Recognizing his 18 years of promoting and teaching tennis with the Collier County Parks & Recreation, our Tennis Director Spike Gonzales received the 2018 Collier “Pro of the Year” award at the annual convention of the Florida Division of the United States Professional Tennis Association. In taking on the role of the teaching professional for Collier County Parks in January of 2000, Spike greatly expanded the role of the parks in bringing tennis to the Naples area with an affordable beginners tennis program and ongoing “play and learn” activities.  Training a staff of certified professionals he has introduced tennis to over 5,000 area residents.

“Spike’s award,” says the Collier USPTA President, Jicham Zaatini, "is a tribute to his dedication to bringing tennis as a recreational sport to the Naples locale.  His efforts have positively impacted the health, fitness and outlook of thousands of local children and adults.”

The Wilderness tennis program, located in a beautiful wooded setting, is directed by our tennis professional, Spike Gonzales. He has been a USPTA certified tennis pro for 35 years and has developed thousands of players from beginners to professionals.

Spike is equally at home coaching children, current players, newcomers to the game and players returning to the game after a long absence. Spike's belief is that tennis is a fun game and an enjoyable way of keeping fit.