Head Tennis Professional
A former world-ranked tennis professional and Clemson Hall of Fame athlete, Jane Forman has devoted the last 33 years to developing community tennis and sports programs for children and adults of all ages and levels of ability. In 1990, Jane opened a tennis management company — The Jane Forman Tennis Academy — where she facilitated tennis programming and facility management to clubs, parks, and community centers. The Jane Forman Tennis Academy has been a staple in the Miami tennis community for decades. To date, over 10,000 children and 4,000 adults have taken part in a Jane Forman Tennis program. Jane joined forces with Rivera Prep School in 2010 as their Head coach to both Varsity and Middle School teams.
As Director of Racquet Sports for Riviera Tennis Center, Jane teaches, coaches, trains, and manages all levels of play for juniors and adults.
Jane began her tennis career as a Junior Player in Providence, RI. She began competing in Rhode Island at the age of 10 and won the Rhode Island state championships every year that she lived in the state. From the ages of 10-18, Jane competed in United States Tennis Association (USTA) Junior Tournaments all throughout New England. She never dropped below a 3rd ranking in New England throughout her junior career. At the age of 18, Jane won the women’s New England championships, ranking her the number-1 women’s tennis player in New England. In 4 years of high school tennis play, Jane never lost a match; in fact, she never lost a set.
Jane attended Clemson University in 1980 on a full athletic scholarship and was named to the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) All American Team for four consecutive years; she achieved the most solid record in Clemson University history, a record that still stands today. In 1980, she started her professional career as an amateur so she could continue to work towards obtaining a college degree.
In 1984, Jane became an “official” professional player and competed for 10 years on the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) Circuit. She also competed on the following circuits: the United States Tennis Association professional circuit; the International Tennis Federation (satellite); Grand Slam tournaments; and the Virginia Slims Circuit. Some of Jane’s notable top-ten opponents include Tracy Austin, Pam Shriver, and Andrea Jaeger. Her most memorable match was playing Martina Navratilova on Wimbledon’s Center Court in 1986.
Jane retired from competitive play in 1989 and turned her efforts and enthusiasm for the sport of tennis to teaching tennis and sports management. The Jane Forman Tennis Academy (JFTA) was conceived and founded in 1990 to bring high-quality tennis to non-club amateurs — both children and adults. The JFTA staff is comprised of retired touring tennis professionals and certified instructors who specialize in teaching children. The Academy provides classes, instruction, after-school programs, leagues, and tournaments for adults, teens, and children.
In 2002, Jane created a Miami-based sports management group — Jane Forman Sports — that consisted of: (1) The Jane Forman Tennis Academy; (2) Jane Forman Golf School; and (3) Dade County Sports. Additionally, she established the Dade County Sports Foundation, which is a not-for-profit enterprise that provides sports scholarships to any of the sports programs managed by Jane Forman Sports. Each of these companies is unique; however, they are all similar in their mission to provide recreational sports programs for all ages, demographics, and levels of ability.
Recently, world renowned German company Völkl Tennis signed Jane as their VIP Brand Ambassador for the Miami Metro South area. She will be showcasing the Völkl products through her new instructional video series Völkl for the Masses. She will also be hosting Völkl Demo Days at various club locations.
SportsEdTV has enlisted former WTA Top-50 professional Jane Forman to teach viewers of all levels how to play better doubles. The multi-video series covers the fundamentals of doubles play and basic doubles strategy. These beautifully filmed, informative videos can help beginners who are just learning the game or experienced players of all levels improve their doubles games.