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About Fort Bend Tennis in Sugar Land Texas

History

Fort Bend Tennis Services was formed in 1979 by Chuck Sanchelli at the Meadowcreek HOA in Missouri City. Our first leagues had 12 players competing.  There were 20 juniors in the tennis program.

We have continued to see rowth in our tennis programs over the years. In 2017 we have over 750 players participating in our programs for youth and adults.  In 2016 we had over 675 and in 2015 we had over 600 participatants.  In our 30+ year history, we have had over 15,000 participants in our programs helping to grow tennis in the Greater Houston area.

 We offer youth and adult programs in the South West Houston area, primarily in Sugar Land.  We are the Tennis Provider for the City of Sugar Land.  Previously we were a Tennis Provider for programs with the City of Houston at Lee LeClear Tennis Center, First Colony Parks & Rec, City of Meadows Place and City of Pearland. We work closely with the USTA Texas Section and the Houston Tennis Association on many programs to introduce tennis to area players, including USTA Junior Team Tennis Leagues, USTA/NJTL (USTA National Junior Tennis League) for Novice Junior players and the 10 & Under / QuickStart Program for beginning youth.  We also conduct local adult tennis leagues and adult tournaments.

 Our primary courts are the Sugar Land City Park courts (321 7th Street, Sugar Land) and Clements High School courts (Sugar Land). Programs are also held on the various HOA and school tennis courts in the Sugar Land area.

 

Tennis Professionals include:
Chuck Sanchelli, USPTA Elite Pro/ PTR 
Eric Erlandsen, PTR
Lisa Brollier, Senior Instructor
Laurie Hougham, PTR
Carlos Sanchez, USPTA
Femi Thomas, PTR
Sang Tran, USPTA
Chris Williams, PTR
Brian Christensen, USPTA

 

 

Chuck Sanchelli, USPTA Elite Pro/ PTR Pro 1
   Director of Tennis
- Over 40 years experience
- USPTA – Elite rating, PTR – P rating
- Certified 10 & Under Tennis Instructor (USTA & USPTA)
- Certified 11-17 Tennis Instructor (PTR)
- Safe Play Certified (USTA).
- USTA Official: Referee & Umpire
- Chairman: USTA Texas Tennis Section Museum & Hall of Fame          
    Committee (2000 - 2012)
-  Chairman of the Texas Tennis Hall of Fame Selection Committee
     (2000-2012)
- President of Houston Tennis Association  (1988 & 1991)
- Co-Founder of the Houston Professional Tennis Association
- National Committee Member of the USTA – Junior Team Tennis & NJTL (1991-2001)
- National USTA Community Service Award, 1994
- USTA Texas Section Community Service Award 1993
- USTA Texas W.T. Caswell Award for contributing to the Growth & Development of tennis, 2000
- Officer with the USTA Texas Section: VP Competitive Tennis, Treasurer, Secretary (1995-2000)
- Manager for various John Newcombe Tennis Centers, in Texas & Vermont 1974-1979
- Founder of the Southwest Houston Junior Team Tennis League, 1981
- Founding Pro for the West Houston Ladies Tennis Association League (WHLTA)
- Co-Founder of the Houston Parks & Rec Dept. National Junor Tennis League (NJTL), now serving over
     6,000 players
- Ranked Adult tennis player in Texas
- Won Houston Coca-Cola Tennis Open, 1979
- Tournament Director for the Houston Coca-Cola Open (largest weekend adult & junior tennis tournament in             the U.S.) 1988-1993 & 2006
- Played USTA Satellite Pro Tour
- Played Varsity Tennis at Purdue University
- Ranked Junior tennis player in Indiana
- Former High School Coach at Alma Mater HS- Central Catholic HS (Lafayette, IN). School's first Coach
- Started tennis in Lafayette/Indianapolis with Barbara Wynne and Ed Brune, USPTA, as professional mentors            with the North Central Junior Program and the Indianapolis Racquet Club
- Member Sugar Land Exchange Club, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce
- Wife: Delinda
 

Tennis is a great Lifetime sport to develop the Mind, Body and Spirit. I enjoy to see players and students achieve the best they can be while they grow as a person and a tennis player.


 

   
                 
     

 Eric Erlandsen, PTR

- USPTA Certified tennis instructor for over 10 years
- Current (2015-16) Head Tennis Coach at St. John XXXIII College Prepatory (Katy)
- Experience teaching beginners through varsity college players
- 25+ years experience playing and teaching tennis
- Certified 10 & Under Tennis Instructor
- Certified 11-17 Tennis Instructor (PTR)
- Safe Play Certified (USTA)
- CPR/First Aid Certified
- University of Houston Alumni,  Kinesiology/Physical Education
- Previously served in the Texas Army National Guard, Military Intelligence
- Native Houstonian

 

 

          

Lisa Brolier, Instructor

- over 20 years experience playing and teaching tennis
- former Varsity High School coach at Terry High School in Rosenberg (20+ years)
- former college coach at St. Edward's University (Austin)
- 3 Time State HS Finalist & Champion in 4A competition in High School
- National Representative for USTA Texas Tennis while playing in the 12's through 18's age groups
- Cum Lade Graduate (1989) from St. Edward's Univ (Austin)

 

 

Laurie Hougham, PTR

- over 20 years experience playing and teaching tennis
- played High School & College Tennis
- Certified 11-17 Tennis Instructor (PTR)
- Safe Play Certified (USTA)
- Coached daughters to high tennis ranking - knows about being a "tennis parent"
 
- "I love teaching tennis to children & adults to play the great game of tennis"

     

Carlos Sanchez, USPTA

- over 20 years experience playing and teaching tennis
- former top ranked player in Equador
- coach of many Texas state ranked players

 

 

Femi Thomas, PTR

- ITF Certified Coach (Professional Level)
- Former Davis Cup player for Nigeria
- Coach of numerous Texas Ranked junior players
- Enjoys Beginning students as well as the Elite player
- Wants to help his students achieve whatever their tennis goals are, whether that is just having fun, making a      school team, playing college tennis, turning Pro or enjoying tennis as a Lifetime Sport

 

 

    

Sang Tran, USPTA

- over 20 years experience playing and teaching tennis
- coach of many Texas state ranked players
- former ranked junior player in Texas
- Safe Play Certified (USTA)
- Graduate from Univ. of Houston with a Degree in Kinesiology
- Graduated from Clements HS (Sugar Land) - 1995

Teaching tennis is a true passion of mine. I really enjoy the process of a player's journey through their development of becoming a complete tennis player.
I continue to attended many education tennis classes and conferences to stay updated with the revolutionary changes in the game of tennis.

 

 

        

Chris Williams, PTR
- Played Competitive USTA Tennis Tournaments
- Graduated from SW Texas State University
- Certified 10 & Under Instructor (USTA)
- Certified 11-17 Tennis Instructor (PTR)
From Sugar Land
 



Brian Christensen, USPTA
- National Coach of 10 & Under Teams
- National Coach of Adult League Teams
- Touring Coach for WTA Professional Players

 

 

 

Jignasa Vaghela- Office Staff


 

Former Staff Tennis Professionals who started their career with Fort Bend Tennis Services, whom we are proud of:

Michael Alcott, USPTA/PTR -- Current (2018):  Head Pro at Briar Club (Houston)- 10+ years, former Staff pro at Westside CC (Houston)

Eric Cornejo, USPTA  --  Current (2018):  Assistant Tennis Pro at Sweetwater CC (Sugar Land), Former Director of Tennis at Houstonian CC (Sugar Land), Former Staff Pro at New Territory Tennis Center (Sugar Land)

Jack Foster, USPTA/ PTR -- Current (2018) Head Pro with First Colony Parks & Rec (Sugar Land)- 5+ years, National Award Recipient from USPTA, Certification Pro for USPTA

Brian Lusson, USPTA -- Current (2018): Director of Tennis at Westwood CC (Austin)- 25+ years, former Staff Pro at Sweetwater CC (Sugar Land)

Kelly Marshall, USPTA -- Current (2018): Head Pro at Cimmaron Hills CC (Austin)- 8+ years , former Staff Pro at Westwood CC (Austin), USPTA Texas Women's Chair

Mark Mazique  -- Current (2018):  Assistant Pro at Sweetwater CC (Sugar Land)- 15+ years.

Willie Salvador, USPTA -- Current (2018):  Head Pro at Missouri City TC (Missouri City), former Head Pro at Houstonian CC (Sugar Land)

Nancy Tielke, USPTA -- Current (2018): Head Pro at Rockin T Tennis Ranch (Needville), former Head Pro at Meadowcreek RC (Missouri City)

Nigel Waithe, USPTA -- Current (2018): Manager at Westside TC (Houston)- 5+ years, former Director of Tennis at Westside CC (Houston)- 5+ years, former Assistant Pro at Sweetwater CC (Sugar Land)