General Information

The courts at the University Club are available to members and their guests from 6 am to 11 pm.

  • Pros
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      Mark Hanna
      Co-Director of Tennis Programming
      494.8279 x6
      mhanna@ucpaloalto.com

      Bio: Mark joined the UCPA Tennis Department in 2011. Mark is USPTA certified and has been teaching all skill levels for the past 14 years. Mark oversees the adult program at UC including USTA. He has also been instrumental for the Summer Junior Interclub team which were champions in 2012, 2013 and 2014.He was most recently with the Jack Coleman Tennis Center in Garland, Texas, where he gave private and group lessons, taught beginners to ranked juniors, coached under 10 tennis, traveled with juniors to tournaments, and coached junior and adult USTA/TCD teams.   

      At Vincennes University, Mark was the NJCAA singles All-American on a team that finished 4th nationally in 2005. In 2004 he was the West Virginia AAA high school state champion, achieving high ranks as a junior on both the Midwest and National levels.  Mark also competed in Futures and Satellite professional tournaments. Mark has held a men's open ranking in West Virginia and Texas and is still competing in leagues and tournaments today."I believe tennis is about creating relationships with one another and my goal is to create a positive experience for players of all ages and levels so that tennis can be a sport for a lifetime." The University Club is excited to have him on board.



      Miles Bentley 
      Co-Director of Tennis Programming
      494.8279 x7
      mbentley@ucpaloalto.com

      Bio: Miles joined the UCPA Tennis Department in 2015. His qualifications are with the USPTA, PTR and Tennis Coaches Australia.  Miles coaches all levels of Adults and Juniors.Miles has been involved in coaching for 16 years in leadership positions at prestigious tennis facilities in Australia, England and The United States.

      This includes being a Program Director at The Ritz-Carlton Tennis Garden in Key Biscayne, Miami for six years. Miles has played, worked and coached amongst some of the best in the tennis world. He holds a Bachelor of Sports Science Degree from The University of Western Australia and a Masters in Education at Notre Dame University, Australia. In Australia he played Division 1 men’s level.He is very excited about joining the team here at The University Club of Palo Alto. Miles enjoys working with players of all ages and levels and is hoping to meet you on the courts soon.



      Jenna Gollub
      Tennis Professional
      650.494.8279 x5
      jgollub@ucpaloalto.com

      Bio: Jenna was the head coach and tennis director for 7 years at a sports academy in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia and now joins us from Livermore, California. Jenna has been teaching in the East Bay area for the past year.Jenna has over 15 years of teaching experience, and 20 years of competitive tennis play and training.

      She also played Number 1 singles and doubles for North Carolina Wesleyan College. As a certified USPTA Professional, Jenna enjoys teaching to all ages and believes that everyone should experience the joy of tennis! In her spare time, she loves exploring the outdoors of California's coast while traveling and sightseeing with her family and two dogs.



      Eric Pham
      Tennis Professional
      epham@ucpaloalto.com

      Bio: When not coaching his daughter on the professional tennis tour, Eric assists with the UC Junior Tennis Program. Eric is USPTA certified and has had many years of training with famous coaches and academies in Florida and California.Eric is a former Director of Tennis in Cupertino.

      He specializes in player development, especially in the area of technique. Eric is a very respected coach with the wisdom of experience. His passion for coaching tennis and helping others is greatly appreciated within the UC Tennis Department.

  • Court Calendar
  • Webcam
    • Click here to view courts 1 & 2 Click here to view courts 9 & 10
  • Rules/Policies
    • Tennis Court Rules:

      • Guests: Members are to register guests at all times. Guest charges will be established by the Board of Directors from time to time. Only one court may be occupied by a Club member and his guests. Guests must be accompanied by a member. 
      • Court Use: Courts are available for members and spouses. Courts are available for children of Club members. The children of Club members residing in the member's household or attending college shall be extended the same privileges as members. Married children and in-laws have no tennis privileges.
      • There are no reciprocal agreements with other clubs involving courts, unless approved in advance by the Tennis Director or General Manager.
      • All special events requesting court use must be approved in advance by the Tennis Director, and General Manager.
      • The Tennis Director oversees all recurring play at the club that includes non-members when multiple tennis courts are used.
      • Court Etiquette: Proper tennis attire must be worn at all times, including shirts for men. Use proper gates when going to or from a court. Please observe posted rules & priorities. Distraction of players should be avoided (loud talking, small children on court, etc.) No abusive language. No food or drinks on courts.
      • Court Abuse: Please contact the Tennis Directors
      • Court Priorities: Court priorities will be posted on the bulletin board
      • Wet Weather Court Policy: The pro staff are responsible for keeping the equipment up to date and available for member use during the wet season. The pro staff will be responsible for squeegeeing the courts for tennis mixers, ladies 7 corners, clinics and lessons. Members will be responsible to squeegee their own court for personal use. To check the court conditions,to see if the courts are wet and for lesson status, dial 650-494-8279 ext. 4 for daily court condition updates. You can also check our live tennis webcam.
  • Racquet Restringing
    • When to Restring: The basic rule of thumb still applies: Players should restring as many times each year as they play each week. But better yet, have your string tension checked regularly, and restring after losing 20 to 30 percent of the freshly strung value.

      A few other general guidelines: Lower string tensions generate more power.Higher string tensions produce more ball control.Thinner string generally produces more power.Thicker strings generally produce more spin.A more open stringbed tends to generate more spin.Pre-stretching string before installation will generally reduce the amount of tension lost after stringing.

      UC String Types:
      Head Hawk 17g - Polyester

      More durable - used by players with faster swings

      Head Velocity MLT 16g - Multifilament Softer string - used by players with slower swings and helpful for tennis elbow

      Tennis Stringing Labor $15.00 + $25 if using UC string

      Contact Mark Hanna for information about restringing at mhanna@ucpaloalto.com

  • Tennis Committee
    • Maintain a cooperative relationship with the Tennis Director; develop court rules and priorities; coordinate interclubs and select representative teams; advise Head Pro on junior tennis activities; develop tennis ladders; in coordination with club management, enforce tennis rules and priorities; submit budget recommendations.

      Board Liaison
      Nathan Walker & Colleen Gormley

      Chairperson
      Mark Friebel

      Members
      Rebecca Fox, Tricia Gwynn, Denis Severson, Kirk Latour, Steve Turnbull, Teena James, Vicki Blessing.

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