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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month on Southern Courts

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October 10, 2017 03:18 PM

Eduardo Rincon: Top Hispanic Coach & Former Player

Eduardo Rincon (pictured above) was named Kennesaw (GA) State head tennis coach in 2013. A three-time All-American at Valdosta State, Rincon was also named the Valdosta State Male Athlete of the Year in 2004 and the Gulf South Conference All-Decade Team in 2010. In 2010, Rincon was inducted into Valdosta State Athletics Hall of Fame.  

Rincon played professionally on the ATP World Tour for seven years. A native of Colombia, Rincon represented his home country in the Davis Cup from 1997 to 2001. 
 
His brother, Mario, is the head coach for men's tennis at the University of Miami.
 
Rincon is a certified instructor for the Professional Tennis Registry and a USTA member. He and his wife, Rosemary, have two daughters: Ana Maria and Kathryn Cristina.

One-on-One with Coach Rincon:

  • Who got you into tennis? My dad
  • What’s the most exciting tennis match you’ve played or seen? I played against Marcelo Rios in Davis Cup. 
  • If you could have one tennis pro’s shot, whose would it be? Roger Federer's backhand
  • What’s your second most favorite sport? Cycling
  • What’s the best advice you ever received? Be humble, don't take anything for granted and work hard!
  • What opportunities has tennis given you, that you wouldn’t have been given if it wasn’t for tennis? A college education!

USTA Southern is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to recognize the Latino culture, heritage and contributions American Hispanics have made to the nation. Here are tennis programs that are growing Hispanic participation and membership:

The Northeast Georgia Tennis Association (NEGTA) hosted two Play Days in Gainesville in conjunction with Georgia Tennis Day on Oct. 3.  One of the Play Days was hosted at the Boys and Girls Club where a Hispanic youth tennis program has been in place since the summer, while the other Play Day was hosted at Brenau University.

USTA Kentucky is hosting a Junior Team Tennis schools league that started the week of Oct. 2. In the league’s second year, schools with a high percentage of Hispanic students were invited to participate. Also, Paducah Area Tennis Association, Frankfort Tennis Association and Georgetown Tennis Association will be starting programs targeting their Hispanic populations while partnering with churches, schools, community centers and other organizations.

USTA Tennessee hosted a “Tenis Para Todos” event on Sept. 30 at Warner Park in Chattanooga to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. There was a large turnout with 75 participants and 45 volunteers.  Led by USTA Tennessee's Veronica Uribe, this event featured local sponsors that provided prizes, Hispanic foods and beverages for the attendees. There will be follow up programming at Warner Park on Saturday, Oct. 7. For more info in Tennessee, click here

In addition, two more events will be hosted at the Hudlow Tennis Center, 2051 Old Rockbridge Rd., Norcross, GA  30071:

  • Oct. 28  - Net Generation Day
  • Nov. 4  - Superhero Family Tennis

Everyone is welcomed and invited together on the tennis courts for these FREE family-friendly events. For more information on tennis programs for Hispanic youth and adults in your state, please contact David Araiza, Tennis Service Representative/Hispanic Outreach, at araiza@sta.usta.com or call 404-380-2995.

 

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