WHITLINGER / SARSFIELD TENNIS
JOHN WHITLINGER, a member of the Stanford Athletic Hall of Fame, is regarded as one of the leading tennis teaching professionals in the country. As an All-American at Stanford University, John became the first Men’s player to win the NCAA Singles, Doubles, and Team titles in the same year (1974). After six outstanding years on the professional tour, he became the head professional at the Racquet Club at Harper’s Point in Cincinnati, Ohio. He coached the Stanford Men’s teams for 28 years, the last ten as its Head Coach. During that time he directed the highly successful Stanford Tennis Camps, and is currently the Founder and Consultant of the Whitlinger/Sarsfield recreation tennis programs.
TOM SARSFIELD, longtime Stanford/ USPTA Elite teaching professional, is the Managing Director and Proprietor of the Whitlinger/Sarsfield recreation tennis programs. A graduate of San Jose State University in Physical Education, Tom began his coaching/ teaching career in 1981 with stints at the Almaden Swim & Racquet Club in San Jose and Saratoga High School. Tom has taught tennis at Stanford for over 30 years covering private lessons, group lessons, camps, Adult & Junior tournaments, and University Physical Education Tennis and Pickleball courses. He was nationally recognized in 2002 as a member of the first USTA All-American Team for his contributions in growing the game of tennis and has served on the Wilson Advisory Staff for over 25 years.
Our instructors are a diverse group consisting of full time and part time teaching professionals. Many of them are certified by the United States Professional Teaching Association or the Professional Tennis Registry. All of them are knowledgeable in the essential fundamentals of the sport and share the “FUN FIRST” philosophy of teaching tennis.