Tennis Pros

Paul MacDonald

Director of Tennis
USPTA Master Professional

Congratulations to Paul for receiving the USTA Midwest Section's most prestigious award, the Mel Bergman Award, which is given in recognition of continuous and distinguished service to the Section in an unselfish, dedicated manner for ten years or more!

Paul is a graduate of DePaul University where he played collegiate tennis and was coached by Wimbledon champion and International Tennis Hall of Fame member, George Lott.

He has coached all ages and levels from beginners to NCAA Division I All-Americans. Paul has been recognized and chosen to be a USTA midwest zonal coach, a competitive training center head coach, a USTA Midwest Sectional Training Camp coach and a USTA Regional Training Center coach. He is the USTA/Midwest Boys 18s team coach, which is the two-time defending National Champion at the USTA National Boys 18s Team Championship.

Paul is a former president of the Chicago District Tennis Association (CDTA), is co-chair of the USTA Midwest Junior Pathway committee, and is a member of the USTA National Junior Competition committee.

He is a frequent speaker at the USPTA Midwest Convention and an 11-time presenter at the USPTA World Conference. Paul also was co-director of the USPTA School of Pro Shop Management and co-author, with Klaus Hilgers, of six tennis management books.

National Certification and Awards:

• Member of the USPTA Midwest Hall of Fame
• Graduate of the USTA High Performance Coaching Program
• Two time Chicago Tournament Director of the Year
• Illinois USPTA Tennis Professional of the Year
• USTA Level 1 Sport Science Competency Test
• USTA Level 2 Sports Medicine/Biomechanics
• USTA Certified 10 and Under Coach
• USTA Midwest Volunteer of the Month  
• German Tennis Federation Tennis Teaching License
• German Tennis Federation Chair Umpire License
•  The Vic Braden Tennis Academy, Advanced Tennis Teaching Academy
•  Great Base Certified

Brad Skoryi

Head Tennis Professional/Director of Adult Tennis
PTR Professional

Brad is a native of Shorewood, Illinois. He grew up playing soccer year-round and began playing tennis at Joliet Township High School. He was on the Chicago Tribune All State Honorable Mention Soccer Team while competing at Joliet Township High School.  

Brad played collegiate tennis at St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois where his team qualified and finished 12th in the nation. He has continued playing adult team tennis with USTA Leagues where his teams have won multiple state titles.

Brad worked 18 years at Wilson Sporting Goods, the last 12 years within the Research and Development Department as a Player Insights and Product Testing Expert. Within that role, Brad visited many clubs and met players and professionals around the world. Each year he spent many weeks at the top US academies learning what the players liked about their products and how they play, and following trends, etc. to create the best racquets for consumers. He also had the pleasure of working at 16 US Opens and six Miami Opens. At those prestigious tournaments, he assisted in the operations of the stringing room or helped customers in the stores on-site.  

Brad has taught tennis for over 20 years and loves that tennis continuously evolves. He bases his coaching on these rules: coaches never stop learning, education is very important, and classes and seminars will always teach something new.

National Certification and Awards:

• Member USTA Midwest Adult League Committee
• Coach USTA Midwest Boys and Girls 16 and Under Zonal Team
• Coach, USTA Illinois Early Development Camp (EDC)
• USTA 10 and Under Certified Coach
• Great Base Certified
• Member of the K-Swiss Advisory Staff
• Certified PTR Professional – 10 & Under
• Certified PTR Professional – 11 to 17
• Certified PTR Professional – Performance
• PTR Level III Certification – Junior Development Specialist
•  PTR Award Level - Silver

John Trump

Tennis Professional
USPTA Elite Professional

John grew up in Muskegon, Michigan and became captain and MVP of the Kalamazoo College Tennis Team. While playing for Kalamazoo, he earned conference player of the year and the conference sportsmanship award. After college he was a high school coach and the college men’s varsity tennis coach at the University of Toledo, Ohio.

He is recognized as one of the best junior coaches in the country with 15 of his students winning more than 20 national championships, with four holding the number one National USTA year end rankings. Fifty of his students received college tennis scholarships.

John’s top three students who he coached from 10 and under up to professional players are: Aaron Krickstein, who ranked professionally as high as number 6 in the world; Amy Frazier, who ranked professionally as high as 13 in the world; and Laura Granville, who ranked professionally as high as 28 in the world and won two NCAA singles championships while attending Stanford University. All three have been ranked number one by the USTA.

John was previously tennis director at the Franklin Racquet Club, Southfield, MI; tennis director at Mid-Town Tennis Club, Chicago, IL; and general manager at the Racquet Club of Lake Bluff.

National Certification and Awards:
• USPTA Michigan Tennis Professional of the Year
• South East Michigan Tournament Director of the Year

Ben Britto

Tennis Professional

A Schaumburg native, Ben Britto played number one singles for Schaumburg High School. After high school, Ben continued to compete in Intercollegiate Tennis Association tournaments and USTA Pro tournaments. He competed in the National Tennis on Campus Championships for the University of Illinois in Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in psychology.

Ben teaches all levels and is an expert in the Great Base.

Certification and Awards:
• USTA 10 and Under Certified Coach
• Great Base certified

Ritchie Hernandez

Tennis Professional
USPTA Elite Professional

Ritchie attended Lewis University on a tennis scholarship and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and psychology. He played number one singles and doubles, was MVP all four years and an All Academic and All Conference tennis player finishing with a 103-56 record. He holds two USTA men’s open championship titles, six USTA junior doubles and singles titles and a USTA Illinois state league championship title.

Ritchie entered the corporate world and earned a Master’s degree in computer science with a concentration in human-computer interaction from DePaul University. He became a computer usability test consultant for Accenture in Phoenix, Arizona and worked with clients including Microsoft and Cigna Healthcare. After working in Arizona for several years, he decided to return to the game he loves.

Ritchie was previously a tennis professional at the Oakbrook Tennis Center, Downers Grove Swim and Racquet Club and assistant varsity coach for Downers Grove North High School. He also has ran cardio tennis and coordinated team tennis leagues for Sports Monster Corporation, now the Chicago Sport and Social Club.  

Ritchie loves that tennis continues to evolve. He understands the best coaches never stop learning about themselves, their students and life off the court. He is an excellent teacher for the Great Base, beginners and advanced players.

National Certification and Awards:

• USTA Certified Ten and Under Coach
• American Sport Education Program (ASEP) Certified
• Advisory Staff for Wilson Sporting Goods
• Great Base Certified

Jeff Love

Head Tennis Professional
USPTA Elite Professional

Jeff is a native of Western Springs, Illinois. He grew up playing junior tennis and high school tennis at Lyons Township High School. He played college tennis at Illinois State University.

Upon graduation, Jeff entered the corporate world. After working in the corporate sector in accounting, finance, IT, and project management, Jeff returned to tennis in the summer of 2005 as a player, coach, and manager. Jeff held the position of Club Manager for the Lincolnshire Club before managing both the Lincolnshire and Libertyville clubs for Club-Net. In the spring of 2009 Jeff turned his full attention to Tennis as director of tennis for the Lincolnshire Club.

As director of tennis his responsibilities included instruction, organizing and growing the tennis programs, and managing the staff for both junior and adult tennis.

Jeff has a reputation as being an excellent technical, tactical and motivational tennis teacher. Having an extensive playing and teaching background, Jeff is excellent at teaching all levels

National Certification and Awards:

  • UPSTA Accredited Professional Coach (APC)
  • USTA 10 and Under Certified Coach
  • Coach, USTA Illinois Early Development Camp (EDC)
  • Great Base Certified
  • Member of the Wilson Advisory Staff