Sue Bartlett

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Sue Bartlett




Sue Bartlett was a nationally ranked junior player from England when she was recruited to play tennis by the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in 1977. Bartlett was in the forefront of international students who received American college tennis scholarships. She was named an All-American Student Athlete in 1978 and played on UTC's team which won the AIAW national championship in 1979. Bartlett made Chattanooga her permanent home and has worked at the Girls Preparatory School since 1988. Under her guidance, the GPS team has won five TSSAA state championships, been finalists seven times, and has reached the Final Four in TSSAA Division 2 since 2002 (the initial year of TSSAA competition). Bartlett has coached fourteen GPS girls who won TSSAA individual state championships and named "Best of Preps" Coach of the Year many times. Bartlett is a USPTA Elite Professional and USTA High Performance Coach who has coached thousands of students from 4 to 83 years old. Bartlett generously volunteered time on numerous USTA/USPTA/CTA committees throughout her career and is most proud of her involvement with USTA 10 and under tennis where she served as Chairman of the USTA Tennessee Committee for 3 years during the early years of this program. She is currently serving on the USTA Tennessee Youth Play Committee and the USTA Tennessee Board of Directors. Bartlett has continued to play throughout her coaching career in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in World events. She won numerous State and City Championships in her 20’s and since turning 35 has represented Team Southern at the National Womens’ Intersectionals. She won five national singles titles on five different surfaces: the USTA National 35 Hardcourts in 1993, the USTA Nationals 50 Clay Courts in 2012, the LTA National Indoors in 2009, the LTA National 50’s Grasscourts in 2014, and the LTA National Indoors in 2018. With her daughter Claire, Bartlett won the USTA National Mother/Daughter Clay Courts championship in 2003. From 2009 until the present Bartlett has represented her native Great Britain in the ITF Senior World Team Championships. Britain won the Gold for the first time in many years in 2009 and has since won three silver medals and one copper medal (fourth place). Bartlett is a member of the Greater Chattanooga Hall of Fame, the UTC Hall of Fame, and the Tennessee Tennis Hall of Fame.