Looking to improve your backhand or develop a stronger forehand? Maybe you want to cultivate a more powerful stroke, fine-tune your serve technique, or focus on improving shot selection. Whether you’re interested in improving your physical game or enhancing your mental game, whether you’re a casual player or a serious competitor, the Westfield Tennis Club’s resident tennis pros, Brian Maloney, Bill Meakem and Gary Wasserman, will personalize your lesson to help you improve your tennis game.
Bill Meakem joins WTC this summer as the Junior Development Director with experience teaching summer junior tennis camps for over 20 years at the Upper Ridgewood Tennis Club. He was a 1st Team All-State High School doubles player while attending Ridgewood High School. As a former high school teacher himself, Bill is proficient in teaching to different learning styles and caters his instruction to fit the needs of his clientele. He’s taught all levels of men, women and children. He is known for his energy and enthusiasm for the game and for teaching. Bill coached the Varsity Boys and Girls Tennis Teams at Governor Livingston High School in Berkeley Heights for 10 years and won Union County Coach of the Year in 2011. Bill is USPTA certified in both tennis and paddle and is also currently the Head Paddle Pro at Echo Lake Country Club in Westfield.
Brian began his tennis career in Chatham, NJ. He played varsity tennis as well as held the position of head tennis professional at Chatham Fish and Game Club his senior year of high school. He moved on to play tennis for St. Leo University in Florida, and worked his summers as the head tennis professional at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham. He has been at Warren Health and Racquets Club for more than 25 years where he has enjoyed teaching tennis to all levels and ages of children and adults in privates, group lessons, and drills. Brian initiated and has overseen, for 25+ years, the Borough of Fanwood Adult and Junior Tennis Program. He also recently introduced a popular Pickleball Program to the town. For 10 years, Brian was the Director of Tennis at Raritan Valley Country Club where he guided several ladies teams to the next level. Brian is PTR and PPR-certified and also enjoys being a member of the APTA and playing a great deal of paddle.
Gary has been playing tennis since the age of 9 and was ranked in the top 20 in the state of New Jersey during his junior career. He was also a highly ranked player in the USTA when he played on the James Caldwell High School Varsity Team. He has been teaching tennis for over 25 years and has been a certified PTR tennis instructor since 2002. He is also the co-director of tennis at Nomohegan swim and tennis club and is a senior tennis professional at Mountainside Racquet Club, where he provides children and adults of all ages private and semi-private lessons in addition to running clinics. He has been coaching varsity tennis for the past 13 years and is currently the Head Coach for the Millburn High School Varsity Boys Tennis Team. Gary has won a number of local awards including Tennis Coach of the Year for Union County in 2007, 2012, and 2013.