About Jimmy Gleason
The youngest of 12 kids, his first sport was baseball, which he started at the early age of 4. Always around sports, and with many athletic siblings, he was on track to becoming a top-level baseball player (like his brothers) but then got caught up with watching his favorite tennis player, Bjorn Borg, winning all the biggest tournaments. Being from "tennis town" (Kalamazoo, MI), where the Boy’s 16 & 18 Nationals are played, had a big influence on his switching from baseball to tennis.
Jimmy played on professional tour, was a Division I Collegiate standout for Western Michigan University and was formerly the #2 ranked singles player in the Men’s Open division in the US Western Section (Ohio, Michigan, Illinois, & Wisconsin). Mentored by legendary coaches Bill Adams (Former coach of current world #1 Naomi Osaka) and MTM creator Oscar Wegner, Jimmy is certified in MTM (Modern Tennis Methodology) , USPTA P-1, and PTR bringing the best tennis techniques, physical fitness and mental toughness training in the tennis industry.
He has continued searching for ways to become a better player and coach. He truly enjoys spending time playing tennis with his clients, who he sees as his friends and family.
Training with Elite Professionals
Jimmy Gleason has trained with some of the top players in the world, including:
Vince Spadea, formerly ranked 18th in the world, is a former US Davis Cup player and has wins over Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal, to name a few.
Alexandra Stevenson, also formerly ranked 18th in the world, was a Wimbledon Semi-Finalist at the tender age of 18. She has wins over two former world #1 players; Jennifer Capriati and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario.
Donald Young, formerly ranked 38th in the world, is a French Open Doubles finalist. Donald has wins over Gael Monfils, Tomas Berdych, and former world #1, Andy Murray.
Competing with Elite Professionals
Jimmy has played in tournament matches with these Grand Slam Finalists:
Todd Martin, former US Open and Australian Open finalist. Jimmy played Todd in 18 and under competition losing a tight three-set match; 1-6, 7-6, 1-6 and the Western WMTA qualifier for sectionals competition.
MaliVai Washington, former Wimbeldon finalist. Jimmy competed against, MaliVai, the NCAA #1 in the nation at a prize-money tournament in Swartz Creek, Michigan.
Robert Van't Hof, formerly world ranked 25 in singles, 20 in doubles and 1980 NCAA singles champion. Jimmy and his partner, John Kropf, played and defeated Robert, and his partner Daud Amid, in the 2008 semi-finals of the Palisades Doubles prize-money tournament. The match went three sets ending in a tie-breaker 9-7. Jimmy and John went on to win the tournament.