Tim Gullikson Touring Coach of the Year Award

Lucas Regas Melero - Naples, Florida

The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) is proud to name Lucas Regas Melero of Naples, FL (Florida Division), the 2021 USPTA Tim Gullikson Touring Coach of the Year. The award is selected based on the recipient’s work with a playing professional on the ATP World Tour, the WTA Tour and/or touring juniors. Twenty-twenty was a challenging year for everyone. The ITF circuits were shut down from March to September due to Covid. Academia Sanchez Casal where Lucas is tennis director was only able to host one ITF men’s pro circuit event in February before the shut-down. However, with many alumni returning to Naples during the pandemic, Lucas made sure that training never ceased. Academia Sanchez Casal partnered with Universal Tennis to host the Universal Tennis Pro Tour. As director of tennis, Lucas successfully worked to make Naples, Florida, a tennis hub to provide opportunities to juniors, collegiate players, and transition players to train and compete in a one-of-a-kind tennis facility.