Community Tennis – Southern California Tennis News Tennis News, Events, Community Activities, Tournaments Sat, 26 May 2018 01:37:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 CTAs to benefit from SCTA Community Tennis grants Mon, 21 May 2018 19:57:48 +0000 Read more »]]> USTA Southern California was pleased to award Community Tennis grants to deserving organizations who continue to provide tennis programs and opportunities throughout the region. At a gathering held last month at the LA84 Foundation offices in Los Angeles, distributed among more than 20 local providers ranging from youth tennis to adult wheelchair and adaptive programs.

“This is a perfect opportunity not just to provide support and funding,” said Melanie Bischoff, Director of Community Tennis at USTA SoCal, “but also to allow facilitators of local programming to collaborate on thoughts and ideas, as well as joint efforts that reflect the collective missions of their organizations.”

Awardees were selected by the SCTA Community Tennis Grant Committee.

“We went around the room and everybody spoke about how they would use their grant money and ideas that they have been implementing to generate funds within their Community Tennis Associations,” said Aisling Bowyer, a Tennis Service Representative with USTA Southern California. “Beth Kuney from Bakersfield spoke about having a sponsor provide brand-new tennis racquets for underprivileged high school teams. Tennis Serves Others spoke about creating utility bags for the homeless and fundraisers they do, so people are playing tennis with a purpose.”

Recipients in 2018 include:

Youth Tennis San Diego, whose purpose is to promote the educational, physical, and social development of all youth through organized tennis and educational activities.

Pasadena Tennis Association, offering affordable quality tennis instruction for families year-round, and an after school service provider for PUSD and various local community organizations.

Neighborhood Junior Tennis Program, a community tennis program for kids, based at El Cariso Park in Sylmar and Pioneer Park in San Fernando.
Morongo Basin Tennis Association, with the mission to build a tennis tradition for the youth and adults of the Morongo Basin where none existed before.

Orange County Top Tennis, which promotes and develops the growth of tennis and helps children and adults to learn new skills each day, keeping them physically and emotionally fit for life.

Orange County Community Tennis Association, aimed at growing participation from the grassroots level through racquet donations, leagues, tournaments and in-school programs.

Kern Community Tennis Association, a non-profit volunteer based organization established in 1965 to develop and grow the game of tennis at all levels for both juniors and adults, with particular interest in partnering with community organizations to attract low income and minority youth to the sport of tennis.

Joy of Athletics Foundation, which introduces inner city youth to tennis through music, dance, and visualization, developing motor and conceptual skills.

Pete Brown Junior Tennis Program, a sports based youth development organization that changes life trajectories of L.A area children through tennis & education.

Serve it Up Tennis, which offers affordable year round tennis programming for all ages and levels in the San Fernando Valley.

Westcoast Wheelchair Tennis Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the disabled community learn and play wheelchair tennis.

Love & Love Tennis Foundation, with the goal to establish free tennis clinics throughout the Coachella Valley, grow youth tennis, and give girls and boys a chance to learn and play tennis.

California Tennis Assoc. for Underprivileged Youth, which conducts after school lessons for children under 10 years old.

Seal Beach Tennis Center, including the SBTC Junior Academy and various Junior camps.

First Break Academy, dedicated to positively impacting children’s lives by insuring their access to safe, affordable, quality tennis instruction, multi-sport play, and academic enrichment.

Semurana Tennis Association, providing a clean and safe environment via tennis for youth, adults, seniors and adaptive tennis in the community, and developing affordable tennis programs and scholarships for underprivileged children and aspiring athletes.

Tennis Serves Others, uniting tennis ladies to organize and promote charitable activities benefiting needy individuals, groups or other non-profits in our local communities and throughout the world.

Grassroots Junior Tennis, teaching tennis as a lifetime recreation and educational sport, with classes held ten months of the year available to young adults and children – particularly low income, Title 1 students.

ACEing Autism, Inc., which provide the most effective sports related intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders.

Greater San Diego Tennis Council, identifying and providing funds to repair damaged and deteriorated public tennis courts.

West Coast Beach Tennis, Inc. a grassroots tennis program devoted to growing the sports of beach tennis. 

Wounded Warrior Tennis Camp San Diego, a tennis-based rehabilitation program serving wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans of all ages from across the country.

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FREE Net Generation Youth Sports Festival on May 19 Wed, 02 May 2018 21:57:01 +0000 Read more »]]> USTA Southern California in partnership with TGA Premier Sports and Friends of Serrania presents the FREE USTA Net Generation Youth Sports Festival, Saturday, May 19th from 2:00p-4:00p at Serrania Charter Elementary School in Woodland Hills.

Let your young athletes (and YOU) try their hands at tennis, volleyball, golf, lacrosse, cheerleading & ultimate disc all in ONE location. Certified coaches and equipment will be ready for all ages to experience the joy of fitness and play!

Be sure to stop by our information booths to learn more about afterschool enrichment, summer camp opportunities and your chance to win a week of camp or sports gear!

To register, click here to visit the Eventbrite site. This event is FREE but registration is requested.

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US Open Champ Sloane Stephens Hosts Net Generation Day in Compton Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:43:15 +0000 Read more »]]> The Sloane Stephens Foundation continues its dedication to area school children by hosting a Net Generation Day at Centennial High School in Compton on April 12. The event welcomes kids from area schools for a play day festival for younger age levels, and a more competitive experience with doubles tennis provided for older schoolchildren.

The event is also an early showcase for the USTA’s Net Generation platform, aimed at cultivating long term interest in the game among children of all ages ( Up to 400 boys and girls are expected to attend Net Generation Day in Compton.

Sloane Stephens, the 2017 U.S. Open champion, won the prestigious Miami Open on April 1. Her event schedule in coming months includes stops in Rome and Madrid, plus the French Open and Wimbledon grand slams. Stephens was born in Plantation, FL and continues to train on both coasts, from Florida to Los Angeles. She is the current World #9 on the WTA Tour, and will be appearing at the April 12 event.

Learn more about Sloane’s Foundation at

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Community Tennis Advocates Strive to Assist Community Tennis Associations in So Cal Thu, 29 Mar 2018 17:27:53 +0000 Read more »]]> The Community Tennis Advocacy Task Force met recently in at The Great Park in Irvine to discuss ways to empower communities to develop more tennis activities, programs, tournaments and events. This effort was led by Melanie Bischoff, the Director of Community Tennis for the Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA), and Pam Austin, a member of the SCTA Executive  Board of Directors. It was supported by about a dozen So Cal industry leaders.

“We want to help tennis providers in Southern California learn about opportunities for growth,” Austin said. “We have a lot of people doing great things. We also have others who want to do great things but need help in achieving their tennis goals.”

A powerful tool to promote tennis is through forming Community Tennis Associations (CTAs) and there are currently over 40 in So Cal serving areas as far north as San Luis Obispo and stretching south to the U.S. and Mexican border. The SCTA does not offer, host or organize the formation or control of CTAs, but often works closely with them.

“The SCTA wants to support local CTAs in any way that we can,” Bischoff said. “We can offer advice and connect to USTA programs and grant opportunities.”

Topics of discussion at the Community Advocacy Task Force included:

  • What is a CTA?
  • What are the benefits?
  • How can you form one?
  • How can the SCTA be off assistance to those wanting to form a CTA and grow tennis?

What is a CTA? A Community Tennis Association provides the underlying support for all tennis programs in a community. Dedicated volunteers and professionals in CTAs raise funds, promote programs, and publicize local tennis activities to ensure that tennis maintains strong roots in the communities. Most importantly, CTAs ensure that every program is accessible to everyone. District offices establish the framework for not only starting tennis programs in the community but for sustaining and expanding them. Guidance, grants, and technical assistance is available.

What are the benefits? A CTA is a 501(c)(3) organization with a board of directors, and must follow all rules and guidelines as directed by that status. One of the biggest benefits of a 501(c)(3) is exemption from taxes. This means your non-profit organization is exempt from federal taxes, sales taxes and property taxes. You may even be exempt from payroll taxes if you have employees. Being tax-exempt will save you money over time which is a plus to any nonprofit organization. Other advantages are the ability to apply for grants and other public or private allocations available only to IRS-recognized, 501(c)(3) organizations, the public legitimacy of IRS recognition and possible discounts on US Postal bulk-mail rates and other services.

How can you form a CTA? There are many steps to forming a CTA as a non-profit organization and below is a very general overview. Note: It is important to speak with experts and seek legal advice when undertaking this step. The below process is only a general overview extracted from Nolo’s Guide Book on how to form a nonprofit 501c3 status.

  1. Choose a name: The name of your nonprofit corporation cannot be the same as the name of another corporation on file with your state’s corporation’s office usually the Secretary of State’s office.
  2. File articles of incorporation: You must file “articles of incorporation” with the state’s corporate filing office. In this document, you fill out some basic information such as your nonprofit’s name and office address.
  3. Apply for your IRS Tax Exemption: Submit a federal 501(c)(3) tax exemption application to the IRS along with a copy of your filed articles with your application.
  4. Apply for a state tax exemption: This step does not apply to nonprofits in all states. In a few states, you must complete a separate application to get a state tax exemption. In most states, as long as you file nonprofit articles of incorporation and obtain your federal 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, your state tax exemption will be automatically granted.
  5. Draft bylaws: A nonprofit’s bylaws are the internal governing rules that contain rules and procedures for holding meetings, voting on issues, and electing directors and officers.
  6. Appoint directors: A nonprofit’s directors make the major policy and financial decisions for the nonprofit. Many states allow nonprofits to have just one director, but other states require at least three.
  7. Hold a meeting of the board: At the first meeting of the board of directors, the directors take care of formalities such as adopting the bylaws, electing officers, and recording the receipt of federal and state tax exemptions.
  8. Obtain licenses and permits: Check with your state department of consumer affairs or similar state licensing agency for information concerning state licensing requirements for your type of organization.

(Again a disclaimer: the above steps are not an absolute process to form a CTA as offered by the SCTA or any other organization. It is merely a brief list to create understanding of the multifaceted journey. Seeking legal advice from experts is critical to success.) 

Steve Riggs is the President of the Orange County Community Tennis Association (OCCTA), which is a CTA in Southern California. The OCCTA offers programming, tournaments, classes and more. His group oversees the direction of the organization, and he heads all board meetings. To Riggs, the value of being a CTA is indispensible.

“CTAs have more impact on promoting tennis than people think,” said Riggs, also the Director of Tennis for the City of Irvine. “They have no boundaries and can have a strong impact on the growth and development in each community.”

For more information, please contact SCTA Director of Community Tennis Melanie Bischoff at


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Ladies Charity Tournament supports Mary’s Kitchen, ACEing Autism on Apr 14 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:41:13 +0000 Read more »]]> Laguna Niguel, CA, March 13, 2018 – Laguna Niguel Racquet Club of Spearman Clubs will host Tennis Serves Others, a 501c3 non-profit organization, for an upcoming ladies charity tournament to be held on Saturday, April 14th, from 10am to 3:30pm.

This is Tennis Serves Others and Laguna Niguel Racquet Club’s 2nd Annual Gala & Tournament bringing hundreds of ladies together, from all over Orange County and even from Los Angeles, to play in a competitive, fun tennis tournament to help others in need. When not on the courts, ladies and their guests will enjoy music, entertainment, food, drinks and can peruse the many amazing auction packages available. Proceeds will help Mary’s Kitchen, feed the homeless in Orange County, and ACEing Autism, help autistic children through unique tennis programs. In addition, TSO provides necessity toiletry bags and collects and distributes shoes to help the homeless. Last year LNRC hosted this event where $20,000 was raised. One hundred percent of the proceeds goes toward helping others.

“It’s about teamwork – working together, playing tennis together, partnering together – because that’s how you can have a bigger impact in the community and in our world. We are very grateful to Laguna Niguel Racquet Club and to many local businesses who are generously donating to this event. We are truly teaming up to help others.” Carol Walsh, Founder & CEO of Tennis Serves Others

Tennis Serves Others was started by Laguna Niguel Racquet Club members as a way to use their passion for tennis to give back to their community. Within a year, it was formed as a non-profit with the purpose to help multiple individuals or groups in need.

About Tennis Serves Others:
Tennis Serves Others is a 501c3 non-profit organization uniting tennis ladies together to promote and organize charitable activities benefiting needy individuals, groups or other non-profits in our local communities and throughout the world. The goal is to bring tennis ladies together to use their love and passion for tennis to serve those less fortunate. TSO has two chapters in Orange County and a chapter in Los Angeles with over 140 honorary members. In just two years, TSO has assisted more than thirty different groups touching thousands of needy individuals. The goal is to continue to inspire and expand to bring more racquets and hearts together to create an even bigger, more positive impact in the lives of others. To learn more about Tennis Serves Others, visit:


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SCTA receives LA84 grant to support Junior Tennis Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:19:31 +0000 Read more »]]> The Southern California Tennis Association (SCTA) is pleased to receive grant support from LA84 Foundation this year, in support of #NJTL and youth tennis in urban areas. Learn more about this grant, and other organizations supported by grant funding, at 

LA84 Foundation Awards Over $1.8 Million In Grants To Youth Sports Programs In Los Angeles And Santa Barbara Counties

Today, the LA84 Foundation continues its work to close the equity gap in youth sports participation with the announcement of over $1.8 million in grants to Southern California school-based and community youth sports organizations. The LA84 Foundation’s goal, play for all, aims to get every child life ready through sports, regardless of zip code. Many of these grants reflect the LA84 Foundation’s commitment to dealing with a crisis that is hiding in plain sight – that not all kids have equal access to sport and structured play.

The LA84 Foundation’s limited grant dollars are going to what the foundation has found has the greatest impact: meeting kids where they are and implementing the benefits that sports provide, such as socio-emotional health, physical health, and academic well-being.

“The LA84 Foundation is proud to announce this latest round of grants in support of Play Equity and the #PlayForAll Movement,” said LA84 Foundation President and CEO, Renata Simril. “Many of today’s grants are going to youth development organizations that the LA84 Foundation has consistently supported and are cornerstones of the students, schools and communities we serve. And we are also delighted to welcome four new organizations into the LA84 Foundation grantee community.”

So, how are LA84’s grantees supporting the community?

A $25,000 grant will help the Sloane Stephens Foundation provide quality tennis instruction to children at elementary schools in the Compton Unified School District. After-school programs are limited at these schools, and sports and structured play opportunities in particular, are limited and that is most pronounced in their sports and structured play opportunities. The Sloane Stephens Foundation, founded in 2013 by current reigning U.S. Open tennis champion Sloane Stephens, is one of the first time LA84 grantees. Through nationally recognized after school curricula, college preparatory programs and exciting Net Generation tennis, the Sloane Stephens Foundation offers underserved students the additional tools necessary to achieve in and out of the classroom. Additionally, students and schools participate in the program free of charge. “We’re very excited to partner with the LA84 Foundation to continue to close the play equity gap,” said Sloane Stephens. “The mission of the Sloane Stephens Foundation is to enhance the quality of life for youth through exposure to tennis, life-long learning, and healthy lifestyle choices. Together, we will continue to open doors on and off the tennis court for children in Compton.”

The LA84 Foundation also reaffirmed its longer-standing commitments to other key school-based youth development programming. For example, a $400,000 grant will help to fund the Sports Program for LA’s Best. The Sports Program offers softball, soccer, flag football, basketball and competitive dance and drill team, and operates at 198 Los Angeles Unified School District elementary school sites served by LA’s BEST. The program is offered free of charge throughout Los Angeles.
For the LAUSD’s Beyond the Bell Branch, a $511,403 grant will fund their Middle School Sports Program. The LA84 Foundation/Beyond the Bell Branch Middle School Sports Program offers flag football, basketball, volleyball and soccer at all LAUSD middle schools. Some schools also offer additional sports, including futsal, softball, tennis, track & field and rugby.

For Students Run Los Angeles (SRLA), a $125,000 grant will help fund their sports program. Through this program, SRLA creates a safe, supportive community at 175 public schools welcoming more than 3,000 students of all backgrounds and abilities to train alongside their volunteer mentors to complete the Los Angeles Marathon. Annually, 95% of SRLA students who start the marathon complete it, and 95% of SRLA seniors who finish the marathon graduate high school with plans to attend college.

Over at YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles, a $150,000 grant will help to fund their school-based sports program for K-8th graders. The program is Physical Learning Activities for Youth (PLAY), which brings expert coaches onto school campuses to teach/lead competitive sports skills and positive competition as a practice for lifelong health and character building. The LA84 grant will fund the Y’s work inside seven schools in 2018. “This gift from the LA84 Foundation will expand our P.L.A.Y program and empower children living in communities prone to the epidemic of obesity and related illnesses with the resources and support for establishing patterns of a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Alan C. Hostrup, President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles.

Not all of the grants announced today are specifically for school-based or partially school-based programs. Some are for community-based organizations. For example, The Southern California Tennis Association Foundation are recipients of a $150,000 grant for the National Junior Tennis & Learning Program (NJTL). The NJTL was created to promote tennis among youth living in urban areas. This year-round program features instruction and competition with an emphasis on sportsmanship. SCTAF’s mission is to instill a love for tennis in all youth and provide economically disadvantaged children an opportunity to play, compete, and develop good sportsmanship, while building self-esteem and character, and individual self-growth.

Additionally, the following organizations also received grants from the LA84 Foundation:
Aceing Autism Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Burbank
Boys & Girls Club of the South Bay
Boys & Girls Clubs of America – West San Gabriel Valley
Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc.
Harlem Lacrosse – Los Angeles
Play Rugby, Inc.
Positive Coaching Alliance
Proyecto Pastoral
Rose Bowl Aquatics Center
Saint Sebastian Project Inc.
Santa Ynez Valley Community Aquatics Foundation

One grant at a time, the LA84 Foundation and its partners are advancing the #PlayForAll Movement. The #PlayForAll Movement is part of the LA84 Foundation campaign to promote the concept and practice of “Play Equity.” The Foundation is working hard to close the Play Equity Gap. Play Equity means fairness. Play Equity means opportunity. Play Equity means that the amount of exercise kids get must not be determined by their income or their zip codes.

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2018 SoCal CTA Partnership Grant Fri, 09 Mar 2018 03:28:32 +0000 Read more »]]> 2018 Southern California Tennis Association CTA Partnership Grant

The CTA Partnership Grant is offered each year to all registered CTAs in Southern California. The intention of this funding program is to help CTAs strengthen their organization, and to support them in growing tennis through partnerships and programming.

The Southern California Tennis Association CTA Partnership Grant includes:

  1. Description of the SCTA CTA Partnership Grant Instructions
  2. Application – Please use the forms provided.
  3. Budget Summary for proposed program – Please use the form provided.
    In addition – Please attach a 2018 Organizational Budget for your organization.
  4. You may submit one application per organization.
  5. The sponsoring organization or program must be or become a USTA Organizational member
    prior to receiving funding. Call USTA membership at 800/990-USTA or visit
    to join today!
  6. Grant recipients should expect unannounced on-site visits by a grant evaluator and must return
    an accountability report.
  7. Grant recipients are REQUIRED to attend the annual SCTA Community Development

View and Download Details & Application For 2018 Southern California Tennis Association CTA Partnership Grant

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Parks & Rec Society Expo Starts March 14 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 01:38:39 +0000 Read more »]]> The California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) Conference & Expo is turning 70!

USTA SoCal will join CPRS at Long Beach Convention Center for four days of discovery, innovation, personal growth and connectivity!

The CPRS Conference & Expo provides a learning experience that:

  • Rewards personal growth and creativity
  • Inspires innovation
  • Supports connectivity
  • Encourages discovery
  • Unifies the Profession
  • We hope to see you in Long Beach!

USTA Southern California Tennis Association will be there at one of the many Expo booths on March 14 & 15. The Expo is an integral part of your conference experience where you can see the newest trends in the marketplace and network with vendors and other professionals. Over 200 companies will be attending.

Expo Show Hours:

Wednesday, March 14
Grand Opening
12:00 Noon – 5:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 15
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Bischoff at

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Apply Now For Diversity & Inclusion Grants Tue, 27 Feb 2018 01:38:18 +0000 Read more »]]> Build tennis programs and services throughout Southern California with USTA Diversity & Inclusion grants, now open for submissions. Descriptions and applications are available at:–diversity—inclusion-grants.html

Adaptive Tennis Grant

To assist in the initiation or implementation of USTA Adaptive Tennis programs at the community level. Grant Award is $500-$2500. Application available March 12th and due April 9th.

Outreach Grant

To increase tennis participation among diverse populations by developing and executing sustainable outreach plans. Grant Award is up to $2,500. Deadline is March 12th.

Hispanic Outreach Grant (general)

To increase tennis participation within the Hispanic population by developing and executing sustainable outreach plans. Grants Award is up to $2,500. Deadline is March 12th.

NJTL Hispanic Outreach Grant (NJTL only)

To increase tennis participation within the Hispanic population by developing and executing sustainable outreach plans. Grants Award is up to $4,000. Deadline is March 12th.

GLTA Sponsorship Grant

To promote tennis in the LGBT community through support of select Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance tournaments. Sponsorship Award up to $2000. Deadline is March 12th.

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The Positive Sports Parent Series Fri, 16 Feb 2018 21:12:36 +0000

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SCTA Foundation 2018 Kramer and Talbert Grants Wed, 14 Feb 2018 18:39:56 +0000 Read more »]]> The Southern California Tennis Association Foundation (“SCTAF”) (formerly known as the Pacific Southwest Youth Foundation) is the charitable and philanthropic entity of the Southern California Tennis Association and is a 501(C) (3).

SCTAF’s mission is “to promote and develop the growth of tennis in Southern California” by supporting community based grassroots tennis and education programs and deserving junior players with financial grants.

SCTAF currently maintains two grant programs for individual juniors: The Kramer Future Champions Grant (“Kramer Grant”) and the Henry Talbert Summer Tennis Camp Grant (“Talbert Grant”) (collectively, “Grants”). Juniors funded by SCTAF must reside within the Southern California section and must be members of the USTA. Applications for Grants are reviewed by the SCTAF Grant Review Committee of the SCTAF Board of Directors (the “Committee”).

The Kramer Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8 and 18 who show significant promise, aspire to collegiate or professional tennis and demonstrate financial need, to compete in national or sectional tournaments, with the typical grants ranging between $800 and $1200.

The Talbert Grant is designed to support juniors between the ages of 8-16 who demonstrate financial need and a commitment to improving their tennis, but whose families lack the resources to cover the cost of summer tennis camp tuition and fees. Preference is given to those juniors currently enrolled in NJTL programs, after school or Junior Team Tennis programs during the academic year who wish to continue playing during the summer. The typical grant ranges between $500 and $800.


  1. All applicants for Grants must complete the Grant Application Form.
  2. All factual information requested must be correctly stated and the quality of written responses to questions will be carefully considered. Applications, including any required supporting documentation, for Kramer Grants must be postmarked by either April 1 or October 1. Talbert Grants must be postmarked by May 15. Incomplete or untimely applications will not be considered.
  3. Applications will be limited to one Grant per year unless exceptional circumstances warrant additional consideration, in the sole discretion of the Committee.
  4. Grants may not be used to pay for USTA membership.
  5. As the applications are need based, applicants will be required to state household income.
  6. Applicants are solely responsible for determining that a receipt of a Grant will not adversely affect their NCAA eligibility.
  7. All applicants must demonstrate exemplary sportsmanship.
  8. Factors considered when evaluating applications include, but are not limited to, age, sectional or national rankings, annual improvement, number of tournaments played, family income/financial need, and other resources available to the applicant.
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Marguerite Tennis Pavilion Is Public Facility of the Year Tue, 13 Feb 2018 21:42:29 +0000 Read more »]]> Marguerite Tennis Pavilion Named PTR Public Facility of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) presented its annual awards today during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium.

The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, is underway February 13-16, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Marguerite Tennis Pavilion, in Mission Viejo, California, has been named PTR Public Facility of the Year. The facility has been hosting prestigious sporting events since the 1970s including the early WTA Virginia Slims Tournaments. It has come a long way, Baby!

As the first successful master planned community in the United States and a City that has produced countless swimming and diving Olympians and tennis Paralympians, Mission Viejo has long graced the international stage.

PTR CEO Dan Santorum, Head Professional Ryan Hill

Recreational and elite tennis have a rich history in the city. The Marguerite Tennis Pavilion is home to more than 1,000 members who enjoy tennis at every level. Today, Head Pro Ryan Hill, a PTR Professional in all five pathways, ensures that education for coaches and students plays a pivotal role. In fact, in this last year alone, a clear path was built for junior development – from 10 and under red through yellow ball. Adult development is essential in Marguerite’s programming and includes daily league activity and all levels of USTA functions.

With 18 lighted courts, a state of the art clubhouse and closed camera system for live video and tournament feeds, the Marguerite Tennis Pavilion is the perfect venue for an array of events, including ITF Wheelchair Masters. Conveniently nestled halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, it’s also a perfect setting for PTR workshops. In 2017, all PTR education pathways and instructing wheelchair tennis were offered at the pristine facility.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

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Lucero Named Touring Coach of the Year By PTR Tue, 13 Feb 2018 02:59:35 +0000 Read more »]]> Marc Lucero Named PTR Touring Coach of the Year

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards tomorrow night during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium.

The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis teachers and coaches, is underway February 13-18, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Photo by Ash Marshall

Marc Lucero, of Manhattan Beach, California, has been named PTR Touring Coach of the Year. A certified PTR Professional, Lucero has been a member of the organization for more than a decade. He also holds USTA High Performance Coaching Education and USTA Sports Science certifications.

Lucero has worked with some of the best juniors in the world. He has had multiple players reach the #1 ranking in the United States, and has coached many players to win national singles championships.

Currently, Lucero coaches Shelby Rogers, and guided her through her breakout performance reaching the quarterfinals at 2016 Roland Garros. In 2017, Shelby Rogers had a very consistent year, finishing in the third round of the French, Wimbledon and US Open, and with wins over Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki. She was also a member of the 2017 Fed Cup championship team, and she, along with Coco Vandeweghe, won the deciding doubles rubber in Minsk bringing the United States’ its first title since 2000.

Lucero has also worked with Ali Riske, Genie Bouchard and Nicole Gibbs, whom he coached since 2010, and in 2012, she won the NCAA singles title and the Denver 50k Pro Circuit event, her first professional singles title at that level.

Lucero is a former USTA Coach for USTA Player Development, where he was responsible for all aspects of the development of his assigned junior players. While with the USTA, Lucero spent time assisting with many young pros, including Sam Querrey and Ryan Harrison. He also traveled extensively to Regional Training Centers, evaluating young players and conducting camps.

Prior to the USTA, Lucero spent three years as the women’s Assistant Coach at Princeton University. He played Division I tennis at Boston College and graduated from the Carroll School of Management Honors Program with a degree in Economics.

Beyond the pro tour, Lucero works as an active steward of the game, serving as a founder of RAMP Tennis, and the Fundraising Committee Chairperson and Tennis Advisor for First Break Academy in Carson, California.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.


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2018 Bryan Brothers Scholarship Mon, 12 Feb 2018 19:12:55 +0000

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PTR Names Marty Woods CA Member of the Year Tue, 30 Jan 2018 17:31:52 +0000 Read more »]]> Marty Woods, of Reseda, California, has been named PTR Member of the Year for the State. This award is presented to a PTR member who has shown dedication and diligence in promoting and supporting tennis and PTR. Woods was selected for his outstanding work in the Los Angeles community representing his hero through the Pete Brown Scholarship Fund.

Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) will present its annual awards during the 2018 PTR International Tennis Symposium. The event, which includes more than 40 educational presentations for tennis coaches, will be held February 13-16, on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina.

Coach Pete Brown opened up a whole new world for Woods when he needed it most, as a young child growing up fatherless in a tough South-Central neighborhood. “The guy was just truly a saint,” Woods said. “They don’t come around like him too often. I’ll never be able to do the things Pete did.”

At just 6 years old, Woods’ mother took him to Roosevelt Park to swim. That day when they passed the tennis courts they were decorated with balloons and flags. A voice called out, “Hey kids, do you want to learn how to play tennis?” The allure of a free racquet sealed the deal. That is how Woods met Pete Brown. Over the next few years, Brown became a father figure to Marty Woods.

After college, while Woods was working for a computer science company in Orange County, when he got a call. Brown’s health was failing and he implored Woods to help him by working with his high performance kids, just as Coach Brown had done for Marty Woods.

In 2009, Woods founded and became the chairman of the Pete Brown Scholarship Foundation. He has been paying it forward and keeping the memory and legacy of Coach Brown alive and well.

PTR is the largest global organization of tennis teaching professionals with more than 16,000 members in 125 countries. It has the greatest percentage of multicultural and women members of any such organization. PTR is dedicated to educating, certifying and serving tennis teachers and coaches around the world in order to grow the game.

– Courtesy TennisPro Magazine

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PTR/WTCA Coaches Summit Comes to Indian Wells on March 5 to 8 Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:49:49 +0000 Read more »]]> Registration is open for the PTR/WTCA Coaches Summit on March 5-8 at Indian Wells at the Lakes Country Club.

Speakers include Craig O’Shannessy, Dr. Rich Lehman, Michael Joyce, Melanie Oudin, Carl Maes, Debbie Grahame, Marianne Werdel, Dr. Erin Boynton, Oivind Sorvald, Angelica Gavaldon, and more.

Workshops offered include the following:

  • Wheelchair Tennis Workshop
  • Tennis Analytics & Match Analysis Course
  • Girls Tennis Network Workshop
  • USTA Net Generation Information

The cost to attend is $199 for PTR/WTCA Members and $250 to Non-Members. Accommodations are offered at Marriott’s Shadow Ridge.

For more information and registration, click here.

To view the event Facebook page, click here.


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SCTA’s Community Tennis Development Workshop Creates New Traditions in Orange County Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:24:10 +0000 Read more »]]> The Community Tennis Development Workshop was a smashing success held recently at Bill Barber Community Park in Orange County. The one-day event was sponsored by the Southern California Tennis Association and it offered coaching education, resources and tennis support to approximately 40 participants.

Melanie Bischoff, the Director of Community Tennis, said the Community Tennis Development Workshop has been offered for about a decade in Southern California. The conference was previously located at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden but was moved due to construction at that site. When the SCTA was searching for a new venue, City of Irvine Tennis Director Steve Riggs immediately offered accommodations at City’s offices and Bill Barber Community Park. Also, the seminar was restructured from a two-day to a one-day seminar.

“It was a pleasure for the City of Irvine to host the CTDW,” said Riggs, also incoming member of the SCTA Board of Directors in 2018. “We feel it’s important to give back to the tennis community and one great way to do this is by hosting tennis education seminars. We look forward to helping out again in the future.”

The CTDW morning kicked off with a comprehensive On Court Net Generation Training led by USTA National Coach Karl Davies. The three-hour session offered an in-depth look at the USTA’s Net Generation Red Ball program for beginners focusing on tennis progressions, easy games, and activities with a fun flair.

After lunch, the SCTA staff led a “Welcome to Net Generation” program headlined by USTA SoCal Director of Marketing Cari Buck, and Tennis Service Representatives Karen Ronney and Aisling Bowyer. They informed of Net Generation resources, programs, teaching support and a vast array of coaching guidance for 10-and-Under Tennis. The workshop was designed to assist teaching pros, coaches, teachers, park and recreation leaders, and those associated with Community Tennis Associations.

Additional sessions included a historical look at the development of tennis in the African American communities led by representatives of the American Tennis Association. Other offerings were breakout focus sessions led by local experts.

In addition to the tennis education workshop, lunch and dinner, the CTDW had its first awards presentation. The First Serve of Santa Ana was named the “Community Program of the Year”, and the group received a plaque and recognition for its efforts. They said the fundamental concept of First Serve was to teach tennis to kids, and encourage older players to mentor younger ones. This program develops responsibility, community spirit and leadership skills in youth. First Serve said it credits their successful model to tennis legend Vic Braden, who provided assistance in their earlier years of operation. Other award winners were Beth Kuney for Volunteer of the Year, Mark McCampbell received an award for Coaching Excellence of the Year, and Braemar Country Club was named Community Partner of the Year.

“The workshop is an opportunity for Community Tennis Association (CTA) members, park and recreation professionals, teaching pros, facility personnel and community tennis advocates to get together to learn and to continue to find ways to grow the game,” said Evan Smith, USTA SoCal Manager of NJTL, Diversity & Inclusion. “This is also a great way to network, meet new people and build friendships. It’s one of the highlights of the year in Community Tennis at the USTA.”



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USTA Offers Multicultural Grants and Financial Assistance for Juniors in 2018 Wed, 13 Dec 2017 21:42:44 +0000 Read more »]]> The USTA is offering many financial assistance opportunities to assist players of minority and multicultural backgrounds next year. They will be in the form of Individual Player Grants, Excellence Player Grant and Essay Grants. All applications are available online.  If eligible, please apply.

Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training: These grants provide funding to competitive junior players aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. Funding will be based on participation in specific USTA sanctioned tournaments in 2016. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round and have a history of strong national tournament results. Be sure to read and follow the instructions carefully prior to submitting your application. The application due date is February 2, 2018 and it will be awarded in March 2018. For more information, please click here , and go to this link for Grant Application Instructions.

Okechi Womeodu Scholar Athlete Grant: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Okechi Womeodu, who otherwise would have had a very promising future, both on and off the court. Rewards players who work to excel as much in the classroom as in sports. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round, have a history of strong national tournaments results and a minimum GPA of 3.0. The number of grants available are : 1 grant (African-American male). The application due date is January 20, 2018 and it will be awarded in March 2018. For the application,  please click  here.

Althea Gibson Leadership Award: Honoring the memory, life and achievements of Althea Gibson, the first African-American Grand Slam champion, who paved the way for millions who followed. Rewards players who work to excel in leading others both on and off the court. Must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (African-American female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Click here to download the application.

Pancho González Scholar Athlete Grant: In honor of Pancho Gonzalez, the Mexican-American icon who won two U.S. Championships men’s singles titles and whose dedication to the sport of tennis brought together fans from all walks of life. We look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Please click here to download the application.

Asian-American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant:  In honor of the achievements of Asian-American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018. Please click  here to download the application

Native American Scholar Athlete Leadership Grant: In honor of the achievements of Native American tennis pioneers who paved the way for millions who followed, we look to reward a player who works to excel in leading others both on and off the court. The recipient must be training and competing in tournaments year-round. Number of grants available: 1 grant (one male or one female.) The application is due February 9, 2018 and will be awarded in April 2018.  Please click here to download the application.

Multicultural Excellence Program Grant: USTA Diversity & Inclusion would like to offer support to programs which are helping our best young players reach the highest level of national junior tennis. We will help offset expenses to any full-time program which offers travel to assist a team or two or more players to compete in the main draw of singles at any USTA sanctioned events. The application due date is through 2018. Please click here to download the Grant Report Form.



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USTA’s College Knowledge Inspires Players and Parents Fri, 17 Nov 2017 18:11:58 +0000 Read more »]]> What does it take to get a college tennis scholarship? Outstanding answers came from tennis professionals at the recent College Knowledge Workshop held at Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. The event was sponsored by the USTA and organized by USPTA Pro Amanda Fink, a former tour player and ITA All-America pick. The goal was to hear from the professionals about many types of tennis opportunities at the collegiate level including NCAA Division I, II & III schools, USTA’s Tennis on Campus program, NAIA opportunities, the importance of fitness, and the benefits of Community College tennis.

Over 50 coaches, parents and players attended the free workshop. It was a great opportunity to ask key questions to expert panelists including USC Assistant Women’s Coach Chris Wootton, San Diego Christian College Women’s Coach Priscilla Jensen, USD Assistant Men’s Coach Rich Bonfiglio,  San Diego City Men’s and Women’s Coaches Brandon Lupian and Jami Jones, Andrea Tyndall of Athletic Evolution, and Madeline Segura of USTA’s Tennis on Campus (TOC).

Fink opened the workshop by sharing her personal story of how tennis helped her in college and beyond, as she now holds a prestigious teaching position at the Santaluz Club in San Diego. She works with high school athletes on and off the court.

“Parents this is your chance to get real answers from some of the best,” Fink said. “You can ask the coaches questions in general but can’t specifically ask about your child.” General information that was shared includes the following:

  • Women’s NCAA Division I and NAIA programs offer full scholarships where Division II schools typically offers partial rides to female athletes. Men’s Division I and II colleges usually offer partial rides. Men’s and Women’s Division III schools can’t give athletic aid.
  • Community Colleges are great opportunities to get an almost free education and play college tennis while in pursuit of an Associate Degree or transfer to a four-year school.
  • USTA’s Tennis on Campus (TOC) is a USTA Program at 25 colleges across the country, and they offer great tennis at a high levels while not being a varsity sport. Perks include great competition and travel. Scholarships are not needed to play TOC.

“The level of commitment is the biggest difference between Division I, II and III schools,” Wootton said. “Tennis is a fulltime job in Divisions I and II. In Division III, academics come first. “

All coaches on the panel agreed high school athletes making the transition to college need to learn how to find balance in their lives. Organizational skills and learning to live away from home are big adjustments.

Questions included: What is the recruiting process to identify players? All agreed they look at a combination of USTA rankings, UTR ratings and TennisRecruiting ‘s star system.  However, there are additional factors.

Jensen said  her NAIA program in San Diego can offer scholarships and it is typically for those suited to those seeking a smaller private school. “We are looking for that unique individual who has tennis skills plus the right personality to make it a perfect fit,” Jensen said.

Jones, the San Diego City College Women’s Coach, suggested Community Colleges are great options for many student-athletes. “It’s the perfect time for recent graduates to grow as individuals and players in lower pressure atmosphere.”

Segura is the Assistant Director of Adult Tennis at the Southern California Tennis Association. She said TOC is a step down from NCAA varsity tennis yet a step up from recreational club tennis. They are student run programs that are lively and social. Practices are held during the week and players participate when it works into their schedules.

Another angle of preparing for college tennis includes fitness, which is an area of specialty for Andrea Tyndall, a strength and conditioning coach based in San Diego. She has worked with other high profile programs such as Tennis Australia.

“If tennis is your toolbox, fitness is a massive part of your program,” Tyndall said. “If you can’t get to a ball it doesn’t matter how good you are.”

Other tips came in the form of how to contact coaches, when players can expect responses, questions to ask coaches, and  the importance of creating players’ resumes. One reality changer included player behavior off the court.

“I’m looking for good character,” Bonfiglio said. “A tennis team is a culture. We are looking for players who really like tennis. I know that sounds silly but it’s not always the case. Some players have a long list of accomplishments but there are over the process by the time they get to college. We want players who will take it upon themselves to get better. That reveals a high level of character.”





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Level 7 Camp & Tournament Coming in December! REGISTER NOW! Thu, 16 Nov 2017 20:24:58 +0000 Read more »]]>



USTA Early Development Camp (EDC) Hosted by TGA Premier Tennis & Braemar Country Club

Orange Ball for 10U Player Progression

Winter Break/ Friday, December 22, 12-4pm


Players earn Player Progression “Stars” to move into Junior Team Tennis competitive play

first with Orange Ball/60′ courts, then onto Green Dot full court play! 

Campers are required to attend the full session, which includes a

USTA sanctioned Level 7 Tournament on the final day.


Each day of camp includes:

  • Athletic/Technical Skills
  • Game Development
  • Teachable Moments
  • Practice Junior Team Tennis Match Play


 Tuesday – Wednesday – Thursday – Friday

  • 12/19 – Day #1: Expert Rallyer

◦                       “Respect”

  • 12/20 – Day #2:  Net Dominator

◦                       “Match Preparation”

  • 12/21 – Day #3:  All Court Player

◦                       “Resilience”

  • 12/22 – Day #4: USTA Sanctioned Level 7 Tournament It’s fun! Play a round robin format with coach court monitors and earn up to 5 “Trophy” points!



Winter Break/ Friday, December 22, 12-4pm

TGA Premier Tennis / Braemar Winter Novice Tournament (Level 7) (ID#650042117)

Orange Level 1

Boys/Girls 10U

60’ Court/Orange Ball


View tournament information here.

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USTA Honors Hollis Smith with National Award Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:46:50 +0000 Read more »]]>

Eve F. Craft Community Service Award recipient Hollis Smith, with USTA President Katrina Adams, at the Next Generation Workshop in Orlando.

ORLANDO, FLA., Oct. 16, 2017 – The USTA has announced that Hollis Smith, of Indio, Calif., was selected as the recipient of the USTA Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award. Smith was honored at an awards luncheon involving community tennis leaders during the annual Next Generation Workshop, Oct. 13-15, at the Renaissance Orlando at Sea World in Orlando, Fla.

Smith has been a fixture in the Southern California tennis world for more than five decades, playing an integral role in making tennis available to minorities in Los Angeles. An engineer by trade who moved to Los Angeles after graduating from college, Smith fell in love with the sport and went on to win a number of senior titles. Off the court, he served as the president of both the Los Angeles Municipal Tennis Association and the National Public Parks Tennis Championships, and he helped organize the local chapter of the National Junior Tennis League (now National Junior Tennis & Learning). In 2002, the National Public Parks Tennis Association and the USTA established the Hollis Smith Sportsmanship Award, with Smith being the first honoree. Later, the recognition was changed to the Hollis Smith Lifetime Achievement Award.

“Hollis is truly a pioneer of the game of tennis in Southern California and beyond,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA.  “Hollis’ impact on the game has been invaluable and his commitment to the growth of tennis is unmatched.”

The USTA awards the Eve F. Kraft Community Service Award to the individuals who best exemplify Kraft’s selfless mission to bring the sport of tennis to everyone who wants to play. Kraft was a tennis pioneer whose ability to touch people’s lives exceeded the boundaries of the tennis court. As a teacher, coach, author, USTA staff member and volunteer, Kraft was a lifelong champion of recreational tennis in the U.S. until her death in 1999. She introduced thousands of young people to tennis, particularly in disadvantaged communities.

View the USTA tribute to Hollis Smith here:



The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in the U.S. and the leader in promoting and developing the growth of tennis at every level — from local communities to the highest level of the professional game. A not-for-profit organization with more than 715,000 members, it invests 100% of its proceeds in growing the game. It owns and operates the US Open, one of the highest-attended annual sporting events in the world, and launched the US Open Series, linking seven summer WTA and ATP World Tour tournaments to the US Open. In addition, it owns approximately 90 Pro Circuit events throughout the U.S. and selects the teams for the Davis Cup, Fed Cup, Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA’s philanthropic entity, the USTA Foundation, provides grants and scholarships in addition to supporting tennis and education programs nationwide to benefit under-resourced youth through the National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) network. For more information about the USTA, go to or follow the official accounts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat.

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Inaugural Lightning Mixed Doubles Tournament At Sage Hill Wed, 20 Sep 2017 02:49:52 +0000

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