Mike VanZutphen

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Mike VanZutphen turned his youthful tennis passion into a lifetime career of coaching, certifying tennis teaching professionals, and executive directing sports organizations. His reputation for training players from the junior ranks to the world class tier is renowned. Among his students have been a Junior Wimbledon Champion, two NCAA Singles Champions, five High School 5A Singles Champions, and three USTA Women’s Team National Champions. His training and development of high-performance players have a global reach to New Zealand where he is working with three National Champions. He is also involved in Developmental Training of Coaches for USPTA Certification Testing countries such as India, South Africa, and New Zealand. He was inducted into the United States Tennis Association Hall of Fame in October 2018.

Mike’s United States Professional Tennis Association recognitions and awards include: 2007 Champions of Tennis, five-time Southwest Professional of the Year, two-time Southwest Coach of the Year, two-time recipient of the National USPTA Community Service Award, 20 Years Southwest Tester of the Year, winner and #1 World Ranking Men’s 45 Singles USPTA 2000, winner and #1 World Ranking Men’s 35 Doubles USPTA 1998, and induction into the Tennis Teachers Hall of Fame in 1995. Mike is one of only 138 USPTA Certified Master Professionals in the world. He received a Humanitarian award from then Governor Terry Goddard for volunteering for more than 25 years for the Arizona Special Olympics and overseeing the Junious Bowman Foundation Invitational for the Urban League, raising more than $2 million.