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Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

 

 

Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month


In celebration of Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout May, USTA.com applauds those Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders who have made an indelible mark on our sport, both as champions and as champions of change. Some lift trophies, others lift lives; many do both. We salute them all for helping us to raise our game.

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.
  • Middle States
    My Community
    June 02, 2021
    Ron Nano is the CEO and President of Legacy Youth Tennis and Education in Philadelphia and serves on the NJTL USTA National Committee. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month came to an end on May 31, but the conversation about inclusivity and the importance of community will continue. So as we move into June, we’re sharing this essay, which celebrates family, culture, and all that falls in between. Read More
  • Midwest
    A Platform with a Purpose
    May 31, 2021
    Sonthana Thongsithavong coaches tennis in Mid-South Illinois where he shows children the value in sport — everybody can play. Discover the positive message Sonthana teaches young players that he learned as a child refugee. Read More
  • Middle States
    Unexpected Intro to Tennis
    May 29, 2021
    Kumiko Lancet’s first introduction to tennis was a bit unexpected. In Japan, tennis was classified as a high society sport. So when she was invited to play for the first time when she moved to the U.S., she didn’t have anything she needed. No tennis shoes. No tennis clothes. No tennis racquet. Nevertheless, Kumiko began to play. Read More
  • Midwest
    No One Plays Alone
    May 28, 2021
    Alerson Suan came to America from the Philippines and has lived in Michigan since 2001 where he has captained more than 60 tennis teams! Now, Suan is on a mission to connect folks through the game so no one plays alone. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Lifetime of Tennis
    May 28, 2021
    Tennis is a lifetime sport. As we close our AAPI Heritage Month celebration, our spotlight turns to Le Pham, a player and USTA League Captain with a 40-year history of tennis in the Section. Read More
  • Missouri Valley
    Bortnick Family Highlight
    May 28, 2021
    For the Bortnick family, being there for each other is never a question. Because of strong family roots from both parents, Dan and Lila, love of family and hard work are built into the Bortnick family fabric. On Lila’s side of the family, that started in the Philippines. Read More
  • National
    USTAF leaders share vision
    May 27, 2021
    Tom Chen and Kathleen Wu, the two most recent presidents of the USTA Foundation's Board of Directors, share their thoughts on equity and inclusion in tennis. Read More
  • New England
    Eng Revered in New England
    May 27, 2021
    Doug Eng is unlike any tennis coach you’ll ever meet. He is a student of the game, a mentor and an academic, and his uniquely remarkable resume has made him one of the most sought after coaches in New England. Read More
  • Hawaii Pacific
    An island inspiration
    May 26, 2021
    One of the most diverse public schools in Honolulu is President William McKinley High School, which is where Coach Kyle Hiranaga coaches the McKinley Tigers as both a Junior Team Tennis coach, and as the school’s varsity tennis coach. Read More
  • National
    Volunteers in own words
    May 25, 2021
    Five USTA AAPI volunteer leaders, whose contributions, influence and enthusiasm continue to push this organization and this sport forward, speak on what tennis meas to them—in their own words. Read More
  • National
    King: Speaking up and out
    May 24, 2021
    In her first-person essay for Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month, Vania King addresses her transition from a playing career to one as a tennis administrator, and how her personal experiences have shaped the difference she hopes to make in the sport. Read More
  • Eastern
    Focus: Kyle Vukhac
    May 24, 2021
    High school student Kyle Vukhac created the community service organization SecondServes to make tennis more accessible for others. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Love of Tennis for All
    May 21, 2021
    Tennis connects all generations to learn from one another, build bonds and develop well-rounded perspectives that help facilitate personal growth. As we continue to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, we gain perspective from one of our most fervent high school players, rising senior Anbo Li. Read More
  • Missouri Valley
    Highlight: Huong Doan
    May 20, 2021
    Huong Doan loves a challenge. When people tell her she can’t, she loves to prove them wrong. The adult league captain from Springfield, Mo. has been a USTA Missouri league mainstay since 1997. Read More
  • National
    Throwback: Ahn's history
    May 20, 2021
    At the 2019 US Open, Kristie Ahn became the first winner of the USTA's US Open Wild Card Challenge, male or female, to reach the Round of 16 at the US Open. Read More
  • Midwest
    Laughing through Tennis
    May 19, 2021
    Amy Richmond has worked with Wisconsin’s largest annual music festival to introduce tennis to thousands of youths and adults! See how Amy has grown the Summerfest Sports Zone and enlisted support from hundreds of volunteers! Read More
  • Florida
    AAPI Focus: John Faminial
    May 17, 2021
    John Faminial and his family aren’t just tennis players - they’re also health care providers who have dedicated their lives to keeping others safe and served on the front line of the pandemic. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Mentor in the Community
    May 14, 2021
    Chris Tran, USTA Mid-Atlantic provider, serves the community as a dedicated tournament director and mentor to the AAPI community. He is on a mission to grow tennis in the Section. Read More
  • National
    Pegula's career year
    May 14, 2021
    Jessica Pegula reached her third WTA 1000 quarterfinal in the last 10 months by defeating Naomi Osaka en route to the last eight at the 2021 Italian Open in Rome. Read More
  • National
    Mackie McDonald rising
    May 14, 2021
    Mackenzie McDonald won his first ATP Challenger title in three years earlier this year in Kazakhstan and also reached the second week of the Australian Open. Read More
  • Northern California
    AAPI: Gary Lee
    May 14, 2021
    It’s difficult to choose where to start to define Gary Lee. Lee was a 25 year USTA volunteer. He’s a retired dentist. He’s a father to three daughters, all of whom went on to play collegiate tennis. He's a proud grandfather, with two of them now high level junior players. Read More
  • Midwest
    A National Symbol of Love
    May 12, 2021
    The Multicultural Education Group is a grassroots organization that provides fine arts and tennis programming to the Elgin, IL community. Learn how Aloun Khotisene started the USTA kids summer program and brought positive change to local youths. Read More
  • National
    Future is now: Mathewson
    May 12, 2021
    Top-ranked American wheelchair tennis player Dana Mathewson catches up with usta.com on her recent move to the USTA National Campus, equity and inclusion in wheelchair tennis and more. Read More
  • National
    Ram: Sport and diversity
    May 10, 2021
    In his essay for Asian-American and Pacific Islander month, Rajeev Ram addresses the current crisis of anti-Asian hate and speaks about the unique power of tennis to foster better understanding and showcase the unlimited potential inherent in embracing diversity. Read More
  • Midwest
    A More Positive Narrative
    May 07, 2021
    The ACE Project uses a strengths-focused model of play to assist with positive youth development. How Executive Director Susan Klumpner is lifting lives and helping us to remember the emotional connections between sport and humanity. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Develop Skills for Life
    May 07, 2021
    Alex Chan, USTA Mid-Atlantic staff member, opens up about how tennis has shaped his life for the better in so many ways. He hopes to continue to connect with as many people as he can to demonstrate all the valuable things tennis can do for them as well. Read More
  • Eastern
    "Tennis Saved My Life"
    May 06, 2021
    Long Island resident Raj Nagdev began experiencing shortness of breath and chest pains—but only when he was on a tennis court. Nagdev and his doctor, Dr. Rajiv Jauhar, detail how playing the sport regularly ultimately helped save Nagdev's life. Read More
  • National
    Nakashima building on 2020
    May 06, 2021
    Brandon Nakashima has continued his steady climb up the ATP Rankings in 2021. After starting the year by winning his second career ATP Challenger title, he is now inside the Top 150. Read More
  • National
    NCAA Spotlight: Mike Louis
    May 05, 2021
    A former head coach and four-year student-athlete at UConn, Mike Louis is now having success as the men's and women's coach at Division-III Springfield College. Read More
  • Southern / Georgia
    Georgia HOF's Bill Ozaki
    May 04, 2021
    USTA Georgia Hall of Fame inductee & former USTA Southern veteran Bill Ozaki chats with Executive Director Darren Potkey. Read More
  • National
    Come together, end hate
    May 03, 2021
    In a first-person essay, Michael Chang addresses the disturbing wave of recent hate crimes aimed at Asian-Americans in the U.S., and calls for an end to the overwhelming ignorance and mistrust that have fueled them. Read More
  • Missouri Valley / Heart Of America
    Love for Forty Love
    May 01, 2021
    The Uplift Organization has a place near & dear to Sean Nguyen's heart. Uplift lends a helping hand to the Kansas City area's homeless population. Sean's father Tam knows all too well what it's like to be homeless. That's why Sean's tournament - Forty Love - raises funds for the organization. The tournament is Sunday, June 6 at the Plaza Tennis Center. Read More
  • Intermountain / Colorado
    AAPI Heritage Month
    May 01, 2021
    Colorado's Asian American Pacific Islander community celebrated in Breaking the Barriers portrait series 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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