MEET DENNIS & PAT 2021-05-10T14:41:13+00:00




Legendary coach and “Teacher of teachers,” Dennis was the founder and president of the Van Der Meer TennisUniversity and the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR). Known worldwide for his innovative teaching techniques, he received numerous awards for teaching and coaching, including being named “Olympic Developmental Coach of the Year” in 1997. He has been inducted into many Halls of Fame, and is currently on the ballot for the International Hall of Fame in Newport. Dennis received an award from the ITF for his contributions to the game, and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Greenwich, England for his huge contributions to the Sports Sciences in tennis.

Dennis became one of the first registered coaches of both the ATP and WTA, and has coached hundreds of nationally and internationally ranked professional and junior players throughout his career, including World champions in singles and doubles. He served as coach for both Billie Jean King and Margaret Court for the landmark “Battle of the Sexes” in the 70’s. A believer in the concept of tennis for everyone, he developed courses and manuals for teaching wheelchair tennis and adaptive techniques. Dennis has always had an uncanny knack for finding the best, most efficient way to help players reach their maximum potential, a trait he imparted to the lucky staff coaches who trained/worked with him over his long career.


A graduate of American University in DC with a BA in education, Pat is an experienced tennis coach at all levels. Pat has traveled the world with her husband, Dennis, teaching coaches the method Dennis developed with Billie Jean King and others. They have coached players to the finals of Grand Slam Junior and Professional Events. One of the first WTA certified coaches, Pat has been a USTA Area Training Center Head Coach, and was named South Carolina Pro of the Year in 1991. In 1993 Pat earned PTR’s Coach Jim Verdieck Award for top coaches, and received the International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Tennis and Education Merit Award in 2002. She has great enthusiasm for upholding Dennis’ tradition of excellence, and understands the importance of positive energy in tennis and life.


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