The Ridge Tahoe has a new head tennis professional. Adam Matzkin, 46, is a highly accomplished multiple sport athlete with a primary emphasis on tennis.
He joins The Ridge Tahoe team with quite the background as a student and teacher of the game. Adam has been playing since the age of three where he got his start at Green Valley Country Club in Fairfield, Calif. under the schooling of Master Level tennis professional, Jeff Cook.
Adam also played at The Episcopal Academy, one of the oldest and most prestigious prep schools in the United States. He participated in the Gold Cup tennis program.
Later, he went on to be taught by Pancho Segura at La Costa in Carlsbad, Calif., before playing tennis at The University Of Colorado. Adam has competed in tournaments in the U.S., Italy, France, Mexico and the Virgin Islands.
Adam employs the teaching methods of “The Quiet Eye,” a sports physiology method first developed by Dr. Joan Vickers of the University of Calgary. This method has been shown to improve hand-eye coordination at an exponential level.
Either through free clinics for guests at The Ridge Tahoe or during a private lesson, Adam will help you take your tennis game to the next level. Free clinics are held Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for all ages and levels. He advises Ridge guests to call ahead for the clinics, (775) 588-3553 ext. 6000, because they typically fill up. Adam is also available for private lessons that range from $45 to $60 an hour.
Speaking of the next level, Adam speaks highly of The Ridge Tahoe tennis facilities, noting The Ridge has the only indoor court in the entire Lake Tahoe basin, making it perfect for those winter guests looking to brush up on their game in between ski runs at nearby Heavenly Mountain Resort. The Ridge also has two outdoor courts for year-round tennis enjoyment.
“Summer or winter it is an all-inclusive resort. Once you are at The Ridge, you don’t have to go anywhere else,” he said. “In winter you can ski in the morning and play tennis in the bubble, then go for a swim and hit the hot tub. It’s a trifecta in one day.”
In 2015 Adam hopes to launch the inaugural Top of Tahoe mixed doubles tournament. If you’re a Ridge Tahoe guest, stop by the clubhouse or give him a call at (775) 588-3553 ext. 6000.