Talking Tennis Southern Style covers tennis in nine Southern states and is hosted by longtime tennis TV & radio personality Sam Crenshaw. The podcast is the official show of USTA Southern, the largest section of the United State Tennis Association and represents 25% of the national members.
Southern Tennis Foundation: Funding College Scholarships
Paul Pittman and Eleanora Mauritson shepherd the Southern Tennis Foundation’s expanding number of college scholarships. Pittman chairs the Major Gifts Committee that has established 19 scholarships, beginning in 2016. In 2022 alone, the committee raised $220K to help 10 qualified high school seniors residing in the Southern Section with their higher education ambitions. Categories that qualifying students are judged on are tournament rankings, high school tennis and/or Junior Team Tennis and participation in NJTL or another USTA-sponsored program. Mauritson honored her late husband by donating $30,000 to start the David R. Mauritson Memorial Scholarship. David was an accomplished doctor, attorney and pilot, who also worked as a tennis official. Our “On the Rise” junior is Alden Johnson, of Ashland, Ky., and the Cary, N.C., Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources department.
Tennis Warehouse’s Michelle Heidbrink, Rick Limpert on holiday gifts
With Black Friday ushering in the holiday gift-giving season, we talk to two recognized experts about ideas for the tennis player(s) in your life. Tennis Warehouse’s Michelle Heidbrink updates us on an improved supply chain and what trendy apparel and new racquets are now in stock. Writer and commentator Rick Limpert provides tips on online gift purchasing, including the latest in shoes and zeroing in on tennis-related gifts. Our “On the Rise” Junior Spotlight this week features Kevin Praphan of Fort Smith, Arkansas. We also salute the Southern Tennis Hall of Fame Class of 2023, Paula Hale and Bill Ozaki.
I Play Tennis’s Dan Kester and Winston-Salem Open stringer David Yamane
Dan Kester was a junior tennis player who also played on his University of North Carolina club team. His career path was in retail and he was an executive a national department store chain. Kester decided to combine his passion for tennis and sales. Living in Atlanta, known as the biggest tennis town in the country, he opened his store I Play Tennis. He welcomes a wide variety of clientele, including the local LGBQT+ community. David Yamane, of Big Time Tennis in Winston-Salem, N.C., was named the 2014 Racquet Sports Industry Stringer of the Year. He is the leading stringer for the Winston-Salem Open, an ATP Tour event. He talks about stringing along with giving advice to recreational players. In our highlights are Jimin Jung, a top junior from Cary, N.C., and the Parks & Recreation Department of the city of Southaven, Miss.
USTA Pro Events with Megan Rose & Andre Ferreira on college coaching and heading a CTA
USTA Managing Director of Major Events Megan Rose talks about the variety of events she oversees including the USTA Pro Circuit and top-level wheelchair tennis tournaments, along with working on major international events such as Davis Cup and Billie Jean King Cup. The 2023 USTA Pro Circuit calendar has 130 tournaments for the next generation of players, including over a dozen right here in USTA Southern. Andre Ferreira is unique as he not only coaches the Brenau women’s tennis squad but also volunteers as President of Northeast Georgia Community Tennis Association (NEGTA). The Sao Paulo, Brazil, native discusses how he runs a variety of grassroots programming on the Brenau courts, including clinics, USTA League matches and after-school outreach programs. We spotlight junior Carter Fayard, of New Orleans, and the Lexington County (S.C.) Recreation & Aging Commission.
Hispanic Heritage Month: David Marquina plus Coach Alan Green
David Marquina works as Junior Programs Coordinator at the Carolina Country Club in Raleigh, N.C. He cites three core values - pride passion and purpose – as keys to impacting Hispanic families and young players. His primary goal is to introduce Hispanic communities to the sport. Xavier University of Louisiana men’s and women’s tennis coach Alan Green has been named ITA/NAIA National Coach of the Year three times and 25 other coaching awards. The New Orleans native was 2022 Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Player of the Year. He spoke about the challenges of collegiate tennis while his teams were competing in the HBCU National Tennis Championships. Highlighted are USTA Clay Courts Girls’ 12s champion Hannah Ayrault, from Atlanta, and the Bowling Green (Ky.) Parks & Recreation Dept.
College Coaching with Scott Handback & Amy Bryant
Scott Handback extensive tennis career now focuses on leading the Methodist University’s Professional Tennis Management program. His students learn the ropes of working as a tennis coach, facility manager and other related fields. Amy Bryant was the first woman to win a tennis national championship as a player (1) and coach (7). She amassed 428 victories in 23 years leading the Emory women’s team in DIII play. Her newest venture is Bryant College Coaching, which guide young athletes on their dream of playing collegiate sports. Our highlights focus on Lillie Murphy, of Knoxville, Tenn., and the Mobile, Alabama, Parks and Recreation Department, which runs one of the most influential and busy tennis facilities in the country.
One episode in and I am already loving this podcast. Great tennis coverage and the podcast sounds great. I can’t wait for the next episode.