Welcome to The Racket and Fitness Center
In 2016, The Maine Tennis Association awarded The Racket and Fitness Center with the recognition of The Club of the Year Award.
We are a non-membership racket club and open to the public. All are welcome.
With 9 indoor tennis courts our facility offers private and group tennis lessons, round robin match play and USTA League matches. The Racket & Fitness Center offers group lesson programming for children to up to adults. Our teaching professionals also provide private lessons and USTA team practices.
Our facility also includes 5 climate controlled racquetball courts, and wallyball courts. We have recently converted a wallyball court to a squash court. The facility also houses a private cardio and weight room. Fully equipped men’s and women’s locker rooms provide locker and shower amentities. We also have a new massage room with professional services provided by Beth Mitchell Massage. An upstairs lounge serves pizza and drinks. The facility also offers a large banquet room for rental that can seat up to 150 people.
- 9 climate controlled tennis courts with brand new indirect lighting
- 5 climate controlled racquetball and wallyball courts
- Squash court
- U.S. Open blue courts
- Full fitness center
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Meet Our Tennis Pros and Fitness Instructors
Eliot joined the Racket and Fitness Center staff in late spring 2016. Growing up in Hampden, Maine, he excelled in tennis, hockey, and soccer. He was a two- time high school state singles champion, won three New England Sectional titles and earned a #1 ranking in New England in the boys 16’s and 18’s. A four year starter for Division 1 Georgia Tech, Eliot was nationally ranked in singles and doubles, and he helped the Yellow Jackets earn a year-end NCAA ranking of #13. After college, he played on the ATP tour and earned 4 ATP points.
USPTA certified, Eliot has been coaching juniors and adults for the past eight years, and has worked with dozens of nationally ranked players. Most recently, he was the assistant director of the New England Academy of Tennis, in Natick, MA. During the summer season, Eliot is the Director of Tennis at Portland Country Club.
As Director of Tennis at the Racket & Fitness Center, Eliot’s goal is to build a robust tennis community and strong development program. Eliot thrives on teaching junior players the love of the game, enjoying competition of all levels with the ability to reach the highest levels of college tennis and beyond.
In his free time, Eliot enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauren, and their family. In 2013, Eliot and Lauren completed a 2,184 mile hike of the Appalachian Trail, and they continue to enjoy all types of outdoor recreation.
New to the Racket and Fitness Center in 2016, Dana grew up in Pinehurst, North Carolina. A graduate of Bryant University in Rhode Island, Dana played Division 1 Men’s tennis with great success, winning over 180 matches, earning multiple all conference selections, and winning Bryant’s male athlete of the year award for 2014. He also played for Bryant’s men’s squash team, where he played line 2, helping to lead the team to their first national championship in the Hawthorne Cup.
On the USTA circuit, Dana has competed at the highest level of tournaments offered and is currently ranked in the top 150 in the United States. He is still an active competitor and is always looking for new challenges.
Dana has been a tennis instructor for seven years, most notably at the Windridge (VT) Tennis Camp, the International Tennis Hall of Fame, and most recently at the Ritz-Carlton in the Cayman Islands. Dana also has worked as a tennis service representative for USTA New England.
Dana is passionate and knowledgable about tennis, and brings that enthusiasm with him onto every court! Off the court, he enjoys spending time with his two rescued Cayman dogs, and visiting his family spread throughout New England.
Dave has been a teaching pro at Racket and Fitness Center for ten years, teaching players of all ages and ability levels. Before coming to the Racket, he was Director of Tennis at a local recreation program for 17 years. He started playing tennis at age 13, and he convinced all the kids in the neighborhood to play. During college at USM, he began playing USTA League tennis. Dave has enjoyed 25 years of USTA League tennis, and has attended five USTA Sectional championships as a player with both Men’s and Mixed Doubles teams, and twice as a coach of a Women’s team.
He is marking his 22nd year as a PTR Certified Tennis Professional. His deep knowledge of equipment, from rackets to strings, make him a valuable asset to players in search of new tennis products. Dave has taken the United States Racquet Stringers Association course, further solidifying his stringing knowledge.
He also enjoys being the detail man in setting up charity event fundraisers for MS, the American Heart Association, the United Way and the Alzheimer’s Association!
A full time teaching pro for over 20 years, Kelly came to the Racket and Fitness Center in 2016. Her entire career has centered on her passions for teaching, learning, and helping others gain confidence in life through tennis.
Kelly’s professional training was at Van Der Meer Tennis University in Hilton Head, South Carolina.Prior to moving to the Portland area, she was director of junior tennis programs in Brunswick and Bangor. She actively trains and certifies tennis teachers as a PTR National Trainer, and has conducted Tennis Pro Certification Classes throughout the United States. She has been recognized as PTR New England Pro of the Year in 2005 and as PTR Maine Pro of the Year in 2008.
Her specialty is children’s programs, but she also enjoys working with adults. Kelly’s goal is to use the most current teaching methods to help people develop a love of the game. Her experiences include coaching USTA teams, running adult and junior clinics for all ability levels, and private coaching of successful high level juniors.
When she’s not on the court teaching tennis, she’s on the court playing. In USTA league play Kelly made it to Nationals, where she and her doubles partner went undefeated in match play!
Tracy has been a teaching pro at the Racket & Fitness Center since 1999. Growing up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, she developed her power baseline game playing against some of the top ranked boys in Canada. She was a member of her varsity high school tennis team, playing singles and mixed doubles all 5 years. She graduated from Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario, and made the move to Maine and the Racket!
She is certified by PTR as a Tennis Professional in both Junior and Adult Development and by Tennis Canada as a Level 2 Tennis Coach. Tracy enjoys working with all ages and abilities but specializes in working with younger competitive athletes. She coached the Scarborough high school girls’ varsity tennis team and the middle school tennis team from 2000-2007.
Tracy also enjoys playing competitively throughout New England. She ranked in the top 5 in Women’s Open singles in new England over a period of ten years, reaching #1 in 2006 in both Women’s 4.0 and 4.5 levels and #2 in 2008. She loves spending time with her dog on the beach in Ocean Park.
Recently semi-retired, Doug has been a tennis professional at the Racket and Fitness Center for the past 40 years, serving as Head Pro for the last 30 years. He graduated from USM, where he played baseball for the Huskies and, at age 21, picked up his interest in tennis.
Doug has been an active player, teaching pro and coach throughout his career. He has been Head Pro at clubs in Kennebunk and Falmouth. He has served on the board of the Maine Tennis Association (MTA), and has been ranked #1 in MTA Men’s Doubles multiple times, and #1 in USTA New England Men’s 4.5 Doubles. Doug has enjoyed three trips to USTA Nationals competitions as a league player.
In the summers, Doug serves as the Head Pro at a local country club and enjoys the opportunity to work on his clay game. He also loves a round of golf and, given the weather and an opportunity, the chance to fish.
One highlight of his tennis career was playing tennis and sharing a cold Fosters beer with Australian tennis great Rod Laver.
Tim found a passion for the sport of tennis while attending the University of Southern Maine. He has been ranked as high as #1 in Maine in mixed doubles #2 in men’s doubles and #4 in singles. Tim received the Maine Tennis Association participation award in 2006 and 2007. He participates in and captains several USTA league teams, and has made it to USTA Nationals six times in nine years. Tim received the MTA USTA League Captain of the Year Award in 2012 and 2013 and in 2014 he received the Maine Junior Development award. Tim is currently rated as a 4.5 USTA level tennis player.
Tim currently co-leads the Racket & Fitness Center’s Triples program as an independent tennis instructor. He is the Head Coach for the University of Southern Maine Men’s and Women’s Tennis Teams, a NCAA Division III sports team.
Rocky Clark has a passion for pickle ball. He started playing pickleball in 2012 and was appointed Maine Pickleball Ambassador in 2013, New England Pickleball Ambassador in 2014 and Atlantic Regional Pickleball Director in 2015. He won the Bronze Medal in singles at the USAPA National’s in Arizona in 2014. In 2015, he won the Gold Medal in singles at the Atlantic South held in Charlotte, N.C. and Atlantic Regionals held in Norwalk, Conn. in 2015. Rocky enjoys teaching the strokes and strategies of pickle ball.
His love for racket sports began when he started playing tennis at Wavus summer Camp in Jefferson, Maine in 1964. He went on to play the #1 spot at Taconic High School in Western Massachusetts and was runner-up in Western Massachusetts State Championships in 1973. After high school he played the # 2 Singles position for Bentley College. His tennis accomplishments include winning the Wyoming Open in 1982 and the Montana Open 1984. In 1992, Rocky was ranked #1 in the 35+ division in Maine.
Rocky is currently President of Clark & Stuart, an investment advisory firm based in New England, with an office located just down the road from the Racket & Fitness Center, enabling him to accommodate most pickleball lesson requests. He is to married to his gold medal mixed doubles pickleball partner, Anne, and has started teaching 2 out of their 4 granddaughters the sport of pickleball.