USTA members recognized, fun at ALTA Night

Jordan Johnson & Chandler Morgan | BB&T Atlanta Open 

The BB&T Atlanta Open expressed its gratitude Thursday to all its loyal and local supporters. 

As a part of USTA Member Appreciation Day, USTA Georgia invited USTA members to enjoy an array of food and beverages preceding match play on Thursday.

Guests mingled with USTA members and USTA Georgia staff in the luxurious VIP Courtside Club.

“This event is all about saying thank you to our members, not only for joining and playing in our leagues but for watching professional tennis in Atlanta,” Matt Olson, USTA Atlanta Executive Director, said.

Approximately 42,000 members participate in all of the USTA leagues in the five metro-Atlanta counties.

Along with refreshments, the members were treated to an appearance by former touring professional and current tennis commentator, Patrick McEnroe. The USTA general manager of player development acknowledged the importance of tennis in Atlanta.

“All I hear about is how Atlanta is not only the greatest tennis city in the country but the world,” McEnroe said.

McEnroe addressed the future success of American tennis, saying he is “cautiously optimistic” given the results of young American talent.

USTA members were given the opportunity to ask McEnroe questions. McEnroe gave advice to parents who are raising young tennis players, shared stories about growing up alongside his brother, John, and emphasized the importance of starting children early with tennis.

Thursday evening featured multiple events presented by Atlanta Lawn Tennis Association, in part of ALTA Night.

The top-10 boys and girls in the ALTA Junior Challenge Ladder along with 20 other children were acknowledged on Stadium Court before the primetime match between John Isner and Robby Ginepri.

“These young athletes, participating in the Junior Challenge Ladder team, are tournament savy and extremely top notch,” Joan Marcinko, Vice President of ALTA Media and Special Programs, said.

Kennesaw resident Ginepri was a former Junior Challenge Ladder participant.

Other events included the Run ’n’ Roll wheelchair court competition, featuring John Hanna and Dave Williams against Dave Dvorak and Harlon Matthews. ALTA President Kathy Berthelette did the preliminary coin toss before the evening’s doubles contest. That match featured Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock versus Benjamin Becker and Frank Moser at the AJC Grandstand court.

Stroll by the ALTA vendor booth and you’ll receive a host of more information about the events throughout the year. The booth is located on Tower Street in Vendor Row