The Tennis Alliance has had a very busy winter season and I have much news to share:
  • We welcomed ten new Board Members in January who are a passionate group of volunteer tennis enthusiasts from around the County.
  • We are announcing our new status as a USTA Net Generation provider to help us develop more youth programming.
  • In January, we received news from USTA that they renewed our CTA and NJTL Chapter status.
  • We're excited to host several Adult, Junior and 10 & Under tournaments.
  • We have free events for the tennis community this spring as part of April's Healthy Anne Arundel Month and May's Nationwide 'Play Tennis Month' with our Rally the Family weekend series and a new Tennis EXPO.
  • We participated in the Archbishop Spalding Service Fair to educate students on our mission and engage students in numerous volunteer opportunities.

Finally, I want to welcome all of our new Board and Committee Members who will help make this year our most successful yet.
The Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County is pleased to announce the appointment of ten new board members to its Board of Directors, and the election of Officers for terms beginning in 2018. Joining the Board are Tonya Baroudi, William Fawcett (Vice-President), Robert Heller, Hillary Kuker (Secretary), Margaret Morrell, Rick Mudd, Mark Patel, Jorge Paucar, Saverio Pellegrino and Sharon Wood (Treasurer). These new members will join directors continuing to serve including Michele Archibald, Jeff DeCaro, Ellen Humphries Ponder, Randy Stevens, and Louise Gengler Thomas (President). The Tennis Alliance Board, now comprised of fifteen members, will provide ongoing leadership in fulfilling the organization’s mission “to provide a year-round home for tennis in Anne Arundel County and to promote ‘tennis for life’ for all ages and abilities.” To read the full press release, please click 2018 Board of Directors
Meet Vice President William Fawcett
Vice President William "Will" Fawcett is an accomplished international business executive, experienced chief executive officer and has been a tennis enthusiast for more than 45 years. Recently, Will shared his family history with tennis and how the sport of tennis has served as a way to make friends around the world:

A Family Affair: Growing up, my whole family played tennis. My parents first met at a resort in upstate New York where my Dad was teaching tennis. My father was my first coach and my first tennis racquet was one of my Dad’s racquets that he sawed off in the garage and re-gripped. I first learned to play at the Newport Beach Tennis Club in California. My sisters and I were offered $50 when we could beat Mom and $100 when we could beat Dad. My Dad used to joke about trading us if we didn’t play (or play better). I played tennis for my high school and college teams. My father and I played together as doubles partners; first in father-son and later in open tournaments. My daughter plays tennis and I was her first coach. My Dad, daughter and I used to play a 3- generation tennis match whenever we were together.

Foreign Exchange: Tennis has been a passport for me. While living abroad for the last 17 years, tennis was how I would make friends outside of work. I have played tennis in 31 countries, maybe more but whose counting? My most interesting pick-up match occurred at Moscow University where I played with a Politburo member who kept armed guards on the court with us. 

To view Will's full bio, please click
Schematic Design Phase
The Tennis Alliance is working with Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks in a public/private venture to develop, operate and manage the new indoor/outdoor tennis center at Millersville Park. The tennis center will provide tennis players (young and old, new and experienced) state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor tennis courts with public access to clinics, programs and professional coaching. Working together, the County and the Tennis Alliance are close to completing the "Schematic Design" phase. During this phase, architectural and engineering consultants develop an approved design scheme that determines the site plan showing court and viewing configurations, vehicular and pedestrian circulation and parking, building layout with key components, preliminary specifications, along with basic concepts for structural and mechanical systems and other architectural features. This is a very exciting time for the project. Stay tuned for more good news...
Tennis Alliance Becomes USTA Net Generation Community Provider
The Tennis Alliance is now a Net Generation Community Provider! The United States Tennis Association (USTA) developed Net Generation to bring together a national community of organizations, parents, coaches, players, teachers, and volunteers and to provide them with resources to help build affordable and inclusive youth tennis programs in communities nationwide. Community programs under Net Generation are designed to introduce our game to kids (ages 5 – 18) of all abilities in local communities throughout the country. All Tennis Alliance youth programming will now be listed on USTA's Program Management Center. To find out more, please click Net Generation
CTA and NJTL Status Renewed
The Tennis Alliance is pleased to announce that we were notified in January that the USTA once again approved our status as a registered Community Tennis Association (CTA), one of nearly 1,000 nationwide. A CTA (Community Tennis Association) is “any incorporated, geographically defined, not-for-profit, volunteer-based organization that supports or provides programs which promote and develop the growth of tennis.” In January, the USTA Foundation renewed our Chapter status in National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL), a network of over 500 nonprofit organizations nationwide that provide free or low-cost tennis, education and life skills programming to under-resourced children. To learn more, click USTA Foundation NJTL.
Healthy Anne Arundel Month in April 2018
The Tennis Alliance is a member of the Healthy Anne Arundel Obesity Prevention Coalition and is joining organizations throughout the county to celebrate Healthy Anne Arundel Month in April. During the full month of April, we are rallying families to join us in free tennis clinics open to 10 and under youth and parents and/or guardians every Saturday at the Waterbury Park Recreation area and every Sunday at Arundel Middle School from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. For more information, please visit us at
New Spring/Summer Programs Guide
With so many community free events and new clinics and tournaments, we have created a new Junior & Adult Programs Guide for Spring/Summer 2018. Our goal is to broaden our outreach within the Anne Arundel County community to enable more youth and adults to participate in in the sport of tennis. If you or anyone you know is interested in learning tennis or expanding their skill set, please contact our Program Director Bronwyn Williams at
Please see our youth and adult tennis clinics in our Spring/Summer 2018 Junior and Adult Programs Guide, click Spring/Summer Program, and visit our website for more information.
New 10 & Under, Junior and Adult Clinics
In keeping with our goal to promote tennis as a sport for life for all ages and abilities, the Tennis Alliance is pleased to introduce new tennis clinics for youth ages
6 to 8 and 9 to 10 and beginner adults. While we have offered "Rally the Family" free community events in the past, we are meeting the demand for targeted tennis instruction for these age groups and skill levels by offering 2 sessions each for 6 weeks. We are also offering Tuesday clinics this summer for Beginner and Intermediate Adults as an extension of the city of Annapolis' Adult programming at Truxton Park. Please see our Youth and Adult Tennis Clinics in our Spring/Summer 2018 Junior and Adult Programs Guide, click Spring/Summer Program, and visit our website to register.
AATS to Host Instructor Workshop
The Annapolis Area Tennis School (AATS) will host a free USTA workshop for instructors at Bowie Sport Fit on March 17 from 4:30 - 6:30 pm. This interactive clinic for 10-and-Under Tennis will show how to make learning fun, to teach sound fundamentals, to organize practices and to deal with large groups of mixed ability. To register go to the Instructor Workshop at the following link:
USTA's Net Generation "Safe Play" Certified Coach
Thanks to our new designation as a Net Generation community provider, Tennis Alliance coaches will be able to reap the benefits of USTA Net Generation's coaching curriculum resources, teaching tools, Net Generation mobile coaching app and be part of nationwide network of Safe Play-insured coaches supported by the USTA to help grow the sport of tennis. All Tennis Alliance coaches will be "Safe Play" certified after completing the Safe Play screening to include a background check with USTA and the National Center for Safety Initiatives (NCSI). For more information, please click Net Generation Coach.
Tennis Alliance Spring Assessment and Placement Days
The Tennis Alliance is hosting an evaluation for all program participants on two days in March:
  1. Wednesday, March 14th, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Annapolis High School
  2. Sunday, March 18th, 1:00 to 2:30 pm, Annapolis High School
Players will be evaluated by coaches who will determine appropriate program(s) for skill level. For more information, please visit
Tennis Alliance Tournament Series for Juniors
We are happy to share our new Junior Tournament series for the spring and summer seasons to be held at the Truxton Park Courts as follows:

APRIL 21-22 Earth Day Junior Open (L7)
USTA Tournament #30007818

USTA Tournament #300008018

USTA Tournament #300008118

Please contact Program Director Bronwyn Williams for more information at
CINCO de MAYO Adult Tournament
In celebration Cinco de Mayo, the Tennis Alliance is hosting its inaugural Adult Open Tournament on Saturday, May 5th at the Truxton Park Courts. All levels are welcome. Men and Women, Singles and Doubles, Mixed Doubles. The format is Points of Compass for all. The fee is $54.25 per player. For more information and to register and pay online, please visit Cinco de Mayo

First Annual Tennis EXPO

The Tennis Alliance is pleased to announce a new Tennis EXPO for Anne Arundel County in support of Nationwide 'Play Tennis Month' and will include clinics, learn to play, exhibitions, prizes and more. The EXPO will be held Saturday, May 12, from 9 am to 12 pm and is a FREE Community event. All are welcome! For more information, visit our website at

Volunteers Needed for Programs and Events
The Tennis Alliance recently participated in the Archbishop Spalding Service day in an effort to introduce students to the organization and engage them in the many volunteer opportunities with upcoming spring and summer clinics, programs and events. We search for and welcome adults and juniors to assist us with our free community outreach activities. Please click the following link to view our 2018 volunteer opportunities: Volunteer Now!
The Tennis Alliance of Anne Arundel County is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization