Gulf Coast Tennis Club

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TOMAS CATAR ~ Director of Tennis

Tomas is a world class tennis player and experienced tennis instructor.  Reaching # 1 Junior in the world on the junior circuit and on the professional circuit, his best ATP World Tour ranking was 220 in the world.  He also played the Davis Cup (World Group) for Slovakia and beat players such as Mark Phillipouses, Justin Gimelstob, Reiner Shuttler, Dominik Hrbaty, Ivan Karlovic, etc.

Tomas has continued to coach professional players and top junior players in the country.

Previous Work Experience

  • Director of Tennis at Heron Lakes Country Club

  • Director of Tennis at Mirror Lake Racquet Club

  • Head Tennis Pro at Dothan Country Club

  • Teaching Pro at the Lagoon Park in Montgomery

  • Assist. Tennis Coach at University of South Alabama

Tomas has PTR Certification in Performance Coaching and Adult Development (Professional level), and USPTA Elite Professional, the highest level certification.

He is currently enrolled in 3 year Master of Performance Coaching certification program. There are only 16 coaches in the world accepted for this highly recognized certification program. 


BOB SPEIGHT ~ Assistant Tennis Professional

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Bob Speight has been a teaching and playing pro for some 30 years of his life. Playing both WCT and USTA WATCH Circuit he played with and against notables such as Rod Laver, Roy Emerson, Jimmy Connors (as a practice partner in Juniors), Terry Addison, Roscoe Tanner, Kelly Everton, etc.. Bob now resides in Lilian, Al.. He continues to coach and play tennis after devoting 52 years to “the sport of a lifetime” and is looking forward to working with Juniors and Adults to improve their game at the GULF COAST TENNIS CLUB.

Previous teaching experience

  • Resident Pro at Palmetto Dune, Hilton Head Island, S.C., (Rod Laver Tennis)
  • Director of Tennis at Whitehaven Country Club, Memphis, TN.
  • Director of Tennis at Maryland Farms Racquet Club, Brentwood, TN.
  • Advisory Staff at Penn Racquet Sports, Junior & Adult Tennis Programs, U.S. and B.V.I.