Contributor Profile

Rod Heckelman

Job TitleGM Tennis Director

Company NameMt. Tam Racquet Club

Rod Heckelman's career started in 1966 when he began his five-year role as a teacher at John Gardiner's Tennis Ranch in Carmel Valley, Calif. Later he opened as the resident pro for Gardiner's Tennis Ranch on Camelback in Scottsdale, Ariz. At 20 years of age, he was one of the youngest pros to be the Head Pro at what some considered one of the top tennis resorts in the world. In 1976 he made his way back to his home state of California, where he took over as General Manager/Tennis Director at the Mt. Tam Racquet Club in Larkspur. He produced both the "Facility Manager's Manual" and the "Business Handbook for Tennis Pros," that is published with the T.I.A. In 2010 he was awarded "Manager of the Year" for the USPTA NorCal division and later announced by the USPTA as the "Manager of the Year" at the World Conference. He has been selected as an advisor for both Babolat and Tennis Legacy. He recently came out with two more instructional books, a book for senior players called, "Playing Into the Sunset," and a great new book for practicing called, "250 Ways to Play Tennis."


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