

Education: Colorado State University BS Physical Education/Minor in Science

Western Illinois University: MS Exercise Physiology

Certifications:

MTM Professional
MTI Professional
PTR Professional Junior Development
PTR Professional 11 - 17
PTR Professional Performance
PTA Professional
PTA 10 & Under QuickStart Tennis
Coach Youth Tennis Certifies
Cardio Tennis Licensed/TRX Cardio Tennis Licensed Trainer
PTR/PTA Kidz Tennis/Little Tennis

Position at Glenbrook: Tennis Profession
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Jerry Schectman

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Jerry Schectman

Position at Glenbrook: Tennis Profession
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