To know him is to love him… Spike Gonzales was named the Collier County (Florida) “Tennis Pro of the Year.”
Monday Morning Highlight
For me, one of my favorite days is Monday; because Spike arranges tennis for a group of high-quality players in the Naples area and hosts them at his Wilderness venue (and then there is the great camaraderie of lunch afterwards at Goldie’s).
“Spike’s award,” said the Collier USPTA President Jicham Zaatini, “is a tribute to his dedication to bringing tennis as a recreational sport to the Naples locale. His efforts have positively impacted the health, fitness and outlook of thousands of local children and adults.”
Many don’t know that Spike was one of the originators of the now-popular NTRP rating system. But he is quick to point out that it has evolved into something less effective than the planners had in mind.
Spike teaches young beginners and adults alike and is now actively promoting Pop Tennis as another avenue for exercise and friendly competition (on a short, soft court, with
paddles and a softer, quieter tennis ball).
Congrats on a well-deserved award to our friend Spike!
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