November - Issue 148
Your monthly news & updates
PRESIDENT'S PERSPECTIVE
With Thanksgiving coming up soon, I would like to reflect on the many blessings Kentucky tennis has had this year despite the pandemic and to express my congratulations and thanks for programs and individuals who are making a difference!
At your service,
Mike Eden
SOUTHERN TENNIS HALL OF FAME
Congratulations to Susan Sloan of Lexington for her induction into the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame. Such a well deserved honor.
SOUTHERN AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to Charles Crawford winner of the Diversity and Inclusion Champion USTA Southern Award and NJTL Chapter of the Year winner, Rising Stars of Kentucky.
WHY DO YOU LOVE TENNIS?
Tell us what you have loved most about tennis during this difficult time of COVID 19. We'd love to hear from you and put some positive words back out to our tennis community!
Adult League Championship Charity Donations
A Tennis Community that Cares
During the 5 state Championships, $3,500 was donated to 25 different charities. A bright light in 2020.
Ashland Junior Team Tennis
Julie Qualls has aced the Jr. Team Tennis Program in Ashland! 14 teams comprised of 99 juniors are participating every Sunday for 12 weeks. Players are from Southern Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky.
Congratulations Ashland Junior Team Tennis!
NOW IS THE TIME
Now is the time to donate and help develop and improve tennis across Kentucky! An Anonymous donor will match donations up to the first $5,000! Many rally on your support.
HEY USTA LEAGUE CAPTAINS
It's easier to find players for your team and for players to find you!
Please contact Kim Lonnemann if you'd like to view a training video.
THANK YOU SPONSORS
Thanks to all of our sponsors across the state. Without this support, many of our programs at the state and local level would not be possible!
Click Here to see just a few, so please support those that you can!
40 & OVER CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
Congratulations to the 40 & Over Championship winners!
3.0W Louisville/O’Connell
3.5W Louisville/Reeder
3.5M Louisville/Davis
4.0W Owensboro/Greene
4.0M Lexington/Hollingshead
COLLEGE SHOWCASE
Thirty high school tennis players got to show off their talents to ten college programs! This is a great opportunity to be seen by these coaches and the players appreciated the opportunity! Thanks to Top Seed Tennis Club for hosting the event. Growing Champions!
INJURY PREVENTION TIPS
We all love playing tennis and we all hate missing court time over an injury. Many of the warm-up exercises we’ve seen pros do have roots in yoga. Click Here for a few favorites for shoulder, back and hamstring tightness. 
DROP SHOTS WRAP
Congratulations to the Louisville Drop Shots winners! (Monday night team winners pictured) Photos
UPCOMING JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS
Find all links to sanctioned junior tournaments in Kentucky HERE
 
LIRC Holiday Championships (Southern Level 5, 10U Orange)
December 4-6th, Louisville
Registration Deadline: December 2nd REGISTER HERE

Springhurst New Years Classic (Southern Level 3, 10U Green)
December 30th-January 1st, Louisville
Registration Deadline: December 20th REGISTER HERE
GOLD LEVEL CTA
Nine CTA's have achieved Gold Level Status. Our November featured CTA is the Tennis Association of Louisville Kentucky (TALK)! Check out their WEBSITE, like them on FACEBOOK.
TALKING TENNIS SOUTHERN STYLE
The podcast highlights two tennis writers … one best known a tennis player and coach. Roy Barth, author of  Point of Impact (available on Amazon), played on the  ATP Tour, was at two-time  All-American at UCLA and then went onto a 42-year career as the award-winning  Kiawah Island Golf and Tennis Resort (SC) Director of Tennis. He is a member of the  Southern Tennis Hall of Fame, along with five other halls. R hiannon Potkey, who writes for TennisRecruiting.net along with numerous publications, has covered tennis for 22 years. She founded Goods4Greatness, a non-profit that provides sports equipment for low-income children in  Knoxville, TN. Our junior spotlight is on  Mikayla Person, of  Baton Rouge, LA, and the  Northeast Arkansas Tennis Association of  Jonesboro is also featured. Listen Now
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PLAY IT FORWARD GRANT
Over $1.2 million has been made available for programs and tournaments focused on innovative ideas & growth based programming. READ MORE or email Stacey Croley.
BUILD IT FORWARD GRANT
USTA Southern has opened registration for grant applications for the Build It Forward initiative. $500K has been made available to build or reconstruct tennis courts. There is no deadline, as funds will be available until exhausted. 
READ MORE or email John Callen.   
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