Chloe’s Corner: Q&A with Aaron Marchetti

Aaron Marchetti

Aaron Marchetti is a former professional tennis player. He was an All-American tennis player at Virginia Tech and later went on tour with top pro players, including Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and James Blake.

He was inducted into the Virginia Tech sports Hall of Fame in 2009.

Today he runs the Marchetti Tennis Academy with his brother, Adam, and father, Gino. Marchetti Tennis is at KC Racquet Club, but in June the academy will be moving to Clayview Country Club.

Here is an exclusive Kansas City Sports & Fitness Magazine Chloe’s Corner interview with Marchetti:

Chloe: How long have you been playing tennis? What got you started?
Aaron: I’ve been playing for 37 years. My dad ran a club in Ohio and that’s how I was first introduced to the game.

Chloe: What was your greatest achievement as a tennis player? Why?
Aaron: I won three national championships and was an all American in college. Plus, I was inducted into the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame. Go Hokies! All three proved that a kid from a small town in West Virginia could do big things. I didn’t have to live in Florida, California or Texas to become a good tennis player.

Chloe: How long have you taught at KCRC?
Aaron: We have been at KCRC for 3 years. I’ve been in Kansas City for 12 years.

Chloe: What is your favorite part about teaching people tennis?
Aaron: The relationships with the
kids and seeing players smile when they improve.

Chloe: What did you enjoy most about traveling for tennis?
Aaron: Food. I love eating out. So, finding the best local restaurants at every tourney week after week was fun.

Chloe: What professional tennis players have you played with over the years?
Aaron: I was very lucky to be a part of the USTA National team for many years and got to hit with Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Todd Martin and James Blake among many others.

Chloe: How does an Academy in the Northland help tennis in Kansas City?
Aaron: I feel like the “South” is very saturated. There is a club and/or an academy on every corner. Adding a top quality program in the Northland will give juniors living north of the river an opportunity to achieve their tennis goals right in their own back yard.

Chloe: When do you open at Clayview?
Aaron: On June 1st. We are very excited for this new adventure.

Chloe: What do you think the biggest difference is going to be between Clayview and KC Racquet?
Aaron: Really it will be the proximity for all the players up north, who are used to traveling a bit for academy-type training. This will shorten their travel time to get academy-type training.

Chloe: What are you most excited about the move to Clayview?
Aaron: It is a new beginning. This is a great opportunity for us to improve our brand. We need to still thrive in the areas that have made us successful the past 12 years and improve in areas we are lacking.

Chloe: Are you upset that not all of the kids that you coach will be able to move to Clayview?
Aaron: We deeply care about every player. We pride ourselves in providing small family environment. When you have a close group of juniors it’s always sad to lose a player or two not just on the court, but off the court too. We will always wish great things for players who are unable to continue with us. And we look forward to following their development from a distance.

For information on the Marchetti Tennis Academy email aaron@marchettitennis.com.

Chloe Norris is a 14 year old, high school freshman, who loves tennis, writing, her dog Chester and her family. She is a member of the Park Hill South Varsity Tennis team. Watch for her interviews each month in Kansas City Sports & Fitness.

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