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The dedicated team of professional tennis instructors at Wild Dunes Resort is here to help you improve all aspects or your game.
Director of Tennis
Charly grew up in Greer, South Carolina in a family of tennis players. In 1993 Charly won the boys 18s USTA Southern Doubles and Singles Championship. He finished that same year #5 in the country in doubles. Charly went on to play at Clemson from 1993-1995 and Ole Miss from 1995-1997 when he received a national ranking of #2 in the country. Charly has been PTR Certified since 1999. In 2003 Charly was a member of the Southern Section 5.5 team that won Nationals in Las Vegas, Nevada and has been a member of the Southern Section Open team since that time. In 2004 he won USTA South Carolina Tennis Professional of the year and in 2005 he became Director of Tennis at Wild Dunes Resort In 2010 he published his first book Brain Alignment the Art of Focus in Tennis. In both 2010 and 2011 Charly was a member of the South Carolina Senior Cup 35s Team where both years he went undefeated in singles helping the team win both titles in the respected age group. In 2011 he won USTA South Carolina Male Player of the Year.
Charly is married to Kristie and has two boys Ian and Isaac who both love playing tennis at Wild Dunes Resort.
Head Tennis Professional
Shawn Harris has been the Head Tennis Professional at Wild Dunes Resort since 2005 with 22 years of tennis teaching experience, and is a USPTA certified teaching professional. Shawn is from Rochester, New York. He graduated from Monroe Community College where he earned his Associates Degree in Recreations and Leadership and played #1 singles and #1 doubles. He won the 1990 and 1991 national junior college athletic association Singles and Doubles regional championship and was ranked in the top 10 in the nation for junior colleges. Shawn then attended Brockport State to achieve his bachelors in Physical Education. Shawn worked at the Tennis Club of Rochester during his years in upstate New York before moving south in 1997 to Hilton Head Island S.C. to become the Assistant Head Pro at Palmetto Dunes Resort. In 2003 became the Head Tennis Professional at the South Carolina Yacht Club, and then finally in 2005 made his way to the wonderful Wild Dunes Resort as the Head Tennis Pro and is loving every minute of it. See you on the tennis court!
Shaw Tharpe has had a lifelong passion for the game of tennis. Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, Shaw learned everything about the game of tennis both on and off the court from Georgia hall of fame tennis instructor Jack Waters. Over the years Shaw has gone on to win many ALTA, Georgia, South Carolina, and Southern Section titles. Shaw's lifelong approach to learning the game is how he teaches the game. A Professional Tennis Registry Certified Instructor, Shaw has worked at Wild Dunes Resort for over 7 years. You can often find Shaw leading the Stroke and Drill clinics. He enjoys working with people of all skill levels. He has also spent time as Head of Tennis Court Maintenance at which time Wild Dunes Resort was awarded the southern section tournament of the year. Shaw is very proud to be a part of the Wild Dunes tennis team, and looks forward to hitting with you.
Jessie Rochefort is originally from Quebec, Canada, but grew up living all over the United States following her father as he played in the National Hockey League. She started playing tennis at the age of 12 in Bradenton Florida, where she trained at the IMG tennis academy founded by Nick Bolletierri. She trained under Nick Bolletierri himself, as well as with Martin Zumpft and a few other coaches. Jessie was recruited to play Division I tennis at the University of Arizona, where she played both singles and doubles. She was also head coach at the Southside Tennis Academy, which was named top summer camp in the Southwest by the SWTA in 2005 and 2007. After college, Jessie returned to IMG, where she coached for 2 years, working both with top juniors and adults.
Ask-A-Pro Tennis Blog
We're going to be staying in a condo on Isle of Palms this next week with two of our sons, 16 and 10. The 16 year old starts high school season next week. The 10 year old plays mostly green dot ball. Both of them would like to get some tennis in during the week. We wondered about the cost of private lessons or the possibility of group programs. Thank you.
What’s New for Spring 2014! See Charleston, SC Beach Vacation Activities in our Seasonal Vacation Planner
The 2014 Spring Vacation Planner has arrived with a thrilling new collection of Resort activities, happenings and offerings for the New Year! Read on to see all that's new and awaits you on your next Wild Dunes beach vacation…
Tune In for Wild Dunes Resort on The Tennis Channel's "Tour Guide" (Charleston, SC Edition)
Tune in this Sunday, September 22nd at 7 p.m. EST to see Wild Dunes Resort on The Tennis Channel ‘s Charleston episode of its new series “Tour Guide,” filmed right here on the Resort!
Tennis racquets to rent?
My family and I will be visiting Wild Dunes Feb. 15-19, 2013. Do you have racquets to rent for a couple of our sons while we are there? Thanks! Pam Hubert
Feb 9-11 programs
Hi there, I'm a 4.5 player visiting Feb 9-11. I would like to take a few clinics, and I know that you offer match-arranging as well. I can't find a working number for the pro shop, but I'm hoping you can help me get some tennis in while I'm in Wild Dunes. Please me know what type of offerings are available Sat, Feb 9 - Mon, Feb 11. Thanks! Kathryn
My boyfriend and I will be visiting Charleston April 6, 7 and 8th and was wondering if Shawn had time for a one hour private lesson with the both of us. We are not specific on day or time. If it's not Shawn, then someone else would be fine. Thanks.
Hey Charly, it is Jim Eyre's son-in-law - Jim. Congratulations on your marriage! Hope things are going well for you two and your boys. I have a quick question for you if you have a second. My racket broke last week. I had used it for about 7 years, so I suppose it was due. I am trying to look at new rackets, but am a little overwhelmed with all of the choices. Do you think that you could recommend one for me? Around here, Babolat is very popular. So, I was looking at the AeroPro Drive. Then, I saw online that there were a lot of people complaining of tennis elbow from that racket. I’ve never had tennis elbow before, but my good friend who uses an AeroPro Drive has tennis elbow so bad he can’t play anymore. Is that something to be concerned about or not? At any rate, if you have a chance, I would greatly appreciate a recommendation. If you would prefer that I call you instead of answering by email, just leave me a number and I’d be glad to do it. Thanks so much for your help! Oh, and congratulations on the book!
Hi! We're long time members of Wild Dunes. I have a 13 year old girl that is looking for a tennis home! She's pretty talented, not alot of experience and playing on her school team this spring. Do you have any sort of Juniors program? Thanks! Dee Ann
I have a reservation at the Boardwalk Inn Apr. 1-3. Is it necessary or possible to reserve court time in advance for my son & I to play a couple hours of tennis?
Is Wild Dunes hosting any USTA Tournaments this year?
Charleston Wins Best Tennis Town
It's official, Charleston, S.C. has been awarded USTA's "Best Tennis Town in America" distinction! The winning town was announced Monday during the U.S. Open, and Charleston was among two other cities, Atlanta, G.A. and Richmond, V.A. in the semi-finalists.
Charleston for Best Tennis Town!
Ace Your Tennis Game From Home
We're excited to announce that Wild Dunes Director of Tennis Charly Rasheed has authored a new book, Brain Alignment: The Art of Focus in Tennis focusing on how to take your game from reactive to proactive using sports psychology with doubles strategy as the vehicle. Read our very own inside scoop from Charly regarding this new release.