Meet the Riverside Tennis Pros

Oliver Elston

Oliver Elston

Head Tennis Professional
864-848-0918
From Houston Texas, Elston has more than nine years of experience as a tennis professional. He is a certified “Professional” with Professional Tennis Registry, an ITF member and also a 5.0 NTRP player, ranked number two in Men’s Open Singles and and number one in Mens Open Doubles in South Carolina. Elston began his tennis career at Newberry College where he was named team captain for two years. He earned a degree in Mathematics and Business Administration and also a master’s degree in Business Administration from North Greenville University. As Tennis Professional, Elston’s responsibilities include the development of junior ladders and clinics, teaching private lessons, working with both adult and juniors players of all levels and ages, focusing on consistency, fitness and strategy.

We are lucky to have such a kind soul here at Riverside, some of you may or may not know that he donated a kidney to save the life of a complete stranger. Elston, “I was at a point in my life where I felt extremely blessed. I’d just got a new job, a baby was on the way and I was getting a house, and I just felt like God’s blessing was all over me – and I was looking for a way to pay it forward,” Elston said. “I was driving one day and heard a commercial of someone who donated a kidney, and right then, God put it in my head and on my heart. I thought about it the whole way home, and then signed up on MatchingDonor.com. Thank you Oliver for all that you do for Riverside and all those lives you touch. For more information or to set up a group of private tennis lesson please give us a call at 864-979-0210. Oliver lives in Travelers Rest with his wife Ashley, son Brew and daughter Coral.

For more information or to set up a group of private tennis lesson please give us a call at 864-979-0210.

Heather Gage

Heather Gage

Tennis Professional
864-848-0918
Heather played four seasons (1999-03) at the United States Air Force Academy (USAFA). She surpassed 30 singles wins and 30 doubles wins three years in a row and led the Falcons to four straight Gideon Cup victories over arch-rival Army. Heather earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Management from the Air Force Academy, and was later hand-picked to attend the Naval Postgraduate School where she earned her Masters of Business Administration.

Upon graduation, Heather traveled throughout the States, Europe, and Asia competing on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Pro Circuit Tour.

A native of San Diego, Heather spent the 2003-04 season as the USAFA Women’s Assistant Tennis Coach and served two stints as the head coach of the United States Armed Forces team, leading the women’s and men’s squads to consecutive first-place championships against international competition. Heather also has over 10 years of experience as a teaching professional, including her time as head coach of the German-based Landstuhl Tennis Academy.

Heather and husband, Leo, have two young boys, Ethan and Logan and they now live here in Greer.

For more information or to set up a group of private tennis lesson please give us a call at 864-979-0210.