Meet the TOPS'L Tennis Professionals
Director of Tennis — Joe D'Aleo
Joe D'Aleo has been with TOPS'L Beach & Racquet Resort since 1995 and has been an integral part of making TOPS'L one of the best tennis resorts in the country. His passion and devotion to the game have given him an accomplished tennis background as a player, coach and teacher. Joe started playing tennis at the age of 3 in Miami Beach, FL with his parents. He played his junior tennis mostly in the South. Joe was ranked #5 in the state of Georgia in 1989, which led him to play collegiate tennis singles and doubles for Georgia Tech in Atlanta. He has coached many state and nationally ranked juniors and adults during his career. In 2003 he was voted Best of the Emerald Coast teaching professional.
Joe has been certified with the USPTA as an Elite Professional for 20 years and was nominated USPTA 2006–2007 District Pro of the Year, Florida division for the Panhandle. He was the USPTA FL District President for District 1 from 2010–2013 and currently serves on the USPTA FL board as Vice President. He has been awarded USPTA FL District President of the year for 2011 and 2012 and received the prestigious honor of USTA FL & USPTA FL service award in 2011. Joe is the tournament director for the Helen Drake Invitational Tennis tournament, one of the largest USTA adult tournaments in the state of Florida with more than 300 players each year. The Helen Drake has been awarded three times, the most recent in 2013 for the AL Mills Memorial Adult Tournament of the Year by USTA FL.
Joe's knowledge of the game has made TOPS'L one of the resorts to be voted as a TOP 50 tennis resort and TOP 5 Doubles Resort by Tennis Magazine and 12 years in a row ranked by Tennis Resorts Online as a TOP 25 U.S. Tennis Resort in the world.
Head Tennis Professional — Sam Vickroy
Sam Vickroy has been part of the TOPS'L tennis staff since 2004. His father, Sam Vickroy, Sr., started him in the game of tennis in Nashville, Tennessee, which led to Bill Tym coaching Sam throughout his junior tennis career. Sam was a top-ranked junior player at the state and southern levels. Sam played college tennis at Virginia Intermont NAIA, where he went undefeated his senior year in #3 singles and #2 doubles, with the team finishing 14th in the nation that year. After college, in 1996, Sam went to work for world-renowned professional Bill Tym at Richland Country Club where he got the opportunity to work with some world-ranked juniors.
Sam has been a USPTA Elite professional for 15 years and continues to grow his knowledge of the game year after year. His enthusiasm and love of teaching makes him a great instructor for both private lessons and group clinics. Sam's experience adds a lot of expertise to the tennis program at TOPS'L, and we look forward to many more years with Sam as part of the team.
Assistant Tennis Professional — Tyler Marengo
Tyler joined the TOPS'L tennis staff in 2013. Tyler's junior tennis career marked him as one of the top players in Michigan in both singles and doubles. During his junior career, Tyler also earned a Division 1 State Championship title in doubles. He later attended Ferris State University, where he proved to be a valuable asset, as well as a leader of the men's varsity team. Tyler's singles/doubles career of 82-27 earned the record for Best Singles Career and second Best Doubles Career at Ferris State.
Ferris State University's Professional Tennis Management program was not only the first of its kind in 1986, but remains one of only two today. It is the largest bachelor's degree program accredited by the USPTA. The combined emphasis on tennis skills and training, and the management of tennis as a business, uniquely prepares its international body of students to excel in the industry. Tyler graduated Ferris State University in 2013 with a degree in Professional Tennis Management with an emphasis on Business Administration. During his college career, Tyler also completed summer internships at the Birmingham Country Club in Michigan, as well as the Greenwich Country Club in Connecticut.
Tyler is a USPTA Elite Professional and enjoys teaching players of all ages and abilities. Tyler is very motivated to share his love for the sport with the community and resort guests. He looks forward to continuing to modernize and expand the already reputable tennis program at TOPS'L.
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