Rob Cameron, Head Tennis ProfessionalRob began playing tennis at age nine, competing in juniors, high school, and collegiate levels before playing two years professionally. In 1994, Rob was ranked number one in Knoxville in the Men's Open Doubles and Men's Thirty-and-Over Doubles Divisions. Rob has been teaching and coaching tennis for over 35 years. He was the Director of Tennis at the Weston Field Club in Weston, Connecticut, before coming to Fox Den in 1989. To his credit as a teacher, Rob's students have consistently finished top in the state, section and nation. Rob has conducted clinics throughout the United States and abroad with renowned tennis professionals such as Tim and Tom Gullikson, Paul Annacone, Roy Emerson, Wendy Turnbull and many more. Rob currently has a P-1 USPTA rating.
Xan Witherington, Assistant Tennis ProfessionalXan is a State and Southern Ranked Junior tennis player. He graduated from Centre College with a Major in Psychology and a Minor in History. Xan played four years on the Centre College Tennis Team. He played at the 1 and 2 spots for both singles and doubles for all four years. Xan won the team MVP award twice. He received Honorable Mention for the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference all-conference team and an Honorable Mention for the Southern Athletic Association All-conference team. Xan finished 6th overall in Singles wins in Centre College history and finished 7th overall in Doubles wins in Centre College history. He currently has a USPTA rating.
Michael Bales, Assistant Tennis Professional
Michael was a scholarship player at Carson-Newman College for a team ranked in top 10 nationally all 4 years. He was a tennis pro at the famed Bollettieri Academy for 3 years, at Cedar Bluff Racquet Club for 15 years and has currently been at , at Tennis Academy for 11 years, and is now a Senior Staff Professional at Tennessee Tennis Club and Academy. Michael is a USPTA Pro 1 rated certified tennis professional.
| John Gompert, Assistant Tennis Professional|
John's knowledge and passion for the game show each time he steps on the court with his students. We will have a more detailed bio in the coming weeks! Welcome, John!
|Karmelina Woody, Assistant Tennis Professional |
Karmelina was ranked the #1 junior player in Puerto Rico (16 & under and 18 & under). She was also Puerto Rico National Doubles Champion (1999). Karmelina played for Tennessee Technological University and Georgia State University. She was on the Puerto Rican Fed Cup team in 2001 and 2002. She is a PTR certified tennis professional and served for 3 years as Junior Development Director for Alejandro Arias Tennis Academy. Karmelina was a pro at SMTA from August 2008 until November 2015.
Cameron started playing tennis at age three in Knoxville, TN. He was continuously a top ranked junior in the state and southern sections. Cameron was invited in each junior age-group to compete in the junior national championships. After juniors, Cameron continued his tennis career at division one university, MTSU. At MTSU, Cameron played a major part in his team winning their conference tournament, and he competed in the NCAA’s. Cameron continues to keep his game up by competing in futures and other tournaments around the area. Cameron has worked at Smoky Mountain Tennis Academy, Blackberry Farms, Fox Den Country Club, and he was the head tennis professional at Green Meadow Country Club.
| Ransom Coslett, Assistant Tennis Professional|