Pine Bluff Country Club tennis pro Gustavo Antonio Rivera Sr. died Tuesday from a heart attack that he suffered while on the courts at Lakewood in Little Rock. He was 55 years old.

Pine Bluff Country Club tennis pro Gustavo Antonio Rivera Sr. died Tuesday from a heart attack that he suffered while on the courts at Lakewood in Little Rock. He was 55 years old.


The country club released a statement on Wednesday.


"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of our beloved tennis pro, Gus Rivera," the statement said. "While deeply saddened by his sudden passing, we know that we have been blessed to have gotten to consider him a part of the Pine Bluff Country Club family.


"He will be missed."


Rivera, a native of Mexico City, moved to Arkansas in 2008 and was the manager at Burns Park in Little Rock and worked there for three years.


After a short stint working at Lakewood, Rivera was hired at the Pine Bluff Country Club this past September.


Rivera was the oldest of three children. He and his wife Kelsey Rivera were married for 10 years and they had two children: Gustavo "Tavo" Antonio Rivera Jr. and Maimee Lee Lourdes Rivera.


He attended McNeese State on a tennis scholarship and graduated in 1980 with a bachelor’s degree in marketing.


Rivera was the owner of the River Tennis Academy where he taught tennis to numerous young players in Lafayette and New Iberia, La., as well as Little Rock.