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A Day in the Life of a CDT Tennis Pro




What's it like to live a day in the shoes of a tennis professional at a Cliff Drysdale Tennis managed facility? Let's take a deep dive into a Thursday for the team at John Newcombe Country Club. Every day as a tennis pro is different, but this is a preview of what you can expect working at one of our clubs. Interested in learning more about job openings at Cliff Drysdale Tennis? Click here.


7:00am: Wake up, grab a quick coffee, banana and granola bar. With a busy morning of lessons and clinics ahead, our pros need to have the energy to get going without being weighed down.


7:30am: Arrive at the club. First on the task list is taking a final look at the court sheet for the day, making sure there's been no cancellations overnight and to confirm numbers in the clinics later this morning. Next up, get the baskets, hoppers, cones and all other teaching equipment ready on the courts. Before heading out for your first lesson, spend 5 minutes with the front desk staff to communicate all relevant details they can pass along to clients that come in.


8:00am-9:00am: Private Lesson. One hour session with one of your regular clients who is looking to improve their game.


9:00-10:30am: Open Clinic. You and two other pros are teaching an adult open clinic, focusing on doubles teaching points and live-ball play.


10:30am: You've got a quick break here, and this is the time to take a few minutes and catch up with members in the clubhouse before checking email and texts. You've been on court for a couple hours, and undoubtably you've gotten some messages. Some may require an immediate response, and this is the time for that.


11:00am-12:00pm: Private Lesson. One more session with one of your weekly clients.


12:00pm: Lunch. Probably a day to order food at the club cafe and get ready for the afternoon. This is your hour to rest, recharge, and follow up on any re-bookings from your morning clients.


1:30pm-2:00pm: Staff Meeting. It's Thursday and that means the weekend is upon us. Club staff, fitness staff and tennis staff are all getting together to make sure the weekends event's are coordinated and communicated across departments.


2:00-3:00pm: HR/Marketing/Finance Meeting. Hop on the computer and join directors and pros at other CDT managed locations to go over company wide initiatives and how they may impact your club.


3:00pm: Junior Program Prep. It's time to get with the team teaching junior clinics this afternoon to go over the drill plan for the day.


4:00-7:00pm: Junior Development Clinics. Whether you're teaching red ball, orange ball, green ball or yellow ball classes, it's time to get excited about the future of tennis as you help these young players learn to love the game and improve their technique.


7:00pm: It might be time to head home, or you may have client who wants an evening lesson.