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Stacey L. Venker
  Janet Darvill  
Genaro Angeles




Stacey L. Venker - Tennis Director USPTR Certified

photograph of Stacey VenkerStacey Venker lives for tennis! Her involvement in the sport spans over her lifetime; including over a quarter-century of professional coaching and instruction under her belt.

Stacey graduated from The University of Georgia in 1987 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Recreation and Leisure Studies. Stacey founded Tennis For Life that same year with the desire to spread her love for tennis to the surrounding Athens community. Ever since, Stacey has been promoting, developing, and organizing a love for the game among individuals of all ages in the Athens and Oconee area.

Holding a Professional status membership in the United States Professional Tennis Registry since 1992, a membership in the United States Tennis Association since 1976, and a membership in the Georgia Professional Tennis Association since 2000, Stacey is more than qualified to teach any aspiring tennis player of any skill level!

Over the years, the Athens community has not overlooked Stacey’s enduring and passionate work on the tennis court. In 2012 the Georgia USTA nominated Stacey the “Professional of the Year”. Furthermore in 2009 Stacey received the “Community Services Award” from the Athens Athletic Hall of Fame.

Besides her evident love for the game of Tennis, Stacey loves to travel, instruct cycling classes at the Athens YMCA, enjoy the performing arts, play the piano, golf, and walk her beloved pug, Kody.

Email: Stacey@tennisforlife.net




Janet Darvill

Photograph of Janet Darvill

All who know Janet understand that Tennis For Life would not be where it is today without her. From making the rosters to managing local league play, Janet makes the Tennis For Life engine run smoothly.

Janet’s contribution to the TFL team goes far beyond her administrative skills. Janet has over 10 years of teaching experience, which is invaluable to her ability to place new students in the right classes with the right coaches.

Other than playing tennis Janet enjoys keeping fit, cooking, and spending time in her garden and with her family!

If you ever wondered whom the nice person answering your calls and returning your emails from Tennis For Life is now you know. It’s Janet!

Email: Janet@tennisforlife.net


Genaro Angeles - USPTR Certified

Bio coming soon!







Duane Smith

Duane Smith began playing tennis when he was 10 years old and quickly got "Tennis Fever". Duane played number 1 singles and was awarded the MVP award on his high school team. He received a full tennis scholarship to Truett McConnell College where he played number one singles and again received the MVP award.

After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in Science Education, Duane has taught science and coached tennis at South Gwinnett High School and Grayson High School. Many of his high school teams have won their region and one team won state. Duane has coached many junior and adult ALTA and USTA teams and individual players over the years.

Duane recently retired from full time high school teaching and is looking forward to spending more time on the tennis court. Duane was USPTA certified in 1982 and has spent the last 30 years learning as much as he can about the game. Duane looks forward to helping you improve the physical and mental parts of your tennis game. Hope to see you on the court soon!



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