In this master class, held on the site of the US Open Tennis Championships, K–12 tennis coaches will learn a variety of coaching skills, drills, rotations, and fun routines used by professionals. Included in the day will be a session with the remarkable Katrina Adams, who found her way to tennis as a kid, became an internationally ranked player on the professional circuit, and was appointed the first African American USTA President. She currently serves as the executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program and is the author of Own the Arena: Getting Ahead, Making a Difference, and Succeeding as the Only One. Bring your rackets! Sneakers required.
Katrina Adams is a woman of many firsts, including the first African American to lead the United States Tennis Association (USTA), the first two-term chairman and president of the USTA, and the first former player to hold that honor. Under her tutelage, the USTA has achieved many major milestones, such as the opening of the 100-court USTA National Campus in Orlando, FL; the strategic transformation of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, NY; and an unprecedented outreach effort into underserved communities to share the sport of tennis. At Northwestern University, Adams led her team to a Big Ten Championship in 1986 and partnered with Diane Donnelly to win the 1987 NCAA Doubles Championship. As a professional player, Adams competed for twelve years on the WTA Tour, winning twenty career doubles titles and reaching the quarterfinals or better in doubles at all four Grand Slam events. Adams was named on Adweek’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2016 and 2017, Forbes’s “Most Powerful Women in Sports” list in 2017, and Ebony’s “Power 100” list. She currently serves as the vice president of the prestigious International Tennis Federation, chairman of the Billie Jean King Cup Committee, chairman of the Gender Equality in Tennis Committee, and the executive director of the Harlem Junior Tennis and Education Program.