Our IdentityWhat We Are
Our MissionWhy We Are Here
The primary mission of 239Tennis is to provide a collaborative and inclusive presence to help grow and promote the game of tennis for ALL ages, ALL abilities, and ALL levels of interest in ALL communities of Charlotte, Collier, and Lee County, ALL the time!
Our ObjectivesWhat We Intend To Do
- Increase Awareness – Keeping everyone connected to what’s going on in the tennis community
- Extend Reach – Connect the tri-county area to increase playing opportunities, business opportunities, and goods-and-services options
Our StructureWho Gets Things Done
Craig M. Turner
Craig Turner is a Co-Founder of 239tennis and the Web Designer and Administrator of 239tennis.org. Craig is and has been an Application Developer for the InfiLaw System for the past three years. After serving 10 years active duty in the U.S. Navy, he spent seven years with Boeing, where he served in a variety of Information Technology (IT) positions. He has been married to Courtney N. Turner for 14 years, and they have three beautiful girls (Hayley, Kelli, and
Craig has designed multiple websites for local tennis entities, including the Tom Manring Foundation, the Arthur Allen Tennis Center, and SWFL Pro League to name a few. Craig both software and hardware expertise, specializing in more than two dozen software systems and a dozen hardware systems.
Craig is also involved with USTA Florida, Tom Manring Foundation, International Alliance of Racquet Technicians (IART), and Tennis Thanks the Troops. He became a USPTA Professional in 2012. Craig and Courtney N. Turner have been married for 14 years, and they have three beautiful girls (Hayley, Kelli, and Mylee).
Craig M. TurnerPartner & Co-Founder
T. A. Niles
T. A. has been a feature writer and contributing writer for numerous print and online publications since 1991, and has published a tennis blog (T.A.’s Take on Tennis) since October of 2011. His commitment to the Florida tennis community stretches back to the early 1990s when he served as USTA Florida’s (then the Florida Tennis Association) first Junior Team Tennis Coordinator. Since that time, T. A. has been awarded USTA Florida’s Media Excellence Award (2008), and was the recipient of USTA Florida’s Volunteer of The Month in February 2008.
T. A. is a USPTA certified Tennis Professional who’s love for tennis began under the tutelage of top New England Tennis ProfessionalPhil Gordon in 1975. He has taught tennis intermittently for almost four decades in Connecticut, Arizona, and Florida. Formerly the Head Teaching Professional at Gulf Harbour Golf & Country Club in Fort Myers, Florida, T. A. currently teaches at The Hideaway Country Club.
T. A.’s excellence as a teaching professional, as a player, and as a contributing member of the Fort Myers tennis community was acknowledged by his peers at the USPTA Florida Convention in June 2013. He was awarded “Pro of The Year” honors for USPTA Florida District 14 (Lee County), “Player of the Year” honors for USPTA Florida’s Men’s 50 Division of the USPTA Grand Prix; and was the recipient of the “Welch Tennis Winner’s Circle Award” for 2012.
T. A. will assume the roles of Writer and Photographer, bringing his years as a player, Tennis Professional, and writer to bear in the service of 239tennis.org’s mission.
T. A. NilesPartner, Writer & Photographer
Roddy Cantey – the only United States Racquet Stringers Association (USRSA) certified Master Racquet Technician (MRT) in the Naples/Ft. Meyers area and owns ProAm Tennis, in Naples, FL. Cantey is also a USPTA certified tennis teaching professional. He is also a string tester and on the Advisory Staff with the USRSA. Tennis has always been a passion of Cantey’s. Starting at the age of 5, he quickly developed into a top-notch junior player, being nationally ranked from the time he was 12 years old until he was 18. He was chosen to demonstrate proper stroke and technique in New York during the US Open when he was 14.
He was the #1 singles and doubles player on his high school team for three years. As captain, he led that team to 3 consecutive South Carolina 4A state titles, recording a record of 59-1. During his senior year, Cantey won the high school individual state championship and was named South Carolina’s Mr. Tennis.
Later, at Penn State University, Cantey again stood out as a singles and doubles player. During his senior year at Penn State, he again served as captain, led his team at #1 singles and doubles, and made it to the semi-finals of the Big-10 individual tournament. He was awarded Penn State’s “Iron Man” award his junior year and the “Holmes Cathrall Coaches Award” his senior year. Unfortunately, a serious knee injury during his senior year at Penn State prevented Cantey from continuing his competitive career.
Beyond his athletic ability, Cantey has also won numerous sportsmanship awards. He was named sportsman of the year during the Big-10 final banquet his senior year. He is the only junior player in history to win the sportsmanship award in the Southern Section Closed Tournament 14s, 16s, and 18s. His family was named the tennis “Family of the Year” in South Carolina in 1998.
Roddy is married to Sarah Witten Cantey and they have two beautiful children.
Roddy CanteyPartner & Co-Founder
Nick Blackwood Founder and Owner of Blackwood Management
Thanks for providing a great source for the community to get local tennis information!!!
Bruce & Marley Lombard Indian Creek Players
This site is amazing…!! The amount of info on players, matches and the tennis in this area is great!
Don Doles Breckenridge Member
Web site is a real plus to the tennis community.
Howie Ames National 65s Player from Pelican Landings
It will be good to have one site to review all activity in our areas.