Tennis Pro

Isriz Balase

“The mindset isn’t about seeking a result – it’s more about the process of getting to that result. It’s about the journey and the approach. It’s a way of life. I do think that it’s important, in all endeavors, to have that mentality.” -Kobe Bryant

Coach Izzy grew up in the Chicagoland area where he competed in USTA Chicago District, Sectional, and National tournaments growing up. He played No. 1 varsity singles at Schaumburg High School, where he is a 3x IHSA State Qualifier, and holds the most wins in the program. Coach Izzy attended Judson University on a tennis and academic scholarship, where he captained the team for two years, and qualified for Nationals his senior season.

Prior to Glenbrook Racquet Club, Coach Izzy worked at a few tennis clubs in the Chicagoland suburbs. He was also an overnight camp counsellor in Carmel Valley, CA at the Carmel Valley Tennis Camp. Coach Izzy taught at three prestigious tennis resorts in the world: JW Marriott Desert Springs (CA), Silverado Resort and Spa (CA), and the Four Seasons Punta Mita in Mexico. He also served as the Assistant Tennis Coach at North Central College in Naperville, IL.

In Coach Izzy’s free time, he loves to do CrossFit, play videos games, try new unique foods, and watch sports. His favorite tennis player is Novak Djokovic due to Novak’s constant drive to be the best. Coach Izzy’s favorite shot(s) are his serve and volleys.

We hope that you enjoy your visit with us and that you will find Glenbrook Racquet Club to be like your “home away from home”.

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