Meet the Tennis Professionals at The Sea Pines Resort
From the former head coach of the U.S. Olympic tennis team to professionals with decades of coaching experience, the tennis pros at The Sea Pines Resort offer extensive expertise.
Let us introduce our tennis staff.
Stan Smith - Touring Professional
Both friends and foes pay Stan Smith the ultimate compliment by referring to him as "the tennis player's tennis player," which is in recognition of the display and dedication that have helped him attain a level of greatness that many aspire to achieve.
Smith has played or coached tennis at the professional level for more than 40 years, winning the most prestigious tournaments in both singles and doubles.
Over his storied career, Smith has garnered many accomplishments:
He served as a director of coaching for the USTA Player Development Program.
He was the head coach of the men's U.S. Olympic team at the Sydney Olympics.
He ranked No. 1 in 1969, 1971 - 1973 in the United States, and was the world's No. 1 in 1971 and 1972.
He played 11 Grand Slam finals, was a member of seven winning Davis Cup teams and won a remarkable 39 pro singles and 61 doubles titles.
He won the US Open in 1971 and Wimbledon in 1972.
He has a 12 & 1 Davis Cup doubles record and is a four-time U.S. Open doubles winner.
He and his frequent doubles partner, Bob Lutz, are the only team ever to have won the national championship on all four surfaces: grass, clay, hard court and indoors.
Smith has been a contributing editor of TENNIS Magazine since 1986, has had a syndicated tennis column with King Features since 1985, is the author of Inside Tennis, co-authored Modern Doubles and wrote Winning Doubles.
Smith has been inducted into the University of Southern California Hall of Fame, the South Carolina Tennis Hall of Fame, the Southern Tennis Halls of Fame, the Intercollegiate Hall of Fame and the International Hall of Fame.
Job de Boer - Director of Tennis
Hometown: Ruinen, the Netherlands
The interesting route Job de Boer took to get to the U.S. is one of many reasons he may be the nation's top tennis clinician.
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, it wasn't long before he moved to his parents' native country: the Netherlands. In 1980, de Boer left the University of Delft in Holland, where he studied aeronautical engineering, to pursue a career as a commercial airline pilot.
After three years of flying, he decided to try teaching one of his favorite childhood sports-tennis. Today, more than 30 years later, de Boer is at the top of his game and he's been at the helm of The Sea Pines Racquet Club for more than 10 years. Additionally, although he has lived on Hilton Head for the past several decades, de Boer has traveled and taught tennis all over the world.
A USPTA Pro I, PTR "Professional," NTRP 5.0, and former South Carolina USPTA Pro of the Year, deBoer has an innate grasp of the game and instruction, along with a sense of humor. In addition to his role on the court, de Boer manages the Sea Pines Teaching Professionals at The Sea Pines Resort. Under de Boer's direction, The Sea Pines Racquet Club is rated No. 7 in the country and No. 2 for instruction by TENNIS Magazine.
Josh Myers - Teaching Staff Professional
Hometown: Canton, Ohio
Josh Myers has been with the Racquet Club since 2002 after spending six months on staff with the Van der Meer Tennis Academy. Myers is in charge of the morning Junior Stroke and Drills programs during the spring and summer.
His experience on the court began in Ohio as the Assistant Head Professional at Shady Hollow Country Club and Summer Staff Professional at the Hall of Fame Fitness Center. An Academic All-American at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, Josh graduated summa cum laude with a degree in business administration. He holds a PTR certification with a "Professional" rating.
Michael Singh - Staff Professional
Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Michael Singh has been a staff professional at The Sea Pines Racquet Club since 2001. He is USPTA-certified Pro I and has a PTR "Professional" rating. Singh is an eight-time Canadian national player and received the Nick Bollettieri Most Improved Player Award while attending the Bollettieri Academy. He is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University in Conway, South Carolina.
Hometown: Doylestown, Pennsylvania
Mark Freitag joined The Sea Pines Resort in February 2009. He attained his PTR Certification and has a "Professional" rating.
Freitag played collegiate tennis for the College of William & Mary, in Williamsburg, Virginia, and the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching history includes seven years at the Julian Krinsky School of Tennis in Haverford, Pennsylvania. His current NTRP rating is 5.0. Freitag is also the stringer for The Sea Pines Racquet Club.
Hometown: London, England
Andy joined The Sea Pines Racquet Club in 2006. Having taught tennis in England and the U.S. for over 28 years, Andy is a certified LTA level II coach and has a PTR "Professional" rating.
He is naturally left handed, but can also play right handed up to a NTRP rating of 3.5. Andy is Sea Pines' authority on Cardio Tennis, a fun group activity that pushes your fitness to a new level with high energy tennis workouts.
Hometown: Gadsden, Alabama
Ben Hale, whose extensive tennis teaching and directing career on Hilton Head Island dates back to 1977, is a certified PTR member with a "Professional" rating and a USPTA Pro 1.
Hale began as a staff professional for the Rod Laver Tennis Center at the Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort.
During the 1980s, he worked in Harbour Town for The Sea Pines Resort and managed its club on Forest Beach. Following his 24 years as director at a Hilton Head country club, Hale rejoined his friends in Harbour Town.