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Congrats to the 2016 USTA TN Award Recipients


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – November 15, 2016 – USTA Tennessee announced today the recipients of its 2016 awards, which recognize those who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of tennis. Twenty winners will be recognized during the 2017 USTA Tennessee Annual Meeting at the Nashville Marriot Hotel at Vanderbilt University. The annual meeting is scheduled for January 27-28, 2017.

Tennis would not prosper in the state of TN if it were not for the organizations, volunteers, players, officials, tennis enthusiasts, parents and many more who serve and work to promote the growth of tennis. Every year, USTA TN is proud to honor those people who go above and beyond both on and off the court.

Selected winners were nominated as candidates by the members of the TN tennis community.

Below are the USTA TN award recipients:

  • CTA of the Year – Memphis Tennis Association (Memphis, TN)
  • Adult Captain of the Year – Deborah Armour (Brentwood, TN)
  • Outstanding Adult Player of the Year – Benjamin Farne (Johnson City, TN)        
  • Official of the Year – Narayan Anand (Johnson City, TN)
  • Educational Merit Award – Health, Physical Education and Lifetime Wellness Advisor for Shelby County Schools, Dr. Cassandra Turner (Memphis, TN)
  • Professional of the Year – Mike Harris (Memphis, TN) 
  • Volunteer of the Year – Sara Barnett (Jackson, TN)
  • Family of the Year – The Mathes Family (Johnson City, TN)
  • Wheelchair Tennis Excellence Award – James Whitlock (Smyrna, TN) 
  • Adult Tournament of the Year – TN Adult State Mixed Doubles Championships: Team Chattanooga (Chattanooga, TN)
  • Junior Tournament of the Year – 10U Memphis Open Championships, Director Erin Mazurek (Memphis, TN) 
  • Local League Coordinator of the Year – (Alice) Xiaohui Zhang, META (Bristol, TN)
  • Junior Team Tennis Coordinator of the Year – Kim Wilson (Nashville, TN)
  • Junior Sportsmanship Award-Boy – Jonah Mastro (Nolensville, TN)
  • Junior Sportsmanship Award-Girl – Paige Gilbert (Signal Mountain, TN)
  • Most Improved Boy Player of the Year – Stone Cozart (Bristol, TN)
  • Most Improved Girl Player of the Year – Lauren Yoon (Knoxville, TN)
  • Most Outstanding Boy Player of the Year – Baylor Sai (Nashville, TN) 
  • Most Outstanding Girl Player of the Year – Ally Bojczuk (Franklin, TN)
  • Special Tennis Event of the Year – Tenis Para Todos: Hispanic Outreach Event (Antioch, TN)


Wilson-logoThank you to our partner, Wilson Sporting Goods, annual sponsor of the USTA TN Most Improved Boy & Girl Player awards. They will be presenting the winners with Wilson tennis gear for the 25th consecutive year in 2017!