Richmonders Honored at Virginia District Awards
On August 4, 2013, the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section assumed the day to day operations of the Virginia District. The first Virginia District annual meeting and awards luncheon under the management of the Mid-Atlantic Section was held Saturday, November 16th at the Fredericksburg Country Club.
Richmond was well represented at the awards luncheon. Eight awards out of the sixteen presented were received by Richmond residents or organizations. In addition, two of the four NJTL Arthur Ashe Essay Contest winners, Crystal Ellison and Yusufu Ibrahim, were from Richmond. Crystal and Yusufu are members of the Metro Richmond Tennis Club.
Sophia Mitchell, ranked #17 in the Girls 12 and Under division in the section, was named the Junior Player of the Year. Tatsiana Uvarova was named the Adult Tournament Player of the Year. Tatsiana teaches at Raintree Swim and Racquet. Eddie and Stacey Parker, Raintree Swim and Racquet owners, were present to celebrate the award with Tatsiana.
Joe and Shima Grover became the first husband and wife team to jointly receive the Volunteer of the Year recognition. The Grovers have been dedicated volunteers of the RTA tennis since their arrival in Richmond. Their energy and enthusiasm for the sport have benefited all tennis programs throughout the city. Rob Johnston of Three Chopt Recreation Club received the Tournament Director of the Year award for directing three separate Davenport & Company City Championships for the open, junior and rated divisions.
The McDonald’s Mid-Atlantic Clay Court Championship was recognized as the Tournament of the Year. The Clay Court Championships are held at the Salisbury Country Club, and the 2013 event attracted record 123 players. Tournament Director Scott Steinour accepted the award for Salisbury CC.
Fred Bruner received the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for many years of dedicated service to the sport of tennis in Richmond. Fred was a top junior player and served as the vice president and president of RTA several times. Fred also directed the Davenport & Company City Championships for many years. He is currently serving on the RTA executive committee.
Deborah Morton, Deputy Director of the City of Richmond’s, Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities accepted the Community Outreach Event of the Year award on behalf of the city. The award recognized the well-attended grand opening event for the Westover Hills Tennis Complex. The City of Richmond partnered with RTA to open the newly renovated Westover Hills Tennis Complex. Four new dedicated 36’ courts and three reconstructed blended line courts were added to the tennis complex. Fifty-seven facilities state-wide have blended line courts, but only a handful of tennis facilities in the Commonwealth has permanent 36’ courts.
Congratulations to award winners.