Tennis Memphis is a USTA Community Tennis Association organization, a 4-Star NJTL Chapter and a non profit 501(c)(3) governed by a Board of Directors. Our mission is “to build a better community and enhance lives through tennis and education.” We intend to increase the exposure of the sport of tennis in all areas of our community and are committed to working with other organizations committed to the growth of tennis in Memphis to accomplish this goal.
The scope of what Tennis Memphis does extends well beyond managing the city’s tennis centers. As a member of the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network of nearly 600 nonprofit organizations, Tennis Memphis is deeply committed to making tennis available to all children in Memphis with free and low-cost year-round programming throughout the community. The National Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Network is an organization co-founded by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell, and Sheridan Snyder in 1969. Their vision was to utilize tennis as a vehicle to engage children and teach them about life as well as sports. The NJTL Network is supported by the USTA Foundation.
Tennis Memphis is a 4 star NJTL chapter. Our mission, “to build a better community and enhance lives through tennis and education,” is inspired by the mission of the NJTL. We work closely with our partners in the Memphis community to reach children who wouldn’t otherwise have the resources or opportunity to pursue tennis as a sport. Through programs such as Tennis and Tutoring (TNT), we also work to ensure that children have access to educational support and mentoring.
Our NJTL youth programs play an integral role in the character development of children who would not otherwise have access to tennis. National Junior Tennis and Learning was founded in 1969 by tennis legend Arthur Ashe and two of his compatriots as a way to make tennis available to traditionally under-served youth, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status.
Our flagship event is the annual NJTL Tennis Summer Camps. These are intensive, fun six week daily tennis camps operated at 6 public tennis centers.
01.City of Memphis
Tennis Memphis manages and programs the Memphis Public Tennis Centers for the City of Memphis. The public tennis centers are currently being improved as part of the City of Memphis Parks and Neighborhoods Capital Improvements Plan in FY 17 and 18.
02. Usta Foundation
The USTA Foundation is the charitable arm of the United States Tennis Association. The National Junior Tennis and Learning Network was founded in 1969 by tennis legend by Arthur Ashe and two of his compatriots as a way to make tennis available to traditionally under-served youth, regardless of gender, race, or socioeconomic status. Tennis Memphis is a 4-star NJTL Chapter and partners with the USTA Foundation provide free and low-cost tennis and education programs to underserved youth across Memphis.
03. Great Base Tennis
GreatBase Tennis is a "system of systems" developed by Steve Smith after years of study under tennis greats Welby van Horn, Vic Braden, and others. This system provides a complete pathway for player development and a standardized curriculum for teaching tennis. Tennis Memphis is proud to offer GreatBase Tennis based programs for adults and juniors at its centers and Steve Smith as its Consulting Director of Player Development.
04. USTA Player Development
Player Development and the USTA Foundation have partnered through their network of programs, coaches, and resources to provide NJTL Excellence Team players and coaches with the training and educational opportunities that will help build up their programs and the base of TEAM USA. The training opportunities include a playoff camp for wildcards into designated national tournaments, the D.C. Excellence Team Cup in Washington, D.C., and a pre-Junior Orange Bowl training camp.