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Welcome to the online home of the 2008 USTA Delaware
PRO of the Year
Marty Godwin Tennis!
If you want to be part of an award winning tennis instruction program - now you can. Marty Godwin has moved here from Los Angeles, California, after teaching the world's celebrities and their families tennis for 17 years.
Marty Godwin Tennis teaches the fundamentals of tennis along with self esteem, discipline, confidence, sportsmanship and the ability to learn & play with others.
My goal is to give all students a strong background in all areas of the game.
I work with children beginning at 3 years old to adults on proper swing technique and how to use them throughout their career on the court.
My award winning program is unlike any other and tennis classes are offered for all levels of play. Summer camps are available and are popular.
Take a look at my calendar and see the tournaments, events, charities and fun tennis activities you too can be part of.
- - Thanks for stopping by - Marty Godwin
I learned tennis during the height of tennis' popularity [1970's] at what many believe was the nations's premier location HOLIDAY PARK in Ft. Lauderdale Florida! This was long before the current stream of academies, learning centers, tennis schools, high performance clinics etc.. You took lessons and went out daily to practice and play. It was a simple time and I'm not sure today's way is better.
I learned the tennis business from Bob King, Director of Tennis at The University Club Houston Texas [Club Corporation of America] in 1983. Bob was a tremendous innovator and forward thinker in Texas tennis and also nationwide! He showed us what it meant to be a tennis professional and a leader on court. I use his guidance and the lessons I learned from him daily. I was then selected to be THE DIRECTOR OF TENNIS and ATHLETICS at Tops'l Beach Resort in Destin Florida [one of the nation's TOP 50 resorts ]. In 1990 my former roommate from Houston, Ron Hightower [ TOP 100 ATP SINGLES AND TOP 50 ATP DOUBLES] offered me a teaching position at the RIVIERA COUNTRY CLUB in Pacific Palisades California [one of the TOP10 GOLF courses in the world and a fantastic 24 court tennis facility]! While there I started MARTY GODWIN TENNIS! MGT stands for a learning experience unlike any other along with a total package incorporating all aspects of the game, clinincs, socials and round robins, charities and team play for children and adults! This path and the professionals and people in the tennis industry I have been fortunate to meet and learn from has afforded me a wealth of knowledge I am now able to pass along to my students! Throughout my career I have focused on bringing a fantastic learning experience to my students while teaching children and adults the basics of tennis then combining them all on court together.
My teaching style is very simple. I stress the importance of sound fundamentals and the development of swing technique through repetition. My tennis teaching is very solid and the rapid level of improvement all my students see speaks for itself! While I was a student at Wake Forest University I was very fortunate to be a student of and teach with Jim Leighton, Head Coach WFU. His ability to teach and demonstrate how to hit any tennis shot to a student still resonate with me daily! Thanks Coach!
I now teach at both the GEORGE ENGLISH TENNIS CENTER AND JIMMY EVERT TENNIS CENTER in the City of Ft. Lauderdale Florida during the off-season in Delaware from September thru May. In addition to an extensive private lesson schedule I offer clinics for adults and kids along with special events like the popular Sunday Service and a weekly social on Thursday nites! I have four USPTA JR TEAMS competing in year around league play. I was also asked to take over the successful City of Ft. Lauderdale Round Robins that are held at Holiday Park! They are very popular with the local tennis community and visitors from around the world make it a part of their stay in Ft. Lauderdale. In addition to the children's clinics and teams I am developing a program that encompasses a continuing tennis option for ages 3 and 4 to teenagers and high school students. I feel very fortunate and consider it a privilege to teach tennis where I learned and I will continue to make Ft. Lauderdale a leader in tennis.
Thanks for visiting my site! I hope you can see how much fun tennis is for me and how much fun it can be for anyone wanting to learn or be a part of my program! It's a great form of exercise and more fun if you develop your skill level. It's also a game for a lifetime and one you can play almost anywhere with new friends, old friends and family!