The 2017 RBC Tennis Championships of Dallas
Tut Bartzen Hall of Fame inductee
Craig Bell is a USPTA Master Professional and current Director of Tennis at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas. Craig started playing tennis in 1974 at the age of fourteen and at the same time started working at Woodlake Racquet Club in Oklahoma City. He has been actively involved in the tennis industry since then for over forty years. Craig has played high school, college and professional tennis and along the way he has won various state, conference and regional events.
Craig started teaching tennis in 1984 and has worked with numerous state, regional and nationally ranked players throughout his 30 plus year teaching career. Craig has actively been involved in the various tennis communities where he has lived and worked. He has served as President of the San Antonio Tennis Professional Association, President of Dallas Professional Tennis Association and is currently serving as Conference Chairman and Regional Vice-President for the USPTA Texas Division. For his years of service to the Dallas tennis community he was awarded the “Pro Volunteer of the Year Award in 2007 and he was also recognized in 2009 and in 2014 as the USPTA Texas Division’s “Professional of the Year” recipient.
In 1999, Craig started writing the DPTA E-News which he wrote, edited and published on a bi-monthly basis until 2009. The DPTA E-News was an extremely popular newsletter that was sent to over 500 tennis teaching professionals in the southwest part of the U.S. The DPTA E-News ultimately has turned into the very popular Tennis News You Can Almost Use which is emailed on a monthly basis to close to 5,000 tennis professionals and players all across the U.S.
Through his skills on and off the court, he has helped raise hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars for various charities whether playing as a pro-am participant, generously donating to charity events or organizing and running tournaments on behalf of charitable organizations.
Craig considers his greatest accomplishment to date as being married since August of 1983 to his wife Cindy whom he met while playing collegiate tennis at Weber State University. Craig and Cindy have four children – three daughters and one son with the entire Bell family having spent time on the court at one time or another.
Craig really enjoys the “Great Game of Tennis” and is appreciate of all the benefits it has afforded him on and off the court.