Meet the Pros

The University Club is perhaps best known for its exceptional and comprehensive tennis program, complete with five resident tennis instructors:

Director of Tennis

Bob Spilman

Bob joined the Club as the Director of Tennis in 1988. A native of Cookeville, TN, he came here from Sawgrass Country Club in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. At Sawgrass, Bob coached David Witt for two years who went on to win five national titles, was the top ranked junior in the United States and was ranked as high as #128 in the world.  Bob has personally coached University Club juniors who have won seven TSSAA high school state championships between 2010 and 2016.  He is also a former USPTA professional of the year for the state of Tennessee.

Tennis Pro

Paul Sax

Paul Sax, a native Memphian, has been a tennis professional at The University Club since 1983. The University Club may be the most active USTA League Tennis club in Tennessee and much of our success can be attributed to Paul's introduction and development of brand new tennis players.

Director of Junior Tennis

Jay Walpole

Jay is the former Director of Tennis at the Memphis Jewish Community Center where he oversaw all aspects of the tennis program. Jay has worked with adults and juniors and has extensive experience in working with USTA tennis teams.



Alex Lane

Alex is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College, with a major in Government.  Prior to Claremont McKenna, Lane played professional tennis competing on the ITF Circuit.  His professional career was highlighted by qualifying for the main draw events in singles and doubles and playing players in the top 200.  Alex Lane has also served as the Assistant director at the Acadamia Fabiana in Dallas, TX for two years and also served as the Assistant Professional Tennis Coach at the Pacific Palisades Tennis Center, where he coached girls and boys national champions across all age divisions.

Tennis Pro

Tom Wride

Tom began his coaching career at The University Club in 2009. That same year he won both the Southern Open Singles Clay Courts title and the Southern Indoor Doubles title. In 2010, he won the Nationals 30s Hard Court Doubles title. Tom is certified by the USPTA and the LTA.