Local tennis professional, Fazio, has been awarded Michigan Pro of the Year

By: Mark Vest | Grosse Pointe Times | Published September 29, 2015

 Grosse Pointe Farms resident Chip Fazio, right, pictured along with United States Professional Tennis Association Midwest President Mark Faber, was awarded as the USPTA 2014 Michigan Pro of the Year.

Grosse Pointe Farms resident Chip Fazio, right, pictured along with United States Professional Tennis Association Midwest President Mark Faber, was awarded as the USPTA 2014 Michigan Pro of the Year.

Photo provided by Chip Fazio

GROSSE POINTE FARMS — Grosse Pointe Farms resident Chip Fazio has received the honor of being awarded as the 2014 United States Professional Tennis Association Midwest Division Michigan Pro of the Year.


Fazio was awarded in August in Cincinnati, Ohio.


“I was very happy,” he said. “It’s great to be recognized by your peers as contributing to the sport of tennis. I volunteer. I serve on a committee for the USPTA. I do community outreach stuff. I do parks and rec. I do school demos. For me, I think that was what the award was based on — the community outreach-type stuff. Wasn’t that I coached people up to play college or play at a really high level. It was more like, really, grass-roots.”


Fazio’s involvement with tennis includes being president of the Grosse Pointe Community Tennis Association, which is nonprofit and runs a tennis league for kids at the Elworthy Field courts in the summer. Along with teaching at the Grosse Pointe Hunt Club, Fazio runs tennis programs at the Detroit Yacht Club for the city of Eastpointe, as well as Roseville, Warren, Hamtramck, Sterling Heights, Ferndale and Clinton Township.


“It’s a great sport,” said Fazio, who also volunteers as an assistant coach at St. Clair Shores Lakeview High School. “There’s so many aspects to it — so many different shots, so many tactics you can use. It’s so individual. Everyone has their own sort of personal style. Really fell in love with it. Started taking lessons, playing on leagues. Eventually, decided to get certified.”


Fazio has enjoyed the chance he has received to turn his passion into a professional opportunity.


“It’s great,” he said. “I love it. I can’t believe I get paid to do this.”