In celebration of Women’s History Month, throughout March USTA Florida is celebrating all the women whose passion and presence continue to fuel the growth and success of tennis — at every level. We’re committed to supporting, elevating and attracting diverse women to all aspects of the tennis industry in Florida.
The Director of Racquet Sports at Hunter’s Green Country Club, Allegra Campos has been playing tennis for most of her life. She started when she was just four years old and went on to be a two-time All-American at the University of Miami before playing professionally for a few seasons. Campos, who lives in Tampa, earned her pro certification at Saddlebrook Resort and has been at Hunter’s Green since 2008.
When did you first pick up a racquet and how did you get your start in the sport?
My dad, George Pero, was a tennis Pro in Coral Gables, Fla. He taught me how to play. I was a ranked junior player and went to the finals in singles and won the doubles (with Anne Smith) at the Orange Bowl. I played for the University of Miami on a tennis scholarship and achieved All-American status twice.
You’re the Tennis Director at Hunters Green, when did you start there and what do you do?
I started at Hunters Green in 2008 and am the Director of Racquet Sports. I oversee the entire operation of the tennis club including junior and adult programming, lessons, clinics, camps, court maintenance, and most of all taking care of the members. Before I worked at Hunters Green, I was the Director of Tennis at The Club at Cheval in Lutz.
What is your ultimate ambition as a coach?
I really enjoy teaching all levels but beginners the most! I love to watch them fall in LOVE with tennis!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I’m just so blessed to be able to work at something I love. Meeting so many different people, developing friendships, and enriching their lives through tennis.
What is your favorite part of the sport?
I still like to compete if my body holds up!
It’s known there aren’t many women in positions of sports leadership across the country – why does that need to change?
Tennis should lead the way and show more diversity with women in key positions.
What do you think women bring to the tennis-teaching profession that makes them an asset to tennis clubs/facilities?
Women, in general, are much more detail-oriented than men and have the ability to multitask. Organizing fun events, teaching, promoting, and managing a tennis operation takes a lot of skill.
What do you think we as an industry can do to bring more women into those roles?
Offer them the same amount of money as men in the same role, and facilities will reap the rewards of an outstanding woman Tennis Director!
Why are women the key to tennis growth and how do we reach them?
Well, I’m not sure, but I feel like when one woman gets involved, they tend to invite more friends to get involved as well. It turns into a social thing and snowballs into a lifestyle. They also would tend to bring their kids and families to get involved.
What advice would you give to other women who may be hesitant to take the leap to a higher-level position?
If you love tennis, go for it!
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