About Jimmy Gleason
Jimmy Gleason is a former Division I tennis college standout who started taking formal lessons at age 11.
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.
His goal was to be a top 100 professional tennis player and he did very well but never reached that goal. After college and a brief professional tennis career he continued searching for ways to become a better player and coach.
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 Against 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.