Welcome Back to PBG Tennis, Ron Rainyn!
Palm Beach Gardens Tennis Center Junior Development Professional Ron Rainyn has lived in south Florida all his life. Born in Fort Lauderdale, he started tennis with the famed Jimmy Evert at Fort Lauderdale’s Holiday Park. Of this experience, Ron says, “Not only was Mr. Evert a coach, but he was also a mentor and a dear friend. I credit him with teaching me patience and giving me a solid foundation.” He played team tennis for Davie High School, and then for Broward Community College, where he was part of a team that went to the 1994 National CC Championships.
Ron also trained at Nick Bollettieri (now IMG) Tennis Academy. “Nick developed my game even further. After working with Nick, I decided that I wanted to be a coach, and instill the same qualities that he taught, which are effective with players of all ages.” Ron worked at a number of South Florida tennis venues. Along the way he coached players ranked at the sectional, national and international levels, most recently for Club Med Academies, Sandpiper Bay.
His arrival at Gardens is something of a homecoming, as he worked at the Tennis Center from 2004 to 2008. “I should never have left. I came to realize that it was the best situation for me. It gives me a chance to build young players from the very beginning to a highly-advanced level. Ultimately, my goal is to produce college level and world class players.”
Could one of these be son, Tommy Rainyn, age 8? “I don’t know. Right now, he has an amazing passion for the game. He pesters me to practice, not vice versa. That’s the foundation we look for: Does the kid really want to do this? You build from there.”
“You may need to harness a child’s passion. There must to be a balance with academics and social life. But the healthy pursuit of a competitive sport can be a big asset in learning to set goals, to manage time and to develop social self-confidence."
“There are lots of opportunities in tennis, especially for college scholarships, and particularly for young women. Our objective is to help them to take advantage of those opportunities and achieve their goals in life.”
If you happen to be at the PBG Tennis Center and see Ron, please give him a warm welcome back. If you're interested in finding out more about PBG Tennis programs, call 561-775-8277 or go to www.pbgrec.com/tennis.