Tennis Memories

the 1970’s and ’80’s

I had the good fortune of being Director of Tennis from 1979-1981. Bob Ayres was our Assistant Pro and Mike Sterling was the stringer. May they forever rest in peace. They were good men. Very funny and totally committed to the amazing sport of tennis. Both veterans. Bob from Vietnam and Mike from WWII.

Many good times enjoying the Friday Afternoon Club parties in the summer with a great foursome playing to live bands in Anthony’s gardens on court 8.

Jay Birch and I set a personal record of 1780 consecutive hits in one rally. Out goal was to count how many in a row we could hit. We would do that for 90 minutes during the festivities.

Theo Mandel was the first Head Pro. His assistant was Malcom Campbell. The first ever set won at the club was Malcom defeating Theo 7-5.

Today, my granddaughters have learned to love the game through their involvement with the RMTC. Its very very sad to me that this iconic tennis oasis is closing.

This program is by invitation from the coach only.

Donna Chitambar

  • RMTC Founder, Director of Operations, Director of Marketing, RMTC Stylist!
  • High Performance Tennis Program (HPTP) Coordinator
  • 5430 Kids Tennis Foundation Founder
  • Her enthusiasm, dedication, and expertise are driving forces in the success of the Rocky Mountain Tennis Center
  • Passionate Adult 4.5 player captaining USTA League teams since 2010!
  • Management of high-end tennis clubs since 1999
  • Spa Management 1999-2006 – “Customer Service and hospitality are a must for any Club”
  • Bachelor of Science – Fashion Design, The Ohio State University
  • Kindergarten Teacher – 2 years
  • PTR certified Juniors and Adults
  • USTA Net Generation certified /verified Coach
  • Over 10 years coaching experience focusing on all levels of juniors

         “I love kids, and I love teaching them the game of tennis – Make it Fun and they love it too!”

Duke Paluch

  • RMTC Founder, Executive Director
  • Club Manager of former Harvest House Tennis since 1985
  • 5430 Kids Tennis Foundation Founder
  • Two-time collegiate All American, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • Gustavus Adolphus College Athletic Hall of Fame, 2012
  • Top-ranked junior Northern Section, nationally ranked
  • State of South Dakota – Tennis Hall of Fame inductee
  • Bachelor of Arts – Finance, Gustavus Adolphus College
  • USPTA Certified (Elite Professional)
  • PTR Master of Tennis-Performance; PTR Adult Certified
  • USTA/USPTA Wheelchair Tennis Certified Coach
  • USTA Colorado Tournament Committee Member – 20 years!
  • USTA Net Generation certified /verified Coach
  • Over 30 years coaching experience working with all levels juniors & adults

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