Bill Riddle


Tennessee
"PTR, USPTA & USTA High Performance Coach. Recipient of Tennis Professional of the Year awards from USTA, USPTA and PTR"

Bill is a veteran with over 27 years of college, junior and club coaching and management experiences and is recognized as a High Performance Tennis Specialist by the PTR, USPTA & USTA. He currently serves as the Director of Tennis for the Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club in Hendersonville, Tennessee and owns and operates a tennis management firm that consults on tennis event, program and facility needs.  For the last 17 years he has directed the tennis program at BYCC coaching and teaching all levels of players.  During his time there, Bluegrass has been recognized as a Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center in the nation and was awarded the Professional Tennis Registry Facility of the Year for Tennessee and the USPTA Tennessee Tennis Facility of the Year in 2013.

Bill spent nine years coaching tennis at the collegiate level. His college teams and players have had success both on and off court at the national levels.  He has coached 9 All-American players and numerous with national singles and doubles rankings.  While coaching college tennis he was a two time recipient of the USPTA Southern Division College Coach of the Year award and a two time ITA/ USTA College Coaches Community Service award. Additionally he was named TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year.

He has been a speaker at a number of national and international coaches and player workshops and seminars around the world including the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference at the US Open, the PTR International Symposium, various USPTA Divisional and State Conventions and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention.  He is a member of the Global TIA Cardio Tennis Team and conducts workshops and seminars for tennis coaches, professionals and fitness providers. In 2006 he was one of only ten coaches chosen in the USA to represent the USTA High Performance Coaches Program at the Wimbledon Championships.  He has since been selected by the USTA High Performance Coaches Program for the coaches program at the USA vs. Switzerland, USA vs Spain and USA vs Brazil Davis Cup ties as well as several US Open Championships.

Service to the tennis industry has always been important to Bill as he has served in a number of areas and capacities including:
– United States Professional Tennis Association Tennessee State Chapter President 
– USPTA Tester and Southern Tournament Director and Circuit Chairman
– Tournament Director for the Professional Tennis Registry International $25,000 Tennis Championships
– Served as PTR Tennessee State Representative
– PTR International Tester and Clinician
– Served on United States Tennis Association Tennessee Board of Directors (PTR Representative)
– Served on USTA Tennessee Player Development Committee
– Served as Chairman for USTA Tennessee 10 & Under Tennis Committee
– USTA Southern Pros Relations Committee and USTA Southern Innovations Committee

Bill was recently honored with the 2014 USPTA National Lessons for Life award at the US Open. He has been selected as the USTA Tennessee 2011 Tennis Professional of the Year and is the only three time USPTA Tennessee Pro of the Year and two time PTR Tennessee Pro of the Year award winner in Tennessee history. Bill not only coaches and teaches players from around the world to play tennis but also works with tennis coaches to help improve their coaching and teaching abilities. He has conducted player evaluations and seminars in a variety of countries including England, Bermuda, Jamaica, Holland, Canada and throughout the Caribbean and the USA. He has organized and directed tennis camps in Anguilla, St. Martin and Jamaica for both adults and junior tennis players for the last 12 years and in 2010 and 2011 worked with the Classic of Champions event in Sweden.  He is a member of the PRINCE Elite Team and the adidas National Advisory Staff.

No stranger to entertainment and tennis promotions, he created and co-hosted the award winning weekly radio show called “Tennis Talk” that aired on WLAC out of Nashville. In 2012 Bill served as an “on air” TV announcer and commentator for the WTA Tour Dallas Women’s Pro Tournament on the FOX Sports South Network and ESPN. He has also been involved with a TV show for the Tennis Channel and has also been featured on local and regional TV and radio networks promoting tennis and offering tennis tips.

One of Bill’s passions is the annual Music City Tennis Invitational charity tennis tournament that raises money for the Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital Child Development Center.  For the last 15 years he has worked with and served as a Co Chairman and Tournament Director for this premier music and tennis event that has raised over $2,000,000 for local charity’s in Nashville. He has organized and directed high profile events consisting of a “who’s who” list of current and former ATP and WTA tour players as well as music industry artists and leaders including Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Sarah Evans, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brooks and Dunn and Lady A’s, Hillary Scott to name a few.

Bill and his wife Stephanie are natives of Middle Tennessee and have two children, Blakely who was a top ranked state junior tennis player and member of the 2 time state high school team championship tennis team at Ravenwood High School and Will who is an avid soccer and baseball player but is also a top state ranked junior tennis player.

Bill Riddle