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Ocotillo Tennis Experts

Josh Bates

Tennis Director

Josh is one of 35 pros in the world with the distinction of Master of Tennis Performance. This certification follows the developmental path from a beginning child to the professional player. Josh is also an Adidas Brand Ambassador, a PTR clinician, and a member of the Wilson Advisory Staff. He is certified in all of these pathways by the PTR.

Steve Etchells

Head Tennis Pro

Steve moved to America at the age of 23 from Mansfield, England to pursue becoming a professional tennis coach. He is certified by the Professional Tennis Registry in both Performance and 10 & Under and the LTA. He is working toward becoming a Master Racquet Technician and Professional Racquet Advisor. Steve once strung 106 racquets in 6 days during a professional tennis tournament. Steve is a fan of anything sports related and you will constantly see him representing and talking about his beloved Chelsea FC or Detroit Lions.

Jonathan Chan

Rocket scientist by day, master racquet technician by night. Aside from his role as the principal electrical engineer lead ­designing and testing launch vehicles-Jon is also a USRSA nationally certified stringer as a master racquet technician with over 15 years of experience. His specialty favors tennis string and racquet composite materials to enhance each player’s feel and consistency through stringing.

Chris Steele

Christopher is a Phoenix local who has been playing tennis for 15+ years and was a top-ranked Jr in the southwest. He played high school tennis for Corona Del Sol and then went to NAU and graduated in the Spring of 2022 with a bachelor’s, in marketing and finance and was a part of the Men’s tennis team from 2017-2022. He went on to win 2 conference championships and compete in the NCAA tournament. He has always had a passion for the sport of tennis and loves to spread it with others. 

Julia Benford

Julia Benford (Courter) from Lawrenceville, GA rose to the top 30 in the country and was a 5-star recruit earning a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota. While at UMN winning over 160 combined singles and doubles matches landing a spot in the top ten all-time wins for both doubles and singles. Following a successful college career, Julia was appointed as head men’s and women’s tennis coach at Hamline University, leading the team to their first-ever All-American and best conference records. Julia also has years of experience coaching high school girls’ teams and numerous successful juniors and adults. Julia resides in East Mesa with her husband Casey and two rescue dogs, Charlie Mae & Popper.

Mike Van Zutphen

2015 California Professional of the Year

2007 Champions of Tennis Recipient (Member of the Year)

5 Time Southwest Professional of the Year

2007 Champions of Tennis USPTA ( Member of the Year)

2 Time Southwest Coach of the Year

2 Time Recipient of the National USTA Community Service Award

20 Years Southwest Tester of the Year 

Winner and #1 World Ranking Men’s 45 Singles USPTA 2000

Winner and #1 World Ranking Men’s 35 Doubles USPTA 1998