Barbie Bramblett




Barbie Bramblett
Tennis Books

  Tennis Strategies and Other Revelations That Dumbfounded Me When I Finished The Tour  (2013)

A book that guides singles and doubles tennis players how to rapidly improve and how to win.

Sometimes You Just Have To Chase What's Divine (2019)
A Series of Advanced Chapters for The Modern Tennis Player

A sophisticated tennis book which speaks to the tennis soul.

Formal Education

Master of Science (M.S.) School of Education: Instructional Design & Technology 2012
The University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, TX; GPA 3.86
Focus: Cutting-Edge Technology, Multimedia/Systematic Applications, Instructional Design

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) History (Major) and English (Minor) 2007
The University of Houston, Houston, TX; GPA 3.74
Focus: Medieval Ages, Vikings, 20th Century History

Additional Education: Rice University 2009
Language Program: French Level #2, #3, and #4

Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart 1982
Houston, TX; Focus: English Literature, Arts


Barbie Bramblett (Barbara Christine Bramblett) is a former WTA world professional tennis player who competed from 1982 to 1985. As a touring professional, Bramblett played Wimbledons, US Opens, and French Opens, Virginia Slims and Avon Futures Tennis Championships professional tournaments worldwide. Her highest world ranking was #60 (1983) with a US ranking of #45. Throughout both her junior and professional tennis career, she had wins over top twenty players as Laura Arraya Gildemeister, Gigi Fernandez, Liz Sayers Smyle, Leslie Allen, Lori McNeil, Diane Fromholtz, Kim Sands, Robin White, Patricia Hy, Corrine Vanier, and Helena Sukova. She competed against players as Martina Navratilova, Pam Shriver, Hana Mandlikova, Sylvia Hanika, Wendy Turnbull, Rosie Casals, Claudia Kodhe-Kilshe, and Zina Garrison.

Bramblett also holds two of the greatest tennis comebacks in Professional Tennis History.

Houston Chronicle 2012 on Barbie Bramblett by Ken Hoffman

tennis MAGAZIN: Article on Barbie Bramblett by Christian Albrecht Barschel

tennis MAGAZIN: Article on Barbie Bramblett by Christian Albrecht Barschel

Inside Tennis: Hi Ho Silver: IT Celebrates 25 Years

The New York Times 1983: Scouting, I See Never Say Die - Barbie Bramblett

Bramblett competed in hundreds of junior tournaments as well as several professional tournaments in childhood. As a junior tennis player, Bramblett was winner of six International Tournaments including the Orange Bowl in Miami, Florida, in Girls 16 Singles (1980), noted as the most prestigious junior international tournaments in the world. Held in Miami each December, the best tennis players from every country are invited to complete. The winner of the Orange Bowl has often been considered virtual #1 in the world for the respective age group. Past world champions of the Orange Bowl have been Roger Federer, John McEnroe, Chris Evert, Gabriela Sabatini, Anna Kournikova, Andy Roddick, Bjorn Borg, Grigor Dimitrov among many other well-known professional tennis players.

The complete list for the winner in each sequential year is found at:

Other notable international tournaments Bramblett won at sixteen years of age were the International Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, Louisiana, in Girls 18 Singles, and the US International Clay Courts Jr. Tournament in Indianapolis, Indiana, at sixteen years of age, in Girls 18 Doubles (1981).

When Bramblett’s professional competitive tennis career finished, she became a tennis instructor at the Houston City Club in Greenway Plaza. She taught both private and group tennis lessons and painting lessons to thousands of adults and children since 1986 to 2005, and 2010 to 2017. Barbie Bramblett is presently teaching tennis at The Downtown Club at The Met.

Former pro Bramblett joins Houston City Club tennis staff

Houston Chronicle 2010 on Barbie Bramblett: by Dale Robertson

Bramblett is a graduate of the University of Houston- she holds a Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology (2012) and Bachelor of Arts in history with an English minor from the University of Houston (2008). From 2008 to 2010, Bramblett worked directly for former businessman H. Ben Taub, great nephew of Ben Taub. H. Ben Taub was a prominent head cabinet member of Baylor College of Medicine, Baylor Medical Foundation, Harris County Hospital District Foundation and Ben Taub Hospital among many other hospital affiliations.

Bramblett is the author of the instructional tennis-based books: Sometimes You Just Have To Chase The Divine, A Series of Advanced Chapters for The Modern Tennis Player (2019); Tennis Strategies and Other Revelations That Dumbfounded Me When I Finished the Tour (2013).

Houston Chronicle Book Article (2013) by columnist Ken Hoffman

Google Books Reviews
1. Sometimes You Just Have To Chase Whats Divine (A Series of Advanced Chapters For The Modern Tennis Player) 2019
2. Tennis Strategies and Other Revelations That Dumbfounded Me When I Finished The Tour  (2013)

Barbie Bramblett Tennis Books:

Bramblett was the Instructional Designer for the University of Houston Victoria School of Nursing (2013 – 2014). She worked for the Office of the Dean of School of Nursing of the University of Houston-Victoria in Sugar Land, Texas. She designed and developed interactive web pages using XHTML, CMS, Web managed programming languages, graphic programs, operating the UHV-SON website and its subsequent webpages, simulations, software/tools, and supported the Dean, the PhD faculty, and nursing students with up-to-date technology.

Bramblett is an accomplished oil and watercolor painter and artist. Her landscapes, watercolor portraits, and writings have been displayed in several art exhibitions.

Professional Sports Background WTA  1982 1985
International Women Professional Tennis Player
➢    Wimbledons: London, England                  
➢    US Opens: New York, USA                                        
➢    Roland Garros (French Opens): Paris, France               
➢    Italian Opens: Perugia, Italy                                           
➢    German Opens: Berlin, Germany                                 
➢    Swiss Opens: Lugano, Switzerland                              
➢    Tokyo Opens, Tokyo, Japan                                         
➢    Hong Kong Open                                                          
➢    Virginia Slims Tour (Weekly, Cities Around the World) 
➢    Avon Futures and Avon Championships Tour             
          1983, 1984, 1985
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
1982, 1983
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985

WTA World Tournament Competition
Avon Futures Tour & Virginia Slims Series Tour

Hong Kong
Tokyo, Japan
New York
Berlin, Germany
Zurich, Switzerland
Eastbourne, GB
Birmingham, GB
Indianapolis, IN
San Diego, CA
Richmond, VA
Salt Lake City, UT

Miami, FL
Boston, MA
Washington, D.C.
Palm Beach, FL
Tampa, FL
Oakland, CA
Denver, CO
Nashville, TN
New Orleans
Milan, Italy
Denver, CO
Greenville, SC
Pittsburgh, PA

Key Biscayne, FL
Memphis, TN
San Francisco, CA
Philadelphia, PA
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Atlanta, GA
Hilton Head Island, SC
Amelia Island, FL
Lugano, Switzerland
Perugia, Italy
Delray Beach, FL
Bakersfirld, CA
Newport, RI

Tennis Advertisement and Contracts: 1975 – 1985

Appeared in several magazines in Japan with professional tennis at seventeen (17) years of age.
Appeared on the cover of several YONEX Posters and YONEX magazines in professional WTA tour tennis-playing career at seventeen (17) years of age until twenty (21) years of age.
Sponsored by Italian Sergio Tacchini Clothing Sports Line in Europe at eighteen (18) years of age.
Signed contracts with YONEX Sports Equipment in Tokyo, Japan at seventeen (17) years of age.
YONEX created a specially-designed racquet for Bramblett at seventeen (17) years of age.
Sponsored by Italian Ellesse Clothing Line in the USA after winning the Orange Bowl in Miami, FL. at sixteen (16) years of age.
Sponsored by USA Nike Equipment-USA Clothing Sports Line at fifteen (15) years of age.
Sponsored by Wilson Equipment Tennis Racquets, Bags, etc., at thirteen (13) years of age.
Sponsored by Head Equipment and Tennis Racquets at eleven (11) years of age.

1st Recipient of World WTA Tour The Karen Krantzcke Sportsmanship Award 1982
(Hampton Roads, Virginia)

1983: Hold the Greatest Comebacks in Professional Tennis History:

#1. In US Open Q 1983, down 0-6, 0-5, 0-40, 18 match points, and won the match. 0-6, 7-5, 6-3.
#2. In Virginia Slims of Nashville Q 1983, down 1-6, 0-5, 20 match points, winning the match, 1-6, 7-5, 6-0

Competed in professional tournaments as a junior tennis player (1979 – 1981).
Full-Time World Professional WTA Player at 17 yrs. of age (1982 – 1985).

ISD Instructional Systems Design Working Knowledge

Instructional Designer Designations: Instructional Technologist, Content Writer, Instructional Writer, Curriculum Developer, Technical Writer, Content Management, Learning Strategist, Educational Specialist, UI Designer, User Experience Designers, User Experience Architect, Information Architect, Learning & Development Specialist, E-Learning Consultant, Interaction Designer

•    Integration of SME (Subject Matter Expert) Content with Latest Technology
•    Designing Instructional Content and Management into Webpages and with ISD Tools
•    High attention to detail w/deliverables, design, color, typography, content, composition, iconography, imagery,  
       flow, information hierarchy
•    Presenting deliverables to clients and articulating design decisions
•    Knowledgeable of overlaps between UI Designer and ISD
•    Experience in all five phases of ISD (Instructional Systems Design) Model: ADDIE Process and Model, Kirkpatrick  
       Four Levels of Evaluation, DACUM
•    Experience with front-end coding skills in HTML, CSS3
•    Highly creative - as creating and publishing training courses using Articulate Storyline
•    Creating with virtual collaboration tools, and LMS/TMS systems
•    Creative with graphic design, video editing, image manipulation, and formatting
•    Designing variety of delivery types: eLearning, virtual classroom, blended learning
•    Broad technological knowledge of instructional design, web development and related technologies
•    Exercising discretion and independent judgment on copyright issues
•    Translating given information into highly interactive course
•    Delivering quality-training materials/work and collaboratively with consultants, SME’s, professionals
•    Knowledgeable of content management, project management, organizational ability
•    Strong oral/written communication skills, interpersonal and organization skills
•    Skilled in storytelling, copywriting, copyediting
•    Analytical skill in designing interactive webpages, online course components
•    Final deliverables with appropriate feedback and assessment to ensure best quality
•    Creative in Instructional Writing & Technical Writing
•    Creative with Design Projects with Multimedia Applications/Software
•    Video-Audio editing/technology, 3-D software, multimedia applications
•    Educational LMS: Blackboard, ExamSoft, TimeStation, Equipment Simulations, Articulate, Podcast, YouTube
•    Training Needs Analysis (TNA), Web-Based Training, Instructor-Led Training
•    Educational LMS: Blackboard, ExamSoft, Google Ads, TimeStation, Equipment Simulations, Articulate, Podcast,
•    Cutting-Edge Technology, Multimedia/Systematic applications, Instructional Design tools, trends, and vendors
•    Continuing Study: on broad understanding of website architecture, interactive design principles, web usability
       design and prototype elegant UI solutions, creating user-interface design patterns
•    Continuing Study: Cloud Computing, AR-Augmented Reality, UI-User Interface, UX-User Experience, AI-Artificial
       Intelligence, VR-Virtual Reality, Robotic Process Automation, Machine Learning, Data Science, Natural Language Processing,
•    Continuing Study: Fortran, JavaScript (jQuery), Python, Java, C/CPP, C++, Prolog, R, PHP, Swift, C#, Ruby,
      Swift, Objective – C, SQL


Accessibility Guidelines:

IMS Global Learning Consortium

Instructional Design Central

International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI)

Professional Development/ Performance Standards:

The eLearning Guild

eLearning Tools:

Adobe Captivate
Articulate 360
Articulate Presenter
Articulate Storyline
Camtasia (TechSmith)
Lectora Publisher (Trivanta)
iSpring Suite

LMS Corporate/eLearning Tools:

Adobe Captivate Prime
Digital Chalk
Instructure Bridge
Instructure Canvas
iSpring Learn
LMS Academic
Talent LMS


Adobe Acrobat
Adobe Creative Cloud
Adobe Dreamweaver CC
Adobe InDesign

Microsoft Office Suite:


Operating Systems/Platforms:



Internet Explorer
Microsoft Edge
Mozilla Firefox

Video-Audio Creation/Edit/Technology:


Graphic Programs/Animation:

Adobe Photoshop
MS Visio
Second Life

Web Conferencing:

Adobe Connect

Domain-Specific Language:



AdWords (Google Analytics)
Lumin PDF

Design Software:


Authoring Tools:
Adobe FrameMaker

Social Media:


Social Media Forms:

Bookmarking Sites
Discussion Forums
Interest-Based Networks
Media Sharing Networks
Relationship-Based Networks
Social Publishing Platforms

Company Organizational/Management Tools:

AEM, Data Management, Microsoft SharePoint



The Downtown Club at The MET - Tennis Professional
(2017 – Present): Employee Club Corp USA

The Houston City Club Greenway Plaza Indoor - Tennis Professional
(1985 – 2005) Self-Employed/Full Time; (2010 – 2017): Employee Club Corp USA
Taught numerous people, groups, private lessons to adults and children
Taught comprehensive method, simple and advanced technique & cutting-edge tennis technique
Built strong relationships with diverse clientele
Qualitative performance significantly influenced and improved club profit
Orchestrated full range of strategic, administrative, and communicative functions
Marketed, designed, organized Events in advertisements for successful turnout
Instrumental in communication for clientele; high communication skills utilized
Directorial management to aid instruction of tennis camp
Arranged and instructed large groups of children for tennis and art camps
Management of painting/art and formulated summer children groups
Constructed package arrangements, developed great rapport with clientele, interface skill
Handled transactions of business finances related to personal work
Created The New Evolution of Tennis Series and its subsequent advertisements
Successfully executed all projects on schedule and within budget

University of Houston-Victoria (2013 – 2014)  

Instructional Designer for The Dean and The School of Nursing
Worked directly for the Dean of the University of Houston Victoria
Multitasked with various projects such as designed/programed high quality of work in written format for UHV School of Nursing website, daily updated social media content, distributed subsequent webpages targeting students, viewers, prospects
Co-designed, created, implemented, reviewed, maintained school website content & database interfaces w/Reddot
Utilized/applied HTML to create, update, proofread and manage body content, headlines, taglines in The Pulse Newsletter
Designed and developed interactive web pages using XHTML, Web programming languages and graphic programs
Uploaded course materials and content to file management systems: Blackboard, CRS, ExamSoft
Up-to-date regarding crossfunctional tasks for Dean, Faculty, Students, Social Media, Projects, Simulations
Produced ads with Google Ads Campaign Management
Utilized text editors: Microsoft Visual Suite, Kompozer, Adobe Create Suite
Updated social media posts for University of Houston (UHV) School of Nursing: Twitter, Facebook, Nurses-lounge, Blogs, LinkedIn
Developed on-line programs with content for videos, audio, course material; YouTube, Captivate, Visio, Office
Collaborated with Dean, Faculty, Students, supporting and training faculty with technological integration, software/tools
Provided instructional design support and IT support for both students and faculty
Operated simulations in the 7000 sq. ft. lab with Laerdal software, maintained simulators
Provided technical IT and troubleshooting support to faculty and students
Provided orientation for students for instructional technology for online course management
Co-designed, developed, implemented, reviewed, and maintained web course components in consultation with faculty
Supported faculty when working with students in simulation center and also worked independently with minimal supervision
Prepared equipment and material for weekly scheduled demonstrations in lab exercise
Supported faculty when working with students in simulation center
Worked independently with minimal supervision

Texan Land and Cattle, LTD, Houston, TX , The Henry Ben Taub Family (2008 – 2010)
Personal Office Assistant for Mr. H. Ben Taub; Henry J.N. Taub & Marcy Taub Wessels
Developed organization of all documentation: legal, financial, investments, personal
Provided support for specific projects, assisting with logistics of numerous ownership/businesses
Managed inventory of assets and supplies, documentation inventory
Instrumental in design and implementation of Excel Organizational System
Received information from other departments and compiled data
Composed and prepared confidential correspondence, other complex documentation
Maintained confidentiality for duty as file clerk; professional letter writing, data entry
Scheduled and coordinating meetings; Resolved operational problems
Managed inventory of legal and real estate documents, analyzed document organization
Developed and typed written business correspondence

Special Recognitions and Honors
:  Scholastic, Sports & Writing

Instructional Designer & Technical Writer: Author
Book 1: Tennis Strategies and Other Revelations That Dumbfounded Me When I Finished the Tour (2013)
Book 2: Sometimes You Just Have To Chase What's Divine, A Series of Advanced Chapters for The Modern Tennis Player

Scholastic University Awards (2003 2007)
National Honors Society
The Deans List
Phi Beta Kappa
Honor Roll
Deans List
Foreign Language Award Spanish

The Houston Post: Wrote Tennis Sports Articles (1993 – 1994)
1993 “Always be aware of your surroundings”
1994 “Better aim can boost your groundstrokes”
1994 “Ball toss key serve element”

Service Activities: Volunteering, Donations of Paintings, Tennis Lessons
Game Set Match Gala (Painting Donation)  2018
Game Set Match Gala (Tennis Lessons)  2017
Opera in the Heights (Tennis Lesson and Tennis Book) 2013
The 2011 Friends of Stehlin Foundation (Painting donation)  2011
The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston Law Building (Membership and Guest Services)  2006 - 2008
The Museum of Fine Arts of Houston: Beck Building (Membership and Guest Services) 2008 - 2010
Children Advocates of Houston (Painting Donations and Tennis Lessons)  1990, 1996
Duchesne Academy Auction (Painting Donation)  1994
Duchesne Academy Auction (Painting Donation)  1992
The Sunshine Kids Organization (Painting Donation)  1991

Spanish (Advanced: Fluent, Language Awards at University)
French (Advanced: Fluent, Rice University Continuing Edu. Level 2, Level 3, and Level 4)

Oil Painting and Watercolor Art Exhibitions
2011 Organized Children Impressionist Art Exhibit (Children taught by Bramblett)
2010 Dancing With Water  (Watercolor Portraits and World Events)
1999 Ineluctable Mystique  (Oil Paintings: Impressionist and Abstract)
1997 Landscapes  (Oil Paintings: Impressionist and Abstract)
1991 An Art Showing of Oil Paintings

Tennis Certifications
USPTA   (1994 – 1997)
USPTR   (1997 – 2005)
CPR        (2004,   2010)

Additional Referencing on Barbie Bramblett

1982 US Open – Women's Singles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia–_Women%27s_Singles

1982 French Open, Roland Garros, Paris, France - Wikipedia

1983 French Open, Roland Garros, Paris, France - Wikipedia–_Women%27s_Singles

1983 Wimbledon Championships – Women's Singles - Wikipedia–_Women%27s_Singles

1983 US Open – Wikipedia–_Women%27s_Singles

1983 Italian Open – Women's Doubles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia–_Women's_Doubles

1984 Wimbledon Championships – Women's Singles – Wikipedia–_Women's_Singles

1984 US Open – Women's Singles - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia–_Women's_Singles

Classic de San Diego 1982 – Wikipédia

Classic du Japon 1982 - Wikipédia

Classic du Japon 1984 - Wikipédia

Barbie Bramblett LinkedIn

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