April - Issue 185

USTA KY BOARD PRESIDENT SHOUT OUT

"I am very happy to share the health benefits of tennis!" It's a proven fact, playing tennis adds years to your life!

At your service,

RC Scheinler

Letter from RC

USTA KENTUCKY FACEBOOK PAGE

Kentucky Tennis Facebook page is now USTAKentucky! Be part of Kentucky tennis social!! Follow USTAKentucky and check the page for updates!

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40 & OVER COMBO DOUBLES SECTIONAL FINALIST

Congratulations to the 8.5w 40 & Over Louisville/Miesner team for being crowned the 2023 Combo Sectional Championship finalist last month in Georgia! Way to go ladies!

LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIP VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

So much fun volunteering at USTA League Championships!

Championships will be held in Bowling Green, Henderson, Lexington, Louisville and Owensboro. Check out dates and locations and volunteer today!

Volunteer

ANY GOLFERS OUT THERE?!

Ready, set, enter to win TWO tickets to the PGA Championship next month!

You don't want to miss out on the chance to attend this great event & support the tennis community! Drawing Monday, May 6th!


Buy your Raffle Ticket Now

60/70 & OVER INVITATIONAL

Mark your calendars for May 17 -19. Registration is open! PGA weekend, no hotel block available, if hotel is needed please be sure to take care of that immediately and it may need to be outside of Jefferson county, possibly the Shelby county area.

More Information/Registration

NEXT MONTH IS - NATIONAL TENNIS MONTH

CTAs, NJTLs, public facilities, and Parks & Recreation organizations it's time! National Tennis Month is BACK with MORE Funding.

21 events are registered in Henderson, Louisville, Paducah, Pikeville, Purchases and Somerset


The deadline to register events is April 15th

Need more info contact Maddie Henning

Host an Event or Find An Event

LEAGUE GOOD SPORTSMANSHIP

Be on the lookout for players exhibiting on court “Good Sportsmanship”. If you recognize what you consider to be an example of a Good Sport, please take a moment & nominate them for a monthly drawing.

You as the nominator will also go into a drawing.

Look for these flyers/banners posted at court locations, social media & QR code to scan.

Nominate Now

KENTUCKY TENNIS HALL OF FAME NOMINATIONS

Please submit your nomination by July 15 for 2024 consideration.

Nominate Now

18 & OVER BEGINNER TENNIS IN LOUISVILLE

In Louisvile and want to share the love of the best sport around? Tell a friend!

AB Sawyer, Fridays starting May 10th (9 weeks), 6:30-8:00pm - REGISTER


Crescent Hill, Thursdays starting May 9th, (9 weeks) 6:30-8:00pm - REGISTER


Des Pres, Saturdays starting May 11th, (9 weeks) 10:00-11:30am - REGISTER

NEW WILD ACES - 40 & OVER IN LEXINGTON

40 & Over in Lexington and looking for some fun tennis?!

Shillito Park, Thursdays starting April 2th, (8 weeks) 6:30 – 8:00pm

REGISTER

2023 USTA Kentucky Yearbook

What a great year for Kentucky tennis. Check out the 2023 USTA Kentucky Yearbook!

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PLAYER APPLAUSE

Player applause for Denise Puthuff of Louisville! Teams are randomly chosen and captains select a player for the player applause recognition! We love our players and are thanking chosen players with a free league registration! Keep your eye on Facebook and Instagram!

2024 JOE CREASON STATE CHAMPIONSHIP

Register now for the Joe Creason Kentucky State Champioship sponnsosred by Verizon Cellular Sales. secure your spot today for April 26 - 28 in Louisville, KY.

Register Now

SINGLES INVITATIONAL RETURNS

Limited number of teams - so be sure to have your team ready when registration opens!

No local play required, open invitational with limited space.

  • Registration Opens September 15, 2024
  • Levels 2.5 – 4.5+, Men and Women
  • Each Division will be limited to 3 teams in the 2.5, 3.0, 4.5 and 4.5+ levels
  • Each Division will be limited to 5 teams in the 3.5, 4.0 levels

GOOD CHASE SPORTSMANSHIP RACE FOR JUNIORS

REMINDER USTA Kentucky & USTA Southern have partnered with Match Tennis App to highlight junior tennis athletes who display exemplary sportsmanship. Join in the "Good Chase" and vote for those specific players to earn monthly prizes, mega prizes to ATP & WTA events in the south, and even a chance to with the grand prize and go to the US Open.

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Vote Here

FEBRUARY & MARCH GOOD CHASE SPORTSMANSHIP WINNER

Congratulations to Isabella Minton, February's winner and to Sam Gurevich, the March winner!

USTA Kentucky & USTA Southern have partnered with Match Tennis App to highlight junior tennis athletes who display exemplary sportsmanship. Way to go, Sam!

Thank you for being such a good sport on the court!

JULIE'S LEGACY LIVES ON

And now, after Ditty Qualls’ death at age 42 in 2021 following a six-year battle with breast cancer, those who knew her best and leaders in the USTA’s Southern section are hoping that her spirit will live on through a newly-dedicated scholarship for college-bound student-athletes that’s been named in her honor.

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TENNIS IS FOR ALL LEVELS AND ALL ABILITIES!

Acing Autism just wrapped another session with medals, certificates and of course, pizza in Lexington! Watch for the next session registration.

AGAIN - TENNIS IS FOR ALL LEVELS AND ALL ABILITIES!

Louisville's Fern Creek High School PE teacher and Eisenhower Elementary PE teacher participated in a wheelchair tennis training hosted by USTA Southern. They met industry professionals, learned how to run an adaptive tennis class again demonstrating that tennis is for everyone!

LEGENDS OF KENTUCKY TENNIS THE HALL OF FAME SERIES

Listen to the latest Legends of Kentucky Tennis Podcast. A conversation with Dennis Emery and Colleen Underhill.

Listen Now

UPCOMING JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS!

JOE CREASON KENTUCKY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS (LEVEL 5 CLOSED)

The 2024 Joe Creason Kentucky State Championships are quickly approaching! The Creason is scheduled to take place from April 26th-28th this year in Louisville. Registration closes April 21st. If you are interested in playing, you can REGISTER HERE.

 

JOE CREASON KENTUCKY STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS GRAND PRIX

The 2024 Joe Creason Kentucky State Championships also host a Grand Prix for our 10 and Under players. For the first time, 10U Yellow ball divisions have been added as well as Orange ball doubles in addition to the green ball divisions and orange ball singles. The Grand Prix is scheduled to take place April 27th-28th in Louisville with registration closing April 21st. If you are interested in playing, you can REGISTER HERE.

 

RAFA NADEL JUNIOR AND ADULT CAMPS

Louisville Boat Club

June 10th-14th, Louisville

Juniors: 8 AM-2:30 PM

Adults: 4:30-6:30 PM

REGISTER HERE

&

Eastern Kentucky University

June 24-28th, Richmond

Juniors: 8 AM-2:30 PM

Adults: 4:30-6:30 PM

REGISTER HERE

 

ITA SUMMER SERIES POWERED BY WTN

The ITA has launched the ITA Summer Series Powered by WTN for 2024! This Summer Series is an elevated version of the ITA Summer Circuit that many of you may be familiar with from the past. With this new format, the ITA is happy to announce the host sites for the upcoming ITA Summer Points Race Series Powered by WTN, one of which being in Kentucky at the University of Louisville. Taking place at over 50 sites during the span of six weekends, the ITA Summer Points Race Series Powered by WTN is a perfect chance for any player to compete against college athletes, high-level juniors, and former college athletes.

 

In addition to the University of Louisville, check out the entire calendar and locations by clicking here. Other nearby host sites include, Belmont University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the University of Cincinnati. More sites are being added, so if you see a week with no locations close enough, check back and some may be added.

 

Genesis-Blairwood Green Ball Spring Cup (Junior Circuit- 12U Green)

April 21st, Louisville

Deadline, April 18th

REGISTER HERE

 

EKU Summer Smash (Level 7)

May 4th, Richmond

Deadline, April 30th

REGISTER HERE

 

Questions - Contact LJ Allara

lallara@ustaky.com

502-491-1290

NEW WEBSITE

Check out the new USTA Kentucky website! Let us know what you think!

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RAISE A RACQUET

2024 RALLY CLUB MEMBERS!

THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING TENNIS OPPORTUNITES ACROSS THE STATE!

Raise a Racquet 2024 Rally Club Champions - donations over $1,000


John English

Linda Seagle

Rick Shafferman

Paul Varga

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Raise a Racquet 2024 Rally Club Baseliners - donations over $100

Victor Allara, Jeffery Chou, Kris Hamilton, John Herring, Kim Lonnemann, Cynthia Miller, Mel Purcell, Linda Schrecker

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RAISE A RACQUET RALLY CLUB

Be part of the Club - The Rally Club! Champions - donors over $1,000

Baseliners - donors over $100

rarfoundation.com to join the club!

FINANCIAL PLANNING INFO

If you are over age 70 1/2 you might consider making a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD) from your IRA. This way the distribution is not taxable. Have your custodian send a check directly from your IRA to Raise A Racquet Foundation, 8900 Greeneway Commons Place #101 Louisville KY 40220 rarfoundation.com

REGISTER YOUR KROGER CARD

Select Raise a Racquet as your charity of choice! Help to share tennis with others just by grocery shopping! Read More 

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