Orlando Temple approaches tennis not just as the sport of a lifetime, but as the means to a higher quality of life.
"Teaching tennis has been a blessing in my life," says Orlando, who is employed as a tennis pro of the Sandra Freedman Tennis Complex in Tampa, Florida. "Tennis has allowed me the opportunity to use this sport as a vehicle to life skills. My areas of expertise include teaching players to become more aggressive and build confidence with their game.
"As a tennis pro, I believe that my greatest accomplishment would be players, both juniors and adults, recognizing the passion and desire I have for the game and the positive reflection it has on them."
One of Orlando's goals is to "establish a learning center for aspiring tennis players so that they equally balance the importance of education and tennis."
Orlando was previously employed as Head Pro/Manager of Kiest Tennis Center in Dallas, Texas, and an associate tennis professional at the High Point Tennis Center in Plano, Texas.
Orlando began his tennis-teaching experience during his junior year in high school at a fitness club in Midland, Texas, teaching life skills. "I became a tennis pro because it has allowed me to do something I have loved for a long time," he says.
This tennis professional member of the USPTA has served as the Texas Division Multicultural Committee chair since 2003-2006 and was named the 1998 South Plains Tennis Association Member of the Year. In addition, Orlando has been awarded the 2009-2010 District Pro of the Year for the USPTA Florida division. Currently, Orlando serves on the Hillsborough County Tennis Association board of directors.
Orlando also is active in the USTA. He served as the Texas Section Multicultural Participation Committee chair 2003-2005, Texas Section Executive Committee from 2005-2006. He served as a member of the USTA's National Junior Tennis & Learning Committee (formerly the National Junior Tennis League) and Multicultural Participation Committee. and received the 2002 Texas Section Multicultural Participation Leadership Award. The section also recognized him in 2004 with the Lloyd Sessions Educational Merit Award.
As a player, Orlando was ranked in the USTA Texas Section during his junior career and was ranked in the top five in District 4-5A representing Midland High School. He was a walk-on with the tennis team at Texas Tech University in 1993 and placed second in men's open doubles at the 2004 American Tennis Association National Championships.