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Awards & Achievements, April 2015

Harlon Matthews receives the 2015 Brad Parks Award from USTA President and CEO Katrina Adams (right) and USTA Awards Committee Chair Nancy Alfano.
April 15, 2015 11:52 AM

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 2015.

Matthews Honored with USTA's Brad Parks Award

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The United States Tennis Association (USTA) today announced that it presented Harlon Matthews of McDonough, Ga., with its Brad Parks Award for his outstanding contribution in helping grow tennis at the local level. Matthews was recognized during an awards banquet at the USTA Annual Meeting and Conference, April 10-13, at the Boca Raton Resort & Club in Boca Raton, Fla.

Matthews has been instrumental in creating feeder programs for local wheelchair tennis leagues in the Atlanta area as well as selflessly dedicating his time and energy to promote wheelchair tennis by conducting weekly tennis clinics. He has created one of the best wheelchair tournaments in Georgia, the Geranium Wheelchair Tennis Festival, and assisted in the creation of the Grand Prix Georgia Wheelchair Tennis Series, a tournament that received the 2012 USTA Georgia Wheelchair Event of the Year Award. In 2005, he was named USTA Georgia Wheelchair Player of Year. Matthews is a therapeutic recreation specialist for Henry County Parks and Recreation.

He currently serves as the chair of the USTA Southern Wheelchair Tennis Committee, and in the past he has served two terms on the National Wheelchair Tennis Committee. In 2013, Matthews was named the Professional Tennis Registry (PTR) Wheelchair Professional of the Year.

The Brad Parks Award was established in 2002 to recognize outstanding contributions to the sport of wheelchair tennis. Named after San Clemente, Calif. resident Brad Parks, a pioneer of wheelchair tennis and the first wheelchair tournament champion, the award is presented annually and honors an individual or organization that has been instrumental in the development of wheelchair tennis around the world through playing, coaching, sponsoring or promoting the game.

“Harlon Matthews is not only an exceptional player on the court, but an inspiration and true leader of wheelchair tennis off the court, as well,” said Dan James, USTA Wheelchair Tennis National Manager. “He has devoted so much time and effort to continue to promote wheelchair tennis and is very deserving of the Brad Parks Award.” The USTA Annual Meeting and Conference brings together USTA leadership, national staff, national committee members and section volunteers and staff in pursuit of the USTA mission: to promote and develop the growth of tennis.

Along with leadership and committee meetings, the USTA Annual Meeting provides education opportunities for all attendees to develop and enhance their personal and professional skills and learn new ways to promote the game of tennis.

Bauer Wins Barbados ITF Tournament

Zummy Bauer, of Atlanta, won the Barbados Scotiabank Junior International, a Grade 4 (18s) ITF tournament. 

Bauer, 15, defeated American Sean Hill 6-3, 7-6(1) at the National Tennis Centre Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, St Michael. Bauer was a qualifier and beat the No. 1, No. 4 and No. 6 seed just to reach the finals.

South Carolina's Santorum Inducted into Hall of Fame

Dan Santorum, CEO of the Professional Tennis Registry in Hilton Head Island, S.C., has been inducted into the USTA Middle States Hall of Fame.

Santorum is originally from Butler, Pa., which is in the USTA Middle States Section.

In his tenure with PTR, Santorum has seen PTR membership quadruple as he’s made his goal growing and improving tennis for players, coaches and organizers across the globe, according to the USTA Middle States website.

Meredith Selected to Player Development Camp

Madeline Meredith has been selected to participate in the USTA Girls Player Development Camp in Boca Raton, FL being held from April 21-25, 2015.

Lead National Coaches Kathy Rinaldi and National Coach Erik Kortland will conduct the camp at the USTA Player Development National Training Center. The camp will consist of players born in 1999, 2000 and 2001. The USTA said this camp will provide an excellent developmental experience for both players and coaches.

Meredith, of Birmingham, Ala, is coached by Nick Saviano.




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