Coleman Vision Concludes After
20-Year Run in Albuquerque
USTA Southwest | April 23, 2018
The New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation recently announced that the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships, a USTA Pro Circuit women’s professional event, will no longer be held.
Over the two-decade run of the Coleman Vision tournament and through the generosity of its sponsors and supporters – most notably title sponsor Coleman Vision - more than $200,000 was raised and earmarked for the youth tennis programs through the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation, affecting thousands of New Mexico youth tennis players in a positive manner.
Dr. Stephen Coleman, a tennis lover and the Director of Coleman Vision, a locally-owned and operated LASIK surgery provider in Albuquerque, was the tournament’s biggest benefactor, most ardent supporter and proponent of the event. Along with Coleman’s incredible support, in addition to the host facility Tanoan Country Club’s effort and the coterie of enthusiastic tennis supporters and volunteers, the Coleman Vision Tennis Championships enjoyed one of the longest runs ever (20 years) for a USTA Pro Circuit event in a city, surpassed by only a handful of other Pro Circuit events in the United States. ADVERTISEMENT
The programs supported by the Coleman Vision - which served as an annual fundraiser for the New Mexico Youth Tennis Foundation - were abundant. The Coleman Vision directly assisted with a vast array of youth tennis activities that included the USTA Northern New Mexico Mid-School League, High School Junior Varsity/Club League, summer USTA Jr. Team Tennis leagues, elementary school programs and additional financial assistance for promising junior tennis players in New Mexico.
The tournament has been a fixture on the fall USTA Pro Circuit calendar for two decades, and for all but one year the event was held at Tanoan Country Club. Always running shortly after the US Open in September, the tournament attracted a predominantly strong American field, and typically featured an assortment of engaging community-themed activities each year that were very interactive with the female pros and members of the Albuquerque tennis community.
On the playing side, the tournament gave many up-and-comers shots to earn their stripes in a professional setting before moving on to eventual success on the WTA Tour. The tournament also gave a long list of top-ranked locals and University of New Mexico players’ opportunities into qualifying rounds to let them test the professional waters.
Past alumni of the Coleman Vision tournament have included a who’s who of American tennis’ brightest female stars in the last decade, including US Open 2017 champion Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, Cici Bellis, Alison Riske, Shelby Rogers, Lauren Davis, and Nicole Gibbs. The tournament has also featured many other female tennis notables in that time, including 2016 Olympic Champion Monica Puig and former Wimbledon semifinalists Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (2010 Coleman Vision champ) and Alexandra Stevenson.
The Coleman Vision goes out on a high note, having recently received the New Mexico Sports Hall of Fame’s ‘Event of the Year’ for 2017. Last year’s Coleman Vision Championships marked the 20th year for the event as a professional USTA stop, surpassed in length of time in one city by only a handful of professional events held across the country.