Whether you are a seasoned pro or just learning tennis, Smoke Rise’ tennis professionals can help you score more Aces on the court! Smoke Rise offers individual, semi-private, and group lessons for Smoke Rise members of all ages and skill levels. To schedule a lesson, please contact our tennis professionals.
Director of Tennis
Suzy was born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. She played collegiate tennis at NCAA Division I George Mason University while completing her Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Operations Management.
Suzy began her teaching career at the Standard Club, Duluth, GA as an assistant tennis professional. She then served as a staff teaching professional at both Druid Hills Golf Club and Ansley Golf club. She was promoted to Ansley’s Head Tennis Professional, and she managed 3 tennis professionals, 2 shop assistants and a full-time court maintenance person. During Suzy’s tenure the adult Ansley program grew to 18 adult ALTA teams. In the 2013 fall season, 9 of her 18 adult teams made the playoffs.
Suzy is a USPTA elite professional. She has been a member of the USPTA and GPTA for 10 years and served in various volunteer capacities. In 2013 & 2014, she served the teaching professionals in Georgia as the treasurer of the Georgia Professional Tennis Association and currently holds a position on the USPTA Georgia Board of Directors. She is also a certified personal trainer with International Sports & Sciences Association. Suzy prides herself in her ability to create a tennis community that is family oriented and welcoming to all levels.
Jim Richards Head Tennis Professional
Jim has a wealth of experience in the tennis industry spanning over 15 years in leadership positions. Jim has worked at some of the top high performance tennis academies in Florida, directed county wide programs for Parks Departments, has been a Director of Tennis at Country Clubs and Resorts, and has been a Junior Academy Director both in the United States and abroad. Jim has taught nationally ranked juniors including state champions, Division I college players, and ATP/WTA players. Jim also has extensive experience doing both video technical analysis and statistical match analysis for juniors, adults, and professionals. He is a USPTA certified P1 elite instructor, USTA level II sport psychology and motor learning certified, and is Tennis Smith Trained. He is also an article contributor to USPTA ADDvantage, Florida Tennis and Serve it Up magazines. Before coming to the United States, Jim played competitively in Europe and college tennis for the University College of Wales.
Suzy Ihnat – Director of Tennis – 770-908-2582 opt. 5
60 minute private lesson with Director | $65
30 minute private lesson with Director | $37
60 minute semi-private lesson with Director | $37
60 minute group lesson | $ 75
Jim Richards – Head Tennis Professional – 770-908-2582 opt. 5
60 minute private lesson with Head Pro | $62
30 minute private lesson with Head Pro | $35
60 minute semi-private lesson with Head Pro | $35
60 minute group lesson | $ 75
Smoke Rise Country Club’s tennis ball machine is available for our members to use both on their own and through our lessons, clinics, and camps. To reserve the ball machine, please call the club at 770.908.2582.
Ball Machine Rates:
Ball machine 1 hour | $18
Ball machine 30 minutes | $12