Stepping Up

Stepping Up

Left to Right: Andy Gladstone, Brett Hobden, Tommy Haas, and Gregg Hill

Tommy Haas

Reached career-high No. 2 on May 13, 2002 after advancing to ATP Masters 1000 Rome final. Broke into Top 10 on Sept. 13, 1999 after reaching US Open 4R (l. to Pioline). Finished 8 seasons in Top 20, highlighted by year-end best No. 8 in 2001. Ended 2003 without a ranking before finishing 2004 at No. 17. Returned to Top 10 on Jan. 29, 2007 following Australian Open SF. Also unranked in June 2011 before getting as high as No. 11 on June 10, 2013 with run to Roland Garros QF (l. to No. 1 Djokovic)

Captured 15 singles titles in 28 finals, most recently triumphing in 2013 at Munich (d. Kohlschreiber) and Vienna (d. Haase). Won multiple titles at Memphis, Halle, Vienna and Los Angeles. Went 8-0 in finals from 2004 Houston (d. No. 2 Roddick) through 2012 Halle (d. No. 3 Federer)

Reached QF or better at all 4 Grand Slams, highlighted by Australian Open SFs in 1999 (l. to No. 10 Kafelnikov), 2002 (d. Federer 86 in 5th, l. to Safin in 5 sets) and 2007 (d. No. 8 Nalbandian and No. 3 Davydenko, l. to No. 9 Gonzalez). Also advanced to 2009 Wimbledon SF (d. Cilic 10-8 in 5th and No. 4 Djokovic, l. to No. 2 Federer). Three-time quarter-finalist at US Open

Won only ATP Masters 1000 title in native Germany at final edition of Stuttgart’s Eurocard Open in 2001. Rallied from a set down in 1st 4 matches before beating Mirnyi 62 62 62 in final. Defeated No. 9 Henman in QF and No. 3 Hewitt in SF. Also advanced to 2002 Rome final (l. to No. 9 Agassi). Reached 6 other ATP Masters 1000 SFs, including hometown run at 1997 Hamburg as WC (d. No. 9 Moya in 2R, l. to Mantilla) and most recently at 2013 Miami (d. No. 1 Djokovic in 4R, l. to No. 5 Ferrer) Earned 563 wins overall, 7th-most among active players and 2nd-most among Germans in Open Era (Becker 713). Enjoyed 40+ wins in 6 seasons, highlighted by career-best 57-win effort in 2001. Defeated Federer, Djokovic, Sampras and Agassi at least 3 times each. Clinched 1st 3 wins in ATP debut at 1996 Indianapolis as WC (d. Norman, Furlan and Woodforde; l. to No. 1 Sampras in QF) and 500th win at 2012 Vienna (d. Levine in 2R)

Fell in 5 sets to Kafelnikov to finish as 2000 Sydney Olympics silver medalist. En route to final, defeated 4 other men to have won Olympic medals: Ferreira (1992 doubles silver), Corretja (2000 doubles bronze), Mirnyi (2012 mixed gold) and Federer (2008 doubles gold, 2012 singles silver)
Underwent 9 surgeries during career on right shoulder, right elbow, right hip, right foot, right ankle and left ankle

Gregg Hill

Central Florida entrepreneur who is a venture capitalist, real-estate developer, husband, and father of two.  Gregg is married to wife Stephanie and they have two children, Louden and Meta.  Gregg started his career as a professional tennis player and played at Wimbledon with former doubles partner, Tommy Haas.  “When I think of my pal Gregg, the first word that comes to mind is brother. Gregg is one of the most competitive guys you’ll ever meet, and if he is in your corner, you can consider yourself very lucky because you know he’ll do pretty much anything to succeed,” says Tommy Haas.   

Gregg is passionate about philanthropy and is deeply involved with Match Point Impact (MPI) and the American Diabetes Association (ADA).   The Central Florida ADA Director, Jessica Wells, stated, “Gregg is truly one of a kind.  He sees the big picture and recognizes the huge need to raise awareness around the cause and do whatever it takes to help make an impact on the health and wellness of this community.  We are lucky to have him.”  In 2013 Gregg was awarded Father of The Year by the Father’s Day Council benefitting the ADA.

Gregg is the CEO of Hill Gray Seven, known for their record-setting Park Hill town home development on Park Avenue in Winter Park. This past March Park Hill was honored with best town home project award by the Orlando Business Journal.  Other projects in the last year include Stone Hill retail plaza in Oviedo and Penn Place luxury town homes in Winter Park.  This year Hill Gray Seven will develop over thirty projects nationwide. Fifteen of those multi-million dollar projects will be in Central Florida. 

Gregg is also the founder of H&S venture capitalist firm with partner Michael Scheeringa, former CEO of BBA Aviation.  H&S specializes in the software and technology industry and has offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boulder, New York City, Boca Raton, and Munich.  One of H&S’s companies that is getting a lot of buzz is Frustum Inc.  Frustum is the missing software link that enables extraordinary and extremely complicated 3D printing designs rapidly and efficiently, saving companies lots of money.  Frustum is recognized by investor and partner Siemens and has been “marked” as the unique player in the 3D CAD innovation market movement to design by artificial intelligence. On May 12, 2017, Frustum was recognized as a finalist of the Young Professional Organization’s Global Innovation Awards in New York City, and Gregg had the opportunity to ring the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Gregg has been awarded Orlando Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 (2014) and is a member of The Young Presidents Organization Orlando and Southeast US Regional Chapter.

Brett Hobden

Brett Hobden is highly respected in the international tennis community — as a coach, program developer, manager, author and speaker.  In 1979 he joined the pro tour for several years until an injury forced his retirement.  Since then he has devoted his life to enhancing the game of tennis through the development and delivery of state-of-the-art programs to the tennis community and to the development of world class juniors as well as players on the WTA and ATP tour.  He has an in-depth knowledge of the tennis industry, having worked with clubs, resorts, tennis academies, academic institutions, professional associations and equipment manufacturers.  His expertise is broad; ranging from the management of facilities, people and programs, to coaching, program and course development, and speaking on coaching the modern game.
He is also a regular contributor to the USPTA’s On Court DVD series, and is a presenter on the Tennis Channel Academy instructional show.

Internationally, he has consulted to tennis associations in several countries looking to improve their coaching and certification programs and continues delivering specialty courses on player development for the modern game.
In 2006, he was named USPTA Coach of the Year by Racquet Sports Industry magazine.
He is the co-founder of Next Gen Match Analytics that delivers stunning new insights into analyzing the modern game. 


Andy Gladstone

Andy Gladstone is a certified USPTA Elite Professional. Andy has coached both his son Paul and daughter Myra to collegiate scholarships and has coached thousands of juniors throughout the State of Florida. Andy is part of the Florida Coaches Commision and is an experienced camp director and coach, Coach Gladstone has developed an unmatched curriculum to help tennis campers improve their skills.

He is an avid fitness enthusiast including running, cycling and weight training.

Andy and his wife Rita lead the charge as the director of Nike Tennis Camp at Rollins College.



Marcelo Gouts has been part of Central Florida Tennis for the past 35 years.

A native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he grew up playing as a ranked junior player.

His teaching career in Orlando started back in 1982, where he relocated and soon began  working with tournament junior players and adult league teams.

He is the president of M.G. Tennis shop, Inc., a management company that currently operates Lake Cane & Fort Gatlin.

He has been the director at Lake Cane Tennis Center since the opening of the facility back in 1987.

He has been a member of the USPTA since 1987.

Marcelo has worked for the USTA as a State Clinician and served as Area League Coordinator for Junior Team since 1991 and is currently serving as a volunteer in the

USTA Florida Board of Directors, in the capacity of Treasure.

Public Tennis has always been Marcelo’s passion. Throughout the years his goal has been to provide tennis opportunities to everyone that comes to our tennis centers looking to get involve in the game.

His teaching philosophy is simple; make fun and right the first time around and players will stick with the game for a lifetime.

A staunch advocate of the 10&under quick start Marcelo has a passion for modeling what Europe has been doing for years in developing our young talent. This program is crucial to the long term prosperity of American players with a strong emphasis in learning through playing.