- Thomas Cook, Director of Tennis
Thomas played #1 Singles and #2 Doubles at Texas Tech and was Team Captain. He is the winner of the Art Foust Sportsmanship Award 1989. He was the Southwest Conference #3 Doubles Champion and is formerly ranked #1 in Men's Doubles in Texas and #1 in Mixed Doubles in Texas, 1992. Thomas also played the International pro satellite circuit.
- Alex Graham, Tennis Pro / Activities Coordinator
Alex was an all ASC Conference singles and doubles player.
He coached at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch and Texas A&M Tennis Camps.
- Chris Bovett, Junior Program Director
Chris Bovett attended the University of Houston and has played in 9 Grand Slams.He was ranked #1 in Mens 40 Singles in Texas 1984-1985.
Chris was the USPTA Texas Coach of the Year in 2000 and the USPTA National Touring Coach of the Year in 2001.
Chris Bovett's students have competed in 37 USTA National Junior Championship Finals, winning 25. 120 of his students played college tennis and 25 gained world professional rankings.
- Jack Brasington, Tennis Pro
Jack Brasington was born and raised in Miami Florida.
He had a successful junior career where he reached a #1 state ranking and #7
national ranking in the boys 18’s division. Jack was also awarded the
Kalamazoo National Sportsmanship Award and Chris Evert and former President
George HW Bush presented him with the prestigious Bill Talbert Sportsmanship
Award at the Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport RI. Jack attended the
University of Texas at Austin (U.T.) where he contributed to his team’s
national top 10 ranking. He reached a NCAA singles high ranking of #7 and
still holds the record at U.T. for the player with most wins at 121.
After graduating with a communications degree, Jack competed on the ATP World
Tour. He reached a world singles high ranking of #125 and #315 in
doubles. Jack and Michael Russell are the only 2 singles players in
history to qualify for all 4 major grand slam tournaments in a row. His
best results were reaching the second round of the 2001 U.S. Open, falling to
Andy Roddick (USA) in 4 sets, and the second round of the 2002 French Open,
falling to Andrea Gaudenzi (ITA) in straight sets. Jack also competed
against Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and many other great tennis players.
After retiring from the ATP Tour, Jack started his coaching career in Virginia
and at the University of Maryland where he was the men’s assistant tennis
coach. He moved to Houston and continued his coaching at the Houston
Racquet Club. He is highly involved in the Houston tennis community and
at Rice University. He is currently the men and women’s head tennis coach
at the University of St. Thomas. “The Houston Racquet Club will always be
a home for me. I love its members, staff, facilities and how it is
surrounded by nature. Tennis is my passion and I am always ready to share
my love for the game with others. I hope to see you out on the court
- Robby Clarkson, Tennis Pro
Robby is a native Houstonian and has been with Houston Racquet Club since 2000 and previously taught at Ft. Bend Tennis Services and the Jewish Community Center.
Robby played at Alvin Jr. College before playing on tour at the Satellite Circuits and he still plays competitive tennis today.
- Ronnie Cline, Tennis Pro
- Derik Crosser, Tennis Pro
Derik was formerly the Director of Junior Tennis at HRC in 1998.
He is available for lessons full time (adults and juniors), as well as teaching in
our junior program.
- Randy Druz, Tennis Pro
Randy played 4 years at Indiana University #1 as Team Captain the last 2 years. He was an Illinois State High School Champion - Doubles and Team titles. Randy played in most all major pro tournaments in the world (Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open, French Open, Tournament of Champions, etc.) and spent 5 years on the ATP Tour, coached by Jim Parker. He achieved an ATP ranking as high as 180 in the world (out of 1300). He is also a member and certified by both the ATP and USPTA--Professional One Certification.
- Andrew Fitzpatrick, Tennis Pro
- Sarah Flood, Tennis Pro
Sarah Flood is a USPTA
certified tennis professional and Houston Tennis Association Junior Team Tennis
(JTT) board member with over 25 years of tennis experience. Sarah has directed
and developed multiple 10 & under after school programs, created and
coached numerous ladies league teams and has headed youth summer programs for
10 years. She has established and led JTT teams at all levels, directed club
events, taught beginner clinics, NTRP rated technical drills and runs junior
matchplay and monthly junior tournaments.
from England, Sarah represented Great Britain in several junior international
events and was Nationally ranked in the top 6 in Great Britain. In
2000 she was recruited to
play Division 1 level College tennis at the University of Houston. Sarah played one year healthy and
after the 2002-2003 season became the recipient of the Intercollegiate Tennis
Association (ITA) national award for inspiration and leadership after suffering
a career ending injury. In 2005 Sarah graduated with honors, with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology,
and a minor in Biology. She has been teaching and mentoring kids and the
development of their tennis games ever
since and loves to help them become competitive.
- Harry Fowler, Tennis Pro
Harry played #1 for Rice his sophomore year and achieved a #40 college ranking.
In juniors he reached a high of 30 in ITF World Rankings,
played the main draws of all the Jr. grand slams including reaching the round 16 Jr. Wimbledon,
and round 32 Roland Garros.
Harry also won the 2009 Eddie Herr Boys 18 doubles defeating reigning Wimbledon Jr. Champions and was the singles and doubles winner at B18 ITF Tournament in Hawaii. In USTA before turning 16 he had won 9 national titles including singles winner USTA National Clay Courts B12, Singles winner Copper Bowl B12, and singles finalist Easter Bowl B14. Harry was ranked No. 1 in the USTA in Boys 12 and No. 2 in Boys 14. His family joined HRC when he was 8 and he was also the youngest, ever to win the
Men’s Club Championship at age 13.
- Ann Hopper, Tennis Pro
Ann Hopper has been playing on the courts of Houston Racquet Club since she was 8 years old.
Ann holds a BS in Physical Education from Trinity University and has 25 years of teaching experience, from league players to top ranked juniors.
Ann is a 3 time All American and reached the NCAA semi-finals in singles and finals in doubles, she is a World University Games Bronze Medalist, US Open Jr. Doubles Champion and Canadian Jr. Open Singles Champion.
Ann played enough WTA events to have a doubles win over Zina Garrison and Lori McNeil, take a set off of Steffi Graf and be on the losing end of the greatest comeback in tennis history.
- Marlon Mazique, Tennis Pro
Marlon played at the University of New Mexico. He won two times All Western Conference and NCAA participant in 1991 and 1992. He captained his team in 1992. He was in the top 5 singles and doubles in the State of Texas as a junior and briefly played on the international satellite tour. He taught at Sweetwater Country Club for 10 years.
- Tammy Morris, Tennis Pro
- Ross Persons, Tennis Pro
Ross Persons played #1 Singles and Doubles at Rice University.
Ross was the winner of 14 medals (3 Gold, 5 Silver and 6 Bronze) in The International Tennis Federation's World Senior Championships and holds 11 United States National Championships in Singles, Doubles and Mixed Doubles.
World Ranking Highs:
#1 Men's 55 Doubles
#2 Mixed 55 Doubles
#4 Men's 50 Singles
Ross was previously ranked #1 in the state of Texas in Men's Open Singles, Doubles and Mixed.
Ross has ranked #1 in the United States US Senior Divisions and has ranked in the top five more than ten times.
- Michael Russell, Tennis Pro
#1 USTA National Ranking Boys' 16 and 18's Singles and Doubles
Valedictorian of High School
NCAA Ranking #7 as a Freshman at University of Miami, Rolex National Indoor Champion and NCAA Freshman of the Year
Competed in 37 Main Draw Grand Slams
Reached the Round of 16 at French Open
Top 100 ATP ranking for 10 years
Ranked #3 in the United States
Career High Top 60 ATP Ranking
Wins over numerous Top 10 ATP ranked opponents
Completed BSBA Degree with Honors
Coached several current top 50 ATP and WTA Pros
- Carla Salazar, Tennis Pro
Carla has been teaching tennis since 1998. She competed in college and junior tennis. She played #2 doubles and #2 singles at McNeese State University. She also played the Southland Conference tournament for three years and taught at Westside Tennis Club for three years. She is a certified USPTA Pro.
- Kai Siewratten, Tennis Pro