We’ve got a thriving staff of seasoned tennis pros here at Elysium Tennis. These are people with a variety of professional coaching backgrounds that are always glad to offer guidance and training to new tennis players of all skill levels. In the interest of introducing you to some of these talented tennis instructors, we’ll feature one each month here on our blog.
This month we’re introducing you to our tennis instructor and racket stringing specialist, Ryan Roberts.
Ryan learned the game of tennis from Ron Shaub of Lexington Racket in Northeast Ohio at the age of 11. Some Columbus folk might recognize Ron’s son Ty Shaub, who played for OSU. Ryan was instantly hooked on the sport from that young age and the encouragement he received from his instructors made all the difference in his desire to continue playing in college and to coach professionally as an adult.
Ryan played #1 at Otterbein University (singles/doubles), lettering all 4 years of his undergrad. He was originally attending the school to study vocal performance but switched to Athletic Training when he realized that his real passions were in athletics instead of music.
Here at Elysium Tennis, Ryan teaches all age ranges on how to improve at the game of tennis. He works with the USTA Ladies teams (2.5 to 3.5) and helps with Junior clinics. He also takes bookings for private lessons and remains the go-to specialist when it comes to stringing rackets.
Ryan has recently returned to his post as Assistant Coach at Otterbein for the 2016-2017 school year, a position he held back in 2013-2014 as well. You can find him playing at Elysium and coaching through the week.
Ryan likes to tell his students to focus on core strength. “Tennis is a dynamic sport that uses a lot of core muscles,” he says. “If you have poor core strength, you can find yourself getting back injuries and other problems. Do lower body and abdominal exercises to stay fit and strong on the court.”
For more information on working with Ryan here at the club, contact the front desk and book a time to meet with him.