Meet the Pros

Eric Anderson 
Director of Tennis

Eric Anderson has been directing the tennis program at Desert Highlands since 2004.  With 150 active tennis participants, he has established a program for all levels that includes nine weekly games, interclub teams, and a calendar of over 20 special events annually.  Included in the special events are Club Championships (Doubles, Mixed, and Singles), various Fundraisers, Men’s Pro/Am, Ladies Member/Guest, and exchanges with other local clubs.

Eric is a USPTA Elite rated professional and spends time weekly giving lessons and clinics as well as playing alongside the members at Desert Highlands.  Eric currently is the tournament director of the Desert Highlands SW USTA Grass Court Classic, and past director of the USPTA Grass Court Surface Championships and the USTA 30’s National Men’s and Ladies Grass Court Championship. 

Recently, Eric was given the SW USTA ‘Outstanding Tournament Enrichment’ award, and the SW USPTA ‘Industry Excellence’ award. 

Prior to joining Desert Highlands, Eric spent 16 years as the Director of Tennis at Tucson Country Club.  Playing collegiately at Idaho State University, he held the school record for career doubles wins for 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 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!