TALLAHASSEE TENNIS ASSOCIATION

Organize, Promote & Grow the Sport of Tennis in Tallahassee

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The purpose of the Tallahassee Tennis Association (TTA) is to organize, promote and grow the sport of tennis at all ability levels and for all populations in the greater Tallahassee area.  TTA enjoys a partnership with the City of Tallahassee Parks, Recreation, and Neighborhood Affairs Department (TPRNA) by offering numerous leagues, tournaments and adult and junior tennis programs.

TTA sponsors many local leagues, organizes tournaments for adults and juniors and supports teams going to USTA national tournaments.  TTA supports diversity and participation in local tennis.  Each year TTA runs fund-raising events benefiting local charities (like America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend) and annually supports the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Foundation through the USTA Tallahassee Tennis Challenger.

 

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OCTOBER 28TH, 2019

Tallahassee’s Sue James Named USTA Florida Tennis Volunteer of the Month

VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

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President of the Tallahassee Tennis Association (TTA) for six years, Sue James since stepping down has, if anything, elevated her tennis activism and activity in the Tallahassee community.

Currently holding down the vice president position at the TTA, James is a 17-year combined volunteer for the TTA, other local tennis volunteering, and serving the USTA Florida Section in volunteer roles.

“I volunteer as tournament director for [the local] Sweetheart Tournament, help organize the Tallahassee Tennis Association’s tournament, and I also run the food cart for the Tallahassee Challenger,” she says. “All TTA activities proceeds benefit the City of Tallahassee tennis. I also volunteer with Junior Team TennisSports Ability which is tennis for disabled persons, and at the annual Stomp out Diabetes and Springtime Tallahassee events using pop-up nets and foam balls to introduce all ages to tennis.”

She is a past member of the former USTA Florida Community Outreach Committee, which had a mission to develop and strengthen community tennis across the state and to support local community tennis organizations.

James annually volunteers as a USTA League captain, in 2014 advancing a team to USTA League Nationals for the first time on the strength of their team unity and stuffed monkey mascots.

“I have always been captain — our mojo is monkeys, and over the years we have developed quite a collection,” she said after her team claimed the USTA Florida League Sectionals championship in her division. “This group is not only a group of awesome people but great competitors. We like to travel and play competitive tennis, we have great team chemistry.”

While she loves to captain and compete, James says her first love when it comes to tennis is introducing children and adults to the life-time sport.

“I love that all ages and abilities can play,” she says. “Tennis is a life sport and a great form of exercise. It is so rewarding seeing how quickly players improve and I enjoy helping them reach their potential.”

USTA Florida congratulates and thanks Sue James as the October 2019 Volunteer of the Month for almost 20 years of volunteering to introduce Tallahassee players to the game of tennis.

ABOUT SUE

Birthplace: Buffalo, N.Y.
Family: Husband Larry, children Bryan and Sarah
Favorite Movie: Lady in the Water
Favorite Food: Hot chicken wings
Favorite Travel: Australia
Favorite Shot: volley

My earliest tennis memory was…”Being introduced to the sport in my 40s by my friend Mary Warner.”

If I could play tennis with three people, they would be…”Billie Jean King, Chris Evert and Serena Williams.”

When I am not playing tennis I am…”Working, volunteering, and traveling.”

My best tennis memory is…”Making it to the USTA League 4.0 Women’s Nationals after eight years of trying.”



2019 TTA Championships Winners


6.0 Men's Doubles: Thomas Curry/Andri Randrianasolo
7.0 Men's Doubles: Riley Pool/Michael Schoeneberg
8.0 Men's Doubles : Phil Sanders/Matt Palmer

6.0 Women's Doubles : Lisa Kane /Marianne Sabolic
7.0 Women's Doubles : Gina Herring/Kim Nichols

6.0 Mixed : TBD they will play later
7.0 Mixed: James Cichon/Candace Beauvois
8.0 Mixed: Lisa Franson/Dennis Kelley

3.5 Ladies Singles : Pia Lehtonen
4.0 Ladies Singles : Jennifer Britt
3.0 Men's Singles: John Luque
3.5 Mens Singles : Matt Palmer
4.0 Mens Singles: Nicholas Taureau

The 2019 Fall for All Tennis League has wrapped for this year.  Per the tradition of our fall league founders, the players donated league proceeds to two charities: Lighthouse Children's Home and The Animal Shelter Foundation.


2019 Flex League Winners 

Women's 3.0

Winner Bracket 1 - Julie Espy

Winner Bracket 2- Katie Flanagan

Women's 3.5

Winner Bracket 1 - Mariela Bartens

Winner Bracket 2- Heather Conn

Women's 4.0

Winner - Fang Liang

Women's 4.5

Winner - Susan Alvarez

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Men's 2.5

Winner - Pradeep Mogha

Men's 3.0

Winner Bracket 1 - Gaurav Joshi

Winner Bracket 2- Jamarious Kenon

Men's 3.5

Winner Bracket 1- Nigel Blackburn

Winner Bracket 2 - Kevin Collins

Men's 4.0

Winner Bracket 1- Chris Li

Winner Bracket 2 - Arthur Wahl

Men's 4.5

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WHAT TTA DOES FOR YOU!

TOURNAMENTS: 

   TTA Singles, Doubles, and Mixed Championships 
   Sweetheart Mixed DoublesTournament

LEAGUES: 
   TTA Singles Flex League
   TTA Beginner’s Clinic & League (2.5-3.0 players)
   Fall Doubles League

SPONSORSHIPS:
    Assist City of Tallahassee with non-budgeted court improvements
   Support Tallahassee Challenger Tournament

MEMBERS:
   Discounted entry to the Tallahassee Challenger tournament
   Announcements about all tennis events in our community
 
   Access/Discounts to TTA sponsored events and leagues
   Annual Meeting and Family Play Day
   Access to TTA membership database
   Opportunity to frame local tennis policy
   Discount on court doubles fees with 10-play punch cards (11th play free)


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TTA is very proud to share the news that our President, Sue James, has been named USTA Florida Volunteer of the Month!  We are very appreciative of everything she does, from administrative planning to captaining USTA teams. Sue, along with fellow Board Members Susan Emmanuel, Tim Marston and Wanda Peterson, pulled off the TTA Championships during a tropical storm weekend!  Applause all around!!

New to Tallahassee tennis or have let your membership lapse?  Please see the "Join Us" page.  Our small organization does a lot of really big things for the Tallahassee tennis community.  Your membership fee enables us to sponsor leagues & tournaments, and continue to provide court improvements to the City of Tallahassee.

If you are interested in learning more about the organization or wanting to volunteer, please email me at membership_tta@yahoo.com.

See you on the courts!

Jennifer Britt, TTA Board Member

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