Barbie Bramblett

Barbara Christine Bramblett   



Sometimes You Just Have To Chase What's Divine
A Series of Advanced Chapters for The Modern Tennis Player
A sophisticated tennis book which speaks to the tennis soul.



Tennis Strategies and Other Revelations 
That Dumbfounded Me When I Finished The Tour
A book that guides singles and doubles tennis players
how to rapidly improve and how to win.


YONEX Poster Image / Book Cover


Educational Background

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

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

Additional Education: Rice University 2009
Continuing Language Program: Successfully Completed French Levels #2, #3, and #4


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.

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

Houston Chronicle 2012 on Barbie Bramblett by Ken Hoffman

Inside Tennis: Hi Ho Silver: IT Celebrates 25 Years

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 as 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 Bachelor of Arts in history, an English minor, and Master of Science in Instructional Design and Technology from The University of Houston Clear Lake (2012). 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 book: 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 Review

Barbie Bramblett Tennis Book:

Bramblett was also 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 also 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).

  Junior Tennis  1976 1981

   Winner of Prestigious International Jr. Tennis Tournaments 1976 1981
   Orange Bowl, Miami, FL (G16S) 1980
   Sugar Bowl, New Orleans, LA  (G18S) 1980
   Interscholastic St. Marys Hall, San Antonio, TX (G18D) 1980
   US Clay Courts, Jr., Indianapolis, IN (G18D) 1981
   Nationals Lafayette (G14S) 1976

   Won 75 Other Junior Tournaments in Texas, Louisiana, Florida 1975 1981-
   Finalist at 25 Additional Tournaments State and National
   Finalist at Nationals Girls 16s 1980 Interscholastic St. Mary's Hall (San Antonio)
   1981 Easter Bowl  G18S cons., Newark New Jersey

   US National Rankings:
   Nationally #15 in the United States in Girls 18 Singles at 16 years of age, 1981
   Nationally #11 in the United States in Girls 18 Doubles at 16 years of age, 1981
   Nationally #40 in the United States in Girls 14 Singles at 12 and 13 years of age, 1976 1977

   Texas State Rankings:
   #1 in the State of Texas G18 Singles at 16 years of age, 1981

   #2 in the State of Texas G16 Singles at 14 and 15 years of age, 1978 1979
   #2 in the State of Texas G14 Singles at 12 and 13 years of age, 1976 1977

   Hightly Ranked in the State of Texas: Ranking 1977

   Invited to Jr. Wightman Cup Tryout Camp held in Southern California 1981


The Houston City Club Greenway Plaza Indoor - Tennis Instructor
(1985 – 2005) Self-Employed/Full Time; (2010 – 2017) Employee
Worked for the Director of Tennis of the Houston City Club
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
Answered phone calls, greeted clientele, members, guests
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

The New Evolution of Tennis Series

University of Houston-Victoria (2013 – 2014)  

Instructional Designer for The Dean and The School of Nursing
Designed/programed UHV School of Nursing website and subsequent webpages:
Co-designed, developed, implemented, reviewed, and maintained school website and database interfaces with Reddot-CMS technology
Used HTML to create, update, and manage The Pulse Newsletter:
Designed and developed interactive web pages by using XHTML, Web programming languages, and graphic programs
Uploaded course materials to file management systems: Blackboard, CRS, ExamSoft
Produced ads with Google Ads Campaign Management
Utilized text editors: Microsoft Visual Suite, Kompozer, Adobe Create Suite
Updated social media for University of Houston (UHV) School of Nursing: Twitter, Facebook, Nurses-lounge, Blogger, LinkedIn
Developed on-line programs, videos, audio, course material; YouTube, Captivate, Visio, Office
Supported and trained 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 in regards to on-line course management
Co-designed, developed, implemented, reviewed, and maintained web course components in consultation with faculty
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
Answered phones and greeted clientele
Developed and typed written business correspondence

Natural aptitude for technology and computer language
Broad technological knowledge of instructional design, web development and related technology
Strong ability to exercise discretion and independent judgment on copyright issues
Translate given information into highly interactive course
Introduce novelty and originality into project
Deliver quality-training materials/work collaboratively with consultants, SME’s, professionals
LMS, Adobe Creative Suite, Articulate, Podcasts, E-Learning, YouTube
Knowledge management, project management, organizational ability, Microsoft SharePoint
Final deliverables have appropriate feedback and assessment ensuring best possible quality
Instructional Writing; Design Instructional Projects on Multimedia Applications/Software
Blackboard, ExamSoft, Google Ads, TimeStation, ATI, Equipment Simulations
Attentive to detail when proof-reading material for consistency in form-format function
Expertise with ADDIE Process and Model
Strong learning theory
Excellent analytical skill to design interactive webpages, online course components
Excellent technical skill to develop webpage
Excellent oral and written communication skill
Use adult learning theory to produce interactive and relevant content, storyboards script
Development of principle, process, communication, and implementation to support learning operation
Up-to-date knowledge with learning methodology
Work individually with subject matter experts to design and develop learning content
Expertise with gap & needs assessment
Utilize Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels of Evaluation
Current with web and digital-based course development, learning strategies, learning paths
Develop project plan, implement large content into projects
Up-to-date with latest cutting edge technology, tools, trends, and vendors
Excellent with Adobe products such as PhotoShop, Illustrator, InDesign
Excellent skill to analyze, design, develop, implement, and evaluate a project or program
Strong verbal/written communication ability
Excellent with PCs Windows XP, Vista; MAC, Linux Systems

Integration of Technology
into Website / Webpage

Instructional Design
Multiple Technical Disciplines

Adobe Creative Suite:
Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Adobe Dreamweaver
Microsoft Suite, Kompozer

Web-Programming Languages

Design Database Interface

Podcasts, Audio Technology

ADDIE Process and Model

Adobe Connect

Instructional Writer

Articulate, Captivate

Data Management


Kirkpatrick’s Four Levels
of Evaluation

Animation, Avatars
Voki, Second Life

Instructor, Teacher,


Curriculum Designer

Technical Writer

XHTML, Java scripting

Highly Motivated,
Problem Solver, Corrective Issues

Produce Course Material,

Office Suite
Excel, Word, OneNote
Microsoft Outlook

Upload Course Materials
to Webpage & Website

Excellent Communication

Create, Design, &
Develop Webpage

Graphic Programs
Visio, PowerPoint

Google Programs: Blogger
Google Ads

Multimedia Application

Excellent Formatting Skill

Instructional Technology

Excellent Written Skill

Special Recognitions and Honors:  Scholastic, Sports & Writing

Instructional Designer & Technical Writer: Author (2013)
Tennis Strategies and Other Revelations That Dumbfounded Me When I Finished the Tour

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

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
NJTL 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 (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

Current Projects
Continuing Study of HTML, C++ Programming, JAVA

Personal Interests
Events, social gatherings, volunteering at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas, painting watercolor portraits, classical music, travelling, Opera, singing

Tennis Certifications

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

Social Media (2010 2017)
Barbie Bramblett LinkedIn

Barbie Bramblett Twitter

Barbie Bramblett YouTube Channel

From The Desk of Barbie Bramblett

Sometimes You Just Have To Chase What's Divine

A Roofed Promenade: Collection of Past and Present Oil and Watercolor Paintings

Painting Samples

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

Podbeam: Barbie Bramblett Magical Realism