Tennis Instructors

Meet the tennis professionals at Park Forest Tennis and Health Club.

Chris Tudor
Club Manager/Director of Tennis

Chris is passionate about bringing the joy and excitement of tennis to players of all ages and skill levels. With over 25 years of experience as a tennis instructor, he's had the privilege of helping countless individuals unlock their full potential on the court. He started his journey in the world of tennis at the age of 8, 30 years ago, when he first picked up a racket and fell in love with the sport. Since then, he's dedicated his life to honing his skills and knowledge, and he's committed to sharing that expertise with his students.

He's held USPTA certificates, PTR certificates, and ITA memberships was well as coached and participated in several tennis academies throughout his tennis career, from the Barbara Wynne Tennis Academy in Indianapolis Indiana to participating in Nike camps in Florida. He's coached the men's and women's tennis programs at Olivet Nazarene University for over 10 years. Chris has had several college athletes who have represented many different countries. Chris graduated from Olivet and received his master's degree in Business Administration. He also has over 25 years experience in stringing all types of racquets. His history has equipped him with the tools and knowledge to provide top-notch tennis instruction. Whether you're a beginner looking to learn the fundamentals or an advanced player aiming to refine your game, He has the experience and knowledge to help you succeed.

His teaching philosophy centers around the idea that tennis is not just a game but a journey of self-discovery, discipline, and constant improvement. He believes in fostering a supportive and motivating environment in which his students can thrive and reach their goals. He tailors his coaching approach to the unique needs and aspirations of each student. From mastering the basics of a forehand to refining our strategy for match play. He's dedicated to helping you achieve your tennis dreams.

Beyond the court, he's actively involved in the local tennis community. Organizing clinics, tournaments, and events that promote the sport and bring enthusiasts together. Chris quotes, "Giving back to the game that has given so much is a priority for me." Whether you're a beginner taking your first steps on the tennis court or a seasoned player looking to take your game to the next level, Chris is will be available to guide you on your tennis journey.

Feel free to reach out to Chris with any questions or to schedule a  lesson.                                                                                    Email: ctudor@vopf.com


Jaime Prado
Head Tennis Professional
USPTA Professional

Jaime resides in Homewood, Illinois. He has been at Park Forest Tennis and Health Club for the last 28 years as the Head Professional. Jaime’s passion for the game has led him to coaching the Varsity High School Boys and Girls Teams at Providence Catholic High School as well. Jaime coaches in the summers at Prestwick County Club.

Jaime has taught tennis for over 30 years. He has coached many teams within the winter leagues and is accredited with over 20 championships within those leagues.

National Certification and Awards:
• USPTA 10 and Under Specialist Certified
• Head Advisory Staff
• High School Varsity coach for Boys and Girls Tennis Team at Providence Catholic High School


Dave Cafmeyer
Staff Professional

Dave resides in Munster, Indiana. He played 4 years of collegiate tennis at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Dave has an accomplished playing career.

1998 - #5 National Ranking Men’s 40 Doubles
1996 - #1 Ranking Midwest Men’s 35 Doubles
1995 - #1 Ranking Northern Indiana Men’s 35 Singles
1995 - #1 Ranking Northern Indiana Men’s 35 Doubles
1995 - #5 Ranking Midwest Men’s 35 Singles

Dave has been a High School Tennis coach at a few local Indiana High Schools. He has worked as a Tennis Professional at Park Forest Tennis and Health Club since 2015.

Dave has taught tennis for over 20 years. He enjoys the team aspect of tennis. He believes that everyone can improve as long as they are put in the right position to do so.

National Certification and Awards:
• Past President of Northern Indiana District USTA
• Boys and Girls Team Cup Coach 2017-2021
• Sports Science Certifications


James Gadde
Staff Professional
USPTA Professional

James and his family reside in Bourbonnais, Illinois. He received his USPTA Certificate from the prestigious Van Der Meer Tennis Center (Hilton Head) in 2000. James worked at Bishop McNamara High School as JV Boys coach 2003-2006 and also as an assistant coach for the Varsity Girls Team. From 2007 he has been the Boys Tennis coach at Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School. James has been a Teaching Professional at Park Forest Tennis and Health Club since 2007.

National Certification and Awards:
• USPTA Certification
• High School Coach since 2003 for Bishop McNamara High School/Bradley Bourbonnais Community High School


 

 

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