SARASOTA, Fla. — Former Jackson Hole High School Tennis Coach, Jim Bowles and his son Clint recently won the United States Tennis Association (USTA) senior father-son clay court national championship Nov. 15-19 in Sarasota, Florida.

The duo played five matches in four days in the Father (70 & over)-Son Doubles. This was the first national championship for the elder Bowles, who has been playing tennis since he was 14 years old. Clint has previously won three USTA singles national championships.

“There was always one tight set in our games,” Bowles said in a phone interview on Dec. 6. “The team we played in the final we have played twice before over the last several years but it was pretty close.”

Bowles moved to Jackson with his wife Joy in the 1980s and worked as a tennis pro at Teton Pines for many years. He was also the Jackson Hole High School boys and girls tennis coach in the late nineties. In his first year coaching the Broncs, the girl’s team won the state championship and the following year the boy’s team won the state championship. He is currently a teaching pro at Teton Pines and Teton Springs during the summer.

The couple recently sold their home in Jackson and moved to Victor. They spend the winters in Arizona, where Bowles said he has been able to work on his tennis game.

“When we first purchased our place there in Jackson we were the youngest couple on the block and then when we sold it we were the oldest couple on the block,” Bowles said.

Clint was born and raised in Jackson, playing tennis at the Teton Pines kids clinic.

“He [Clint] started getting really good so we went on a spring break trip to Florida and got him into a junior clinic there, with a bunch of other kids his same age and level. He really flourished so we started spending the school year in Florida and back to Jackson in the summers,” Bowles explained. “That was the right formula for us.”

Clint went on to attend Florida State University and played tennis. He is now a teaching pro in Fort Lauderdale.

The duo has been playing in father-son tournaments for the past 10 years.

“What we are doing now is a lot of fun. It really reconnected me and my son,” Bowles said.

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Lindsay Vallen is a Community News Reporter covering a little bit of everything; with an interest in politics, wildlife, and amplifying community voices. Originally from the east coast, Lindsay has called Wilson, Wyoming home since 2017. In her free time, she enjoys snowboarding, hiking, cooking, and completing the Jackson Hole Daily crosswords.