Bill Riddle

Bill Riddle - PTR/ USPTA Elite Tennis Professional

HEAD/PENN National Elite Speakers Staff

Arrow Bar & adidas Brand Ambassador


            Bill is a veteran with over 30 years of college, junior and club coaching and management experiences and is recognized as a High-Performance Tennis Specialist by the PTR, USPTA & USTA.  No stranger to entertainment and tennis promotions, he created and co-hosted the award-winning weekly radio show called “Tennis Talk” that aired on WLAC out of Nashville.  In 2012 Bill served as an “on air” TV announcer and commentator for the WTA Tour Dallas Women’s Pro Tournament on the FOX Sports South Network and ESPN. Over the last two years he has created content for social media called “Around the Court Around the World” featuring interviews, news and notes from his travels around the tennis world.  He has also hosted “Coach Development” spots for Tennis Australia at the Australian Open and been featured on local and regional TV and radio networks promoting tennis and offering tennis tips. Bill received the 2020 Professional Tennis Registry International Media Excellence award for his work in the tennis media.

 

For 21 years he served as the Director of Tennis for the Bluegrass Yacht & Country Club in Hendersonville, Tennessee and now oversees the new seasonal tennis program at Temple Hills Country Club which is a “sister” Club Corp facility.  During his time at Bluegrass the club was recognized as a Top 50 Tennis Welcome Center and was also awarded both the Professional Tennis Registry Facility of the Year for Tennessee and the USPTA Tennessee Tennis Facility of the Year.

 

Bill recently found his way back into college coaching and serves as the Men’s & Women’s Head Tennis Coach at Martin Methodist College.  Bill spent nine years coaching tennis at the collegiate level previously. His college teams and players have had success both on and off court at the national levels.  He has coached 6 All-American players and numerous with national singles and doubles rankings.  While coaching college tennis he was a two-time recipient of the USPTA Southern Division College Coach of the Year award and a two-time ITA/ USTA College Coaches Community Service award. Additionally, he was named TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year and Regional Coach of the Year.

 

He has been a speaker at a number of national and international coaches and player workshops and seminars around the world including three times at the Grand Slam Coaches Conference at the Australian Open, the Brisbane & Sydney International Coaches Conferences, the PTR Asian Symposium in Shanghai China, the Norwegian Federation Conference in Oslo, Norway, the Wimbledon PTR Conference in London, the USTA Tennis Teachers Conference at the US Open, the PTR International Tennis Symposium, the USPTA World Conference and the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Coaches Convention.  He is a member of the Global TIA Cardio Tennis Alumni and has conducted numerous workshops and seminars for tennis coaches, professionals and fitness providers.  

 

Bill was honored in 2015 with the USPTA Pride of Tennessee award and in 2014 with the USPTA National Lessons for Life award at the US Open.  He has been selected as the USTA Tennessee 2011 Tennis Professional of the Year and is the only three-time USPTA Tennessee Pro of the Year and two-time PTR Tennessee Pro of the Year award winner in Tennessee history. Bill not only coaches and teaches players from around the world to play tennis but also works with tennis coaches to help improve their coaching and teaching abilities. He has conducted player evaluations and seminars in a variety of countries including Australia, New Zealand, England, Bermuda, Jamaica, Holland, Canada and throughout the Caribbean and the USA. He has organized and directed tennis camps in Anguilla, St. Martin and Jamaica for both adults and junior tennis players for the last 12 years. In 2010 and 2011 worked as part of the production team with the Classic of Champions legends event in Sweden.  He is a member of the HEAD/PENN Speakers Team and is an Adidas tennis ambassador.

 

One of Bill’s passions is the annual Music City Tennis Invitational charity tennis tournament that raises money for the Vanderbilt University Children’s Hospital Child Development Center.  For the last 25 years he has worked with and served as a Co Chairman and Tournament Director for this premier music and tennis event that has raised over $2,000,000 for local charity’s in Nashville. He has organized and directed high profile events consisting of a “who’s who” list of current and former ATP and WTA tour players as well as music industry artists and leaders including Jake Owen, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Martina McBride, Sarah Evans, Billy Ray Cyrus, Brooks and Dunn and Lady A’s, Hillary Scott to name a few.

 

Bill and his wife Stephanie are natives of Middle Tennessee and have two children, Blakely who was a top ranked state junior tennis player and member of the 2-time state high school team championship tennis team at Ravenwood High School and Will who was a state ranked junior tennis player who finished in the top 8 at the Tennessee High School State Championships for Nolensville High School and now plays college tennis at Martin Methodist College.