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Posted on March 6, 2020 at 1:41 PM by Danielle Richard
SPAR Welcomes Two New Tennis Pros
Shreveport Public Assembly & Recreation (SPAR) is pleased to announce the arrival of two new Tennis Professionals in Shreveport. Chris Dudley of Querbes Tennis Center and Erik Graves of Bill Cockrell Tennis Center are eager to share their passion for the sport with the Shreveport community.
“We’re excited to bring such talented professionals to Shreveport and the timing couldn’t be better as the Bill Cockrell Center has recently had its courts resurfaced and Querbes is just about to finish up a million-dollar renovation project,” says SPAR Director Shelly Ragle.
Chris Dudley, Tennis Pro, Querbes Tennis Center
Chris Dudley hails from Rockville, Maryland and played tennis collegiately at Concordia College in Bronxville, New York, graduating with a B.A. in Education. He has been a USPTA Certified Elite Professional since 1988 and is a USTA certified Net Generation Coach.
Chris served as Director of Tennis and Head Pro at Concord Sports Club in St Louis, Missouri. Most recently, he has worked as an independent teaching pro in the Atlanta area teaching junior and adult players and coaching area tennis teams.
Chris also launched Fun & Fit Tennis in the Atlanta area, which incorporates tennis skills and cardiovascular exercise in a group format. He had grown concerned about the lack of physical activity among both children and adults and wanted to share his love of tennis to combat this inactivity. Chris is now looking forward to bringing this format to Shreveport along with programs like Tennis Apprentice and Junior Team Tennis.
Chris and his wife Amy have been married for five years and between them have five children and five grandchildren. The Dudleys are excited to bring their shared love of tennis to Shreveport.
Erik Graves, Tennis Pro, Bill Cockrell Tennis Center
Erik Graves was born and raised in Gary, Indiana where he excelled at basketball and dreamed of becoming the next Michael Jordan. When Erik was eight years old, he met professional tennis star Arthur Ashe who was travelling the country speaking to youth and handing out tennis rackets. Although Erik had come to the recreational center to play basketball that day (like he did most every day), the encounter with Ashe and the gift of the racket sparked a lifelong love of tennis.
Erik went on to play tennis collegiately at both North Carolina State University and Morehouse College. After college he began working as a trainer, working with every level of player from beginner to professional. Erik also founded the JAMforKIDS nonprofit organization which helps in the fight against childhood obesity by adding health and wellness programs to communities.
Erik is the father of young twin boys and is excited to share with them the amenities at the Bill Cockrell Metro Park and Community Center.
To learn more about SPAR’s Tennis Centers and upcoming tennis programs and activities, visit myspar.org or call 673-SPAR.