Stonebridge Ranch Country Club
|Role:||Director of Tennis and Athletics|
ClubCorp & Industry History
In addition to his role as Head Tennis Professional at Stonebridge Ranch, Philip Farmer has also served as the Head Tennis Professional at the Lakes Tennis Academy. Philip continues to serve as the Vice President of Client Services for ProLink Sports and Entertainment, where he helps promote a number of tennis, music and high-profile celebrity fundraisers and events across the country.
Philip coached the Bryan Brothers, "America's Team," from 2003 to 2005. In 2003 the Bryans won their first Grand Slam at the French Open, won the Houston Masters Cup, and finished the year as the #1 Team in the World for the first time. In 2004, the Bryans were quarter-finalists at the Olympics, finalists with the US Davis Cup Team, won a career high seven doubles titles, won a 2nd consecutive Houston Masters Cup and finished the year as the #2 Doubles Team in the world.
A professional satellite circuit player, Philip toured as a coach on both the women's and men's tours for nine years. He was also the assistant coach of the Episcopal High School tennis team for one year and a tennis pro at the Houston Metropolitan Racquet Club for three and a half years.
Philip attained a top 10% ranking in Texas Super Championship Division in Juniors. He was the district and regional champion, and state runner-up in Texas High School 5-A doubles. Philip played singles and doubles for the University of Oklahoma Men's Tennis Team all 4 years and also received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communication with a minor in Sociology while at Oklahoma.
Get to Know Philip
What is your favorite part of your job at Stonebridge Ranch Country Club?
What I love about my job is the relationships and connecting to both my members and employees at the club. We are a very close family here at the tennis facility and it is truly a reward to build those relationships, serve our members, and see them enjoy the tennis and club experience.
Tell us about some of the most memorable moments from your career.
Some of my most memorable moments came from coaching professional players on the tour. In 2002 I coached Corina Morariu (WTA Tour) in her comeback on the tour after surviving Leukemia. It was incredibly special to be with her in this comeback, and see her healthy and competing again on the tour. In 2003, I coached the Bryan Brothers (ATP Tour) and helped them in winning their first Grand Slam at the French Open (Doubles & Mixed Doubles), win the year end World Championships (Houston), and finish the year as the #1 Doubles Team in the world for the first time.
Can you give a couple tips for Members and guest who wants to improve their
Preparing early is the key! It is so important in tennis that as you see the ball leave your opponents racket you must immediately turn your shoulders and get your racket back. This will help give you enough time to read the tennis ball coming at you and execute the appropriate shot.
USPTA Touring Coach of the Year Award (2012-2013)
Professional Players coached by Philip:
- Tara Snyder (highest rank #33 in singles)
- Wade McGuire (highest rank #163 in singles)
- Melissa Torres (highest rank #16 in singles and #6 in doubles – ITF Juniors)
- Andrew Painter (highest rank #119 in doubles)
- Corina Morariu (highest rank #1 in doubles and #29 in singles)
- Graydon Oliver (highest rank #37 in doubles)
- Bob and Mike Bryan (highest rank #1 in doubles)
- Sam Querrey (ranked #19 in the world) - 2012