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Huntsville Pro Circuit tournament and Colette Lewis of ZooTennis on NCAAs

Talking Tennis Southern Style

Release Date: 05/11/2023

Adult and Junior winners: George “Ged” Schwing, Male Player & Ryan Cozad, Junior Sportsmanship show art Adult and Junior winners: George “Ged” Schwing, Male Player & Ryan Cozad, Junior Sportsmanship

Talking Tennis Southern Style

George “Ged” Schwing was honored with the Slew Hester Male Player of the Year for top adult player. Schwing has been a member of Team Louisiana for the Callen Cup and served as a captain the last few years, along with competing on the winning Southern team at the 2022 Keith Donoff Cup. Ozaki-Hastings Junior Sportsmanship Award winner Ryan Cozad was recognized at the USTA National Clay Courts Championships, as he received their Sportsmanship Award. He loves competing in team events, especially the Ozaki Cup for Team Georgia, and in the Battle of Sections for Team Southern.

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BHM: Calvin Kemp plus advocating for tennis courts show art BHM: Calvin Kemp plus advocating for tennis courts

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With the number of tennis players growing in the last five years, more tennis courts are needed. While some courts are being converted to pickleball courts, the USTA Southern Advocacy Task Force is enabling grassroots advocates to make the case for adding, and not reducing, the number of tennis courts. Former Board Member Paul Pittman chairs the task force and explains the advocacy tools provided by USTA Southern.  In our first episode of Black History Month, we interview Calvin Kemp of Lafayette, La. Kemp was honored with the 2023 Southern Tennis Professional of the Year and received...

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Australian Open preview, a Mexican star on her French Open, women’s tour success show art Australian Open preview, a Mexican star on her French Open, women’s tour success

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It’s a new year and time for our Grand Slam correspondent to preview American and Southern players. USTA General Manager, Player Development Martin Blackman calls in from Down Under with high hopes for players with Georgia roots: Coco Gauff, Taylor Townsend, Ben Shelton & Christopher Eubanks. Yolanda “Yola” Ramírez Ochoa won mixed doubles and finished as a singles finalist twice at Roland Garros. The former No. 6 in the world from Mexico chats about her illustrious career with her son, Ponch, a top-flight player himself.   

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It’s a wrap: Outstanding interviews in 2023! show art It’s a wrap: Outstanding interviews in 2023!

Talking Tennis Southern Style

Finishing our fourth season, “Talking Tennis Southern Style” wraps up 2023 with compelling excerpts of eight of our favorite interviews. We are proud to highlight insightful conversations with these guests: Tennis memorabilia collector and USTA Kentucky Past President Mike Eden Jermaine Jenkins, practice partner of Serena and Venus Williams  

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From WTA & ATP tours to Southern Tennis Hall of Fame: Jane Preyer and Keith Richardson show art From WTA & ATP tours to Southern Tennis Hall of Fame: Jane Preyer and Keith Richardson

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made her mark as an All-American at the – Chapel Hill before succeeding in the WTA Tour. She reached No. 43 and defeated some top players including Evonne Goolagong. Later she took to coaching and led the women to four championships. is now inducted into his fifth hall of fame. His career began with achievement at Appalachian State and was named a “Legend” in 2012. With victories over Kevin Curren and Eliott Teltscher, he rose to No. 63 in singles and No. 146 in doubles. Richardson also was honored as a teaching pro by the We also preview our year-end highlight episode,...

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Marshall Happer’s book, “Pioneers of the Game,” documents the rise of the men’s professional tours show art Marshall Happer’s book, “Pioneers of the Game,” documents the rise of the men’s professional tours

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Marshall Happer headed the Men’s Tennis Council from 1981-89, making him the only unofficial commissioner of men’s professional tennis. He draws upon his extensive tennis background – including USTA Executive Director, President & CEO and inductee – in writing “.” The 871-page history documents the 40-year trek of men’s professional tennis from the Open Era through the advent of the ATP Tour. Happer recounts his relationships with Jack Kramer, Phillippe Chatrier, Arthur Ashe, Lamar Hunt, Donald Dell, Tony Trabert, among others.

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Inclusive and accessible: Wheelchair tennis No. 1 junior and adaptive tennis supports blind, visually impaired show art Inclusive and accessible: Wheelchair tennis No. 1 junior and adaptive tennis supports blind, visually impaired

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Wheelchair tennis is booming and Zane Goodwin is riding the crest to the top of the game. The 16-year-old Birmingham, Ala., resident is the and winner of the . Zane talks about his dedication to the sport while his mom, Lara Polk, describes how she loves traveling to tournaments nationwide.  USTA Southern recently hosted a that was conducted by the . Superintendent welcomed the opportunity to help sighted players experience the sport from the perspective of the blind and visually impaired. Using audible balls, shorter racquets and tactile lines, 25 tennis professionals were tutored...

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UGA's SEC winningest coach Manny Diaz & holiday buying guide show art UGA's SEC winningest coach Manny Diaz & holiday buying guide

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In a remarkable achievement, Manny Diaz, the veteran men's tennis coach at the University of Georgia, will be inducted into the prestigious Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, this January. Diaz reflects on his illustrious career, during which he achieved a remarkable SEC-record of 767 wins for the University of Georgia men's tennis team. He takes pride in his associations with renowned former American tennis star John Isner along with current NCAA champion, Ethan Quinn. Get ready to stock up on perfect tennis gifts for your favorite player!  Michelle Heidbrink previews her favorite tennis...

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Playing Tennis as an Adult: Former Atlanta Falcon player Brian Finneran, plus US Open Chief Umpire Andrew Walker show art Playing Tennis as an Adult: Former Atlanta Falcon player Brian Finneran, plus US Open Chief Umpire Andrew Walker

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Tennis is the sport of a lifetime and a former wide receiver is now excited about playing and watching tennis. He was wowed by the speed and athleticism of pro tennis players at the . Brian can be heard on air on , an Atlanta sports radio station. worked four years at USTA Kentucky while rising in the ranks of tennis officiating. Now he is the Chief Umpire of the . With October being , Andrew recounted that when he was hired by the , he felt secure enough to come out. In our spotlights are USTA Gold Ball champions Carrington Brown and Raegan Mulberry of Georgia and Kentucky Tennis Hall of...

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Hispanic Heritage Month: JTT captain extraordinaire Omar Alcaino, plus ITF captain Brenda Carter show art Hispanic Heritage Month: JTT captain extraordinaire Omar Alcaino, plus ITF captain Brenda Carter

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has been at the helm of seven straight Junior Team Tennis champion teams including winning a Southern 10 & Under Intermediate title this year. Embracing his Chilean heritage, he reflects on his journey, which led him to excel as a Sun Belt singles champion at the and thrive as a dedicated tennis coach. achieved the impressive distinction of being ranked No. 1 in her age division eight times when she was inducted into the . Her remarkable success continues as Carter currently serves as the playing captain for the United States in the in Spain. Notably, she holds the No. 10 world...

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May is National Tennis Month and it will shine brightly in the Rocket City as USTA Southern hosts a $15K Men’s and Women’s Pro Circuit event on clay in Huntsville, Ala. Tournament Director Milly Sequera Huss, known for her top-29 WTA career, is the tournament director and talks about HBCU players receiving wild cards. There are seven free local events throughout the tournament May 22-28 and USTA Southern staffer Claire Bartlett outlines activities for the young and not-so young.

Just in time for all three NCAA team championships at the USTA National Campus, Lake Nona, Fla., we interview tennis journalist Colette Lewis. She runs the renown website, ZooTennis.com, which daily covers everything in the junior and college tennis world. She reviews the DI teams who are looking to bring home championship trophies this month. Our highlights are junior Wes Noland, from Madison, Miss., and USTA Southern Marilyn Sherman Spirit Award winner Cathy Greene, of Lottie, Ala. and Gerrie Rothwell Award winner Bret Peterson, of Auburn, Ala.