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For The L   VE Of TENNIS



JULY 20 - 24, 2020




The American Tennis Association (ATA) is making history, hosting the first-ever week-long virtual web series about our history and diversity in tennis.  Our SIX sessions will bring together a panel of experts, past and present players, and coaches to tackle the issues of diversity in the game of tennis.  


Our goal is to make discussions around diversity and inclusion, open and comfortable. 

All sessions are listed below. You will need to reserve a seat in each session of interest. 

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Special Thanks

The American Tennis Association would like to thank the USTA for their Sponsorship of 6 Love-Virtual Series.

Please Join Roxanne Aaron, President of American Tennis Association, and Michael Dowse, CEO and Executive Director of the USTA for a special welcome as we kick off our series Monday, July 20th at 5:00 PM with the History of the ATA & Black Tennis.


Session 1: History of the ATA & Black Tennis 

Moderated by:
Larry Bivins, former journalist and blogger of "Tennis in the Hood"

Monday, July 20th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET

Our Six Love Series starts off with a bang.  Join this session to hear the rich history of the ATA and Black tennis.  We have a dynamic group that will provide a candid conversation on the history of the American Tennis Association (ATA) and its dramatic impact on the game of tennis. 


We will begin the session with an inspiring short video on Althea Gibson, followed by our five panelists who will give you a glimpse of the early years of the ATA before Althea Gibson and Arthur Ashe. You will hear the vital role that HBCU’s played in the first years of the ATA and others who made it possible for young blacks to play tennis. This session will provide insights into the partnership that has evolved between the ATA and the USTA.

Reservations are now closed


Lange Johnson

President of the Whirlwind Johnson Foundation  and Grandson of Dr. Whirlwind Johnson


Willis Thomas, Jr.

Past VP of Programs for WTEF and Former Doubles Partner to Authur Ash


Moderator: Larry Bivins

Author and Blogger of "Tennis In the Hood"


Art Carrington

Tennis Legend and Coach


Katrina Adams

Past Chairman and President of the USTA


Bob Davis

Executive Director of the Black Tennis Hall of Fame and President of the Panda Foundation

Session 2: Champion's Life On and Off the Courts

Moderated by:
Martin Blackman, General Manager Player Development, USTA

Tuesday, July 21th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET

Who says there are no young black men in competitive tennis?  This session will showcase young African American players on the professional Tour. They will discuss and share their experiences in becoming a Champion on and off the Court. 

Reservations are now closed


Chris Eubanks

Current competitor on the ATP Tour


Michael Mmoh

Current competitor on the ATP Tour


Roy Smith

Current competitor on the ATP Tour


Sean Holcomb-Jones

Manager of The Excellence Program, USTA


Moderator: Martin Blackman

General Manager Player Development, USTA

Session 3: The HBCU Tennis Legacy

Moderated by:
Esu Ma'at, High Performance Coach

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

College tennis has held a significant place in ATA's history.  Join this panel discussion with HBCU Coaches. They will share their thoughts on the critical role that HBCUs have played in Black tennis, why it's essential to support HBCU tennis programs, and what we can do to preserve Black tennis, especially post COVID-19.

Reservations are now closed


Moderator: Esu Ma'at

Co-Founder, Quantum Power Skills LLC


Lonnie White

Coach, Coastal Carolina University

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Nicholas Askew

Director of Swimming & Diving, Howard University


William Crutchfield

Head Men’s and Women’s Tennis Coach at North Carolina A&T
State University


Gene Thompson

Head Men's Tennis Coach, Virginia State University


George Henry

Director Of Tennis Operations, Bethune-Cookman University

Session 4: Optimize Your Tennis Game

Moderated by:
James Champion, Founder, The Champion Services Group

Wednesday, July 22nd, 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET

Stress is a normal part of the human experience. Injury, relatives, time demands, fatigue, competition, travel, and finances are just a few of the things in our lives that can cause athletes to become unglued in their relationships and during tennis competitions. This panel of medical and psychological experts will discuss the strategies athletes can employ to manage the stressors in their lives to optimize performance on and off the court.

Reservations are now closed


Tara Ayers

Psychiatric Clinical Consultant, MetLife

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Dr. Suzanne Afflalo 

Family Medicine, 

Community Health Outreach


Dr. Gary Sailes

Associate Professor of Sport Sociology, Indiana University


Moderator: James Champion

President and CEO, The Champion Services Group

Session 5: Black Women Champions & Their Impact on Tennis

Moderated by:
Jim Berry, News Anchor WFOR - TV Miami, FL

Thursday, July 23nd, 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET

Join four of ATA's Female Champions whom all went on to play every Grand Slam pro tournament.  Each will share their thoughts on the ATA, Diversity in Tennis, and their hopes for the future of tennis.  Having their own unique reflections, each will reveal the important role the ATA played in their development, the value of the ATA for today's young black players, and most importantly,  how they survived competing in the sport as black women.   

Reservations are now closed


Leslie Allen

Leadership Coach, Motivational Speaker, Champion Athlete, Survivor


Zina Garrison

Former Tennis Champion & Founder to the Zina Garrison Foundation 


Kyle Copeland

Former Tennis Champion


Kim Sands

Former Tennis Champion


Moderator:  Jim Berry

News Anchor WFOR

Session 6: The Future of Black Tennis

Moderated by:
Deanne Chevannes, President, Focused LLC

Friday, July 24th, 5:00 - 6:30 PM ET

Tennis is a $5.57-billion-a-year industry. An increased presence for Blacks in tennis should not be limited to what happens on the court. There are many career paths in tennis in which Blacks are severely underrepresented. Tragically, there is a shortage of Black Players, Administrators, Coaches, and Entrepreneurs at the highest level of the sport. This panel will discuss the things that have to happen to increase the success of Black players and bring equity, inclusion, and income to Blacks in every aspect of the very lucrative tennis world.

Reservations are now closed


Dr. Dale Caldwell

Author and Founder of the Black Tennis Hall of Fame

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Cecil Harris

Author of four books on sports. His latest, Different Strokes: Serena, Venus, and the Unfinished Black Tennis Revolution


Moderator:  Deanne Chevannes

President, Focused LLC

ATA Virtual Dance Party & Fundraiser

Hosted by:
Winston Chaney, Radio Host

Friday, July 24th, 7:00 - 9:00  PM ET

One of our ATA National's pastimes is to have a party.  So join us for a virtual ATA party hosted by Winston Chaney. DJ Blackout will spin music for all ages. Plug in your speakers, crank up the music and dance. Make a request for a favorite song that you want to hear. During the two hours, we will be giving out 3 gift cards to participants who have joined us.   WARNING! Come ready to PARTY! 

Reservations are now closed


Winston Chaney

Host, The Morning Show


D.J. Blackout


Many Thanks to our Conference Committee

Renee Ralph, Irma Gutierrez and Deanne Chevannes

Questions, email us

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