Tennis Professionals

Eddie Jacques, USPTA

Eddie Jacques began playing tennis when he was 3 years old, and came to Athletic Club Alabama, then Huntsville Athletic Club, when he was only 8.  He played number 1 on the Huntsville High School tennis team in 1990 when they won the Alabama State Championship.  Jacques was the individual state champion at number 1 singles and doubles.  At his career high, as a junior player, he was 27th in the world.  He was a semi-finalist in the Junior US Open, en route beating the current number 1 player in the world.  Jacques won the 18 & Under National Clay Court Championships, and was the number 1 recruit in the country coming out of high school.

Jacques went on to the University of Georgia on a full tennis scholarship where he was an All-American.  As a senior he was the Southeastern Conference individual champion.  He was ranked as high as number 6 in the country in singles and number 11 in doubles.  Georgia never finished outside the top 5 during his four years and finished #2 in the final rankings his sophomore and senior season.  During his junior and professional career he competed with the likes of Tim Henman, Bob Bryan, Mike Bryan, Nicolas Lapentti, Alberto Costa, Marcelo Rios and Yevgeny Kafelnikov.  Eddie and his wife, Robyn have two sons, Parker and Houston, who are promising young tennis players.  In his free time Eddie enjoys coaching his sons and playing golf.

E-mail Eddie: eddie@athleticclubalabama.com

Rusty Walker, USPTA

Rusty was born in Cullman, Alabama where he was a two-time state champion and named 1998 Alabama Junior Tennis Player of the Year. He then went on to play four years of college tennis at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He then spent two years as an assistant coach at UAB and was a Tennis Professional for Brook Highland Racquet Club. In 2006, Rusty moved to Seaside, Florida where he served as Tennis Director for the Seaside Swim and Tennis Club from August 2006 through August 2010. Rusty comes to Huntsville with his wife, Nell, son Ryen and daughter Hannah.

E-mail Rusty: rusty@athleticclubalabama.com

Jennifer Lyons, USPTA

Jennifer Lyons started playing tournament tennis at the age of 7 in Tennessee. She moved to Huntsville in the seventh grade where she played number one for Randolph School, becoming the youngest player ever to win the school sectionals. She transferred to Huntsville High and won the number one state singles and doubles titles, becoming the first ever state singles championship for the school. In juniors she was nationally and southern ranked and was also number 1 in Alabama. Jennifer played for the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa on scholarship, playing number 4 and number 6 singles and number 1 doubles. In 1984 she won the National Subaru Doubles Championship and also played on the Summer European Circuit traveling throughout Europe. She graduated from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa with a degree in Public Relations. Jennifer was the Adult Player of the Year in 1992 and was ranked number 1 in the 25 and under division in Alabama and in the South. She has a USPTA 1 professional certification. Jennifer and her husband Sage have a daughter Lee and a son Sage. In addition to tennis Jennifer enjoys golf.

E-mail Jennifer: jennifer@athleticclubalabama.com

Ed Jacques Sr., USPTA

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Ed has been involved in the tennis industry for over 35 years and brings a wealth of club experience to Athletic Club Alabama. He comes to us from Scottsdale, Arizona where he directed the tennis program at the Scottsdale Athletic Club for 4 years. Before his move to Arizona, he received training in the hospitality arena, as he directed the tennis operations at both the Ritz Carlton in Naples, Florida and in Vail, Colorado. Perhaps his most satisfying experience was the eleven years he spent at a country club just north of Birmingham where he began to train his son, Eddie, and watch him rise through junior tennis and then on to become an All-American at the University of Georgia. [SEASONAL]

E-mail Ed: ed@athleticclubalabama.com

Chris Shearburn, USPTA

Chris began playing tennis at the age of 5 and grew up playing USTA’s Western Section in Illinois. He also played throughout his high school years and in 2011 was inducted into the Sterling High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Following high school, Chris earned an athletic scholarship to play tennis for UA Huntsville. After completing his engineering degree and working in that field, he returned to his first career love, tennis. Chris’ experience as a Tennis Professional includes a couple of years at a large club in his hometown of Chicago and a very successful year at Dublin Park in Madison. Chris was also the Head Tennis Professional at the Hampton Cove tennis facility, overseeing the facility’s construction and first 3 years of operation. He has USPTA – P1 and USPTR Professional Certifications. Chris is married to his wife Sybil, who is a fitness professional and an outstanding tennis player as well. Chris and Sybil recently became parents to their new adopted daughter, Sophie Paulina in August. To say she hasn’t already had a ping pong racket in her hand would be lying.

E-mail Chris: chris@athleticclubalabama.com

Abbas Giha, USPTA

Abbas is from Khartoum, Sudan. He started playing tennis when he was 5 years old and was selected to join International Tennis Federation (ITF) when he was 10. At 16, he played on the Sudanese National Team and finished 3rd in doubles and 2nd in singles at the All-African Games. Abbas attended Sudan University on a full scholarship and played number 1 all four years. He joined us in 2007 and began teaching tennis lessons. Abbas is USPTA certified as well as ITF Level 1 certified. In his free time Abbas, who is fluent in 3 languages, enjoys playing soccer in the Huntsville Area Soccer League. He is also captain of his 10.0 Mixed, 5.0 Mens, and 9.5 Combo USTA teams.

E-mail Abbas: abbas@athleticclubalabama.com

Harrison Stone

Email Harrison: Harrison@athleticclubalabama.com

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Tracy Mims

Email Tracy: tracy@athleticclubalabama.com

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Tracy started playing tennis at age 13 after playing baseball with the boys for the previous four years. She played number one singles at Sheffield High School all eligible years and never lost a regular season match. She also started all four years on the basketball team.

After taking a break from tennis and attending Auburn for a couple of years, Tracy tried out for the UAH tennis team and received a partial scholarship. The following year, her senior year, she earned the number one singles spot and a full scholarship.

After college, Tracy played on several USTA teams. She started as a 4.5 and was moved up to 5.0 after a few undefeated seasons.  Tracy met her husband Dennis at a clinic at the Club!  They were married in 1993 and have two children, Sam and Dorothy.  Many regional qualifying teams and clinics later, Tracy hung up her racquet to spend her free time taking Sam and Dorothy to their activities.

Now that Sam and Dorothy are in college, Tracy is enjoying playing tennis again and is excited to help others learn the game. She is studying, attending workshops, and is scheduled to be USPTA certified in 2017. She started working at the club in January 2016 with the 10 and under group and is now working with all the HEAT groups and teaching private lessons.  She also volunteers as the UAH assistant women’s tennis coach.

Please contact her at tracy@athleticclubalabama.com to schedule your next private lesson.