Tim Schnaible

Teaching Pro Spotlight — Tim Schnaible

It’s safe to say because of Tim Schnaible there is still tennis being played at Warner Tennis Center today.

About three years ago, the 13-court facility was closed down when LA Fitness was relocated across the street in the heart of Woodland Hills, leaving hundreds of tennis players in the Valley without a place to play.

Soon after, Schnaible started the process of acquiring the lease back and after a two-year process was able to take over the facility with his company Match Tough Tennis providing all the tennis programming.

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Sam Querrey with former coach Tim Schnaible

“If you play tennis in the Valley, you’ve played up on those courts over the past 30 years,” said the Simi Valley resident Schnaible, “It’s got a pretty long history.”

He added: “When it closed a lot of players who were coming up here were displaced and were spread out. Now it’s just about getting the word out that we are open and the facility is running. We hope everyone will come up and play.”

Schnaible said things at Warner Tennis Center are thriving because of the help of the SCTA, including director of junior competition Alec Horton, and director of adult and senior tennis Annette Buck. “With Alec’s help we’ve been able to add five sanctioned junior events and Annette has helped us add three or four adult tournaments,” said Schnaible, who added that Lisa Glick with the SFV Adult Leagues has been very helpful keeping the courts busy with ladies league participation. “Without the help of the SCTA it would have been a much tougher hill to climb. Everyone has been very, very supportive.”

Schnaible predicted membership could double or even triple one year from now. “The San Fernando Valley is losing tennis courts a lot faster than we are gaining them,” he said. “There have been some obstacles, but the facility is really great.”

Schnaible grew up in Las Vegas but came west in the late 1980s to play for Cal Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks. And he’s been there ever since, even helping develop the game of a young Sam Querrey from the ages of 10 to 16.

In fact, Querrey will join Schnaible and his Match Tough team on Sept. 12 for a special Warner Tennis Center fundraiser sponsored by Babolat.

Schnaible has been a member of the USPTA since 1999 and a graduate of the USTA’s High Performance Coaching Program. “He has been in the junior development trenches for the past two decades and is regarded as one of top junior development coaches in the country,” according to his website bio.IMG_20140421_121536

It will no doubt be a busy summer for Schnaible and his team. Match Tough Tennis also runs the tennis concession at both the Balboa Tennis Center in Encino and Lindero Country Club in Agoura Hills.

“Twelve-hour days are pretty routine right now with the three sites,” Schnaible said, adding he’s spends four to five hours a day on court. “I can’t seem to get off the court. At the end of the day it’s what I like to do and what I’ve been good at. I’m wearing a lot of hats right now.”

More than 250 kids come through all three sites on a weekly basis.

If you’d like to check out the Warner Tennis Center courts, there is drop-in tennis Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday morning from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Summer tennis camps at all three sites will start soon and run daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Contact warnertenniscenter@gmail.com or call (818) 704-5500 for additional information.

Running the camps with Schnaible directing will be former Division I players and current coaches Troy Aiken, Gary Sacks, and Long Dao, as well as head coaches John Quijano and Reggie Drew.

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