From Coach Marty Woods

We're sending junior tennis players from Los Angeles to the American Tennis Association 101st National Championships held at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Florida, July 28, 2018 through August 4, 2018.

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The American Tennis Association, hereafter referred to as the ATA, was established in 1916 as an alternative to the USTA (United States Tennis Association) because the USTA would not allow minorities to compete in their national tennis championships. In 1917 the ATA established its own national championships and through it has produced several of the world’s top players and coaches. Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe, the first African Americans to be ranked No. 1 and to win Grand Slam titles, were sponsored and groomed by ATA officials and coaches. 

Most African American professional tennis players were trained by ATA Clubs and played ATA Tournaments before turning pro. The list includes such greats as Zina Garrison, Leslie Allen, Lori McNeil, Chandra Rubin, Katrina Adams, and Mali Vai Washington to name of few. The list also includes Southern California notables as Mel “Bobo” Lewis, Don Bly and Charles Teaberry.

Today the ATA continues its rich history of developing young tennis players and providing ATA members with the opportunity to compete in our National Championships. The ATA is hosting the National Championships in 2018. The Championship is the largest and most unique of its kind in the United States offering more than 50 competitive categories for players from 8 to 80.

We presently have several up and coming junior tennis players playing in the Los Angeles area that are highly competitive and have been participating and winning tournaments throughout Southern California.

We are so proud of these amazing young tennis players, we are committed to helping them achieve their goals.

Let us introduce you to our Team: 

Boys Team

Tory Bailey 14, Ethan Henderson, 14 Kent Hunter, 18, Donavon Thompkins, 10, Jaylin Guess, 16

Girls Team

Kayla Brown, 17, Breanna Cook, 15, Auria Lundy, 16, Kalli Minor, 12, Hana Moss, 16, Aniya Terry, 16, Keynon Thompkins, 15, Demaria Clark, 8

All of these juniors are high performance athletes truly dedicated and ranked in their age division.

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