Awards & Achievements, April 2014

April 30, 2014 11:52 AM
Renowned tennis coaches (L to R) Jerry Baskin, Nick Bollettieri, Robert Lansdorp and Jack Sharpe with USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe (middle).
Southern players and organizations are constantly making their mark in the world of tennis. Here's a list of recent awards, achievements and news in April 2014.

Jerry Baskin among coaches honored with Team USA Coaching Awards

Legendary tennis coaches Jerry Baskin, Nick Bollettieri, Robert Lansdorp and Jack Sharpe were each honored as Team USA Coaching Legends at the inaugural Team USA Coaching Awards reception held Wednesday alongside the ASICS Easter Bowl junior tournament at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian Wells, Calif.

“Jerry, Nick, Robert and Jack have given so much to the game and truly are American tennis coaching legends,” said USTA Player Development General Manager Patrick McEnroe. “Joseph and the team at the JTCC continue to raise the standard for player development in the United States.They all deserve even more recognition for their hard work, dedication and achievement in the sport.”

Baskin is regarded as one of the best junior development coaches in the country over the last 40 years. The 2002 United States Olympic Committee Tennis Coach of the Year and a 2004 Georgia Tennis Hall of Fame inductee, Baskin has helped guide more than 300 players to college scholarships and helped develop touring pros such as Brian Vahaly, Bobby Reynolds and US Open semifinalist Robby Ginepri.
Baskin operates the Baskin Mcgill Tennis Academy at the East Cobb Swim & Tennis, 2111 Old Canton Road, Marietta, Ga. 30062.

Fleming Tennis Center to build and resurface its tennis courts

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced, through its USTA Facility Assistance Program, that it has awarded a $30,000 grant to MACH Academy, Inc. The grant will be used to resurface and repair five existing tennis courts and build two new tennis courts at the Fleming Tennis Center in Augusta, Ga. The USTA Facility Assistance Program aims to support and provide communities access to safe, appealing and functional tennis environments.

“We are committed to enhancing and building more tennis facilities in communities across the country,” said Kurt Kamperman, Chief Executive, Community Tennis, USTA. “This program allows us to assist in the development process of providing usable tennis venues to people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds to play and enjoy the health benefits of our great game.”

Since 2005, the USTA has awarded these grants to support tennis facility enhancements, renovations and new construction projects to provide more and enhanced tennis venues for increased playing opportunities. In total, the USTA Facilities Assistance Program has built more than 35,000 tennis courts across the country in the past seven years, for all ages and abilities to enjoy the sport of a lifetime.

In addition, grant recipients receive technical assistance. The USTA Facility Assistance Program provides industry leading experience in tennis court and facility construction from concept plans to professional construction document review.

By investing in the rehabilitation and development of tennis facilities in the United States, the USTA believes these facilities not only will grow the sport, but provide venues for communities to gather and provide lifelong healthy activity through tennis.

In 2013, the USTA allocated over $1.2 million through the Facility Assistance Program to help support public tennis facility enhancements, renovations, and new construction projects.

Metro Atlanta programs receive multicultural grants

The USTA today announced that it has awarded $150,000 in Multicultural Excellence Program and Individual Player Grants, including $60,000 in Multicultural Excellence Program Grants to eight organizations across the country. These organizations each will receive a $7,500 grant toward their competitive junior development programs which train those young players who are aspiring to achieve national and/or international rankings. In addition, the Multicultural Individual Player Grant for National Competition & Training also was awarded to more than 100 student athletes from throughout the country. Those grants totaled more than $90,000.


Program grant recipients were selected based on the number of players with sectional and national rankings in a specific program. Grants are awarded to organizations that operate year-round, and provide a high level of on-court instruction and off-court training opportunities with a history of developing tournament-level players.


“Each year the USTA is proud to award and highlight the deserving recipients of the Multicultural Program Grants,” said D.A. Abrams, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, USTA. ”For so long, these organizations have contributed to the success of many student athletes around the country through their phenomenal work. We’re glad to award them these grants as they continue to build and develop future champions and notable contributors to the sport of tennis.”


2014 Multicultural Excellence Program Grants Recipients:

Peterson School of Tennis - College Park, GA

South Atlanta Community Tennis Association, Inc. - Atlanta, GA