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RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy to Open this Summer

RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy to Open this Summer

RICHMOND- The Richmond Tennis Association will partner with the City of Richmond in a new program for underserved youth. City Tennis Director Victor Rizzi and Chris Suttmiller, director of the RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy, will invite kids in the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities summer camp to participate. The RTA Rising Stars Tennis Academy will be supported by the rema... »

Win A Trip for Two to the 2018 US Open

Win A Trip for Two to the 2018 US Open

The RTA is excited to announce our 2018 US Open Raffle Package: Two tickets on Saturday, September 1st and Sunday, September 2nd – Arthur Ashe stadium seats – First-come, first-served access to Louis Armstrong Stadium, the Grandstand and all field courts $2,500 cash supplement for expenses   Details: Must be 18 years old to enter. Drawing will be held on August 2nd at acac. Do NOT... »

Cougars Motivated to Complete Rare Double

Cougars Motivated to Complete Rare Double

By John Packett RICHMOND– For the past five years, the fortune of the boys’ tennis team at Collegiate School has fallen on hard times. All of that changed in a two-week span in May, when Collegiate completed a rare double. The team won the Prep League tournament and the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association Division I championship. Senior Dorsey Ducharme said it was special to win both... »

2018 Keith Mumford Memorial Doubles Tournament

2018 Keith Mumford Memorial Doubles Tournament

By Lily Horsley RICHMOND– The ninth annual Keith Mumford Memorial Doubles Tournament took place last Saturday at the Country Club of Virginia. The tournament honors Keith Mumford, a Richmond native who died in 2009 from an infection after hospitalization for a heart attack. Mumford played for St. Christopher’s School before walking on to the varsity team at Vanderbilt University. This year’s event... »

Patton, Grovers Remain at the Top of Their Games

Patton, Grovers Remain at the Top of Their Games

RICHMOND– In his younger days, Bruce Patton was a dominant force on the United States Tennis Association’s A Division wheelchair circuit. But, after a decade or so of traveling the country and winning most of his matches, he chose to take a break. Patton said he wanted to spend more time with his family. “Two kids growing up,” said Patton. “I just decided I needed to step back. It never left... »

MAC Wheelchair Tennis Open

MAC Wheelchair Tennis Open

The Midlothian Athletic Club Wheelchair Tennis Open is only one event in the Richmond Tennis Association wheelchair tennis program. The RTA, in partnership with Sportable, offers an introductory wheelchair tennis program as well as a weekly program called Rolling Aces that is designed to develop playing skills. Of the 17 players registered for the tournament so far, five of them are Rolling Aces. ... »

Waters, Family Division Make Good Partners

Waters, Family Division Make Good Partners

RICHMOND– For the majority of his life, Hugh Waters III either played or promoted the game of tennis. As his daughter, Margie Ray, put it, “His goal was to teach everybody in Richmond how to play tennis.” Back in the 1970s, Waters and Ward Hamilton tried to do just that when they converted an old warehouse in the West End into the Richmond Tennis Academy and gave lessons to anyone interested in th... »

Even ‘ringers’ can’t stop Wright-Koontz’ run

Even ‘ringers’ can’t stop Wright-Koontz’ run

RICHMOND– In an effort to slow down the powerful duo of Mason Davis-Wright and Hunter Koontz, the Mercedes-Benz Greater Richmond Mixed Doubles tournament brought in a pair of “ringers” for the April 19-20 event at acac-Midlothian. John Karlawish of Raleigh, N.C., who played as high as No. 2 singles for the University of Richmond before leaving the team, was Laura LaFors’ partner, while Brandon Woz... »

Be A Part of the Keith Mumford Tennis Weekend

Be A Part of the Keith Mumford Tennis Weekend

This year will mark the 9th Annual Keith Mumford Memorial Doubles Shootout Tournament and it continues to be one of the best tennis events in Richmond. Players compete in Men’s and Ladies Open division and NTRP 3.0, 4.0, and 4.5 divisions. Register for the tournament here   Don’t miss the BBQ Fundraiser following the tournament: Saturday, May 19 at 7:00pm 7703 Dartmoor Road Richmo... »

Turpin, Brown Show Off Their Junior Potential

Turpin, Brown Show Off Their Junior Potential

RICHMOND– Battery Park and the North Side of Richmond have historically produced a steady stream of African-American tennis players. Junie Chatman, Rodney and Marell Harmon, Rozzell Lightfoot and Leonard Booker are some names that come to mind. While those days are long gone, the Richmond Tennis Association is aiming to change that by bringing clinics and the Quick Start game for kids to Battery P... »

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