Get to Know Our SBRTA Instructors

Tom Ratterman and Wayne Watkins

Deb McGiboney

We would like to acknowledge two of our very own SaddleBrooke Ranch Tennis Association (SBRTA) tennis instructors.

Wayne Watkins, our training and development chair, teaches a Fundamental Skills Clinic every Monday morning. If you are not a member and would like to sign up for this complimentary clinic, please email [email protected].

Let’s get to know Wayne Watkins:

Wayne has been a member of our SBRTA for over six years. He played high school tennis and then continued to play recreational tennis on and off for 10 years. Wayne was a pitcher and played first base in school, and later in life he played on an adult slow-pitch softball league in Phoenix. As his kids were growing up, they joined junior sports programs where he was either coaching or an assistant coach in Little League baseball and girls’ fast pitch softball for over five years. He started playing tennis again shortly after retiring and moving to SBR, where Wayne became a club member and attended clinics. His interest and self-confidence quickly grew, and within two years he found his other passion, which is coaching other people. Wayne volunteered as chairperson for the SBRTA Training and Development Committee and quickly re-discovered how gratifying it is to help others improve their tennis skills and watch them reach their goals.

Tom Ratterman teaches a Fundamental Skills Stroke Clinic every Monday morning. If you are not a member and would like to sign up for this complimentary Clinic, please email [email protected].

Let’s get to know Tom Ratterman:

Tom played singles in high school but didn’t start playing actively again until 10 years ago. About five years ago he had the opportunity to observe professional trainers working with competitive players. The players were using modern swing mechanics that made them more consistent and effective. Tom then started refining his understanding of these methods and teaching them when he moved to the Ranch four years ago. His goal is to help players who are interested in exploring these methods.

Thank you two for your volunteer work! We all appreciate your hard work and dedication.