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Katrina Adams Book Signing at Texas Slam

Former professional tennis player and former USTA National President Katrina Adams will be signing a copy of her book at Georgetown Tennis Center on Wednesday, June 23. Adams was the first black woman and youngest person ever to hold the position of USTA National President.


Adams will be signing her book, Own the Arena, Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One, at The Texas Slam junior tournament. She will host a courtside chat and answer questions from the audience at 1 p.m. followed by the book signing until 4 p.m. Adams will also hold a signing at Black Pearl Books in Austin on Thursday, June 24 at 6pm.


In Own the Arena, Adams offers a privileged, singular inside look at this sensational global event, while elaborating on what makes tennis the only sport of a lifetime. She opens with the women’s 2018 championship match between Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams that ended in boos. This was Adams’s last year as president and the whole world was watching. How would she respond? How should the press be handled? What needs to be said to Osaka? Serena? What does this break from decorum mean for the Open and the sport?


As Adams shares a wealth of stories from her career and personal life, as well as insights from top tennis professionals, she provides invaluable information on meeting life’s tests both on the tennis court and off. Own the Arena offers fresh perspectives on having presence, being remembered, directing a conversation, and moving boldly in spaces where “you are the only one.” It also covers good sportsmanship—treating others with respect and by being inclusive and open to diverse perspectives. Tennis is said to be 90 percent mental; this book shows how to take the elements of mental fortitude and use them to achieve greatness. By embracing and expressing one’s inner grace and humanity, Adams shows, you can own the arena.


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