Long time Dunwoody tennis pro and GPTA member Ty Fuller recently retired from coaching after 50 years. He started back in 1963 in Massachusetts, where he grew up, and worked in the New England area at various clubs for about 10 years. In 1971, after a meeting with Bud Collins and Arthur Ashe, he did a stint for the U.S. State Department touring around West Africa setting up programs at various schools and universities.

In 1973 he came to Atlanta and was the Tennis Director/Club Manager at the Dunwoody Radisson Inn. He remained there for almost nine years before starting Dunwoody Tennis School on Spalding Drive, which ran for 30 years. During his coaching tenure in Atlanta many of his ALTA/USTA league teams won city titles. He also developed more than 50 youngsters into regional (as well as sectional) champions. Several of his students even followed him into the coaching profession.

Over the years he created many innovative instructional programs such as: Tennis to Music, Tennis for Tykes and a series on both Georgia Cable and CBS Atlanta. In addition, he donated his time developing programs for the physically disabled, prison inmates and for Atlanta's schools. In 2007 he was named Pro of the Year by the GPTA, which he helped start back in 1977. As a player, his USTA Senior League Team won city titles in 2010 and 2013, and the state championship in 2005. Good luck, Ty! Feb. 2, 2014

We have our next Lunch & Learn set for February 20th at Dunwoody Country Club. We hope to see all of our members there!