[UPDATED] Father of Exalted Tennis Players Venus & Serena Williams Gets Inducted Into the American Tennis Association’s
Hall of Fame
The American Tennis Association celebrates the achievements and contributions of African American tennis players including renowned tennis coach Richard Williams as a part of their 100th Anniversary Tournament Games, .
“The ATA has had a rich and colorful history and we will be honoring our past while focusing on the strategic plans for the next 100 years for Black Tennis in America,” he includes in his President’s message on the ATA’s home site. “ This is an exciting year and we have many exciting events planned.”
“This year we recognize ATA’s value as a historic organization, and there’s no better way of doing that than to honor a man whose legacy is built upon the propitious parenting and coaching of his two daughters, both of whom have blossomed into top-tier doyens. These successful women have traveled beyond the stars thanks to their instilled determination and training while breaking plenty of barriers along the way. It is for the significance of Richard Williams in Venus and Serena’s athletic prowess and intellectual know-how that we would like to honor him as our first Hall of Famer,” says ATA Education Foundation President and former President of the ATA, Dr. Franklyn Scott.
- Singles play will start at on
- Junior BBQ - Druid Hill Park -
- Junior Party - Lord Baltimore Hotel -
- New this year - All categories 40 and under will play from . These age groups will be played at Druid Hill Park starting on .
- Singles play for all other categories will start at on and doubles play will start on . The tournament is scheduled to end on , however, depending on the weather and the size of the draw, we may have to play on .