JOHN CURTIS, Director
John's passion for the game started at the age of 11, playing tennis in the public parks of New York and New Jersey. By the age of 18, John’s love for the game and skills afforded him the opportunity to play collegiate level tennis at San Diego Mesa College. After college, John decided to develop his career around his passion for tennis and his perpetual desire to immerse himself in the game.
In 1991, John spent 6 weeks at the Professional Tennis Registry (“PTR”) headquarters in Hilton Head, South Carolina, where he learned from the world’s best tennis minds. It was in Hilton Head where he obtained his professional certification as a tennis instructor. Since that time, John has held a number of positions at a wide range of tennis clubs as staff pro, head pro, and director of tennis. John held the prestigious position as the Head Coach of New York University’s Men’s Tennis Program from 1996-2006. After working with college student-athletes for 10 years, and having achieved his collegiate coaching goals, John decided to change his focus to Junior Development, thus capturing the attention of players at a younger developmental stage. From 2006-2020, John has successfully taught thousands of juniors of all ages and levels play and grow to love tennis, and even producing national champions.
As an area resident and dad to 2 young daughters who love tennis, John began exploring local programs to enroll his kids. He discovered there was a serious void of a FUN indoor tennis environment that focused on teaching kids in a bright, positive and play based environment. "The Racquet & Paddle Studio is different from area tennis programs in that it is the perfect integration of fun and quality tennis instruction. My kids LOVE this place and I can't get them to leave!"
In addition to having been a tennis professional for nearly 30 years, John also holds certification as a pickleball coach from the Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR).
Some of John's accolades in the tennis industry include:
NYU Men’s Tennis Head Coach (1996-2006)
2009 PTR Member of the Year Award, Northeast Region
Produced 2002 ITA Division III National Champion
2006 PTR Coach of the Year Award, Northeast Region
Produced 4 NYU All-Americans in 10 year career