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ISSUE

DEDICATED TO:

This special issue is dedicated to Benjamin H. Woods and his family

for their support of Black Tennis Magazine and upholding the high

standards of achievement as professionals in their careers. Woods

is shown standing on the left next to his son, Dr. Kelvin Woods, 2012

Black Engineer of the Year Honoree, Tiffany Woods, grand daughter,

and Eloise Woods, wife.


IN THIS ISSUE:

BLACK TENNIS PRO REGISTRY

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EDITORIALLY SPEAKING

INSTRUCTOR’ NOTEBOOK

JUNIOR TENNIS

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12

COLLEGIATE TENNIS

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AASSTC 10TH ANNIVERSARY

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BABOLAT CHAMPIONSHIPS

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ATA NATIONAL NEWS

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

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SERIES II - HISPANICS IN TENNIS

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SECTIONAL NEWS

WESTERN

SOUTHWESTERN

MIDWESTERN

SOUTHERN SECTION

NORTHEASTERN

NEW ENGLAND

MIDEASTERN

BOOK REVIEW

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PATRONS LIST

Joe Jernigan - Shreveport, LA

Donald Bly - Inglewood, CA

Lyons Park Tennis Association - Mobile, AL

Jeri Ingram - Washington, D.C.

American Tennis Association - Philadelphia, PA

Margaret Dorsey - Chicago, IL

LaRhonda Amos - Los Angeles, CA

Helen Robinson - Philadelphia, PA

Paul Shanklin, Houston, TX

Bwana Chakar Simba - Atlanta, GA

James Weldon Johnson - Philadelphia, PA

Donna D. Baines - Dallas, TX

Mrs. Vernese McCurdy - Jamaica, NY

Alfred Brown - Philadelphia, PA

John Harris - Roanoke, Va

Ronnie Blake - Tyler, TX

Lamont Bryant - Chicago, IL

Robert Ryland - New York, NY

Ken Groovey - Missouri City, TX

Margaret Watson - Detroit, MI

STAFF

Marcus A. Freeman, Jr., Publisher

Ed Freeman, Editor-In-Chief (Posthumously)

Benjamin H. Woods, Ass’t.

Editor/Photo Editor

Van King, Art Director

Carol Freeman, Clerical Ass’t.

Jacquelyn Freeman, Administrative Ass’t.

Pierre Craig, Advertisement/Sales

Betty Blake, Editorial Ass’t.

Vijay Freeman, Technical Assistant

Jerome Roy, Exec. Sales Account Manager

Contributing Writers

Boukan Collins, Eastern

LaRhonda Amos, Western

Horace Rice, Southern

Margaret Dorsey, Midwestern

Jerrell Lowery, Southeastern

Nick Bollettieri, Instruction

Gene Thompson, HBCU

Rodric Allen, HBCU

Guillermo Avila,

International-Hispanics In Tennis Series

Black Tennis magazine is published by:

Marcus A. Freeman, Jr.

Located at: P.O. Box 210767

Dallas, TX 75211 - 214-339-7370 or

214-662-2352

marcus.freeman.tennis@airmail.net

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INSTRUCTOR’S NOTEBOOK

WHAT

MAKES THEM

SPECIAL

I have been watching and consuming sports my entire

life, and I absolutely cannot get enough of it. My

wife, Cindi, often asks me how every single game

whether it be baseball, football, golf, or tennis can be

such a special game. My answer is very simple – it’s

special to me because I enjoy the excitement and observing

athletes playing the same game, but with their

own style of play and reaction to almost every move.

Let’s take a look at some of tennis’ all-time greats and

what makes them so unique and special...

Serve. His starting position of standing totally parallel

to the baseline with his racquet and ball pointing

directly at fans made them so nervous that they were

just about ducking for safety every time he served. As

a result he had one of the very best wide-slice serves

to the ad court, and it didn’t hurt that he was a lefty!

The majority of players in the 1960s hit their forehands

with an Eastern forehand grip. Little by little,

starting out with Jimmy Arias in the early 80s, grips

began to shift to semi-Westerns, the power game, and

then the extreme western grip hit by Nadal. He has

perfected this shot and in the process, he has inspired

so many youngsters to hit it as well.

Sampras had a very simple forehand (Eastern grip),

beginning with the elbow of his hitting arm leading

the backswing. Pete also had one of the top serves

in the history of tennis. He wasn’t as powerful as the

guys who hit them today, but he was as consistent as

they come and his placement (including his wide slice

to the forehand which was hit between 114 and 118

miles per hour) was incredible. In addition to this, he

had a beautiful one-handed backhand, a devastating

attacking slice, and one of the very best simple first

volleys.

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BY

NICK BOLLETTIERI

JOHN MCENROE

RAFAEL NADAL

PETE SAMPRAS

ROGER FEDERER

I could write volumes of information about this man,

but whatever and however much I write, I could not

describe the totality of everything he does both on

and off the court. He plays with very little physical

effort and always respects his opponents. His movement

across the board is absolutely beautiful and his

charity work off of it is also fantastic to see.

JIM COURIER

When Jim arrived at the IMG Bollettieri Tennis

cademy at 14 years old, his mother sent me a letter

asking to completely change his Western grip and

baseball-swing backhand. I did just the opposite – I

told him to forget about your backhand and hit forehands

all the time! He did exactly what he was told

and became No. 1 in the world!

ANDRE AGASSI

Agassi was known for many things, but most of all

for his incredible on-the-court play. He had unbelievable

ground strokes, superb footwork, and a few

simple strategies that he would use. He would move

his opponent side-to-side (Bradenton to Las Vegas

and vice versa) and he’d never hit down the line with

his backhand unless the ball was inside the baseline.

Also, I ensured that Agassi didn’t hit the slice from

the backhand side until he had the regular two-handed

backhand shot perfected.

MONICA SELES

Imagine a skinny, young girl at 12 years old hitting

with two hands on both sides and standing smack

on the baseline with great movement. This is what

I witnessed watching Monica play at the Orange

Bowl many years ago. What did I do? I offered her

and her entire family a scholarship on the spot and

never changed anything in her game, no matter what

people thought I should do! Monica is one of the alltime

greats of the game and she couldn’t be a nicer

person off the court as well!

MARIA SHARAPOVA

Maria came to the Academy at nine, and I could

tell then that she was a competitor. Her style was

very simple. She stands on top of the baseline and

pounds away from both wings with no spin. She

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COORDINATED BY:

JOHN WILKERSON

A SMASH HIT!

Over 40 juniors with their coaches, parents, and chaperones

met during the weekend of January

20-22, 2012 in Houston, Texas to participate in the

American Tennis Association (ATA) Junior

Development Workshop. “It was fantastic,” commented

John Wilkerson, coordinator of the

program and President of the Southwest Section of the

ATA. Zina Garrison, Robert Davis,

Dante Brown, LaMont Bryant, Sidney Cooper, and

Jon Hall-Bryant assisted John during a

Workshop that attracted juniors from Boston, Chicago,

St. Louis, Washington, D.C., Houston,

Dallas, Florida, New York, and Maryland.

It was Herbert Provost, John’s mentor, who initially

started this event in Houston, Texas many

years ago with Arthur Ashe serving as the director.

Provost was the head tennis coach at Texas

Southern University (TSU) where the camp took

place, attracting some of the top players in

Texas and surrounding states in the U.S.

A REPORT OF THE EVENT BY JOHN

WILKERSON FOLLOWS:

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“The group met on Friday at the Jewish Community

Center in Southeast Houston where they

were given full access to four indoor and outdoor

courts under the supervision of ten coaches.

Administrators at the Center bent over backwards to

make everyone welcome and gave the

group full access to everything at the facility without

any restraints.

On Friday evening, the group met at the Crowne Plaza

Hotel to receive a spectacular

presentation by Dr. Gary Sailes, Sports Psychologist

at Indiana University. Dr. Sailes discussed

the importance of mental toughness and its significance

for all juniors to include in their training

programs.

On Saturday morning, the group continued its regimen

at the Jewish Center and in the afternoon,

took a special trip to NASA, the US. Space Center.

From Left to Right: John Wilkinson, Larry Thomas, Kel Mabatah, Dante, Brown,

Zina Garrison, Stand Hudson

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ACTIVE ACES

10TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

BY DR. LOYCE PAILEN

AASSTC CELEBRATION

The AASTC is a group

committed to growing the

game of tennis with active

super seniors over the

age of 60 and supporting

the area youth tennis

development. More

than 200 former and

new members along

with their guests gathered

in black tie fashion

to celebrate the club’s

activities

and achievements of

the past 10 years. Participants

traveled from

various parts of the

area

including tennis club

members from Baltimore

and Fredericksburg.

Raymond Johnson, vice

president of AASSTC served

as Master of Ceremonies. He

stated that “behind my Lord

and Saviour, and my wife,

AASSTC is right there in my heart.” He is “fascinated

by this club of all genders and ages with one common

goal to have fun while growing the game of tennis.”

He further stated that “the coordination of Alice

Lee’s wisdom and dedication in making better people

and citizens” makes the club special.

The evening included welcoming remarks from president

and club founder, Alice Lee, special

acknowledgements and awards. Carmen

Cannon, recipient of last year’s President’s

Service Award, presented the 2012

President’s Service

Award to Eula and

Amos Best; president

and vice president,

respectively, of the

Fredericksburg, Virginia

Chapter of AAS-

STC. Mr.Best commented

that “AASSTC,

Inc. of DC, the parent

organization to the

Fredericksburg chapter,

means quite a lot;

being geographically

diversified is special.”

In answer to what the 10 year

AASSTC anniversary means to

her Kelly Jackson, President of

the Washington Tennis Association

said,“Diva, Alice Lee gives a

fabulous event and I try to come

to the event each year.” She also

mentioned how Carmen Cannon provides a “special

touch” to the event that makes each one so special.

tThe gala event was held at the beautifully decorated

holiday setting at Camelot by Martins. The

menu included salmon, chicken, prime rib and Italian

meatballs with a host of accoutrements and

assorted desserts.

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ATA NATIONAL NEWS

95TH ATA

NATIONAL

CHAMPIONSHIPS

AMERICAN TENNIS ASSOCIATION

NEWS

FORT LAUDERDALE TO HOST

95TH ATA NATIONAL CHAMPION-

SHIPS

JULY 30TH-AUGUST 4TH, 2012

The ATA Board and the Greater Fort Lauderdale Local

Committee have been working diligently to prepare for

the 95th ATA National Championships. We have received

a warm welcome from Greater Fort Lauderdale

and we are sure that you all will enjoy the tennis facilities,

hotels and activities that we have planned for the

week. The adults will play at The Tennis Club of Fort

Lauderdale which is one of the finest private tennis sites

featuring 20 clay courts, heated swimming pool and Jacuzzi

overlooking court one. All ATA players will have

access to the onsite ATA Lounge overlooking the courts,

weight room, locker room, showers and sauna. There is

also a fully equipped restaurant onsite.

Youth participants will be playing at the Jimmy Evert

Tennis Center at Holiday Park. The Jimmy Evert Tennis

Center is known throughout the world as one of

the nation’s finest public tennis facilities. Its rich and

distinguished history includes everything from teaching

young children to play, to contributing to the development

of tennis professionals Chris Evert and Jennifer

Capriati. The Jimmy Evert Tennis Center features 18

lighted clay courts and three hard courts. The majority

of the junior age categories will be played on clay.

There will be practice time allotted the Sunday before

tournament play begins for juniors and adults. Both

facilities are located less than 4 miles from the host

hotels.

The host hotels are located on Fort Lauderdale’s 17th

Street corridor which features a variety of restaurants

and shopping for all. The Adult and Junior host hotels

are only 2 miles from the Fort Lauderdale International

Airport. The Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina has been

selected as the host hotel for the Adults. The ATA has

a special rate of $99.00 per night plus tax. This rate

includes free wi-fi in all rooms. For those who will

have a car, self parking is $10.00 per day. Renew your

body and spirit at Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina hotel

- poised at the edge of the splendid Intracoastal Waterway.

With refined elegance, a dynamic location, and

impeccable service, this chic Fort Lauderdale hotel

provides a relaxing, leisurely ambiance in a vibrant setting.

Lounge by the poolside deck and sip a cool drink.

Enjoy a cocktail in the social gathering spot, Antea. Retire

to your elegantly appointed guest room. Delight in

the exceptional features and diverse atmospheres of this

exclusively revitalized Fort Lauderdale, Florida hotel.

Those registered players staying at the host hotels will

be entitled to free or discounted entry to ATA tourna-

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AUSTRALIAN OPEN

BY BENJAMIN WOODS

GRAND SLAM...

AUSTRALIAN OPEN

Starting the year off in high gear, 15-year-old tennis

sensation, Taylor Townsend (USA), won both singles

and doubles (with Gabrielle Andrews) junior titles at

the Australian Open in Melbourne, Australia during the

two-week event, January 16-29, 2012. Entering the

event as the number 14 seed, and as an unknown except

for her performances at the 2011 US Open, where she

reached the third round in Girls’ Singles and won one

round in the Women’s qualifying round, Townsend only

wanted to play within her expectations and be aggressive

against her opponents who were mostly baseliners.

She exceeded her expectations and even more as she

played aggressively through the first three rounds without

dropping a set. The challenge for her came during

the quarterfinal match against Sabina Sharipova (12),

when she won the first set at 6-3, lost the second at 2-6

on errors, but picked up her game to win the third set

and match, 6-4.

In the semifinals against Krista Hardebeck (USA),

an unseeded entry who upset the number one seed

- Irana Khromacheva of Russia in the previous round

- Townsend won the first set in a hard-fought battle that

ended in a tie-breaker, winning it, 7-6(3). She won the

second set at 6-4, putting her into the finals to play for

her first Grand Slam junior singles title.

In the finals, Townsend met Yulia Putintseva, the fourth

seed from Russia who had defeated her in the semifinals

of a previous event at Eddie Herr. Townsend won the

first set easily at 6-1. In the second set things turned in

Putintseva’s favor. She picked up her game and forced

the match to go three sets. Going into the third set,

Townsend spent time going through her notes on the

changeover, and redirected her focus on the match.

Her opponent became very emotional after Townsend

was awarded a point to take the advantage during the

third game of the set. A lot of emotion began to build

up on the court which Townsend recalled as a determining

factor in her previous loss to Putintseva. During her

post-match interview, Townsend mentioned that she

learned from that experience and used it to her advantage

during the match. “But, yeah, I just kinda tried to

focus on myself and just make sure -- I was like, Okay,

just keep playing one point at a time. That’s what I kept

telling myself: one point at a time, one point at a time.”

At the end of the final point of the match, Townsend fell

to the court in awe of her victory, letting all of her emotions

come out, rose to the crowd with tears streaming

down her cheeks, and her face aglow with disbelief and

excitement. “Tears of joy. I mean, it’s really exciting.

I mean, it’s a dream come true for me, you know. A

lot of people were supporting me, and my family and

everyone are just so proud. It was just a proud moment

for me and kind of just rushed -- the feelings kind of

rushed in,” as Townsend defended her emotional display

after the match. This came as a special victory for

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BY

ANNE MARIE MCLAUGHLIN

HISPANICS IN TENNIS

Manuel Orantes, the 1975 US Open champion and former

world No. 2, is the only 2012 inductee

in the Master Player Category. He joins tennis administrator

Mike Davies and wheelchair tennis

star Randy Snow, who were previously announced, as

members of Class of 2012. The remainder

of the Class of 2012 will be announced within the

month ahead. The Induction Ceremony will be

July 14, 2012 in Newport, RI.

NEWPORT, RI, USA, February 23, 2012 - Manuel

Orantes, a Spanish tennis star of the 1970s

and 1980s, who defeated top-seeded Jimmy Connors to

capture the 1975 US Open title and

played an instrumental role in Spain’s Davis Cup efforts

for many years, will be inducted to the

International Tennis Hall of Fame this year. Orantes is

the third member of the Class of 2012 to

be announced, and he is the only inductee in the Master

Player Category. It was previously

announced that tennis administrator and promoter Mike

Davies has been elected in the

Contributor Category and that Randy Snow has been

elected in the Recent Player Category for

his great achievements as a wheelchair tennis player.

Additional members of the Class of 2012

will be announced within the month ahead. The Induction

Ceremony will be hosted on July 14 at

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the International Tennis Hall of Fame & Museum in Newport,

R.I.

“Manuel Orantes’ 1975 US Open victory is in the books

as one of the most impressive in tennis history,” said

Tony Trabert, 1970 Hall of Famer and Chair of the Enshrinee

Nominating Committee. “That achievement, as

well as his many other victories, and his leadership as a

dedicated Davis Cup player for Spain, make him a true

legend of tennis. He is well deserving of induction to

the International Tennis Hall of Fame. We look forward

to celebrating with Manuel at the induction ceremony

in July, along with honoring the additional inductees,

the remainder of whom will be announced shortly.”

Orantes, 62, who is originally from Granada and now

resides in Barcelona, reached the world No. 2 ranking

in 1973, and he remained in the year-end world top-10

for five consecutive years. In addition to his notable US

Open victory over Connors, he was runner up to Bjorn

Borg at the 1974 French Open. In all, Orantes won 33

singles titles, and compiled an impressive record of

647-247. He has a career doubles record of 298-155 and

won 22 titles.

Orantes was an integral member of the Spanish Davis

Cup team from 1967-1980. In his first year playing,

1967, the team advanced to the final, falling to the

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WESTERN

SECTIONAL

WEST COAST TENNIS

UPDATE

By LaRhonda Amos, Contributing

Reporter

39th Annual Frank (No. 1) Simmons Doubles Shoot

Out Tennis Tournament Mrs. Delores Simmons &

Harvard Tennis Club of Los Angeles welcomed over

40 tennis teams, to the #1 Frank Simmons Memorial

Doubles Shoot Out on January 1st. This is the 39th

year for this prestigious round robin doubles event.

As usual, Delores Simmons and Harvard Tennis Club

members, ensured that everyone was happy while

playing competitive tennis by providing early morning

snacks and sample food for lunch (by the way

-- SHE and her team of helpers personally prepared

most of the delicious goodies). Players and spectators

included participants starting at age eight and

above. The day’s event again offered a “family reunion

environment” – a special time for everyone to

pay special tribute and honor new and returning tennis

friends and tennis leaders of our community.

We commend the event planning committee for ensuring

the day’s event went on without a hitch: Tournament

Chair: Mrs. Delores Simmons, Tournament

Directors: Don Bly and Calvin Bennett.

Words from Delores Simmons – “Congratulations to

the Winners! Thanks to all the players and supporters

of this event. A big shout out to Calvin and Carla

Bennett for keeping the courts moving with the help

of their court monitors. Phyllis Taylor did a first for

this Tournament, taking so many photos and then

immediately posting them on e-mail for all, using her

technical skills to get us out there. 2012 has started

in a glorious way for the Tennis Community.”

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SECTIONAL NEWS

SALUTE THESE 2012 SOUTHERN CALI-

FORNIA MINORITY TENNIS CLUB PRESI-

DENTS

Renea McZeal

Harvard Tennis Club of Los

Angeles, CA

Frances Simpson-Lang

Mountain View Sports &

Racquet Club of San Diego, CA

Denise Self

Rancho Cienega Tennis Club of

Los Angeles, CA

Claude Tillis

Pacific Coast Championships

(PCC) of Los Angeles, CA

Loretta Malone – New ATA Membership

Chair

Loretta Malone of Los Angeles, CA

was appointed National Membership

Chair by the American Tennis

Association (“ATA”) Board of Directors,

during the 94th ATA National

Championships held in Atlanta,

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CTDW Awards Gala recognizes tennis talent, hard

work in “The Big Easy”

Sarah Pernell, President of Central Tennis Association

(CTTA) and her husband Tommie, traveled to New Orleans

on Jan 14 - 16, 2012 to attend the USTA Community

Tennis Development Workshop Awards Gala. Each

year a Community Tennis Development Workshop

serves to both teach coaches, volunteers and organizers

about the future and honor the recent past - and with the

latter in mind, the annual CTDW Awards Gala dedicates

the Saturday evening dinner hours to acknowledge the

exemplary men and women who fuel tennis at the community

level.

The evening’s festivities were hosted by Dr. Melissa

Harris-Perry, professor of political science at Tulane

University, MSNBC contributor, columnist for “The

Nation” magazine and author of “Sister Citizen: Shame,

Stereotypes, and Black Women in America,” as 10

individual or group awards were honored for their superlative

efforts in the year 2011. Among the recipients

of the “NJTL of the Year Awards” were three National

Junior Tennis Learning (NJTL) providers, one of which

was Central Texas Tennis Association. Ms. Sarah, as

she’s called, made a big impression on those attending

with her dedication and heartfelt speech. This was a

great showing for CTTA.

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PRAIRIE VIEW A.& M.

UNIVERSITY’S TENNIS TEAM

PREPARES FOR THE SEASON

Schools are engaging more and competing

harder in all the tournaments they are entering. Recently,

Prairie View A&M University’s squad has adopted

a schedule that would make any school jealous, traveling

to Tallahassee, FL to compete in the HBCU National

Championships, playing against the likes of University

of Oregon, Auburn and other top tier Division I schools

at the University of Houston Invitational and the UST/

ITA Regional Championships. “This type of exposure

allows us to recruit well”, says Coach John Cochran, who

has recruited well nationally and internationally. The

team is full, but Cochran says he is still looking for talented

players. The Panthers men and women are looking

to rebound from last year’s SWAC tournament losses

that prevented them from capturing their third straight

SWAC championship.

ON COURT AND ON STAGE PERFOR-

MANCES DEMAND ATTENTION

How often do you find a person who is a top flight

tennis player with a high Texas and National ranking, a

screen

and stage play performer in local (Dallas) and national

plays throughout the country, a practicing Respiratory

Therapist, and a Senior Consultant for Ambit Energy?

Althea Gibson, tennis pioneer, golfer, singer, actress, and

public speaker is one who comes to mind when think-

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SOUTHWEST SECTION - 2012

TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE

KTSU Tennis Classic

May 11-13, 2012

Ken Groovey - 832-651-6374

P.O. Box 8

Missouri City, TX 77459

Bloom Tennis Classic

June 8-10, 2012

Jim Cox - 870-534-6841

P.O. Box 8331

Pine Bluff, AR 71611-8331

38th Annual 40 Love Tennis Classic

July 13-15, 2012

Wallace D. Smith - 214-207-3662

5525 Glen Forest Ln.

Dallas, TX 75241

Summer Jam

August 17-19, 2012

Sarah Pernell - 512-280-5800

South Austin Tennis Center

1000 Cumberland Road

Austin, Texas 78704

MIDWEST

SECTIONAL

MID-TAC 56TH ANNUAL TENNIS CHAM-

PIONSHIP TOURNAMENT - 2012

Tournament Registration -

Friday, June 29, 2012 - 6:00 p.m.

Matches -

Saturday, June 30, 2012 thru Monday, July 2, 2012

MARRIOTT INDIANAPOLIS NORTH - Host Hotel

3645 River Crossing Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46240

(317) 705-0000

Traditional King or Double -

Group Rate $99.00 per night (plus tax)

Free Parking - Shopping & Variety of Restaurants

RESERVATION DEADLINE: June 7, 2012

1-866-792-9198 or 1-800-228-9290

Ghetto Tennis Classic

September 7-9, 2012

D.A. Alfred - 405-752-2056

11728 Stratford Dr.

Oklahoma City, OK 73120

Lacy Slam

September 28-30, 2012

Robert McQuarters - 918-770-1710

P.O. Box 6467

Tulsa, OK 74148

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the overall experience was wonderful for all. ... I

am encouraging [Chicago coaches] to rally behind

the ATA’s efforts to bring about a renaissance/

awareness of our community with MidTac/ATA by

getting more families involved in such a meaningful

and powerful organization. I learned so much,

and met so many influential people that played

such a significant part in shaping the ATA. It’s so

important for our kids to understand their history

as it becomes the wind beneath their wings. “When

you feel like quitting, you have to think about those

that came before you that

made it possible for you to be here because you are

lucky to be able to play tennis.” -Zina. Our family is

honored to be a part of history.

Thank you!

Romeldia Salter

Educational Consultant

www.romeldia.com”

SOUTHERN

SECTIONAL

SHREVEPORT WELCOMES ROSIE DAVIS

The Indoors Racket Club was the scene of a joyous

welcome to Mrs. Rosia Davis . Rosia is from Forrest City,

AR. Rosia saw the article about the Airport Park Tennis

Reunion in the Spring, 2011 issue of Black Tennis Magazine.

She called the Jernigans and they invited her to

Shreveport. Rosia also heard about tennis in Shreveport

while she was in Houston with the Weekend Warriors.

She plays all over the USA. She also said she got a

few lessons from John Wilkinson [years ago]

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Romeldia & Kevin Salter are staunch supporters of

tennis on behalf of both of their daughters and the

African-American tennis community. Mrs. Salter

recently joined MID-TAC’s Junior Development Committee

and will begin to share valuable information

with parents of budding junior tennis players. The

other three winners attending the workshop were

Timara Maxwell w/her mom, Val McElroy; PJ Panesar

w/his coach Stan Hudson; and TJ Harris w/his mom/

coach, Titania Harris. The ATA/ATF Junior Development

Program will have three additional workshops

in 2012. More information about the Program will be

shared as it develops.

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Helping welcome Rosia are pictured left to right: Joe

Jernigan, Roland Leshay Howard, Joann Veazie Howard,

The Guestof Honor, Rosia Davis, Pamela Jernigan, Joey

Jernigan, Dr. Roy Thomas and Errol Sims. Not pictured,

Ladarrius Jernigan, Jarell Jernigan, Janie Samuel and

Atty. Jackie Scott .

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pastimes was his involvement in tennis. He became

a lifetime member of the American Tennis Association.

He also was a member of the RTL and traveled

extensively throughout the Southeast as a player and

supporter of their events. Purcell was president of the

Julius Guinyard Tennis Association and participated in

providing free tennis lessons twice weekly at the C.T.

Brown Tennis Center.

The award recipient must be a member of an RTL

organization for a minimum of five years and remain

in good standing throughout. The recipient will have

exhibited exemplary efforts in the areas of volunteerism,

humanitarianism, and support of local programs

within the RTL organization. There must be a keen

interest in the development of junior tennis players as

well as the growth of tennis in general.

“ In an era where most are often concerned with having

and getting more for themselves, the benevolence

of Mr. James Richardson, Director of Youth Tennis for

the New Lyons Park Tennis Association, is a breath of

fresh air. A retired public school teacher, Mr. Richardson’s

indomitable spirit of giving transcends

the classroom to the tennis court and beyond.

With the inception of the Books and Rackets

Club-a brilliant amalgamation of tennis and

tutoring-Mr. Richardson’s impact is most evident

positivity as he journeys through life”, says Edwarlyn

Chrison,

President, New Lyons Park Tennis Association. Mr.

Richardson’s Philosophy is simple: “ the measure of

success is not how far you go, but how many you

bring along for the ride.” The Rainbow Tennis League,

Inc, congratulates Mr. James Richardson for his efforts

in winning the 2011 Purcell Brantley Humanitarian

Award. Purcell Brantley Humanitarian Award.

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of accolades and awards, it’s no surprise that what Mr.

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Teens Tennis mogul Julian Krinsky founded Julian

Krinsky Camps & Programs (JKCP) 35 years ago

to help kids and teens refine tennis skills while enjoying

an amazing summer experience. Born and raised

in South Africa, Krinsky was competing professionally

on the international tennis tour by the age of 19, including

Wimbledon and the Italian and French Opens.

After

settling in Philadelphia he began to teach tennis.

Today the program, out of Philadelphia, is a world

leader in programming expanding far beyond tennis

to other areas of fitness, the arts, business and leadership,

and science and technology, and receives participants

from around the globe each summer, with kids

from over 35 states and 40 countries in 2011. www.

jkcp.com

time including tennis, dance, yoga, and games like

speedball. Plus, great classes in other subjects like science

and the arts, and NFL-Wharton Prep Leadership

Program (Ages 16-18) - Working with the National

Football League and faculty from The Wharton School

of Sports Business at the University of Pennsylvania,

this program gives student-athletes in all

From beginners to competitive players, JKCP Tennis

programs, powered by HEAD® Tennis, are available for

ages 7 to 17. Tennis professionals work with students

to set goals, develop strategies and execute proper

form utilizing 50 outdoor and 28 indoor courts. At

KCP, kids learn important tennis skills that carry over

to life skills and becoming successful adults. Tennis

programs include: Tennis (Ages 14-17) – Teens improve

technique and match play with five hours of

tennis each day, intensive training, video analysis and

tennis instructors from around the world. Residential

and day programs at Villanova University. Tennis

(Ages 10-13) – Kids learn

proper techniques, footwork, endurance and how to

lay more competitive tennis. They work with tennis

professionals and compete in match tournaments

to reach individual strengths and potential. Residential

and day programs at Haverford College. Tennis

(Ages 7-9) – Kids enjoy the excitement of the game

and healthy competition with guidance from tennis

professionals who pay close attention to each individual

student and their skill level. Day programs at

Haverford College. Sports & Fitness at Enrichment

(Ages 14-17) – Teens explore new skills in tennis, fitness,

yoga, sports and health plus dozens of classes in

other subjects. With great teachers and new friends

from around the world, they will love getting fit and

healthy. Sports & Fitness at Xploration (Ages 10-13)

– Kids enjoy a mix of fun and learning at the same


sports a

competitive edge as they prepare

for collegiate athletics.

“We take players’ games to the next level through

daily instruction, personalized coaching, competitive

play, video analysis, and mental and physical

conditioning,” explains Krinsky. “Then we add in the

element of fun evening activities and weekend trips

for the complete summer experience.” JKCP is right

in the heart of the East Coast making seeing famous

places and attractions an easy weekend trip. Every

Saturday JKCP offers a getaway to places like New

York City, Washington,

D.C., the New Jersey shore and more. Fun activities

around campus and around town are also a part of

the experience in evenings and on weekends.

Because programs are held at prestigious private

colleges in Philadelphia, students get a sample of

the college life experience - in the dorm, in the dining

hall, on campus, and meeting new friends from

around the world. Tuition includes housing, meals,

trips, and activities. JKCP works with students to

make tuition affordable by offering a reduced tuition

when registering for multiple weeks or for referring

friends. They are also running a “HEAD of the Class”

video contest on Facebook where kids can win one

to two weeks of residential tuition at the JKCP School

of Tennis Powered by HEAD® for the summer of 2012,

a HEAD tennis racquet, or an oversized tennis ball

signed by Maria Sharapova. Plus every entry automatically

receives $50 toward camp tuition at the

Julian Krinsky School of Tennis for the summer of

2012. This is a great opportunity for teens ages 13

-17 from around the world to share their creativity,

originality, and on camera personality by posting a

video spotlighting who they are in the classroom and

on the tennis court. The contest is open through April

13, 2012 at http://www.facebook.com/juliankrinskycampsprograms.

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Sportsmenís Tennis and Enrichment Center (STEC) is

pleased to present itís new Tennis Leadership Team,

which took the reigns of the 50 year old Tennis Club

in January, 2012. All have a long history with Sportsmenís,

having grown up playing in the Junior Tennis

Program and returned after playing college tennis.

Together, the team’s excitement and commitment have

more than doubled the Junior Clinic enrollment at

STEC in less than 8 weeks, largely through word-ofmouth

recommendations spreading through Boston’s

competitive junior tennis environment.

Jovan Jordan Whitter is Director of Competitive Tennis

for STEC. In this role, Jovan focuses on our high-performance

Junior programs, coaches several adult teams,

and ensures that his team is helping adults and Juniors

compete to the best of their ability. He has brought a

new excitement to the STEC high performance regimen,

with daily junior clinics as early as 5 AM and a

newly invigorated STEC travel team. Originally from

Bermuda, Jovan has represented his country in Davis

Cup competition. He grew up playing at Sportsmenís

before studying and playing at UMass, Boston.

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Pamela Boykin is Director of Developmental Tennis

for STEC. We offer clinics and lessons for children as

young as four years old, working to create a pathway

from Pee Wee tennis through to our high performance

clinics, and for those picking up the game as adults.

Coach Pam insures that her team meets beginning and

developing players of all ages at their point of need and

guides them along their own developmental pathway.

She also works with several adult teams

and the adult clinics. Originally from

Boston, after completing STECís junior

program, Coach Pam attended and played

tennis at Mobile University, Alabama,

and holds a bachelorís degree in health/

physical education.

Jelani Haynes is Director of Community Tennis for

STEC. We are very proud of our ability to run Developmental

and Competitive tennis programs that result

in high-performing Junior and Adult players, while

also running one of the most robust community tennis

programs in Boston. Jelani has been instrumental

in building our Community Tennis Programs from a

reach of about 600 students 2 years ago to over 1500

today. His efforts include the Volley Against Violence

program (see separate article), which runs in conjunction

with the Boston Police Department. Jelani is from

Boston and a product of Sportsmenís, where he played

as a Junior before heading to Shorter University in

Rome, Georgia.

Sportsmen’s Tennis and Enrichment Center, formerly

Sportsmen’s Tennis Club, was founded by a group of

friends in 1961. In 1967. we moved to our current

location adjacent to Harambee Park, and soon began

construction on what would become the country’s first

indoor non-profit tennis facility built by and for the

African-American community. Our mission is to build

leaders on and off the court, in the classroom and in the

greater community by providing academic, wellness

and social development programs alongside recreational

and competitive tennis instruction for youth and adults.

STEC is committed to improving life opportunities for

youth in Boston’s Blue Hill Corridor, while welcoming

a diverse community from the Greater Boston area. For

more information, visit www.sportsmenstennisclub.org.

Toni Wiley

Executive Director

Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center

950 Blue Hill Avenue

Dorchester, MA 02124

617-288-9092

617-288-3253 FAX

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6TH ANNUAL BLACKS IN WAX

MOVEMENT TO MONUMENT

Performed by the Tennis Scholars of the Southeast

Tennis & Learning Center

The Recreation Wish List Committee, in partnership

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with the DC Department of Parks and Recreation,

presented the 6th Annual Blacks In Wax performance

on February 24, 2012 at the Southeast Tennis & Learning

Center with over 75 young people, ages six to 17,

transform from a “wax replica” to a live portrayal of

influential figures from Black History. Mayor Vincent

C. Gray, Jesus Aguirre - Director of the DC Department

of Parks and Recreation, and Cora Masters Barry - CEO

and Founder of the Recreation Wish List Committee,

provided administrative support for the special affair.

Reggie Van Lee - Chairman of the Washington Performing

Arts Society, and Jeri Ingram - Site Manager

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6th Annual Blacks In Wax

Movement To Monument

Alvin Fludd (l-r), Jeri Ingram, Wilma Tacaraya, Janice Rankins, Yvonne Ruffin, Beverly Couser, and Duane

Harrison pose with members of the cast.

Alvin Fludd (left), Jeri Ingram, Wilma Tacaraya, Janice

Rankins, Yvonne Ruffin, Beverly Couser, and Duane

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the Harrison 6th Annual shown Blacks In above Wax performance with members on February of the 24, 2012 cast. at the Southeast Tennis & Learning Center

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