USPTA Pro 1 Rodrigo Cagide is the tennis director for The Point Lake and Golf Club in Mooresville, N.C. He is also tennis director for Charlotte Swim and Racquet Club in Charlotte, N.C.
Rodrigo became a teaching pro in 1992 because “tennis has given me the opportunity to evolve as a person as well as teach people the game that I love,” he says.
“I love watching a person develop their tennis game from beginner to competitive player,” he says.
Rodrigo’s greatest accomplishment in his tennis career was in managing four different tennis clubs between 1996 and 1998. “I ran socials, tournaments, clinics, summer camps and private lessons simultaneously at these four clubs,” he says. “It took a lot of work and time, but was very rewarding to my career.”
He hopes to someday own his own tennis facility.
Previous places of employment include Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, Sardis Country Club in Charlotte and The Sports Center in Fayetteville, N.C. He is a member of the USTA and USRSA.
Rodrigo attended Campbell University in Buies Creek, N.C., on a full tennis scholarship and earned a degree in international business. He also played soccer in college, and still plays for a local men’s league.
As a tennis player, Rodrigo placed first in singles and doubles in the 1986 St. Louis Potisis National Junior Champion Tournament; first in singles and doubles in the 1986 Tijuana National Junior Champion Tournament; and he was nationally ranked No. 2 in singles and No. 1 in doubles in Mexico in 1986.
From 1988-1992, he held the Big South Conference singles record, 24-0, and doubles record, 23-1, and in 1990 he was named the Most Valuable Athlete for Campbell University.
In 1992, Rodrigo was ranked No. 5 in the USTA/North Carolina Section, and he continues to play numerous exhibitions and pro-am tournaments.
Outside of tennis, Rodrigo says “My family is by far my greatest accomplishment. Melissa, my wife, Alex, my son, and Gabriella, my daughter, give me renewed strength every day. Also, I came to the United States with very little knowledge of English and obtained a four-year college degree.”