Meet Our Awesome Speakers

Erik Anderson is the Association Director of Tennis at YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo. He is USPTA certified and was named 2017 Large Facility Manager of the Year for
the USPTA Midwest Division. He works full-time as the Association Director of
Tennis for the YMCA of Greater Kalamazoo and the Y was named Western Michigan
Organization of the Year in 2015.

Erik is the Tournament Director for the WMTA District Qualifier Level 3, two Midwest
Level 2 Designated events, and several District Level 4 and 5 events annually. He
also has been Tournament Director for a National Level 1 tournament.
Erik has coached high school tennis since 2004 at Dewitt, East Lansing, and Portage
Central. He has won three MHSAA Division 2 State Championships, and eight
Regional Championships. State Championships were 2007 and 2008 at East Lansing
High School, and 2015 at Portage Central High School.  Erik was named Regional
Coach of the Year in 2011, 2013, and 2014.  He was named Lansing State Journal
“Coach of the Decade” for 2000-2010.

Meika Ashby is a Michigan native and the Director of Junior Tennis Development at The Oaks in Boca Raton FL. She was a highly ranked junior in the Midwest Section as well as Nationally. She went on to compete at the Division 1 level at Western Michigan University. During her time at Western, she played #1 singles and #1 doubles. She also achieved an NCAA top 100 national ranking of 36 in doubles her sophomore year.

Meika has worked with high-level juniors of all levels, from 10 and under tennis to elite/ high-performance athletes. A USPTA certified professional, Meika has achieved success at the junior and collegiate level as a competitor and teammate and earned numerous accolades for her professional success as a tennis teaching professional in Holland, Michigan under the guidance of a USPTA  & PTR Master Professional, Jorge Capestany.

She is also the winner of multiple Sportsmanship awards as a junior player.

Jorge Capestany is one of only ten people worldwide that is a Master Professional with both the USPTA and PTR. He is a 6-time Michigan Pro of the Year a 2-time Midwest Pro of the Year. In 2015 he was named USPTA National Professional of the Year.

Jorge has coached hundreds of ranked juniors including 3 national champions. In Jorge’s career, his programs have developed more than 195 HS State Champions in Michigan. An internationally recognized speaker and author. Jorge is the founder of two popular tennis websites which can both be found at CapestanyTennis.com 

Jorge has been a featured speaker at most of the largest tennis conferences in the world including, the PTR Symposium, the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference in NYC, the Australian Open Tennis Coaches conference in Melbourne, the Norwegian Tennis federation’s tennis coaches conference in Olso, the USPTA World Conference on tennis, the ITF’s world-wide coaches conference in Mexico and the PTR Wimbledon coaches conference in London.

Marti Capestany has been a USPTA certified tennis professional since 1985 and a PTR certified professional over the past 10 years. Marti has worked with players of all levels including many nationally ranked juniors. Marti has been ranked in the top 10 nationally in USTA women’s 35 division and is a multiple winner of "Player of the Year" awards from the USTA and USPTA. Marti still plays competitively and is still rated as a 5.0 player at age 58.

Marti is also certified as a Mental Toughness specialist through the Human Performance Institute and a Certified Tennis Performance Trainer through the International Tennis Performance Association. Marti was inducted into the Coldwater (MI) HS Sports Hall of Fame in 1991. She is a Tennis Pro at the Dewitt Tennis Center at Hope College in Holland MI.

Marti and husband Jorge have shared more than 200 free instructional videos with tennis players all over the world.

Emma Doyle is a world-renown speaker and coach from Melbourne, Australia helping you turn your motivation into activation, and harness your potential. Emma has been coaching for over 28 years and through her keynote speaking, mentoring, coaching, and consultancy she inspires, improves, and impacts players, coaches, teams, and corporates in Europe, Asia, Australia, and the U.S.A.

Emma is a Tennis Australia High-Performance Coach with a strong background as a tennis touring professional, a talent development coach and she is the current Australian Junior Fed Cup Captain-coach.  Emma specializes in helping people to develop a high-performance mindset, enhance confidence, and access Emotional Intelligence both on and off the court.

Emma is passionately involved in creating gender equality in all sports and the workplace. The best way to describe Emma is to watch her TEDx talk entitled: “Unleashing Female Potential” from New York.

Mark Fairchilds is the Director of Tennis at the Laguna Creek Racquet Club in Elk Grove CA. He is a popular speaker at many national tennis conferences.

Mark has twice been named USPTA NorCal Pro of the Year. Wilson Sporting Goods honored Mark in 1992 as Wilson Northern California Advisory Staff Pro of the Year. He has on a number of occasions been in the top ten in the country for the amount of USPTA Continuing Education Points earned in a year.

As a member of the HEAD National Premiere staff, Mark travels throughout the country speaking to tennis professionals on doubles, singles strategy, athletic skills, and mental toughness. He has presented at nearly every Professional Divisional Conference in the country. Mark is recognized as one of the premier speakers on doubles strategy in the United States.

Mark Ficks is the Director of Racquet Sports at the South Shore Health & Racquet Club in St Joe MI. He is certified as an Elite Professional by the USPTA as well as at a P-1 level by the American Platform Tennis Association. He is an ACE (American Council on Exercise) Certified Personal Fitness Trainer.

Mark was named the USPTA Michigan Professional of the Year in 2007 and 2011. He currently serves as the Michigan USPTA President, as Vice President of the Board of Directors of Western Michigan USTA and coaches the Bridgman High School Boys and Girls Teams.  

Mark served as a vice president for the USPTA Northern Indiana division and as a Midwest USPTA Awards Committee member. He has been a National Zonals Coach, served on WMTA’s Competition Committee and worked with Western Michigan’s top 10 & under players as the USTA’s Area Training Center Coach. Mark's contact information is...  email: mark@southshorehrc.com and work phone is 269-429-2101

Adam Ford is the co-Director of the Hope College Professional Tennis Management (PTM) program. He formerly served as the Hope College men’s and women’s tennis coach and his teams earned three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles, and four NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.

Ford was a two-time state champion at Grand Rapids Forest Hills Central High School. He played tennis for four years at Division I Northern Illinois University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. He and a doubles partner were ranked as high as 33rd nationally among Division I players.

His teaching prowess was recognized by the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR), which named him the 2011 Michigan Tennis Pro of the Year.

He is a USPTA Elite Professional, a PTR Professional and United States Tennis Association (USTA) High-Performance Tennis Coach. He is also a Certified Human Performance Institute Mental Toughness Specialist.

Frank Giampaolo is an award-winning coach, popular international speaker, and sports researcher. He is an instructional writer for ITF (International Tennis Federation) Coaching & Sports Science Review, UK Tennis magazine, the USPTA, Tennis Magazine, and Tennis View Magazine. Frank is both a USPTA and PTR educator, a Tennis Congress Factuality Member, and has been a featured speaker at the Australian Grand Slam Coaches Convention, the PTR GB Wimbledon Conference, and Wingate Sports Institute (Israel.)

Frank is the bestselling author of Championship Tennis (Human Kinetics Publishing), Raising Athletic Royalty, The Tennis Parent’s Bible (volume I & II) and The Mental Emotional Workbook Series (How to Attract a College Scholarship, International Player Evaluation, Match Chart Collection, Match Day Preparation and Blunders and Cures). His television appearances include The NBC Today Show, OCN-World Team Tennis, Fox Sports, Tennis Canada and Tennis Australia.

Frank founded The Tennis Parents Workshops in 1998, conducting workshops across the United States, Mexico, Israel, New Zealand, Australia, England, Canada and Spain. Frank’s commitment to coaching excellence helped develop approximately 100 National Champions, hundreds of NCAA athletes, numerous NCAA All-Americans and several professional athletes. His innovative approach has made him a worldwide leader in athletic-parental education. Frank is currently the Vice Chair of the USTA/SCTA Coaches Commission.

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