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Our Tennis Professionals

 93A0122The tennis operation at Esplanade are staffed with USTA/USPTA certified tennis professionals, who provide a strong tennis program. Services include professional instruction from beginners to advanced players, league and tournament play, as well as a variety of social tennis programming to complete the tennis experience at Esplanade.



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Paul Varner, USPTA Elite P1
Head of Sports Courts
Esplanade Golf and Country Club

Paul is currently the Head of Sports Courts at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. Paul moved to Bradenton in 1989 and trained at IMG as a player and a coach for over 10 years. After leaving the Pro Tour, Paul was the Director of Tennis at El Conquistador Racket Club, Cedars Racket Club, and the Cayman Island Tennis Center. In 2008, Paul moved to Tuscaloosa, Alabama to manage North River Yacht Club. He has coached numerous men's and women's state and sectional teams ranging from 2.5-10.0 mixed doubles teams.

Paul has held top 10 rankings including national rankings in his junior career and was part of a national championship junior college team in Tifton, Georgia. After a few years on the pro tour, he was able to successfully transfer his knowledge of tennis into managing tennis facilities and coaching. Paul has over 25 years of experience in every aspect of the game.

Paul now lives in his hometown of Bradenton, Florida. He has two boys, Cade and Gage. His hobbies include fishing, working out, coaching all junior sports, and loves family time.

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Aaron May
Assistant Tennis Professional
Esplanade Golf and Country Club

Aaron is currently the Assistant Tennis Professional at Esplanade Golf and Country Club at Lakewood Ranch. Aaron grew up in Florida and spent most of his early life traveling and training for national and international tennis tournaments.  He played for 2 years as a professional, reaching rankings inside the ITF top 300 in the world.  Aaron played for the Florida State University men's tennis team for 2 season while studying Social Science and Psychology.  

In 2010, Aaron enlisted in the Marine Corps where he served with the Elite Anti-Terrorism Battalion.  Following service, he returned to tennis as a head coach at IMG Academies working with several current top 50 professionals.

Aaron now lives in Bradenton, Florida with his wife Mallory.