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Our state-of-the-art Tennis and Pickleball Complex will boast 12 tennis courts (8 hard and 4 clay) and 12 pickleball courts. The new facility will allow for tennis and pickleball tournaments, league play, individual and team lessons and drills, as well as after-school and summer kids programming. The new facilities will be headed by longtime Hattiesburg tennis professional, Teddy Viator.

Merchandise & Retail Offerings

Our Tennis and Pickleball Pro Shop will stock apparel, equipment, demo rackets & accessories. Racquet restringing, grips and more will be available as well.




Lesson Rates

Individual Lesson:

  • $60 an hour

Group Lessons:

  • $30 per person per hour - 2 People
  • $25 per person per hour - 3 to 4 People
  • $25 per person per hour - High School Team Lessons

Programming & Activities

 From beginners to advanced players, our weekly clinic schedule is designed to enhance your skills and take your game to the next level. Improve your technique, enhance your strategy and have a blast on the courts.

Major Club Tournaments

USTA Canebrake Junior Classic

February 9 - 11

Canebrake Pickleball Classic

February 23 - 25

Canebrake Jambalaya Jam

March 1 - 3


Head Tennis Pro


Teddy Viator

Head Tennis Pro

Teddy Viator’s tennis career started at the age of six when he began teaching himself how to play tennis with an old wooden racket on a rundown tennis court in Jeanerette, LA. By the age of ten, Teddy was competing in and winning junior tennis tournaments all over the country and was ranked the number one Junior Player in Louisiana for three consecutive years. Teddy went on to play for LSU where he was named First Team All SEC. In 1984, Teddy earned LSU’s esteemed “Male Athlete of the Year.”

After LSU, Teddy moved on to become USM’s Head Tennis Coach. For 24 seasons, Teddy’s teams were consistently ranked in the top 75 nationally, and even competed in the NCAA Championships. He produced over 25 All Conference Players during his time at Southern Miss. In addition to college athletes, Teddy has also coached junior high and high school students that placed in numerous team and individual state championships. In 2017, Teddy was named “Pro of the Year” by Mississippi Tennis. Teddy also continues to play competitively at the age of 60 with a current rating of 5.0, and he regularly competes all the way to state and sectional championships. We are thrilled to have Teddy at Canebrake Country Club as we gear up to open our new Flagship Tennis and Pickleball Complex.

Jonathan Shemper

Tennis Pro


Jonathan Shemper

Tennis Pro

Meet Jonathan Shemper born and raised in Hattiesburg with a passion for competition and teaching all ages his first “love”, tennis. He began playing competitively at the age of 8 years old and has not looked back since. As a junior he won his first State Title in 1987, and received the George Wilkinson Memorial Award for sportsmanship. His hard work and determination led him to play in division one level collegiate tennis as a freshman for UAB and later transferred home again and became a three year lettermen with The University of Southern Mississippi. In 1992, at Mississippi State while competing in team play in doubles with partner Fernando Pereira, they defeated their number 1 team of Laurent Miquelard, a former NCAA doubles champion and Daniel Courcol former four time collegiate grand slam winner in singles and doubles. While still attending USM, he helped instruct the first National Junior Tennis League local program for kids at Hattiesburg High School. Upon graduation, he assisted the Southern Miss women’s tennis team and co-coached them in New Orleans during conference tournament competition. Throughout his successful career as a tennis player Jonathan also qualified for prestigious Maccabi games in Israel at Chris Evert Tennis Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. In the height of the COVID pandemic of 2020, he helped lead the first Regional Junior tennis tournament at Tatum Park with over 250 players participating. One of his proudest achievements to date has been the 2022 recognition of “Family of the Year” Award by the Mississippi Tennis Association. As the current Junior Team Tennis coordinator for the Pinebelt and an experienced USPTA professional, Jonathan is ready to share his knowledge and love of the game at our new state of the art facility to help empower both juniors and adult players to develop their full potential and create an environment of fun competition, smart playing, and good sportsmanship.

Anna Loughlan

Tennis Pro


Anna Loughlan

Tennis Pro

Anna Loughlan, a native of Cambridge, England, discovered her passion for tennis at the tender age of 4. Her journey led her to immerse herself in the sport, culminating in attendance at a full-time tennis academy from ages 13 to 18. Anna's exceptional talent earned her the privilege of representing Great Britain in numerous international events, including the illustrious Junior Championships at Wimbledon in 2017.

Furthering her tennis prowess, Anna pursued higher education at LSU, where she graduated in 2022 while competing on the university's esteemed tennis team. Her dedication to her country remained unwavering as she continued to proudly represent Great Britain on the international stage.

Transitioning seamlessly from player to mentor, Anna embarked on her coaching journey in 2023, finding profound fulfillment in witnessing her players evolve and excel on the court. Beyond tennis, Anna finds joy in the simple pleasures of life, indulging in reading and trying new food!

Richie Hernandez

Pickleball Pro



Pickleball Pro

Meet Richie Hernandez, a recent transplant to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, bringing with him over 5 years of teaching experience, with a notable focus on the burgeoning sport of pickleball. With two years dedicated specifically to pickleball instruction, Richie is thrilled to assume the role of Head Pickleball Pro at his new home. Notably certified by PTR and PPR, Richie's expertise is a testament to his commitment to excellence in the sport.

During his teaching tenure, Richie spent two impactful years at a private club, where his coaching prowess propelled USTA junior teams to coveted state titles. His roots in the small town of Eupora, MS, provided the foundation for his journey, where he honed his skills and passion for the game.

Richie's dedication extends beyond coaching; he's also made his mark in the competitive realm, participating in several semi-pro pickleball tournaments. Now, as part of the Canebrake family, Richie eagerly anticipates sharing his wealth of knowledge and experience with fellow enthusiasts, fostering growth and camaraderie within the community.


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