Tennis in Cincinnati is perhaps best known around the world for the men's and women's professional tournaments held in Mason, or the players - such as Tony Trabert, Bill Talbert and Barry MacKay - who've come out of Cincinnati to make a name for themselves on the international tennis stage.
It begins on public courts with a young player picking up a racquet for the first time, and then playing in a tournament against an equally matched peer; or an elite junior working his or her way up the district, sectional and national rankings or vying for a college tennis scholarship; or an adult playing tennis well into his or her golden years.
GCTA's efforts have made the Greater Cincinnati region a premier area in the USTA Midwest Section. This is how the GCTA is making a difference in our community in 2014 and 2015:
Cincinnati Public Schools Project is a collaboration that introduced 4000 students to tennis by working with 33 elementary schools. GCTA provided training to PE teachers and 15 sets of pop up nets, raquets, and balls.
Adopt-a-School Program works with suburban schools and partners with area clubs to provide practices and matches for 22 elementary schools.
Prince Rookie Tour introduces beginner players ages 10-16 to tournament play in a fun and relaxed environment. 243 players filled 565 slots at 16 area clubs.
Junior Team Tennis Summer Leagues developed competitive play among area tennis and swim clubs, engaging 250 players, ages 10-18.
Grants to local schools included funding to provide equipment, uniforms and tournament entry fees to Finneytown High School and Taylor High School in the Three Rivers School District.
Your support is valuable.
The GCTA depends on your support to make it possible for the GCTA to distribute funds to support local tennis programs. Please take a moment to consider supporting tennis in our community by making a thoughtful financial contribution during our Annual Fund Drive.
If you are interested in donating to the GCTA Annual Fund, please send your check to:
P.O. Box 18214
Cincinnati, OH 45218-0214
The GCTA wishes to thank all of its donors for supporting tennis in the Greater Cincinnati community. For a list of supporters, please click on the List of Sponsors.
GCTA is a 501(c)3 organization and your donations are fully tax deductible as allowable.
The Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association's (GCTA) continuing goal since 1980 is to help effect a steady and annual increase in the number of active players in this lifelong sport. The GCTA fosters and promotes interest in tennis on all levels in Greater Cincinnati by honoring outstanding players, supporting league play, encouraging junior development, and providing assistance to tournaments, including:
Junior Davis & Wightman Cup
Annual Cincinnati Metropolitan Tournament, The "Met".
In-school programs introducing children to tennis
Prince Rookie Tournaments for new junior players
Grants to schools developing tennis programs
Annual Hall of Fame event honoring outstanding local tennis players and leaders.
The GCTA is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization, and all individuals with an interest in tennis in Cincinnati are invited to participate. We thank all junior and adult players, dedicated volunteers, and you for making a difference.
Officers of the Greater Cincinnati Tennis Association
Matt Dektas, President
Josh Heller, Executive Vice President
Comfort Wendel, Secretary
Barry Fittes, Treasurer
Immediate Past President:
Board of Directors:
Carolyn Adam, Jimmy Brannon, Mary Conner, Steve Contardi, Brett DeCurtins, Joseph Gromada, MD, Randy Harris, Joe Hartkemeyer, Josh Heller, Jerry Howard, William Lofgren, Jr., Roland Lutz, Federico Mas, Carole Meldon, Karen Montavon, Tony Pack, Keri Preng, Russell Schubert, Phil Smith, Eric Toth, Jeff Wagner, Maria Wagner, John Weil, Comfort Wendel, Angela Wilson
Executive Director: Tony Brock
For more information or to have your tennis organization function or event listed on the GCTA website, contact:
Tony Brock - Executive Director
(513) 470-3969 cell
Interested in volunteering?
The GCTA is a volunteer organization and we are always seeking dedicated people passionate in growing the game of tennis. Please contact us for further information.
P.O. Box 18214
Cincinnati, OH 45218-0214