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CHARLESTON, S.C. (June 17, 2003)  -Since the Family Circle Tennis Center
opened in the spring of 2001, the Tennis Center has been home to one of the
most successful events in women's professional tennis, the Family Circle
Cup. As a City of Charleston public tennis facility, the Tennis Center's
mission has always been to focus on quality tennis programming.  To continue
on that focus and to take the facility to another level, the Family Circle
Tennis Center announced today that Jim Dempsey has been named Director of
Tennis.  With over 17 years experience in the tennis industry, Dempsey
brings a wealth of tennis experience and industry expertise to the
Charleston community. 

As Director of Tennis, Dempsey will play a key role in helping to grow the
facility not only locally but also regionally and nationally as well.  One
of his major responsibilities will be to create and implement all aspects of
the center's tennis programming which includes developing instructional
programs for all age groups and skill levels from children to senior
citizens.  He will also take a lead role in marketing and promoting the
facility in the Charleston community and across the country. 

"This was a very important decision and we wanted to explore all our options
in the search for the right individual to hire as our Director of Tennis,"
commented Frankie Whelan, Executive Director of the Family Circle Tennis
Center.  "It was imperative for us to find an individual who fits with our
mission on growing the sport of tennis and this facility, someone who has
outstanding teaching, coaching and training skills.  Jim is the perfect
choice for us and for the City of Charleston." 

Dempsey's tennis career started in 1983 at Francis Marion College in
Florence, South Carolina where he earned a college scholarship in tennis.
While at Francis Marion for three years he played No. 1 on the school's
tennis  team in both singles and doubles.  After his two years at Francis
Marion he played pro tennis on the men's tour for a couple of years.  His
coaching career in tennis started at the prestigious Harry Hopman Academy in
Saddlebrook, Florida in 1986.  A year later he accepted a position at the
Vitas Gerulaitis International Tennis Academy in Delray Beach, Florida where
he managed staff and coordinated junior programs, charity events and adult
tennis programs. After graduating from the University of South Florida with
a degree in Biology in 1992, he found his way back to the Harry Hopman
International Tennis Academy where he served as a top instructor and
Coordinator for Touring Professionals.  It was during this time that he made
a significant entry into the professional tennis arena working with some of
the touring pros visiting the academy.  Dempsey helped coordinate the pros
training schedules and worked with many of them on a one-to-one basis.  In
this position he also coordinated the training and scheduling of tournaments
for some of the USTA National junior players. 

By April of 1994 Dempsey was asked to coach on the WTA Tour and over the
course of the next six years he coached some of the top ranked players in
the game including International Hall of Famer Pam Shriver, Lori McNeil and
Lisa Raymond.  While coaching on the women's pro tour, he was asked by the
WTA Tour to assist them in developing the WTA Tour's Coaches Registration
program.   The Coaches Registration program, which was launched in 2000, is
an important part of the WTA Tour's Player Development Program and was
created to foster the highest standards in coaching.  Dempsey has also
authored articles for "The Coaches Corner" on the WTA Tour's official
website. 

Dempsey is a certified member of the USPTA (United States Professional
Tennis Association) since 1994 and for the last ten years has been a Prince
Tennis Touring Professional.   For the last couple of years he has served as
Director of Tennis for Isleworth Country Club in Orlando, Florida home to
some of the most recognizable athletes in the world including Tiger Woods,
Mark O'Meara, Todd Woodbridge, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Shaquille O'Neal. 

"As home to one of the premier events in women's tennis, the Family Circle
Tennis Center is in a league of its own and I am excited to be a part of
it," said Dempsey.  "This organization has one of the finest reputations in
the tennis industry and I look forward to working with this incredible
staff.  As Director of Tennis I want to help create a facility that will
make Charleston one of the major tennis markets in the country."

The Family Circle Tennis Center, home of the Family Circle Cup, is a public
facility operated by Family Circle Magazine.  The Center features seventeen
tennis courts and a full service racquet club featuring locker room
facilities, a fitness center and massage therapy.   With one of the finest
professional tennis staffs in the southeast, the Family Circle Tennis Center
offers the most comprehensive array of social and instructional tennis
programs for adults and juniors in the Charleston community.  For
information on the various tennis programs or to receive a brochure
outlining all the programs please call the Family Circle Tennis Pro Shop at
(843) 849-5300. 

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The Family Circle Tennis Center
Home of the Family Circle Cup
161 Seven Farms Drive
Daniel Island, Charleston, SC 29492
 PH:  (843) 856.7900 FAX:  (843) 856.7901
www.familycircletenniscenter.com

Quotes on Jim Dempsey


Professional Tennis Players (Former and Current)

Pam Shriver
Inducted into the International Tennis Hall of Fame in July 2002. 

"I had the pleasure of working with Jim later in my tennis career and I
found him to be very knowledgeable about all aspects of the game.  Jim is
very professional and will provide club members and guests with a first
class experience.  He has the ability to coach all levels from beginners to
professionals.  He will be a true asset to the Family Circle Tennis Center."


Lisa Raymond
Winner of 4 WTA Tour singles titles and 6 Grand Slam Doubles Titles
including her most recent Mixed Doubles Championship at the French Open

"I really enjoyed having Jim as a coach.  He challenged me as a player and
in the process made me better.  Once you meet Jim, you see first hand his
passion for the game of tennis.  That enthusiasm is contagious and the
Family Circle Tennis Center is lucky to have him.  He made many friends
coaching on the WTA Tour and I'm sure many of the pros will look forward to
seeing him every year at the Family Circle Cup. I know I will."  


WTA Tour Official

Kathleen Stroia
WTA Tour
Associate Vice President
Sport Sciences & Medicine Player Development

"Jim Dempsey is an excellent choice as Director of Tennis for the Family
Circle Tennis Center.  He played a pivotal role in the creation and
development of the WTA Tour's Coach Registration program as he was both a
part of the task force that helped design the structure and criteria for the
program as well as serving on the subsequent Coach Committee.  He set a high
standard for others to follow with his dedication and professionalism
towards his job."

 

 

 
 
 
 
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