Meet the Pros


Director of Tennis, Eric Anderson, tennis, USTA, professional staff, Desert HiglandsEric Anderson 
Director of Tennis

Eric Anderson has been directing the tennis program at Desert Highlands since 2004. With 140 active tennis participants, he has established a program that includes nine weekly games for members of all levels, interclub teams, and a calendar of over 20 special events annually. Included in the special events are Club Championships (Men’s & Ladies Doubles, Mixed Doubles, and Men’s & Ladies Singles), fundraisers for Arizona State University and local community college tennis teams, Men’s Pro/Am, Ladies Member/Guest, and various exchanges with other tennis clubs in the area.

Eric is a USPTA Elite rated professional and has a NTRP player rating of 5.0. He spends about 20 hours per week on court providing instruction to Desert Highlands’ Members. Eric serves as tournament director of the USTA Senior Southwest Grass Court Championships and the USPTA Grass Court Surface Championships. He was the past tournament director of the USTA 30’s National Men’s and Ladies Grass Court Championships.

Prior to joining Desert Highlands, Eric spent 16 years as Director of Tennis at Tucson Country Club. He played collegiately at Idaho State University and held the school record for most doubles wins for over 20 years. Tennis is also a family affair for Eric as two of his sons both played collegiate tennis.

David Smith, Assistant Tennis Professional, David Smith, Desert Highlands, tennis, USTA, Arizona, staff, club, private

David Smith
Assistant Tennis Professional

David arrived at Desert Highlands in 2007 after serving 16 years as the Assistant Tennis Professional at Tucson Country Club (14 years with Director Eric Anderson). David loves his position at Desert Highlands and brings a wealth of tennis experience to the Members. As a player, he went to the USTA 5.0 Nationals event three times, and as an instructor, worked with many of the top juniors in the southwest section as well as assisted with the clinics for many of the top ladies interclub teams at the club. His energetic clinics and lessons continue to be fun and popular for the Desert Highlands members. Originally from Canada, he is ‘unstumpable’ when it comes to any kind of trivia---try him!