Junior Program Director
Even though Clay Sollenberger towers over most of his students, he knows how to make tennis both fun and understandable for even the youngest players. In his five years with The Fort, Sollenberger has enjoyed watching his students grow and “develop into real tennis players and real people.”
As a teaching pro and coach, Sollenberger draws upon his own experience playing varsity tennis at Sibley High School in Mendota Heights, including two trips to the Minnesota State High School League tennis tournament. After high school, Sollenberger attended Marymount College in Palos Verdes, where he also played tennis.
Certifications: Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) in adult and junior development.
Favorite tennis moment: The 2008 Wimbledon final match between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
Favorite player: Other than Federer, Ernests Gulbis
What makes an exceptional player: Effortless effort
When I’m losing, I focus on: The ball
When I’m winning, I focus on: Savoring the moment of actually being ahead
Favorite food: Sushi
Favorite movie: Anchorman
People would be surprised that I: Make a delicious Tom Yum soup from scratch
Items on my bucket list: Australian Open, French Open, and catching a salmon with my bare hands, hoisting it up and taking a bite of its delicious flesh
Best advice ever received: My grandmother told me to “play loud.”
When I’m not at The Fort: I enjoy playing music, cooking and men’s slow pitch softball