Adult Tennis

Paul Mendoza has success at JMU

Paul Mendoza has success at JMU

Read more about former Richmond junior player Paul Mendoza’s victories at the Wake Forest Invitational here.  Mendoza is a sophomore at James Madison University. »

CCV Has Served Aces for RTA, Community

CCV Has Served Aces for RTA, Community

The Country Club of Virginia was established in 1908 on the outskirts of Richmond, near the University of Richmond’s pine-filled campus. Fifteen years later, the club was the site of the first city-wide tennis tournament. While CCV is nationally renowned for its three, 18-hole golf courses, the club has also developed a reputation for being a showcase for some of the finest tennis players, not onl... »

Harrison: the ‘pied piper’ of Richmond Tennis

Harrison: the ‘pied piper’ of Richmond Tennis

Whenever Sarah Townsend Harrison took the court, she invariably wore a gold necklace or a set of pearls plus a sweater. It didn’t matter how warm it was, she always had that sweater on as something of an intimidating factor against her opponents. Not that she needed much help from outside forces. From the time she was in her early teens, Harrison used a powerful forehand to bash her way to the fin... »

University of Richmond – Matthew Fernandez

University of Richmond – Matthew Fernandez

Matthew Fernandez, former St. Christopher’s player who is a sophomore at the University of Richmond,  was recently noted for his outstanding performance against Lynchburg College last month. “I was especially happy with Matt’s performance and effort,” Head Coach Houston Barrick said. “Having not played much in the spring, I think he was excited to show how much he can... »

Three Chopt Rallies for 3rd Autumn Cup!

Three Chopt Rallies for 3rd Autumn Cup!

After the first day of the Autumn Cup, Three Chopt Recreation Association was in sixth place out of eight teams. That was certainly no way for the two-time defending champions to open play in the annual competition at Avalon Recreation Association. “We never know what to expect on the first day,” said Rob Johnston, captain of the Three Chopt team and director of tennis at the Henrico County club. ... »

Grovers are ‘Something Special’ to Richmond Tennis

Grovers are ‘Something Special’ to Richmond Tennis

When Joe and Shima Grover moved to Richmond in 2005, they wanted to quickly get involved in the tennis scene. The couple had been very active in tennis programs in Midland, Mich, and knew Richmond had a great reputation. “The first thing we did was join Raintree, so we could play tennis,” said Shima. “The second thing we did was we went looking for the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center, because we thoug... »

Richmond USTA teams advancing to Nationals!

Richmond USTA teams advancing to Nationals!

  Good luck to the many teams advancing to Nationals!  Stay tuned to RTA’s Facebook page for highlights of the National Tournaments. Richmond Stalls 18 and over 3.5 Men: Jonathan Stalls, Albin Hwang, Bill Kelly, Brad Williamson, Richard Wintsch, Agustin Rodriquez, Brendan Steward, Eric Cote, Brad Dey, David Roberts, John Kenyon, Ron Hatch, Hank Greenberg, Ed Ohman, Daniel Conte, and Cha... »

Hermitage Ends acac’s Anthem Cup Reign

Hermitage Ends acac’s Anthem Cup Reign

With the specter of six-time champion acac looming over the Anthem Cup Club Challenge heading into the weekend of Sept. 22-24, Hermitage Country Club captain Mark Bernstine figured his team would be among the runners-up again.          “I never imagined we would actually win,” said Bernstine. “We’ve always had a great time just coming and competing. Last year, I was surprised we came in second so ... »

Dad’s Ring Motivated Gale’s Successful Run

Dad’s Ring Motivated Gale’s Successful Run

After she swept all three titles in the Davenport City Tennis Championships in 1993, Rachel Gale dedicated the tournament to the memory of her father, Les, who had just passed away earlier that year in Brockport, N.Y. Gale wore her father’s wedding ring during the matches and continued to wear it for the next 13 years, when she won five more city singles crowns and finished runner-up twice. The li... »

Barnes Supports Game Behind, In Front of Scenes

Barnes Supports Game Behind, In Front of Scenes

Growing up in Baytown, Texas, Bill Barnes enjoyed playing baseball in high school. He weighed all of 150 pounds soaking wet. “After I started working, I can remember there was a picture on the wall in my house, and my sister-in-law said, ‘You don’t look like that anymore,’” said Barnes. “I didn’t really understand what she meant by it. “So I just immediately went down to a hospital and weighed mys... »

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