|Joe Kells 17C Circle Dr. Tiburon 94920
Born on 2\3\59 in Dubuque, Ia. That was the day the music died. Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash a few miles away in a huge snowstorm. My only child Andrew[21} visited his great-grandma there every year. Dubuque is the oldest city west of the Mississippi, the rest of my family still live near there.
I'm a tennis pro for the cities of Mill Valley and Tiburon in Marin County, CA. I played basketball at Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Ia. My first year of organized tennis was in 1980 at Scottsdale Comm.College where I was the Most Improved Player on team playing #3 singles. Met Jim Settles in a raquetball class at ASU where he also introduced me to his roommate Granville and the rest is history. Jim spent hours training me and is my only coach. I stood with Gran when he married his beautiful wife Marsha. I'm a USPTA member and have also coached in high school and for the USTA Player Development Program. My last year of competitive tennis was 1999 when I was ranked #2 in the NCTA Mens 40s. Tennis goals are to win a Father-Son tourney with Andrew. My tennis philosopy was developed from reading books by all the greats. My favorite is Bill Tilden's How to Play Better Tennis. He states that rather than think you're off your game when your losing you will stand your best chance if you attribute it to the cleverness of your opponents shots. I've played most of the major sports and tennis is by far the most fun and rewarding of them all. I of course like Buddy Holly although my favorite song is Imagine. Favorite movies are The Deerhunter and The Holy Grail. See you at The Woody!
Andrew was born 6\19\90. Has been a Woody Ballboy every year there have since 1998. A straight A sixth grader at Del Mar Middle School in Tiburon, Ca. , he loves all sports, video games and movies. He qualified for NCTA 12 and under zonal team in 2001 and starts the 2002 season as an 11 year old ranked #25 and beat the #8 ranked player in his first tourney of the year. Andrew also loves golf and may someday try a tourney in that also.
Andrew went on to garnish top 25 National rankings in all age divisions and played on the 2009 NCAA Championship team at USC before winning his inaugural Woody in 2011.