Charles Akinloye
Director of Tennis

Born in Nigeria, Charles came to America from in 1985, at just 16 1/2 years old, to play in the St. Louis Junior Clay Court tournament in Missouri. In 1986, he continued on his incredible journey by becoming the youngest player selected for the Nigerian Davis Cup team at age 17 and went on to play Davis Cup in 1989 and 1990. He later played on the ATP tour in 1988 and 1889 and was ranked as high as 638 in the world. 

Always keeping in mind what his parents had taught him about the importance of education, Charles decided to shift his focus from tennis to school. In 1990, he entered Livingston College to earn a B.S. in Business and later earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Bridgeport. America soon became his home. “If you work hard, it’s up to you as to what you want to achieve,” he says. For the past 20 years, Charles has been teaching tennis to members of all ages at Trumbull Racquet Club and for the past 14 years, he has been the Director of Tennis.