TFP 085: Bill Kellogg — How to Create and Sustain Thriving Tennis Clubs

TFP 085: Bill Kellogg — How to Create and Sustain Thriving Tennis Clubs

On Episode 85 of The Tennis Files Podcast, I spoke with Bill Kellogg about how he has transformed tennis clubs into hugely successful programs, and his incredible experiences both playing and contributing to the advancement of tennis by wearing many different hats in the industry.

Bill is the President of La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club, which has been designated a Top 25 Tennis Resort by Tennis Resorts Online.  He was inducted into the Southern California Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2017, alongside such legends as Rod Laver, Bobby Riggs, Debbie Graham, Ken Stuart, and Stella-Sampras Webster.  

Bill has competed in pro level tournaments, played #1 for Dartmouth College, and participated in the NCAA Championships  Bill also serves as a Sectional Delegate of the Southern California Tennis Association, and was a longtime member of the International Advisory Council of the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and was also previously a Director at Large for the USTA (Audit Committee).  He even served as a  linesman and chair umpire at Wimbledon....a pretty well-rounded career indeed 🙂

On this episode, we discuss Bill's highly successful competitive tennis career, how he went from thinking he'd be an engineer to running multiple highly successful tennis clubs, his many roles in tennis, and much more.  

Bill learned by doing, from accounting to gardening, hiring to marketing, and everything in between.  And the great thing about Bill is that he truly loves the game and continues to keep himself involved in numerous positions within tennis to help advance the game.

I really hope you enjoy my interview with Bill!   Let us know what you think about this episode in the comments below!

Show Notes

  • Becoming a linesman and chair umpire for Wimbledon during the same year that Bill played pro tournaments
  • Going from a degree in engineering science to managing multiple highly successful tennis clubs
  • How Bill learned to do just about every aspect of running a tennis club
  • Bill's advice for managing and sustaining successful tennis programs
  • How he and his family have kept La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club running strong for over 90 years
  • Bill's experience supporting and marketing for Davis and Fed Cup matches
  • His thoughts on the changes to Davis Cup
  • What USTA and other organizations need to do to improve the state of tennis in the US and grow the game
  • The message Bill would write on a huge billboard for all to see
  • A key tip to help you improve your tennis game....and much more!

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Complete Conditioning for Tennis (2nd edition) - Dr. Mark Kovacs

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