St. Petersburg Country Club Tennis Professional, Sam Vuille, was a 2007 inductee into the Florida Tennis Hall of Fame.
This prestigious honor comes to Sam after years of dedicating his life to the sport. Sam learned to play at age 7 and never stopped! Sam won the Florida State Championships in the 12 and under category and the 14, 16, and 18 age divisions in the late 1960’s & early 1970’s. In fact, Sam is one of only 2 kids to ever hold the #1 ranking in all junior age divisions!
Nicknamed “Sam the Smasher” because of his serve and volley style singles game, Sam went on to win the state high school singles championship for Lakewood High in 1972. He then took his Alabama University team to the Southeastern Conference Championship for the first time in the team’s history.
Sam’s talent landed him on the professional tour playing, in 1978’s Wimbledon qualifying mixed doubles draw final and the men’s main draw in 1979.
Currently, Sam Vuille is the Tennis Professional at St. Petersburg Country Club where he has been coaching for the past 20 years. Sam is dedicated to training team players and making the game fun as well as competitive. Sam coordinates local Junior Team Tennis throughout Pinellas County. The St. Petersburg Country Club also hosts the USTA National Category II Men’s Tournament and the Raymond James Super Senior Tournament.
Sam Vuille continues to play an integral part in keeping Pinellas County tennis players on their toes and enjoying the thrill of the game. His induction to the Florida Tennis Hall of Fame is an honor well deserved by the man who has spent every day helping others reach their tennis potential.