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Celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

 

 

Celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

 


In celebration of Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May, USTA.com spotlights those Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders who have impacted our sport, both as champions and as champions of change.

Be Open

The USTA's Be Open Campaign highlights those who exemplify the spirit of "being open" and is designed to inspire others to be a catalyst for change and create a better future for us all.
  • Texas
    AAPI : Binh Tran
    May 31, 2022
    USTA Texas Staff Member Binh Tran shares his memories and perspectives on helping make Texas tennis stronger and more inclusive. Read More
  • Adaptive tennis player on the tennis court
    Mid-Atlantic
    Guide to Life with Tennis
    May 31, 2022
    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month (AAPI). To celebrate, this month USTA Mid-Atlantic is uplifting voices from the AAPI communities who contribute to our region’s vibrant tennis family both on and off the court. Read More
  • A family of five: Father: Marciano, Mother: Rosalinda, Eldest: Herzyl Le, Middle: Hermont, Youngest: Herrick, sitting a restaurant table together.
    Northern California
    AAPI: The Legaspi Family
    May 31, 2022
    Meet the Legaspi Family, a family of five who all play tennis and share a special bond through the sport. They share their thoughts on playing tennis together, the importance of diversity, and recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Read More
  • National
    Dublin TOP changing game
    May 31, 2022
    Dublin Tennis Outreach Program is changing the lives of young students in and around Dublin, Ohio, but those doing the work are also just students themselves. Read More
  • A graphic celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander Month.
    Missouri Valley / Kansas
    AAPI: JK Patel
    May 28, 2022
    Originally from India, JK Patel has been playing tennis since he was around 18 or 20 years old. He’s been a tennis official since 1996, starting with a position in USTA Southern when he lived in Kentucky before moving to Kansas in 1998. Read More
  • Mother and Daughter with arms around each other on the tennis courts
    Northern California
    AAPI: Hiko & Mariko
    May 27, 2022
    Meet Hiko and Mariko Fritz-Krockow, a mother-daughter doubles duo who recently finished second in the Pacific Coast Seniors and Family Championships in May 2022. They share their thoughts on playing tennis together, the importance of diversity, and recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Read More
  • Northern
    Spotlight: Zoe Adkins
    May 26, 2022
    In honor of May being Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month (AAPI), USTA Northern is uplifting voices from the AAPI communities who make an impact on our tennis community on and off the court. Read More
  • Jeremy Chung on a tennis court
    Mid-Atlantic
    Serving Tennis Connections
    May 25, 2022
    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month (AAPI). To celebrate, this month USTA Mid-Atlantic is uplifting voices from the AAPI communities who contribute to our region’s vibrant tennis family both on and off the court. Read More
  • Breaking the Barriers Portrait Series: The Cleary Family
    Intermountain / Colorado
    Asian Tennis League
    May 24, 2022
    Since 1989, Colorado's Asian Tennis League has been serving family fun to multiple generations of players Read More
  • Zareena Clendaniel
    National
    AAPI: Zareena Clendaniel
    May 24, 2022
    Zareena Clendaniel of the USTA National League Committee talks about her journey in tennis and what AAPI Heritage Month means to her. Read More
  • Students from Cherry Lane Elementary in the Suffern Central School District practice a tennis drill outside as part of an afterschool program run by the Rockland Community Tennis Association.
    Eastern
    Spotlight: Rockland CTA
    May 23, 2022
    In a very short amount of time, the Rockland Community Tennis Association, run by Dennis Zaide, has increased the appetite for tennis tenfold in Rockland County, N.Y. and introduced hundreds of young kids to the game. Read More
  • Johnny and Evelyn at USTA League Championship
    Mid-Atlantic
    Together with Family
    May 20, 2022
    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month (AAPI). To celebrate, this month USTA Mid-Atlantic is uplifting voices from the AAPI communities who contribute to our region’s vibrant tennis family both on and off the court. Read More
  • September 4, 2019 - Vania King and Caroline Dolehide in action against Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko in a quarterfinal match at the 2019 US Open. (Photo by Fernando Colon/USTA)
    National
    A message from Vania King
    May 20, 2022
    A message from former Grand Slam doubles champion, current USTA Board Member and native Californian Vania King on the recent shooting at the Irvine Taiwanese Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, Calif. Read More
  • National
    Meet Connie Ma
    May 19, 2022
    Stanford University's tennis player Connie Ma, who was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year, is competing in her first NCAA Division I Tennis Championships. She talked about her background during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Read More
  • Carlton SooHoo photographing tennis on court
    New England
    Growing Tennis with Photos
    May 19, 2022
    What do a biochemist, a life coach, a photographer and a tennis player all have in common? Well, not much, except that local Billerica, MA player Carlton SooHoo has successfully done them all. SooHoo’s professional journey has taken him to some incredible heights all while he’s been able to provide tremendous value to whatever industry he’s in. Read More
  • National
    Adaptive AAPI volunteers
    May 18, 2022
    Hear from three members of the USTA's national adaptive tennis committee in the AAPI community on how they became USTA volunteers. Read More
  • Missouri Valley
    AAPI: Arlene Frye
    May 16, 2022
    Arlene Frye’s love of tennis started as a child playing on the courts of Boston and Fairfield County, situated just outside New York City, with her family. Read More
  • A graphic celebrating Asian American/Pacific Islander Month.
    Missouri Valley / Oklahoma
    Junior Essay Winners
    May 13, 2022
    USTA Oklahoma hopes you will join us in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month! Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Welcoming Players on Court
    May 13, 2022
    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month (AAPI). To celebrate, this month USTA Mid-Atlantic is uplifting voices from the AAPI communities who contribute to our region’s vibrant tennis family both on and off the court. Read More
  • Caleb (left) and Joshua (right) Kim
    Missouri Valley / Missouri
    AAPI: Kim Brothers
    May 11, 2022
    When Max and Sandra Kim sought a sport for their two sons — Joshua and Caleb — to play, they wanted something that would challenge and develop their boys physically and mentally. Read More
  • The Le Family
    Missouri Valley / Nebraska
    AAPI: Le Family
    May 10, 2022
    If your kids played tennis in Lincoln now and during the past decade, there’s a good chance they competed against a member of the Le family at one time or another. Read More
  • Midwest
    No One Plays Alone
    May 10, 2022
    Alerson Suan came to America from the Philippines and lived in Michigan since 2001 where he captained more than 60 tennis teams! Suan made it his mission to connect folks through the game so no one played tennis alone. Read More
  • Middle States
    A Special Connection
    May 06, 2022
    Combining teaching tennis and working with individuals with disabilities, Tammy Truong created an Adaptive Tennis Day event for her capstone project at West Chester University. Truong said she believes her special connection to those with disabilities comes from the bond she shares with her best friend, who has Down syndrome. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Tennis Connects All of Us
    May 06, 2022
    May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To celebrate, this month USTA Mid-Atlantic is uplifting voices from the AAPI communities who contribute to our region’s vibrant tennis family both on and off the court. Read More
  • A group picture of Bohan Li's Chinese Tennis League
    Missouri Valley / St. Louis
    AAPI: Bohan Li
    May 06, 2022
    After strong stints at both Clayton High School and St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP), Bohan Li took a seven-year hiatus from tennis competition to start a family and establish his pharmaceutical career. Li’s father — who wanted to play alongside his son and grandchildren — urged Li to join him in the Chinese Tennis League. Read More
  • National
    Court ready for WTC debut
    May 01, 2022
    Teenager Huayi 'Eric' Court joins Paralympians Bryan Barten and David Wagner to make up the U.S. quad team this week at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup, the premier international team competition in wheelchair tennis. Read More
  • National
    Phelps on the rise
    May 01, 2022
    In the seven months since she first represented the U.S. at the highest levels of international wheelchair tennis, Maylee Phelps is on the rise and ready for the next steps. Read More
  • Ken Fu
    Missouri Valley / Iowa
    AAPI: Ken Fu
    April 25, 2022
    Originally from Tianjin, China, Ken Fu wanted to play tennis growing up, but because it was considered a “rich sport” he could only watch others play and pick up balls for them. That all changed when he moved to Iowa and attended Bettendorf Middle School. Read More


Be Open

The USTA's Be Open Campaign highlights those who exemplify the spirit of "being open" and is designed to inspire others to be a catalyst for change in creating a better future for us all. 

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