Saddlebrook Alumni

Take a Look at Our Alumni

Saddlebrook counts amongst its alumni some of the world’s most celebrated and recognized tennis players and golfers.

Andy Roddick

He had grown up the youngest son in a sports-loving family. One of Roddick’s two older brothers, John, had set the pace, as high as #6 in the world in the juniors. Young Andy was eager to get in on the action.  punky and tenacious, he soon became one of America’s best juniors. By 2000, months after his Davis Cup tutorial, Roddick was the number one junior in the world. In June 2003, following a first round exit at Roland Garros, he commenced three months of off-the-charts tennis. It began with a victory at Queens Club, highlighted by Roddick’s first win over Agassi. It continued with a run to the semis at Wimbledon. And then came a North American summer tennis player’ dream about – three titles in US Open warm-up tournaments, culminating with Roddick winning the US Open. Finishing 2003 ranked number one in the world, Roddick had rapidly fulfilled the enormous expectations of an American following Sampras and Agassi.

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Mardy Fish

Professional tennis player Mardy Fish was a hard-court specialist and one of several American tennis players who rose to prominence in the early 2000, including winning a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Fish retired after the 2015 US Open and during his career won six tournaments on the main ATP Tour and reached the final of four Masters Series events, including Cincinnati (2003 & 2010), Indian Wells (2008) and Montreal (2011). In April 2011, Fish overtook friend and former high school classmate Andy Roddick to become the No. 1 rated American in the ATP ranking. Fish reached a career-high singles ranking of World No. 7 in August 2011. During that year, he had a career-best 43 match wins and won his sixth career title while reaching two other finals and qualifying for the Barclays ATP World Tour finals.

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Keegan Bradley

Based on his phenomenal first year on the tour, including a major win in the PGA Championship, Keegan Bradley was voted 2011 Rookie of the Year by his peers on the PGA Tour. His most recent accomplishment was a stunning, come-from-behind win at the World Golf Championships — Bridgestone Invitational. The win secured his spot on the 2012 Ryder Cup Team USA. Keegan Bradley’s PGA Championship win was the highlight of his breakout first season. In his 28 starts in 2011, he won twice (including a win in a major) and finished in the top 10 four times. He also won the PGA Grand Slam of Golf. His 2011 PGA Tour Rookie of the Year win capped off his remarkable first year as a pro.

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Prim Siripipat

Born in Mexico, Missouri, Prim began playing tennis at the age of seven. At 12, she moved to Tampa, Florida to attend Saddlebrook Tennis Academy to pursue a career in tennis. There, she trained with some of the best, including Martina Hingis, Andy Roddick and Mardy Fish. She was named Valedictorian, earned a top ten national ranking, traveled with Team USA and earned a full scholarship to Duke University. After suffering an injury at Duke, Prim pursued her next career, as a sportscaster. She has anchored at ESPN, covering a variety of sports, and hosted a range of shows, including Sports Center, First Take, His & Hers and her own national radio show, “ESPN-W Presents Spain & Prim.”

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Sascha Sheehan

A frequent speaker on US counterterrorism efforts, Sheehan has addressed diverse audiences from academic forums in Europe and at Harvard Law School to policymakers in the US Congress and the National Press Club. He continues to serve as a subject matter expert and consultant on a range of public-policy matters. Sheehan’s early research—including his first book, When Terrorism and Counterterrorism Clash: The War on Terror and the Transformation of Terrorist Activity  (2007)—involved quantitative analyses of terrorism incident data and examined the impact of preemptive force on terrorist activity. Sheehan’s latest work involves both peer-reviewed scholarship and policy-oriented writing on the Islamic Republic of Iran and their democratic political opposition. Excerpt from the University of Baltimore.