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The Sanctuary’s Tennis Pro wins rare back-to-back USPTA championships

By Staff | Jun 21, 2010

Christie Bradley

Christie Bradley, Director of Tennis & Fitness at The Sanctuary Golf Club, won the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) National Clay Court 45s Singles Championship at Ibis Golf & Country Club in West Palm Beach, Fla. last month and followed up this amazing accomplishment by winning the USPTA Florida Grand Prix 35s Singles Championship at Ocean Reef on June 6 in Key Largo, Fla.

“This is an incredible and very rare feat by an incredible player and teaching professional,” stated Tim Heckler, Chief Executive Officer of the USPTA.

Founded in 1927, USPTA is the world’s oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals. With more than 15,000 members worldwide, USPTA offers more than 60 professional benefits to its members, including certification and extensive educational opportunities.

Approximately 13,500 USPTA members work in the United States. The rest represent more than 80 countries around the world.

The majority of USPTA’s membership consists of Professional-level members who work full time in the tennis industry. Professionals are rated at three levels, with Professional 1 (i.e. P-1) being the highest, according to their scores on a five-part certification exam. USPTA Professionals direct tennis businesses, develop tennis programming, oversee tennis operations, teach lessons and coach teams at all types of facilities.

“We are thrilled with Christie’s recent accomplishments. She is truly one of the best players and teachers in the country. We are honored that she chose The Sanctuary as her home club,” said Bob Chrenc, President of the Board of Governors at The Sanctuary Golf Club.

Bradley, who has the highest tested professional accreditation as a P-1 instructor, represents The Sanctuary Club on Sanibel Island with pride.

“I love playing in tournaments in the summer months, but I have just as much fun at The Sanctuary teaching and playing with our members during the rest of the year," said Bradley.

Bradley also factored in assisting the Club with its recent recognition of two very prominent national awards including the Platinum Club of America™ and Boardroom Magazine’s Distinguished Clubs of America™ as one of only two private clubs across the country to receive its coveted Emerald Club Award™.

For more information on The Sanctuary Golf Club, visit www.SanctuaryGC.net. For additional information on Platinum Clubs of America, visit www.SibbaldAssociates.com or the United States Professional Tennis Association, visit www.uspta.org.