Lauderdale's Whitney Kraft to be Nati...

Lauderdale's Whitney Kraft to be National Tennis Center's direc...

There are 21 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Jun 21, 2007, titled Lauderdale's Whitney Kraft to be National Tennis Center's direc.... In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

Whitney Kraft, director of tennis for the city of Fort Lauderdale since 1997, will be named director of tennis for the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., and begin work there Aug.

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Top Stringer


#1 Jun 22, 2007
I have known Whitney for years and this guy is not talented at all and has no pro experience to be shaping our youths at the most prestigous tennis center in the U.S. He won't be there long enough for the glue to dry on his name plate for his office door.
New Tennis Pro

Pompano Beach, FL

#3 Jun 24, 2007
I disagree with Top Stringer. I know Whitney for years and this guy is extremely talented and does have pro experience and the national tennis center is lucky to have him. Whitney will be there for a long time.
florida tennis god

Boynton Beach, FL

#4 Aug 20, 2007
Top Stringer is a dope !! Whitney will do great at that job !! Good for him.

United States

#5 Sep 23, 2007
Whitney Kraft will do a bang-up job and I can tell you from being coached by him as a 10 yr. old kid that he will succeed in 'shaping our youths'. It is because of Whiteny that I played all the way through college and USTA men's open.
tennis player

Deltona, FL

#6 Oct 6, 2007
I totally disagree with top stringer's rude comment. Top Stringer has no idea what he is talking about. Whitney is an amazingly talented coach, and business man. He will and so far is doing phenominal job in the National Tennis Center.
Double E

Jacksonville, FL

#7 Oct 23, 2007
top stringer is probably some guy who lost to whitney in a double bagel and has never gotten over it. Whitney is the epitome of the top club professional and is a great representative of the sport at any prestigious venue. He strives for excellence in every aspect of the sport in a very competitve industary, and does so in the most positive way. Some people were meant to be inspirational, and others are merely like "topstringer."

I have known Whitney as a comprehensive professional who has maintained a strong playing level over the years as well as being noted by the USPTA Florida division as one of the state's premier teaching professionals.

On a personal note, he has an open personality inviting genuine tennis interest among the masses. I have had the opportunity of competing against Whitney in prize money Florida events, and enjoy his true love of the game without gamesmanship, bad line calls or personality problems that can sometimes surface in competitive circumstances. He has a great character as well as his clear ablility to run a top venue. Everyone wins when a guy like Whitney gets a job like this - I am proud of the USTA for making such a fine decision.
Tennis for life

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#8 Mar 29, 2008
I agree with everyone's comments, except for Top Stringer. Who do you think you are anyway? You are probally just jealous of how well Whitney is doing. Obviously. I know Whitney very well and he has coached me for a long time. He has helped introduce cardio tennis, one-on-one doubles, beach tennis and many other exciting advancements in the game. And to top it off, he now helps run the US OPEN, this man is amazing, and is incredible at the game, and "shaping youths."

Englewood, CO

#10 May 29, 2008
Too many good coaches left NTC, and they couldn't find anyone, that's why they needed to get somebody quickly. All the coaches at NTC left because they didn't like the policy and the way they do it. Only junk coach goes from FL to know that.

Hygiene, CO

#11 Sep 9, 2008
I have know Whitney since he graduated College. He is a great coach, a great player, and a good honest man.


#12 Mar 16, 2009
WHY was Whitney fired from the City of Ft. Lauderdale?
Zoo Time 99

Miami, FL

#13 Mar 24, 2009
Whitney was not fired from Ft. lauderdale. He resigned and moved with his family to New York to take over the job at the NTC.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#14 Apr 27, 2009
First of all, he was not fired, after having to compete for his job again, he once again became the director of tennis for the city of ft.lauderdale. Whitney, capable of so much more, moved on to the best tennis center in the country, and is doing amazing. He beat out hundreds of applicants, and now is doing great. He's not a junk coach, and if he was, then he wouldn't still be working there, would he? He's dealing with the top guys in tennis, and he is still creating interest in the game that we love. He's helping spread the interest of beach tennis, cardio tennis, quickstart, one-on-one doubles, and who knows what he'll do next? His main goal is to get people to play the game that he loves and has enjoyed since he was young.
the secret one

Hollywood, FL

#15 Dec 8, 2009
who are you people. You all know nothing.

Baltimore, MD

#16 Dec 21, 2009
First of all, the NTC is very well equipped to hire the best. I donít know Whitney but I do trust that he is and will continue to do a great job in the future. For all of those negative insecure people.........stop being jealous and start focusing on how to be productive in your own life. Be happy and wish a man who obviously has A LOT of supporters the best of luck. "THE SECRET ONE"..........Who are you?? Why are you such a great judge? You are an ignorant, selfish and donít forget bitter human being. This sport needs positive secure people who want to help each other. For all of you who have had the privilege of meeting this man, good for you. He should be proud he is connected with such good people to speak such great things about him. This to me speaks for his capability to succeed. As a very accomplished professional and player myself, I am proud to have him. Congratulations Whitney!!!!!
Chip Weber

San Antonio, TX

#17 Apr 22, 2010
Got to weigh in on this one. Whitney is top notch. Anyone that disagrees without stating why seems to be just jealous of someone else. Kudos to you Whitney. You've always been a stand-up guy and professional.

United States

#18 Jan 16, 2011
I was just wondering if Whitney is still a burnout pot head like he was when he lived in Boca Raton Florida around 1985-1988? And is he still involved with his parents and his brother Brad at TMG? Also is Brad still fighting his cocaine addiction?

Hollywood, FL

#19 Jul 21, 2011
deasmith wrote:
I was just wondering if Whitney is still a burnout pot head like he was when he lived in Boca Raton Florida around 1985-1988? And is he still involved with his parents and his brother Brad at TMG? Also is Brad still fighting his cocaine addiction?
You sound like a jealous idiot...did you really mention the 1980s??? Wow

United States

#20 Aug 22, 2012
Whitney worked at Boca Point in Boca Raton Fla in the late 1980s for a few years.At the time, he was a big time pot burnout. Not sure about a coke habbit. A real sorry character that treated many students and employees (me included) poorly. Quite arrogant too!!

Might have changed, but the past has a way of catching up sometimes!

Gulf Breeze, FL

#21 Jun 10, 2013
Whitney has done nothing with his tennis -- not a player, tennis teacher, or organizer --
--but can kiss some #%&@--end of story.
animal rights

Kissimmee, FL

#22 Aug 11, 2015
Seriously - he ran with gerbils late into the evening on many week nights only to get up early to run tennis programs.
A zoologist by degree, his tennis passion is clear - as to any eighties weed, is anyone really concerned - if he did it didn't effect his game retaining a top five open rank or better for years.

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