Ben Shelton’s year has been great. In January, he made it to the semifinals of the Australian Open. Tonight, he plays Frances Tiafoe, who is also American, in the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open for the first time. Smart people who watch the U.S. Open will notice that Bryan Shelton, Shelton’s dad and teacher, is in his player’s box.
He was born with good tennis skills: Bryan, his dad, and Lisa Witsken Shelton, his mom, both played tennis. “We kid around, like which genes is Ben playing with, the Shelton genes or the Witsken genes?” The New York Times talked to Bryan Shelton. “He’s got some good blood running through him, that’s for sure.”
Here, get to know Ben’s parents Bryan and Lisa Shelton.
Have a look at Bryan Shelton, Ben’s dad
Bryan was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama. He is 57 years old. He played tennis in high school and then for the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. As a college player, he won many awards. After graduating in 1989, he played officially and got as high as number 55 in his career. He stopped playing tennis in 1997 and became a tennis teacher.
He went back to Georgia Tech and coached the Yellow Jackets women’s team from 1999 to 2012. After that, he coached the University of Florida men’s team from 2012 to 2023. He was the first coach in Division I NCAA history to win both a women’s and a men’s national title. Ben played tennis for the Florida Gators before he turned pro. His dad taught him. Bryan quit in June so that he could coach his son Ben full-time. When his dad quit coaching college football.
Ben wrote on Instagram, “My dad retired from collegiate coaching today. Congrats on everything you’ve accomplished in your 24 years out there. This isn’t a career that’s defined by championships and accolades, but by the people impacted and lives changed. You showed up to work every day and gave a perfect effort. You did things with character and humility no matter the situation. You’ve kept your faith wherever your life has taken you, and always put your family first. There isn’t a better role model for young men trying to find their way in life. The Gator Nation may have suffered a blow with this one, but we always bounce back. 🧡💙 That being said, the dream team is back together baby‼️ Can’t wait to have you out on tour with me, and see what we can accomplish together 🤞🏽🐐”
Meet Ben Shelton’s mom, Lisa
The former Lisa Witsken grew up in Carmel, Indiana. She is one of eight children. She played tennis too, but not as well as Bryan. According to the NY Times, Lisa “was also an accomplished junior player and is the sister of the former world No. 4 doubles and No. 43 singles player Todd Witsken.”Todd died of brain cancer when he was 34 years old.
In October 1999, Lisa and Bryan got married. His family lives in Florida, and Ben has a sister named Emma who plays tennis too.
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Here’s a snap of the Sheltons from January 2020:
Ben Shelton’s Parent’s Family
There is no information in the public domain about Bryan Shelton. There is, however, information about Lisa Shelton’s parents. Her family is in the middle class. Lisa has a mother named Marilyn Witsken and a father named Henry Witsken.
Are Ben Shelton’s parents still married?
The man and woman who raised Ben Shelton are still married and live with their kids in Gainesville, Florida.
How much money does Ben Shelton’s parents have?
Several websites say that Bryan Shelton’s net worth is around $5 million, while Lisa’s is thought to be around $500,000. Bryan is focused on his son’s tennis career right now.