2019 Year in Review Highlights
I am honored for the opportunity to serve as the current president of the USTA/Midwest Section. You’ll see that 2019 was another great year to be involved with tennis in the Midwest. The following pages are an illustration of what develops from hard work and how we have come together as players, teaching professionals, volunteers and staff members. What you’ll see:
- Many deserving individuals who were honored with grants and scholarships at our annual awards ceremony.
- Niraj Komatineni from Mason, Ohio was named one of the recipients of the 2019 USTA National Junior Scholar Athlete Award. This award honors high school tennis players who best demonstrate that tennis is the sport of opportunity for education, advancement and character development.
- Four Midwest teams winning USTA League Championships and nine finishing in the top four.
- Players competing at the international level:
- Joe Russell from Northeastern Ohio competed with Team USA to win the Super Senior World Championship.
- Qavia Lopez and Nishesh Basavareddy, two junior players from Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Carmel, Indiana respectively, represented the United States in the finals of the ITF World Junior Tennis competition.
- Another record year at the Western & Southern Open. Midwest Section staff and volunteers helped plan several community events including:
- Kids' Day, High School Day, Pride Night, Net Generation exhibitions, Family Zone, Play Tennis Cincinnati, Wheelchair tennis and the debut of an Adaptive Tennis event.
- The Midwest Section pioneering the way in unique areas, such as the Ambassador program in its second year.
I’m proud to be associated with so many passionate and dedicated people who love tennis and are working hard to invite others to do the same. I have collaborated with Team Leads and Committee Chairs and met with new volunteers and staff, all in preparation to organize and plan for our continued growth and exciting new opportunities in 2020.
Our mission is to promote and grow the game of tennis in our communities. To do this, we must foster an inviting atmosphere so that as many people as possible can enjoy tennis and share in our Section’s continued success. I invite you to read through the pages and see why our Section continues to be a model for all others.
President, USTA/Midwest Section
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- Western & Southern Open
- Junior Tennis
- Tennis Ambassadors