John worked at Princeton Tennis Program since 2012 and, prior to that, spent 26 years at the Mendham Health and Racquet Club. His gentle demeanor and strong knowledge of tennis led to developing strong fundamentals to those in his classes, which made him quite popular amongst students.
A father of two, John was gifted at dealing with the young students at Hamilton’s Veterans Park during hot summer days when kids tend to get impatient in the heat. He taught with a subdued zeal that allowed his classes to easily absorb his lessons. The Skillman resident was just as good with adults and seniors, having the ability to teach every age group effortlessly.
John loved to talk about a variety of subjects, most notably soccer, which he loved with a passion. He would enter the Eve Kraft Center and sit by a court window, starting conversation with the front desk person or whoever came along. That low-key demeanor was a classic John trademark. He didn’t demand attention but received it due to his interest in people and kind presence. He earned everyone’s respect and the entire staff enjoyed working with him.
John unexpectedly passed away in early 2021. A scholarship was created to honor his legacy within our community. This is PTP’s second year to award a recipient (minimum age 12 years) who represents the spirit of John Kutasovic. We look for juniors who love tennis, work hard, show good sportsmanship and are good-will ambassadors for the game. This scholarship will enable the winners to attend (4) classes of our Fall 2nd Indoor Session at no cost.