The Ross School Tennis Academy (RSTA) is designed to sculpt student-athletes into agile, skillful players, and with new head coach Phil Williamson to guide them, the enthusiasm for bringing home more wins is high.
“I am excited to have Phil be a part of the team and head coach of RSTA,” said RSTA Director Vinicius Carmo. “Phil was an accomplished player. His results as a professional tennis player are extraordinary, and I believe that to be a tennis coach you have to go through the process of being a good tennis player. The student-athletes from the RSTA are very lucky to have Phil on their side.”
A resident of Sag Harbor, Phil has been coaching nationally ranked juniors at the Grand Slam Tennis Center in Bedford, New York, where he serves as Senior Head Pro. Since 2001, he has also held the position of staff coach for the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program. His broad experience in tennis includes the management of clubs, but ultimately, his passion lies in coaching, and working with juniors in particular. Phil is a Life Member of the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and was named 2007 Pro of the Year by the USPTA/Eastern Section. He is a USPTA Member with a P1 rating, and he was certified as a High Performance Coach in 2007.
As a player, Phil led the Columbia University team to their second Ivy League title in three years and achieved a rank of 31 in Head Intercollegiate Tennis Standings. He has placed in the US Open four times, twice at Wimbledon, and once in the Australian Open and the Newport International Hall of Fame. Phil also played in the Pan Am Games in Argentina and the Davis Cup in El Salvador, Bermuda, Bolivia, and Panama. He achieved an ATP singles ranking of #294 and #133 for doubles.