Mike Lewis head tennis pro at the South Tennis Center has been with Pelican Bay Foundation for 19 years. Mike came to Pelican Bay from The Ritz Carlton, Naples Bath and Tennis and 12 years at Amelia Island Plantation. Mike’s enjoyment of the game is contagious and his knowledge of the game and ability to convey that information unsurpassed. Mike is a USPTA 1 certified tennis professional, the industry’s highest certification. Mike teaches private lessons, children and adults, clinics, as well as semi private and 3 and the pro group lessons.
Joe Bartos, Tennis Professional, U.S.P.T.R.
Over the last 10 years Coach “Joe” Bartos has brought nearly 40 years of high-level tennis playing and coaching experience to Pelican Bay. He started his tennis career as a top ranked Junior, completed four very successful years of varsity intercollegiate play; and helped train and manage the training facilities of some of the biggest names in the world of tennis, including Vitas Gerulaites, Fred Stolle, and Roy Emerson. His passion and knowledge of the sport is perfectly balanced with a deft and artful “coaching” style that inevitably brings out the very best game in the youthful and mature beginner, seasoned player, and all levels in between. His team coaching is highly prized for its blend of tennis strategy, court awareness, and teamwork drills and exercises. Coach Joe Bartos’ enthusiasm and professionalism not only makes your tennis game better, but makes tennis a better game for you.
Joe has taught our family for several years. We love his subtle fine tuning of our basic tennis strokes, his expertise in coaching our adult beginner and his high energy, fun approach to the kids’ clinics. Joe adds so much to a well-rounded tennis center. – Maureen Mitchell & Donny Hornung)
I came from a country club tennis environment and languished as a tennis novice for several years. After arriving in Naples and experiencing a few private lessons and clinics with Coach Bartos I realized I could become the tennis player I had long hoped to be. His style is direct, declarative, and provides value added guidance along with incisive analysis of stroke development, understanding of how to build progress into the routine, and build incrementally on each new skill level. My game, which I’m proud of, is the direct result of his coaching; I am not only a much better player, but a player that enjoys the game much more – thanks Coach Bartos. – JB Shelton
Mark Vines is formerly ranked 105 ATP men’s singles with wins over Ivan Lendl, Harold Solomon and Yannick Noah is now offering his teaching and coaching skills at the South Tennis Center. From Richmond, Va., Mark holds sixteen national singles and doubles titles, was conference player of the year at SMU in 1976, won the Paris Indoor singles title in 1981, World ITF 55 singles and doubles titles in 2012 and the USTA Grand Slam. Mark will be available weekday afternoons and full-day on weekends. Mark’s experience and skill ranges from his love of introducing the game to beginners of any age to adult league teams coaching as well as mentoring world class juniors and tour players. Still active on the competitive side of the court, Mark plans to compete in tournaments over the summer. Based out of the South Tennis Center, Mark is eager to meet the Pelican Bay tennis community and get started!