Juan Ayala (’79) – Tennis
Juan’s most memorable wins came in doubles, where he teamed with his little brother – Luis – to win two GMAC and two district doubles championships. …. Juan came from a tennis playing family …. His father, Brother Leo had the greatest positive influence over him. After Columbus, Juan played two years of tennis at the University of Houston and then turned professional ….
He played on the professional tour for 4 years and was ranked in the top 150 in the world in both singles and doubles …. As a pro, Juan played in the US Open, Wimbledon and the French Open … He also played for his native country – Chile – in the Davis Cup. Although knee surgery ended Juan’s professional touring career … it did not end his tennis career …. Today, he serves as the head tennis pro at the Forest Club in Houston, Texas …. He has been at the Forest Club since 1985.