The Boston Lobsters begin their 10th season under owner Bahar Uttam tomorrow night at their Manchester Athletic Club home court, and for the first time in five years there will be a new coach at the helm of New England’s local professional tennis team.
Robert Greene takes over as head coach of the team after Bud Schultz stepped down after five seasons in order to pursue his dream of traveling the Appalachian Trail.
Greene is the former Chairman of the USTA Olympic Tennis Committee and took Team USA to Beijing in 2008 and to the Pan Am games in Brazil in 2007. Over his 37-year career, Greene has coached several highly ranked players and held a career high No. 3 national ranking in USPTA Men’s Doubles.
He was instrumental in producing three Fed Cup events in New England and was honored as the USPTA National Pro of the Year in 2009. Greene, who was born in Rhode Island and grew up on the North Shore, received the prestigious International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award in 2003.
“Of all the candidates we looked at we chose Bob Greene because he has a long established New England connection,” Uttam said. “From the coaching point of view his credentials are impeccable.”
Greene’s tennis coaching experience will certainly come in handy and he’s looking forward to adjusting his approach to the World Team Tennis concept.
“Coaching tennis at a high level is largely individual. Now (in WTT) what you’re faced with is really trying to work with everyone,” said Greene.“You have to coordinate the practice schedules and know the routines of all the players. We have a very demanding travel schedule, too, so we have to make sure everyone gets enough rest.”
Greene will also have the luxury of coaching one of the best line-ups the Lobsters have had in recent memory. Joining returning top pro John Isner will be Lobsters fan favorite Eric Butorac, South Africa’s Rik De Voest, Canadian Sharon Fichman and American doubles specialist Megan Moulton-Levy.