One of the six managing partners at Universal Tennis Academy, Stewart Russell is originally from Northport, New York. Russell graduated from Roanoke College in Salem, Va. with a degree in Sociology.
As a USPTA Certified Level 1 Professional, who is working towards the completion of criteria to become a Master Professional next year. Students working under Stewart’s watchful eye grow tremendously both on and off the court. Stewart is a USTA National Junior Player Development coach and participates in Regional and National events hosted by the USTA.
He was the Head Men’s Tennis Coach at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia for 5 years and also Director of Tennis at Brookstone Country Club in Acworth, Ga., before beginning Universal Tennis Academy. He has a comprehensive and extensive background in teaching players of all ages and ability levels.
He is a member of both the Wilson Advisory Staff and the Nike Club Pro program. Stewart and his wife Penny have two children, Taylor, who played collegiate soccer at Armstrong Atlantic St. University and Justin, a local baseball standout. Taylor currently teaches elementary school in Savannah and Justin currently plays baseball at Abraham Baldwin college in Tifton, GA.
Hometown: Augusta, GA
Education: Georgia Southern
Chris attained a top 4 state, sectional, and national ranking as a junior in Georgia. He went on to earn a tennis scholarship to Georgia Southern where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports Management. He is USPTA Certified and has been teaching for over 18 years, the last 10 in Atlanta. Chris has taught at clubs in Hilton Head Island and Charleston, SC. He was the Staff Pro at the Capital City Club 2000-2002, and became the Director of Tennis at Seven Oaks in Duluth between 2002-2006.
Chris is married to his wife Heather, and they have a daughter Avery, and 3 cats Chalupa, Henry J., and Lucy. He is a loyal and passionate fan of the Atlanta Braves, Atlanta Falcons, and Atlanta Hawks!
Juan Vazquez was an Associate Tennis Professional and the Men’s & Junior Leagues Coordinator at Druid Hills Golf Club. He was previously the former Head Tennis Professional at Marietta Country Club, at TPC Sugarloaf and at Smoke Rise Country Club. During Juan’s tenure at Marietta Country Club, he was awarded the 2003 Georgia Professional Tennis Association Head Tennis Professional of the Year for large facilities. Juan has been a USPTA and a GPTA certified professional since 1999, and has been instructing tennis since 1997.
Juan played on the tennis circuit for three years and represented his native Puerto Rico in Davis Cup competition in 1993.He was a Junior College National Champion while playing for Georgia Perimeter College in Dunwoody, while holding a Top 10 National Singles and Doubles ranking. He has also participated in three National Collegiate Championships Playoffs and was his school conference’s Most Valuable Player during his senior year at Barton College in North Carolina. Throughout the year, Juan participates in local Club Pro-Am’s, competes in USTA Pro League, and plays at the AA-1 level. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking working in the yard, and spending time with his family.
Hometown: Roswell, GA
Education: Oglethorpe University
Ross started working with UTA while still in high school serving as a junior professional at Chattahoochee Plantation Tennis Club. Upon graduation, Ross received a scholarship to play at Oglethorpe University. While attending Oglethorpe, he was a 4-year starter and served as team captain.
Ross graduated Summa Cum Laude with a degree in Business Administration/Economics and was voted Male Scholar Athlete of the Year in both 2010 and 2011. He also made the SCAC All-Academic Team all four years while at Oglethorpe.
Ross is a conditioning nut and works out with weights, cycles, runs, and participates in fitness competitions. He loves playing in any outdoor sports and enjoys watching college football, college basketball, and any Georgia Tech sports teams!
Ryan Ferguson enters his first year with UTA as teaching professional and a part of UTA Teamworks Sales (Nike Team Sales). Ryan enjoys working with players of all levels.
Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Ryan was a four year varsity athlete at CBC High School, lettering in Soccer and Tennis. He attended Michigan State University and Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, where he was a captain, all-conference and four-year starter for the men's soccer teams. Prior to coming to UTA, Ryan played for the St. Louis Steamers (professional indoor soccer league) and spent several years as a sales professional.
Ryan is married to Kaitlin Ferguson. They have two young boys, Dylan, and Ryder and live in Woodstock , Georgia. In his spare time Ryan enjoys spending time with his wife & children, friends, playing golf, and following his beloved St. Louis Cardinals and Blues.