On a recent trip to South America, I was amazed at the fact that every tennis director I spoke with knew or had heard of Fernando Velasco. Fernando is currently the Owner, General Manager and Director of Tennis at the Circle C Tennis Club in Austin, Texas. I thought about it and figured perhaps it was because Fernando was born in Bolivia, but then I realized that was too simple… everyone knew of him because aside from being a great guy, Fernando has been teaching tennis at the highest level for over 40 years and is a speaker at nearly every tennis conference you can go to – USPTA, PTR, USTA, etc.
Fernando and the team at Circle C Tennis Club recently purchased a Green Tennis Machine and here is what Fernando said about it:
About four months ago, we were introduced to the [Green Tennis Machine] at the Circle C Tennis Club. With all efforts to save money and also the environment, we made the commitment to purchase the unit.One of the prides of our Club, is that we always provide good quality tennis balls for teaching to our sophisticated clientele. Every six weeks, we purchase 16 cases of teaching balls and distribute equally among our 8 tennis pros.Since we have purchased the unit, we have been recycling the tennis balls when needed, and have not received any complaints from the members. They like the fact that we can provide them with good quality bounce balls for their lessons. They not only appreciated the efforts of saving money for the club, but also, the fact that we are recycling balls that normally would be dumped on the waste areas, thus causing more damage to the environment. Since we purchased the unit, I already cancelled one shipment of teaching balls.