Meet the Pros

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John Morlidge
Tennis Pro Tennis Director

This will be John’s 31st year at The Tennis and Fitness Centre. He has taught at the River Forest Tennis Club for 29 years as well as at OPRF High School. John was an All-American tennis player at the College of Wooster. He has taught tennis for 40 years and developed many nationally ranked and college players. He is a USPTA Level 1 Pro.

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Gino Viele
Tennis Pro Tennis Coordinator

Gino grew up training at The Bollettieri Academy and has tour experience.  He has taught full-time at The Tennis and Fitness Centre last winter and at The River Forest Tennis Club over the summer.  He is currently working with many top juniors.  Gino has taught full-time in Arizona, Peoria, and at The River Forest Tennis Club.  Gino’s versatile style is effective with young kids and adults.



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Mike Stoja
Tennis Pro

Michael is the Head Tennis Pro at the Oak Park Country ClubHe is a USPTA P1 Certifited/ ICI Certified. Michael played tennis at the University of Illinois in Springfield, IL, and has competed in numerous ITA and ITF events. Michael is also a loving husband and father of a vibrant 5 year old son.

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Jim Sloan
Tennis Pro

Jim Sloan has taught tennis at The Tennis and Fitness Centre for 28 years. As a player he was regularly ranked in the top 5 of his age group in the Chicago District and won the Midwestern 40 and Over Championship in 1990. As founding Pro of the junior program at Oak Park Country Club (beginning 1990), he has discovered and developed many JV and varsity players at area high schools, including more than 15 number one singles players.

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Amanda Nunez
Tennis Pro

Amanda was a former nationally ranked player at Trinity High School.  She went on to play 1st singles at her Division 2 school in Iowa.  She has taught the past few summers at The River Forest Tennis Club as well as at The Tennis and Fitness Centre.  She has an outstanding personality and is very strong with adults and juniors.  Amanda is also certified in High Performance tennis training.

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John Bowbin
Tennis Pro

John has been at The Tennis and Fitness Centre for 25 years.  John does it all. He works with various teams, teaches juniors, and most of our adult lessons.  John was a strong high school tennis player and also an outstanding runner.  John is one of the hardest workers in the business.

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Adolfo Solares
Tennis Pro

Adolfo is a former junior Davis Cup player for Mexico.  He played college tennis at Southern Methodist University.  Adolfo taught at Lakeshore Athletic Club before teaching full-time at the The Tennis and Fitness Centre and at The River Forest Tennis Club.  He has helped develop many of our top junior players and is available on a part-time basis.

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Valerie Medina
Tennis Pro
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Ross Roloff
Tennis Pro

Ross is a longtime club member who works with players of all ages and abilities on a part-time basis.  He played tennis at Wartburg College and competes on the club’s Jack Barry Men’s 4.0 travel team.

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Bill Lyman
Racquetball Pro

Bill has 37 years of playing experience with many championships under his belt, including:  38 State Championships, 17 Regional Championships, 2 U.S Open Championships, 5 National Championships, and 2 World Championships as well 25 years teaching experience.  He was on the governing board of the Illinois State Racquetball Association for 15 years and was named their Player of the Year four times.  In 2002, he was a coach of the Illinois Junior National Team as well as tournament director for many state singles and doubles tournaments.  He was inducted into the Illinois State Racquetball Association Hall of Fame 2014.

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Mel Phillips
Tennis Pro
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Megan Nguyen
Tennis Pro
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Jennifer Thomas
Tennis Pro

Jennifer has been a long-time Club member, enjoying tennis at the Tennis and Fitness Centre and outdoor clubs in her off hours from full-time work and raising kids.  With recent life changes, including her decision to become an independent college counselor, she is able and willing to immerse herself more fully into playing, coaching, and teaching tennis.  Many moons ago, she played NCAA D1 at Ohio State University and became a teaching Pro at Fairlawn Country Club in Akron, Ohio during summers off from school.  She found teaching tennis to be very rewarding and is thrilled to once again have this opportunity.  Jennifer has a passion for tennis (and people!) and believes that the pursuit of the sport can truly develop a person’s character, body and soul.

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