TeamSelkirk Advisory Staff Member, Helle Sparre, 61, is a native of Copenhagen, Denmark who enjoyed a stellar career in professional tennis. By the age of 19 she was the #1 ranked player in her country. As a professional, Sparre competed in all four major grand slams - The Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Once ranked as high as 49th in the world on the professional women’s tour, she captured the 1978 U.S. Clay Court Women’s Doubles Championship with partner Helen Anliot. In 1997, Sparre competed for the victorious U.S. Women’s 40’s team in the World Cup and won the 40’s World Doubles Championship. Sparre parlayed her playing career into becoming an accomplished tennis teacher, and is certified by the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) as an Elite Level Professional Coach. She is the author of the book Dynamite Doubles and the creator of the Dynamite Doubles System which helps all levels of tennis players understand how to play smarter and win in doubles immediately. She has adapted and teaches the Dynamite Doubles system for Pickleball as well. Sparre is also one of a growing number of former tennis professionals who have successfully converted to Pickleball. In fact, in an addition to playing professionally, she is recognized as one of the best Pickleball instructors in the nation today, while serving as an advocate for the growth of the game at all ages and all levels.