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Girls & Boys Tennis at CCS

At CCS, players learn the skills that allow them to play this lifelong sport in a fun and challenging environment. Our well established program has experienced a lot of success. CCS has 6 outdoor tennis courts on campus where they hold practices & matches along with the Maclellen Tennis Center opening Summer 2022. Athletes compete at the varsity and junior varsity level in High School and Middle School. 

Girls Tennis: 
  • State Championship: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013 
  • State Runner-Up: 2011, 2017, 2018
  • Region Championship: 1998, 2003, 2008
  • District Championship: 2008, 2019
Boys Tennis:
  • State Championship: 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008
  • State Runner-Up: 1998, 2006, 2007
  • Region Championship: 1999, 2000, 2008, 2012
  • District Championship: 1999, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2016
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Melanie Reynolds
Head Coach

Coach Reynolds graduated from the University of Georgia, where she played for the Lady Dawgs tennis for 3 years. Prior to that, she played tennis competitively around the country and was captain of her GPS tennis team in 1984. The mother of four children (all of whom have or are currently attending CCS) has remained active in tennis throughout the years playing in the Chattanooga Tennis Association League. She became full time Tennis program director at CCS in 2017, coaching the girls team while Tony Garrison-Palacios coaches the boys team.  In 2017, Melanie was named the Chattanooga Times Free Press Tennis Coach of the Year.

Under her leadership, the girls have been District and Region Champions along with State Runners-Up in 2017; District, Region, and State Runners-Up in 2018; and District Champions and Region Runners-Up in 2019. The boys were most recently Runners-Up in the District in 2019.
Derek Markey
Tennis Director

Derek has more than 28 years of experience that began in East Lansing, Michigan when, at age 24, he became the Head Tennis Professional at the Michigan Athletic Club. He served as the Head Tennis Professional for the Crozer Keystone - Sisters of Mercy Healthplex, a 200,000-square-foot multipurpose athletic club facility in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Prior to this club’s grand opening, Derek was named the youngest Director of Tennis of all multipurpose athletic clubs over 150,000 square feet in the United States in 1997. In 2002, Derek was hired as the Senior Vice President/General Manager of a tennis club in South Florida where he grew the membership base 500% in less than two years. In addition, Derek has developed both junior and adult tennis players in five different United States Tennis Association (USTA) sections.

Derek has been married to his wife, Rebekah (Henry), for 19 years, and together they have four children, Madison, Abigail, Remington, and Eleanora. The Markey family attends First Presbyterian Church in downtown Chattanooga.

Maclellan Tennis Center

Chattanooga Christian School is excited to expand our tennis program with the announcement of a new leadership position. Derek Markey is the Advisory Director of Tennis for the Maclellan Tennis Center, Chattanooga’s newest and most advanced indoor tennis facility. The Maclellan Tennis Center is the newest addition to the CCS campus and is expected to open this summer. Through the Maclellan Tennis Center, CCS will offer lessons for ages 3 to 93 developing tennis players of all ages with the highest level of certified tennis instruction. In addition to our six outdoor courts, the new 30,000-square foot facility includes a second story view deck, offices and athletic training and treatment rooms as well as four indoor collegiate courts with a PlaySight camera system on each court. Each of those cameras provide multi-angle replays as well as live streaming capability.

Our programs will include tennis memberships, adult tennis lessons, junior tennis lessons, private lessons, adult leagues, adult travel teams, social events, racquet service center services, ball machine clubs, and on-court video analysis. The tennis center will also serve as an additional training space for our Lower School and Upper School tennis program.
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