Rod grew up in Macon, Ga., where he excelled on his local tennis high school team. He received a full tennis scholarship to the Georgia Military College, where he played No. 1 for two years. Rod is certified to teach tennis by the USPTA and works with all levels and ages providing tennis instruction. Before coming to the National Tennis Center, he worked at the Doral Golf Resort in Miami, Fla., and the New Canaan Racquet Club in Connecticut, and he was the head teaching professional at the Healy Pointe Country Club in Macon for seven years.