Tennis

Page Contents: 

  • About Topher Tennis
  • Why play tennis? 
  • My coaching commitment
  • Private Lesson Rates
  • Player/Coach Agreement Online Form


 About Topher Tennis 

     I was first blessed to play this great game with a wooden racket back in the spring of 1990 as a Smyrna Middle School Panther.  Eventually I put tennis as my primary sport and worked hard to earn the #1 seed as a Smyrna High School Bulldog.  
World #4 Agniezka Radwanska

Winning USTA 3.5
Tournament 2 years 
in a row!
     Playing recreationally through college and adulthood has helped me realize how much I enjoy the tennis crowd and meeting tennis people.  I've risen up to the level of winning two singles titles at a USTA 3.5 men's tournament and playing competitively in a USTA men's 4.0 tennis league & tournaments. I've coached public school teams, private school racquet clubs, personal lessons, and taken USTA coaching courses.  I've even stepped on court with tennis greats, like world ranked #4 Agnieszka Radwanska from Poland! 

Why tennis?   
1)  We love family tennis!  Tennis is one of the few sports men and women and children can play together.  It's one of the few sports you can play till you're 90.  You can even play in a wheelchair tennis league! It doesn't take a lot of people or gear to go out and play, so it is a great family event. 
3)  It's healthy!  Tennis is a cardiovascular sport, meaning it is good for your heart and lungs, and comes with very few injuries.  It also strengthens bones with the court impact. 
4)  It's cheap!  With a couple of yard sale racquets and a bag of old tennis balls, you can have family fun for hours.  No need to dump tons of money in to get fun exercise together.  No need to buy tons of expensive gear.
5)  You meet great people!  For the most part, the people are great.  Coaches don't yell a lot, and the parents (for the most part), are super nice.  When was the last time you heard of a fist fight at a tennis match?
6)  It builds character!  Tennis requires a lot of personal "moxy".  To step on to a court and go mano-a-mano (man to man) with another person to duke it out requires a lot of confidence.  At the end of the day, you can't rely on, blame it on, or point at a coach or a team as your downfall.  In the end, it's only about you and your opponent.
7) I love to encourage people.  Tennis is a sport of encouragement, where you don't cheer at someone's failures, but only rejoice at the winners!  It's a positive sport!

Now that you know about me, when are we gonna hit the courts?

 2009 McGavock Raiders Mens' Tennis Team
 2010 McGavock Raiders Mens' Tennis Team (District Champs)
2011 Portand Panthers Mens' Tennis Team


Topher's design for a homeschool racquet club shirt.
Back of the racquet club shirt.

Front of the racquet club shirt



2013 Southern Indiana Open 3.5 singles champion


Homeschool Tennis Camp led by Topher

Topher teaches racket handling



To see all of our pictures from the homeschoole tennis day, click this link:   FFHE TENNIS

Coaching/Giving Lessons
When I coach a student, here is what I commit to my tennis students.

COMPETENCE - I will strive to maintain high standards of excellence serving as a coach. I will recognize the boundaries of my particular competencies and the limitations of my expertise. I will provide only those services and use only those techniques for which I am qualified by tennis education, training, or experience. In those areas in which my personal knowledge does not exist, I will exercise careful judgment and take appropriate precautions to protect the welfare of those with whom I work, the athlete.

INTEGRITY - I will seek to promote integrity in the practice of tennis coaching. I will be honest, fair, and respectful of players and others. I will strive to be aware of my own belief systems, values, needs, and limitations and the effect of these with whom I work. I will avoid improper and potentially harmful dual relationships.

PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY - I will uphold the standards of conduct, clarify the roles and obligations, accept appropriate responsibility for behavior, and adapt my methods to the needs of different athletes, volunteers, and participants. I will consult with, refer to, or cooperate with others to the extent needed to serve the best interest of their athletes or other recipients of their services. My moral standards and conduct are personal matters to the same degree as is true of any other person, except when my conduct may compromise my coaching responsibilities.

RESPECT FOR PLAYERS AND DIGNITY - I will respect the fundamental rights, dignity, and worth of all participants. I will be aware of cultural, individual, and role differences, including those due to age, gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, disability, language, and socioeconomic status.

CONCERN FOR OTHERS’ WELFARE - I will seek to contribute to the welfare of those with whom I interact. In my actions, I will consider the welfare and rights of their athletes and other participants. When conflicts occur among my obligations or concerns, I will attempt to resolve these conflicts and to perform my role in a responsible fashion that avoids or minimizes harm.

CONCERN FOR LIFE SITUATIONS - I will remember that a player's life does not revolve around tennis and I will show grace and mercy in regards to reschedules or absences due to challenging life situations and higher priorities. 

Private Lesson Rates
$30 - Single 1 Hour Lesson
$125 - 5 Lessons (each an hour long) ($25 each)
$200 - 10 Lessons (each an hour long) ($20 each)
Group Rates vary depending on size.
Payment can be made in cash, check, or through VENMO: @topherwiles after the first lesson is given.

SIGN UP
To sign up for Private Lessons & Instructions: 
Click HERE: COACHING/PLAYER AGREEMENT FORM 

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