Rusty Wilkes

Rusty Wilkes is an Assistant Tennis Professional at the Pelham Racquet Club, joining the team in 2001.  Rusty specializes in coaching adult and junior teams.  His success as a player in college and adult league has helped him develop into a highly successful junior team coach.  Rusty has coached 22 scholarship tennis players. He also works with the Chelsea and Evangel high school teams, leading the Chelsea girls to a sectional championship in 2022. Rusty is married to his wife, Franchesca.   He loves classic Cameros, music, and his dog Hamilton.


  • USPTA Elite Certified Pro 
  • Four-time USPTA Southern Assistant Pro of the Year
  • Coached 30 JTT State Championships
  • Coached 23 Southern Junior teams representing Alabama
  • National Top 10 team - Jefferson State Community College (1997)
  • 18 Adult USTA State Championships, 2 sectional championships.



Rusty Wilkes