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Founders

Serve It UP Tennis Academy was founded in 2010 by Lisa and Todd Upchurch.  Their vision was to create an
after school tennis program to give opportunities to those students who might not otherwise play tennis.  Their extensive background in public park and private club tennis gives them a unique perspective on junior tennis.  Lisa has been a tennis professional for 17 years beginning with teaching summer camps.  She played her college tennis at UNC-Charlotte and played as the school's #1 player her senior year.  After graduation, she became the assistant tennis professional and later the Head Tennis Professional. Lisa is a USPTA Certified Professional, 2003 NC-USTA Tennis Professional of the Year and finished in 3rd place in the National 4.5 Team Championships in 2004.

Todd began his career teaching summer tennis camps in Archdale, NC and has been a tennis professional for 25years.  He has been a mens and womens high school tennis coach and an assistant tennis professional at Oak Hollow Tennis Center in High Point, NC.  He was the director of Adams Farm Swim & Tennis Club in Greensboro, NC for 5 years before accepting the Director of Tennis position with the Top 20 Nationally ranked Platinum club, Carmel Country Club in Charlotte, NC.  After a successful 9 year run at Carmel, Todd left to form Serve It UP Tennis Academy.  Todd has been a USPTA certified Elite Professional since 1997.  He is the recipient of the 1998 Mid-South Conference Coach of the Year, 1999 NC USPTA Professional of the Year, the 2008 USPTA Southern Division "Pride of the South" and the 2014 USPTA NC Industry Excellence Award.  Todd has been 2000-2002 NC USPTA State Chapter President and is the current USPTA Southern Division President.  Todd and Lisa were married in 2004 and are the proud parents of Noah and Reese.


Mark Troutman became a Partner in 2011 and brings a wealth of tennis experience to Serve It UP Tennis Academy.  Mark has been a tennis professional for 26 years.  He played tennis at the UNC-Chapel Hill and graduated with a 3.3 grade point average.  He was on the ACC Academic Honor Roll in 1979 & 1980.  Mark has worked with such legendary greats as Don Budge, Harry Hopman, John Gardiner and Ken Rosewall.  He has won one national title and 14 state titles in the last fifteen years.  Mark has owned for 4 years a Velocity Training Center for speed, agility and strength training for young athletes.  Mark is a USPTA Certified Professional, 2002 NC USPTA Professional of the Year, 1998 USPTA Southern Division 35 and over Player of the Year and has held the office of 1st Vice-President on the NC USPTA Board.  He was the Tournament Director and host of the NC 30 and over State Championships for 13 years and is on the National Advisory Staff for Nike and Wilson Racquet Sports.  Mark has been married for 23 years and is the proud father of two daughters.  

With over 70 years of combined tennis and fitness experience, Lisa, Todd & Mark deliver a program that enables children to have fun and learn tennis on a non-traditional court.



Serve It UP Tennis Academy
14933 Capricorn Lane
Charlotte, NC  28277
704-625-6552
todd@serveituptennisacademy.com


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