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Craig Sandvig Bio

When Wes and Betty Sandvig purchased a home three blocks from McKennan Park, little did they know that this new location would spark their son’s lifetime career. The summer of ’61 Craig would gather with friends at McKennan Park for tennis instruction from college student Tom Line. This was the beginning of many summers of camaraderie, tennis, card playing, more tennis, and lots of good fun! The collaboration of instructors like Don Grebin and Joan Griffin and supportive parents kept a strong Sioux Falls representation at all Northwestern Tennis Association events. This led to Craig’s junior and eventual adult ranking in the Northwestern Tennis Association and his success as a prep and university player.

Craig’s high school tennis began at Washington High when he teamed with Randy Peterson to capture the state doubles title. The following year he became a Patriot with the opening of Lincoln High School where he was the singles champion in ’66 and ’67, and teamed with Greg Olson to win the doubles title both years.

Recruited to the University of Iowa, Craig played for the late Dr. Don Klotz and the late John Winnie. As a Hawkeye, he finished second at flight #3 singles in ’69 and ’71 at the Big Ten Championships. He is listed in the "Iowa’s Bests" under career singles and doubles winning percentage, and he won the Iowa Big Ten Medal as the school’s top scholar athlete for all sports.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa, Craig pursued graduate studies in political science at Washington University, St. Louis, where he also coached the tennis team. As a player he was ranked in the top five in the St. Louis District for several years, and he played for two summers in Europe.

Since 1977 Craig has worked as a teacher and co-owner with Doug Smith and Bob Quevereaux at Sunset Tennis Center, a nationally recognized center of junior tennis and tennis instruction in St. Louis. As a USPTA Pro 1, Craig has coached ten state champions and many nationally ranked and collegiate players. He has been a St. Louis Training Center Administrator/Coach (USTA) and leader in junior tennis development. He also coaches many USTA adult teams at all levels of play. One of his 4.0 teams won the national title in the late ‘90s.

Craig was named to the 2001 USA Tennis National Recognition Program All-American Team and was honored by the Missouri Valley Tennis Association as the 2001 Missouri Pro of the Year. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Dwight Davis Tennis Center, the premier public tennis facility in St. Louis.

In August of 2002 Craig spent several weeks teaching tennis to children at the Sadlil Oval Tennis Camp in Nairobi, Kenya. Along with friends from Sunset Tennis Center he collected and shipped more than 50 boxes of tennis equipment and apparel, including two stringing machines for the children. The program has produced several ranked players in Eastern Africa.

Craig shared the 1998 South Dakota Tennis Achievement Award with his parents and Carol, a former ASU Sun Devil and current teaching pro and high school coach in the Phoenix area; Kari Richardson, a former Minnesota Gopher; and Chris Dummermuth, a Sioux Falls teacher, player and coach.