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About Big Dog Tennis

Dennis Hord - Director of Tennis

Dennis HordDennis (Big Dog) has over 20 years of professional tennis experience both as a player and coach. After playing on the men's tour 1978 to 1983, and being beaten by some of the best players in the world for five years, he decided to share his knowledge with others.

He moved to Atlanta in 1994 to help American Davis Cup Captain, Tom Gorman, develop a world class junior tennis academy.

His background includes: five years as General Manager/Tennis Director of Olde Towne of Duluth, member of the United States Professional Tennis Association with the rating of Professional I, member of the National Advisory Staff of Wilson Racquets, Head Clinician for the Jimmy Connors Nuveen Seniors Tour, Coach for the Atlanta Thunder World Tennis Team with Luke and Murphy Jensen (1993 French Open Champions) and Patricia Tarabini (1997 French Open Champion), four years traveling with players on the ATP and WTA Tours and seven years coaching tournament players in Cleveland, Ohio, where Big Dog Tennis Academy was founded.

You can also see Dennis give a couple tips on serving for Netcord TV:


All academy professionals have certifications with the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), the United States Tennis Registry (USPTR), as well as USA High Performance Coaching.

  • United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA)
    • The USPTA is the world's oldest and largest association of tennis-teaching professionals. USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting participation and lifetime entusiasm for tennis.
  • United States Tennis Registry (USPTR)
    • Professional Tennis Registry is the largest international organization of tennis teachers and coaches. The PTR offers unparalleled educational materials, networking opportunities, career assistance and most importantly, worldwide recognition. Gamma is the official string, tennis ball, court equipment, ball pick-up and accessory brand of the PTR.
  • USA High Performance Coaching
    • This USTA Coaching program provides the latest tennis specific training ideas focused on performance enhancement and injury prevention.


  • City of Suwanee
    Suwanee is a small city of more than 9,000 in north metro Atlanta. Ideally located at the crossroads of major transportation corridors, Suwanee efficiently manages booming growth while preserving a small-town-America way of life. The city welcomes commercial and residential development that is in keeping with its character, and is committed to the preservation of its historic sites and natural features. Its blend of old-fashioned charm and contemporary convenience attracts residents, businesses, and visitors, who also find many professional and recreational opportunities among Suwanee's resources.