South Bend Racquet Club

Private Lessons & Staff


Tennis Professional Staff

Head Tennis Professional;  Shelly Whitney, USPTR

Shelly has been the Head Tennis Professional at the South Bend Racquet Club since 1998 and has been the Director of Tennis at Knollwood Country Club since 1984.  She became a teaching professional in 1980 and a USPTA member in 1984.  Shelly was an Indiana High School State Champion in 1975 (South Bend St. Joseph HS) and was voted to the Indiana Tennis Hall of Fame in 1997 and South Bend Community Tennis Association Hall of Fame in 2010.  She played college tennis at Western Kentucky University.  Shelly currently holds over 30 Metro Championship Tennis Titles. 
Director Michiana Tennis Academy; Matthew Halfpenny
- Academy Director, SBRC 2011-Present
- Head Men's & Women's Tennis Coach, Norfolk State University 2009-2011
- Assistant Women's Tennis Coach, The College of William and Mary 2006-2007
- Assistant Men's Tennis Coach, North Carolina State University 2002-2006
- Assistant Men's Tennis Coach, Brown University 1999-2002
- Developing and recruiting American and International Collegiate Players
- 4 year scholarship starter for Charleston Southern University 1994-1998
- Competed in USTA Middle State section 1986-1994
- Competed in USTA National Tournaments (Clay Courts, Hard Courts, & Indoors)
- Competed in ITF International Tournaments (Grass Courts, Orange Bowl & Easter Bowl)
Director Michiana Tennis Academy;  Arul Amalnathan
  Laura Whitney
Laura recently rejoined the SBRC staff after spending three years in Houston, TX teaching tennis. She was an accomplished junior player and received a scholarship to play at Indiana State University. Laura's passion for teaching stems at junior and adult development. Laura believes every lesson should be a perfect combination of mental and physical development.
Club Manager; Roger Heise


Roger has been with the club since 1977, and has been the manager since 1985.   Roger has a business degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, and was a local high school tennis player and plays USTA adult leagues.  His wife Lori and children, Spencer and Grace are also avid players.