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RTA Community Spotlight: Timmer Halligan, General Manager, Raleigh Racquet Club

Timmer Halligan, General Manager of the Raleigh Racquet Club has been playing tennis since he was five years old. He got his start with his father at a community program in Kentucky and quickly grew to love the game. Timmer has passed his love for the game to this family—two of his five children currently play on the National USTA Circuit.

As a junior player in Kentucky, Timmer competed in the USTA Southern section and played throughout the county in both National and Sectional tournaments. He finished his junior career as the #1 ranked player in the state and helped his team win a state high school championship. After high school, Timmer attended Northern Illinois University on a tennis scholarship.

After college, Timmer transitioned into coaching tennis. Timmer was named the 1996 USPTA Junior Coach of the Year. He has coached more than 80 kids to Division I scholarships, and several have competed professionally. But coaching tennis isn’t Timmer’s first love.

“I have always enjoyed coaching but found a passion for running and managing clubs.”

Before coming to North Carolina, Timmer served as the general manager for Midtown Tennis Club Chicago, the world’s largest indoor club and the premier indoor tennis facility in the United States.

“This experience started a career that has spanned 20+ years managing clubs—which I truly love.”

As general manager of the Raleigh Racquet Club, Timmer sees a strong connection between the RCC and RTA. "The two organizations have a long history of working side by side to promote the game of tennis. Growing the game of tennis is a mission that both share."

We couldn’t agree more, Timmer!

“Through Try Tennis, we can grow the game by hundreds of players a year. These players will continue to grow their skills and love for the game and become active in all the RTA has to offer from USTA teams to the grassroots promotion of tennis in the community. RRC has an amazing staff that is dedicated to promoting the growth of tennis at every level.”

The Raleigh Racquet Club has been a staple in the Raleigh tennis community for over 50 years and has a rich history. Over the years, RRC has hosted several professional events with some of the finest professionals in the world as well as hosted the Fed Cup, now the Billie Jean King Cup.

RRC is home to hundreds of USTA league players, home to some of the finest junior players in the country, has incredible professional staff, and members who truly love the game of tennis.

RRC has 31 tennis courts and is currently undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation which includes 6 brand new lighted hard courts, a state of art air-conditioned indoor facility featuring 4 red clay and 2 hard courts, and 15 lighted har-tru clay courts. The RRC restaurant is loved by members and guests and serves up some of Raleigh’s finest food.

Timmer’s "tennis" philosophy is one that we can rally!

“Tennis teaches life skills unlike any other sport and is truly the sport for a lifetime. Tennis allows for multi-generations and families to play together for decades. Tennis truly brings families together.”

And, his favorite quote is also a winner: “The will to win is not nearly as important as the will to prepare to win.” So true!

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