Ryan Johnson

Name: Ryan Johnson

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Age: 34

Title: Director of Tennis at Camelback Village Racquet and Health Club

Married/Single: Married

Kids: 2 boys – Logan (3) and Mason (2)

City you live in: Phoenix

A typical day in my life includes…

emails, phone calls, tennis lessons, playing dinosaurs with my boys and the hot bar at AJ’s.

I was born…

on December 5th in Louisville, Kentucky.

My favorite thing about Arizona…

the weather. My perfect moment is relaxing with the family at our pool and enjoying the sunset with a cocktail.

I’m listening to…

just about anything depending on the moment. Lately it’s been anything from house, hip-hop and country.

My family…

makes it all worth it. I would not be anywhere without their love and support.

If I could have dinner with anyone, it would be…

Jim Valvano, former Men’s Basketball Coach for North Carolina State. He’s been a source of inspiration and motivation for much of my life. He is one of the main reasons I choose to attend North Carolina State and play tennis for the school. I live by his motto everyday: “Don’t give up. Don’t ever give up.”

One thing I cannot live without…

coffee or any other source of caffeine.

When I was younger, I wanted to be…

a marine biologist. I was obsessed with sharks as a kid and still never miss shark week.

I’m inspired by…

sports stories. There’s something about witnessing someone or a team conquer their goals. Despite hardship or adversity, they find a way to persevere and find success. It’s one of the main reasons I got into coaching. It’s truly a humbling and rewarding experience to witness a client’s growth day and day out.

The one person who motivates me is…

is my wife. She is my biggest supporter and encourages me to pursue my dreams.

If I could change anything in the world, it would be…

finding a cure for all forms of cancer.

The perfect day would be…

sleeping in and cooking out in the backyard with the family.

My first job was…

maintaining clay tennis courts where my father was a tennis pro.

My favorite escape…

is on the tennis court. It’s the one place that I can clear my mind and purely exist in the moment.

My life…

has taken many turns but I’m blessed for all the experiences. Wouldn’t change a thing.

I’m currently working on…

a Master of Tennis certification with the Professional Tennis Registry, which is one of the main associations that certify tennis pros all over the world.

Always…

be open to the opportunity for professional and personal growth.

Never…

drive under the speed limit in the far left lane.

Favorite Quote…

“How do you go from where you are to where you wanna be? And I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have to a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.” – Jim Valvano

Biggest Dream…

to attend all the tennis Grand Slams.

My Pet Peeve(s)…

negative people. 

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