Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

January 10, 2013

Chadda puts experience into practice at Bellefonte

Rocky Stanley
The Independent

ASHLAND — Umang Chadda hit the hardcourt running as Bellefonte Country Club’s new Director of Tennis late last summer.

Now it’s on to a busy 2013 calendar.

With his arrival, Chadda brought new ideas to accompany the tennis facility’s new look.

The club has two lighted outdoor courts and opened its new indoor bubble hardcourts on Nov. 1. They replaced three former clay courts.

Meanwhile, Chadda implemented new programs and organized four USTA junior tournaments at BCC before the end of 2012. There are seven more on tap for this year, as well as an array of other events.

“I was hired to help revive the tennis business at Bellefonte Country Club,” Chadda said. “I have been successful in going to clubs and helping them to grow and reach their goals.”

He completed a stint as Director of Tennis at Rhinebeck (N.Y.) Tennis Club in August before making the move to Kentucky.

“So far, so good,” Chadda said of his first few months at Bellefonte Country Club. “Our programs are certainly better. I’m looking forward to good things here in Ashland.”

He’s already seen enthusiasm.

“We have 120 active tennis players, juniors and adults, who have come to our doors to play tennis,” Chadda said. “I want to introduce tennis to every young athlete and adult that I can. Our programs are offered to everyone, members and non-members.”

Born in 1978, Chadda has vast experience in the tennis industry, beginning as a top-ranked junior player in his native India.

He went on to play professionally in satellite and challenger tournaments as well as enjoying success on the collegiate level at Southwest Baptist University in Missouri. Chadda earned a graduate degree in Sport Management from Western Illinois and coached that school’s men’s and women’s tennis teams.

In addition, he has been a hitting partner for several big-name pros, including Pete Sampras, Jennifer Capriati and Anastasia Myskina.

Chadda said he has a passion for teaching and coaching tennis. He called it an honor that three of his tennis drills were published in magazines.

Last month, Chadda earned certification in Junior Development by Professional Tennis Registry, the largest global organization of tennis teachers and coaches. He received the highest professional rating, similar to the one he already had for adult teaching.

“I feel like I can be a strong example for young athletes with my experience playing on the national level, touring on the professional level and my distinctive education in sports and business,” Chadda said.

BCC will host a USTA junior tournament Feb. 8-10. The Bellefonte Junior and Adult Spring Championship is scheduled for April 12-14.

“We will do adult tennis mixers and junior tennis events at least once a month,” Chadda said.

This Sunday at 4 p.m., BCC is having an instructional match play-pizza event for juniors in all age groups.

“They are going to play practice matches where coaches are instructing them,” Chadda said. “At 6 p.m., we will sit down and have a fun pizza party.”    

ROCKY STANLEY can be reached at rstanley@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2671.