Mike Lewis Tennis ProMike Lewis

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 ProJoe 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.

Testimonials –

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

Todd Watkins

Todd is a graduate of Clemson University where he played all 4 years on the tennis team and achieved All-American status. His simplistic approach on how to play doubles and stroke production make learning fun and enjoyable which leads to personal improvement. Todd’s philosophy on teaching is refreshing as you will know instantly when you make a mistake, how to rectify it. Todd’s teaching style is easy to understand and puts you in charge of your own game. Todd has been teaching in Collier County since 1994, when he graduated (from Clemson) with a degree in political science. Todd coached the Pelican Bay 55+ 6.0 women’s team to their national championship in 2015. To get the greatest benefit from his coaching, Todd recommends 4 players (preferably doubles partners) for a group lesson of 90 minutes or if you need individual (execution) attention schedule an hour private lesson.

Bogdan Badiu

Pelican Bay is delighted to be bringing onboard, the latest addition to our tennis pro line up, Bog Badiu. Bogdan Badiu (Bog) was born in Romania and learned tennis under the same guidance as Ilie Nastase. He was Romanian National Champion, Eastern European Junior Champion and Bronze Medalist at the Junior Davis Cup. Bog has a Master’s Degree in Sports Science, is a USPTA Elite Professional and upon becoming a US Citizen he served as Director of Tennis at the World Tennis Center for 14 years and is currently the Tennis Director for the Talisker Club in Park City UT during the summer season. He qualified twice for the Nuveen Champions Tour Masters, played and practiced with some of World’s greatest such as Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, Guillermo Vilas, Matz Wilander and more. His greatest fortune is his 4 year old little girl! Bog is thrilled to become part of Pelican Bay, share a lifetime of tennis experience with the members and “promises you will get better or he will go back to Romania!!!”