Lubbock Country Club has five tennis professionals.
Our four indoor, four outdoor lighted courts and one pickle ball court host men's, women's and children's clinics, playdays and leagues. We also host tournaments open to the public. Our full-service pro shop offers clothing and equipment service.
Our professionals teach all levels from beginners to advanced ... group and private lessons. To schedule private lessons, clinic times and playdays.
contact the pro shop at (806) 762.3430.
Drop-in clinics and private teen clinics are also available.
Mel is a native of the Panhandle and South Plains. He began playing tennis at the age of 13 to avoid track and field in school but soon developed a love and passion for the sport. Mel learned the game in his early years from magazine articles, watching Pete Sampras matches and books from the school library. After a successful high school career, Mel attended Temple College where he played for Dick King, USPTA Master Professional and Texas Tennis Hall of Fame member. Mel transferred to Texas Tech and in 2002 joined the staff at the Lubbock Country Club as an assistant. In 2005 Mel became the Director of Tennis and gets to spend every day teaching and sharing the great game of tennis with players of all ages and abilities. Mel is an Elite Professional of the USPTA and has been a member of the association for 15 years. His greatest achievement is marrying his best friend, Kristen. They have three daughters, Victoria, Lucy and Lily. Mel enjoys hobbies of all kinds and volunteering his time for charities and good causes.
Hutton Jones Jr.
Hutton is an Abilene native who grew up playing competitive junior tennis across the state of Texas at the Superchamp level. He played high-school tennis at Abilene High School and the played at Abilene Christian University. As a high school senior, he was a state qualifier in 5A doubles and went on to play as high as #1 doubles at nationally ranked ACU. While at ACU, Jones was a part of three Div. II National Sweet 16 teams and earned the ITA Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship award for the Southwest Region. He holds a professional teaching certification from the USPTA and has been teaching tennis full time at LCC since 2015.
Melissa has been a member of the Lubbock Country Club coaching staff since 2015. During her stay here in Lubbock, Melissa has joined the Texas Tech women's tennis staff as a volunteer coach for the 2015-16 season. During her playing career at the University of Illinois, Kopinski earned All-American honors as well as becoming a four-year All-Big Ten Conference player. Melissa is currently on the WTA tour and ranked top 500 in doubles. Born and raised in Chicago, Melissa has a twin brother who is also on the ATP tour.
Marek comes to us from the Czech Republic and has been playing tennis since childhood. He played college tennis at the University of the Southwest where he had a very successful career. After college Marek moved to Lubbock to pursue a career in physical therapy. Marek graduated from Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center with doctor of physical therapy degree which he has been practicing for almost one year.
Philip is a Lubbock native who grew up playing junior tennis here at Lubbock Country Club. Though he started tennis late, he thrived in junior tennis. After a short hiatus from the sport, he decided to try his hand at teaching and coaching. He has now been at the club for four years, helping others to improve their game.
A former touring pro, Betsy has joined our Lubbock Country Club teaching staff. She has extensive knowledge in teaching the game, having coached competitive juniors and men and women through the years at several clubs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Betsy played at Wimbledon, the U.S Open and numerous other women's pro tournaments in this country, Canada, Europe and Scandinavia. In 1981 she and her women's doubles partner won the Swedish Open title and won several rounds at Wimbledon. She also was a lines person on the Battle of the Sexes match in Houston in 1973 between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Before joining our staff, Betsy was a journalist for 25 years, including 16 years based in Lubbock for The Associated Press.
For more information on tournaments go to lubbockcountryclub.tencaptennis.com