CTA Spotlight: Tennis Club of San Antonio
The Tennis Club of San Antonio is winning at love.
Established in 2015, the TCSA is a charitable CTA with community focus. Founded by Kyle Gordon and two friends, the group's goal is to provide a safe place where all people can play tennis, regardless of gender, race, religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.
With nearly 200 members from ages 18 to 70, the TCSA, whose home courts are at the McFarlin Tennis Center in partnership with the local parks department, uses its resources to make an impact on and off the court.
As active participants in San Antonio Pride - where its float has won an award in each of the last three years - the organization was the first North American tennis group to host a Gay and Lesbian Tennis Alliance (GLTA) Masters Tournament. The Alamo City Tennis Classic has grown into one of USTA Texas' largest fundraising tournaments, and the CTA also provides financial assistance to various causes. These include Thrive Youth, which supports homeless LGBTQIA+ young people in trade schools and with life skills; the San Antonio Tennis Association, the local NJTL chapter; the SNAP Spay-Neuter & Animal Wellness Clinic; and the Special Olympics in Arlington.
In addition to its community work, the TCSA also has made an impact on its players. For 52 weeks annually, the group hosts social tennis on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday evenings for 2.5+ to 5.0+ NTRP levels. In these gatherings, players engage in three pro sets against others at their level, down a level and up a level.
The group's low membership and social fees make tennis affordable for its players, and these social play opportunities create more competitive players who become USTA League participants and tournament players. The TCSA now boasts 30+ tournament players, and with 80 percent of its 172 members having never been USTA League players, TCSA members now account for some of the top League players in the 3.0 and 4.0 levels.
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