Gary Whalen has owned The Whalen Company since 1978. Growing up in a Florida tennis family he has played tennis his entire life. Gary played the Florida Junior tournament circuit as well as high school tennis and college tennis at Jacksonville University. After leaving Jacksonville University in 1976 he started working again for The Whalen Company and helped build The Whalen Tennis Center in the summer of 1976. However, his first experience at building tennis courts was much earlier. At the age of 12 Gary helped build the Whalen family court at their home in 1966. This will make the 52nd year that Gary has been either building or maintaining all types of tennis courts.
The Whalen Tennis Center was a 7 court HarTru club in Jacksonville, Fl that he owned and operated for 12 years while running and being president of The Whalen Company. The Whalen Tennis Center was a great opportunity for The Whalen Company to test all of the court maintenance products and learn how to deal with all of the maintenance issues that all tennis pros and tennis directors have to deal with. The Whalen Tennis Center was open seven days a week from 8:00 am to 10:00pm. Dealing with the Florida summers, constant play, lighted courts and weather conditions of Florida enabled Gary to fully and comprehensively understand the trials that every pro and court owner goes through. Maintaining courts in these conditions is difficult, so any products (line tapes, windscreens, nets, rollers, etc.) were put through very trying situations and judged to be excellent or failures.
One thing Gary has learned, being on the other side of the fence, is how difficult it is to run a successful tennis facility. The hours, dedication and hard work that pro’s, managers, directors and maintenance staff put in, on a week by week basis, is extraordinary. There is not enough time in a day to take care of all of their issues, much less to constantly be dealing with maintenance problems. Because of this Gary either fully endorses every court supply product The Whalen Company sells or we don’t sell it.
With 52 years of personal experience, from both the construction end and the user end, Gary totally understands how to build and maintain tennis courts and clubs for the joy and profitability of the facility/court owner.