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Summer Internship Opportunity

Summer Internship Opportunity

A summer internship is available with the City of Richmond, Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Facilities and Richmond Tennis Association. »

Shima Grover is making tennis accessible to all

Shima Grover is making tennis accessible to all

Grover has gone to great lengths to promote the game of tennis — starting in Michigan in the 1970s and continuing in Richmond since 2005. She has worked alongside her husband, Joe, to provide underserved youths an opportunity to play and, more recently, has extended her work into creating the same chances for wheelchair athletes. Read the full article in the Richmond Times Dispatch. »

CCV Has Served Aces for RTA, Community

CCV Has Served Aces for RTA, Community

RICHMOND– 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 player... »

Dad’s Ring Motivated Gale’s Successful Run

Dad’s Ring Motivated Gale’s Successful Run

RICHMOND– 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 passed away 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. Gale also ... »

Barnes Supports Game Behind, In Front of Scenes

Barnes Supports Game Behind, In Front of Scenes

RICHMOND–  Growing up in Baytown, Texas, Bill Barnes enjoyed playing baseball in high school. He picked up tennis before his move to Richmond in 1986. Barnes has enjoyed success in the U.S. Tennis Association’s rated divisions, but he is best known as the leading sponsor of the McDonald’s Mid-Atlantic Open Clay Court Championships held every July at Salisbury Country Club. The junior circuit gives... »

Beddingfield Capitalized on Her Opportunities

Beddingfield Capitalized on Her Opportunities

RICHMOND– When she was 12 years old, Martha Beddingfield discovered tennis. Before then, Beddingfield had been in love with golf and was a successful player in that sport at Hermitage Country Club. Beddingfield said she liked tennis more than golf when she started to play. “As soon as I picked up a tennis racquet, I never played golf again until probably my early 30s,” said Beddingfield. “Once I w... »

Charity taught Ashe, others by example

Charity taught Ashe, others by example

RICHMOND– One afternoon in 1950, Arthur Ashe Jr. watched a man practice tennis on the courts outside his home near Brook Field Park on the city’s North Side. The man invited Ashe to join him and asked if he wanted to learn how to play the game. That man was Ron Charity, who worked patiently with Ashe for the next three years until he was good enough to be noticed by Dr. R. Walter Johnson, who invi... »

McDonald’s RJTC Final Standings

McDonald’s RJTC Final Standings

The latest standings for the McDonald’s Richmond Jr. Circuit tournaments can be found here. Thank you to all the players who have competed in these events and good luck! McDonald’s Final RJTC Standings McDonald’s RJTC Standings August 2 McDonald’s RJTC Standings July 28 McDonald’s RJTC Standings July 21 McDonalds RJTC Standings July 13 McDonalds RJTC Standings July 5 ... »

Valentine Was A Force On, Off the Court

Valentine Was A Force On, Off the Court

RICHMOND– Tennis was one of E. Massie Valentine’s biggest passions in life, and he will be remembered as much for his playing skills as well as his numerous contributions to the local and regional game. Massie Valentine passed away on August 3 following a long illness. He was 82. One of Valentine’s most significant contributions came in helping start the Fidelity Bankers Life Invitational indoor t... »

Koontz Earns Three-Peat in Men’s Final

Koontz Earns Three-Peat in Men’s Final

RICHMOND– Hunter Koontz rolled to his third consecutive men’s singles title in the Mercedes-Benz Greater Richmond Tennis Championships on Sunday with a 6-2, 7-5 decision over second-seeded Kyle Parker. Parker, 26, was the runner-up to Koontz in 2016 but managed only two games in that match. “He’s got a good grip on the city tournament right now,” said Parker, a teaching pro at Raintree Swim and Ra... »

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