21st Annual HBCU Tennis Championships took place in College Park

College Park, Georgia – This is certainly a memorable year in the game of tennis, with Serena Williams and Roger Federer announcing their retirement, respectively. A sport considered for the elites of white society, the players involved in the 21st HBCU National Tennis Championships this past weekend in College Park demonstrate why the game belongs to each of us.

Launched in 2001, the tournament was designed to give historically black colleges and universities the opportunity to kick off their student-athletes’ school year by competing in a highly competitive tournament-style event. This year’s tournament took place September 15-18 at the South Fulton Tennis Center. More than 10 HBCUs from as far away as Xavier University of Louisiana and Dillard University and Florida A&M came to Meteor Atlanta to participate. Benedict College, Tuskegee University and local favorite Clark Atlanta University were also in attendance.

Dr. Tara Turner, tennis team coach at Clark Atlanta University spoke to the voice of atlanta on what the tournament had to offer: “This is exciting. We are all excited to be here,” she said. “15 years ago this would not have been possible. There are so many great players here, it’s beautiful to see.”

The HBCU National Tennis Championships allowed schools to showcase their players and help them launch tennis careers. Several prominent former HBCU players who competed in the championships went on to play professionally or became coaches. Santa

Wadawu, who coached the 2009 US Open quarterfinals, Melanie Oudin, and then Le’Trone Mason, who is currently Georgia State University’s top women’s tennis coach.

Each of these historic institutions wants to go home with the gold and competition is stacked wall-to-wall with players eager to test their skills on the court. The players

Show your best with your full training. Tuskegee University Coach Gregory Green spoke about the tournament’s unifying purpose,

“This is a great atmosphere and opportunity for HBCUs to compete on the exchange,” he said. “This is our second year and it has been very beneficial. There is a lot of competition here. We’re a Division 2 school going up against Division 1 [programs]. We are struggling, learning and improving every day.”

Alabama State University won the men’s championship and the Xavier University (La.) women’s team won a consecutive title.

Jonasz Dziopak, from Tennessee State University, and Jasmine Boyd, representing Alabama A&M University, won the men’s and women’s Class A championships, respectively.

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