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Hispanic Heritage Month: Pride, Passion, and Purpose

 

 

 

Hispanic Heritage Month: Pride, Passion, and Purpose


In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, USTA.com salutes those members of the Hispanic community whose passion, dedication, and commitment have helped to make tennis more accessible to more people and keep it growing strong.
 

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
    All About the Team
    October 15, 2021
    It's all about the team for Pablo Montana. Montana, the head tennis coach at the University of Delaware, is quick to give credit to others and seems to always put other people first. Montana grew up in a tennis family in Miami, and after a highly successful playing career, he found his way into coaching. Read More
  • Northern California
    HHM: Geoff Martinez
    October 15, 2021
    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, USTA NorCal is celebrating local players and professionals around Northern California. This year we wanted to highlight one of our NorCal greats: Geoff Martinez. Geoff has been playing tennis for over five decades and is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. He recently took second place at the Level 1 - USTA National Men’s 65 Grass Court Championships in August. Not to mention, Geoff recently retired from coaching at Marin Tennis Academy, where he coached for over 25 years. Read More
  • National
    Pasarell: Tennis architect
    October 15, 2021
    A native of Puerto Rico, Pasarell not only went on to have a Hall of Fame playing career, but has impacted the lives of thousands of children across the U.S. as a co-founder of the National Junior Tennis & Learning network alongside Arthur Ashe. Read More
  • Northern California
    HHM: Rebecca Martinez
    October 13, 2021
    Rebecca Martinez recently started her college journey at Cal State East Bay. College was never a question for Rebecca; she always knew that she wanted to attend college, but figuring out how to pay for college was the only question. Rebecca received the Champions of Character: Pancho Gonzalez Scholarship awarded by USTA Northern California Diversity & Inclusion Committee earlier this year. Read More
  • Texas
    HHM 2021: Edgar Lazcano
    October 13, 2021
    Community Services Coordinator for West Texas (South), Edgar Lazcano has seen tennis grow from the ground up. Having been a part of tennis as a player, a school coach and club tennis pro, Lazcano now works to help share the sport in West Texas. He reflects on his own tennis journey and the significance of Hispanic Heritage Month. Read More
  • National
    HHM: Volunteers (Part 2)
    October 12, 2021
    Three USTA grassroots Hispanic-American volunteers, whose dedication to the sport helps to keep our game growing strong, speak in their own words about what tennis and Pride Month mean to them. Read More
  • Missouri Valley / Kansas
    Cervantes Loves Tennis
    October 11, 2021
    Amanda Cervantes was born and raised in El Dorado, Kansas and spent her childhood learning the game in Wichita with coaches Rex Coad, Simon Norman and Brent Fields. This adventure started when she was four-years-old. Read More
  • Midwest
    From One Coach to Another
    October 06, 2021
    Tennis has given Jorge Capestany a lifelong career, a passion, friendships, his marriage and his family. And it all started with a coach who believed in him... Read Jorge’s full story as we recognize him during Hispanic Heritage Month for his contributions and influence within the tennis community! Read More
  • Midwest
    A Match Made in Heaven
    October 06, 2021
    Twins Jazzmyn and Deborah love to play tennis! It was just over one year ago when they both picked up a racquet for the first time. Now, they practice constantly and have enjoyed playing on their school team! Read their first-person account on how tennis quickly became one of their favorite sports. Read More
  • Midwest
    Leading with Love
    October 06, 2021
    Enlace Academy is helping its K-8 students find the joy in learning ⁠— that includes through tennis! Read the first-hand account of Art Teacher, Kaitlyn Akin, who's been watching her students adapt to new ways of learning during the pandemic. She shares the story of community, families and children, excited to learn a new sport and spend time together. Read More
  • Texas
    Nora Moreno's Story
    October 06, 2021
    From the heights of collegiate tennis success to injuries, depression and despair, and finally to the joy of giving back to the sport she loves, Nora Moreno has had an incredible tennis journey. Read More
  • National
    Gonzalez: An iconic champ
    October 05, 2021
    Throughout its grand history, tennis has been represented by a cavalcade of luminous champions who have enriched the sport immeasurably. There have been a number of these towering figures looming large among fans, but no one in this celebrated circle has measured up in totality to Richard “Pancho” Gonzalez, the most evocative player—male or female—the game has ever known. Read More
  • Missouri Valley / Nebraska
    Silva Franco Shines
    October 05, 2021
    In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, we are featuring Julio Silva Franco, a tennis player at Bryan High School in Omaha. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Sol Lopez Spotlight
    October 05, 2021
    USTA Mid-Atlantic is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with Sol Lopez, an active and enthusiastic tennis player in the Mid-Atlantic. She spreads her love for the game through coaching the next generation and uses her Hispanic heritage to foster connections and bring more people to the game. Read her spotlight story here. Read More
  • Middle States
    Extraordinary Experiences
    September 30, 2021
    Tennis can give people some extraordinary experiences. Just ask Rosemary Esquivel. Last weekend, Esquivel had a chance to meet and hit with the Bryan Brothers during the NJTL of Trenton annual gala. Read More
  • Florida
    HHM 2021: Manuel Rosales
    September 30, 2021
    Manuel Rosales can be found on the courts of Viera High School, where he coaches the boy’s tennis team. No stranger to the Viera tennis community, Rosales has also served as a private tennis coach and coaches several USTA teams in Brevard County. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Jorge Paucar Spotlight
    September 29, 2021
    It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate, USTA Mid-Atlantic is honoring players, providers, and coaches of Hispanic Heritage who are making their mark on tennis in the Section. Read Jorge Paucar's spotlight here. Read More
  • Missouri Valley / St. Louis
    Ramirez Reflects on Tennis
    September 29, 2021
    St. Louis teaching pro Jorge Ramirez had a stellar career as a competitive tennis player before focusing on life helping others hone their tennis skills. Read More
  • Texas
    HHM 2021: Julio Godreau
    September 28, 2021
    Born and raised in Puerto Rico, Julio Godreau has served as the Director of Junior Tennis at USTA Texas since 2016. For Hispanic Heritage Month, Julio shared a few of his thoughts and experiences as part of the tennis community. Read More
  • Florida
    HHM 2021: Lazaro Alfonso
    September 27, 2021
    Lazaro “Laz” Alfonso is a tennis instructor at the Henry L. McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater. The 54-year-old Cubano teaches the game to adults and juniors alike. Read More
  • National
    Casals' impact still felt
    September 27, 2021
    A trailblazer for Hispanic-Americans in tennis and female athletes as a whole, Rosie Casals' (third, from left) impact in the sport is still felt today. Read More
  • Southern
    Attract Hispanic Players
    September 27, 2021
    Manuel Cervantes & Roberto Asapillaga, who coached at the 2021 Ozaki Southern Cup, remember their Hispanic heritage and talk about getting more Hispanics on court. Read More
  • Texas
    HHM 2021: Fernando Velasco
    September 23, 2021
    As Executive Director of the Capital Area Tennis Association in Austin, Texas, a renowned tennis teaching pro, and longtime USTA Texas leader and volunteer, Fernando Velasco has made a lasting impact on the sport of Tennis in Texas. Read More
  • Florida
    HHM 2021: Milena Fields
    September 23, 2021
    Milena Fields is an organizer extraordinaire at the Florida Tennis Center in Daytona Beach — and routinely can be found coordinating round-robins or captaining league teams. Read More
  • Missouri Valley / Missouri
    Vargas's New Lease on Life
    September 22, 2021
    A kidney transplant has enabled Jaime Vargas to carry on with his work at the Jefferson City Country Club, where he’s is the director of tennis and pickleball in addition to overseeing the pool and lifeguards. Read More
  • National
    USTAF restores P.R. YMCA
    September 20, 2021
    The effort was a part of ESPN's 'Built to Play' initiative, which collaborates with local community programs around the world to build multifunctional community sports spaces. Read More
  • Florida
    HHM 2021: Aldo Burga
    September 20, 2021
    Aldo Burga is a master of working double duty - the 52-year-old splits his time between Florida and New York serving as a Tennis Director at both the Legacy Golf & Tennis Club in Port St. Lucie and at the Ausable Club in St. Huberts. Read More
  • National
    HHM: Volunteers
    September 15, 2021
    Three USTA grassroots Hispanic-American volunteers, whose dedication to the sport helps to keep our game growing strong, speak in their own words about what tennis and Pride Month mean to them. Read More
  • Mid-Atlantic
    Eduardo Rincon Spotlight
    September 15, 2021
    It’s National Hispanic Heritage Month and to celebrate, USTA Mid-Atlantic is honoring players, providers, and coaches of Hispanic Heritage who are making their mark on tennis in the Section. Read Eduardo Rincon's spotlight here. Read More
  • Southern
    Hispanic Coach Conference
    September 15, 2021
    USTA Southern sponsored Hispanic Coaches Conference that was attended by more than a dozen coaches. The conference was in Spanish. Read More
  • National
    Hispanic player spotlights
    September 15, 2021
    USTA.com is celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month by honoring players of Hispanic heritage in tennis, including Ernesto Escobedo, Usue Arconada, Ulises Blanch and Sabrina Santamaria. Read More
  • Florida
    HHM 2021
    September 15, 2021
    Each year, USTA Florida observes Hispanic Heritage Month by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of the Hispanic members of the Florida tennis community. Read More
  • Missouri Valley / Oklahoma
    Mendoza Sisters Love Game
    August 30, 2021
    In honor of Hispanic Heritage month USTA Oklahoma is taking the opportunity to spotlight two outstanding Junior players, Alma and Andrea Mendoza. The Mendoza sisters attend Dove Charter School in Oklahoma City and play tennis at the Britton Christian Church Tennis Academy (BCCTA). Read More
  • Missouri Valley / Iowa
    Juarez Shines in Tennis
    August 19, 2021
    Robert Juarez of Davenport, Iowa has been playing adaptive sports since 2008, when he was injured on the job as a firefighter and suffered a spinal cord injury. 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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