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Welcome to the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association's website.

Mission: To promote and encourage diverse and inclusive tennis participation, programming and leadership involvement in Durham and Orange Counties.



**2006 NC Tennis Member Organization of the Year**
****2006 NC Junior Tennis Tournament of the Year Winner****

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Please register today for the 2017 Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation (CHPR) Junior Team Tennis Leagues. The season starts on March 21 and ends on April 30, 2017. For additional details contact: LeeAnn Rose, DOCTA Community Tennis Coordinator at See details below.

Season: March 21-April 30, 2017 Tennis Practice for all teams will be held on Tuesdays at Hargraves Tennis Courts.

  • Beginners - 5:45 to 6:30 pm
  • Intermediate - 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Tennis Matches will be played on Sundays at Cedar Falls Tennis Courts.

  • Beginners 2:00 - 3:00 pm
  • Intermediate 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Below are the Team numbers to register:

8U beginners:

  • 7039322994 - DOCTA Aces
  • 7039322997 - DOCTA Smashers

10U Intermediate:

  • 7039322999 - DOCTA Racquet Rangers
  • 7039323000 - DOCTA Rockin Racquets

You must have a USTA membership and team number to register. If you have never played before your USTA membership is free for one year FYF17CNS


DOCTA/Chapel Hill P&R

USTA Junior Team Tennis

We are now enrolling for the Spring Season for the DOCTA/Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation  USTA Sanctioned Junior Team Tennis Program.  Join us for JTT Play on March 21-April 30, 2017.

Practice Days will be Tuesdays at Hargraves Tennis Courts, Chapel Hill as follows:    

Super Stars (ages 5-8) 5:30 - 6:30
Champions (ages 9-10) 6:30 – 7:30

Match Play will be Sundays at Cedar Falls Tennis Courts, Chapel Hill as follows:             

Super Stars 2:00 - 3:00
Champions 3:00 - 4:00

For more information or questions, please go to or contact LeeAnn Rose at


DOCTA Board Elections Open

If you are interested in serving on the DOCTA Board of Director's or a Committee, please complete the nomination form (here).

Please send via scan to or mail to DOCTA, Post Office Box 61245, Durham, NC 27715 by January 27, 2017.


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The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association is planning its upcoming 2017 tennis year, we need your input; and we need volunteers to continue to help us grow tennis in the Durham-Orange County areas.  The DOCTA Mission is to promote and encourage diverse and inclusive tennis participation, programming and leadership in Durham and Orange Counties.  We want to work together with each of you to make tennis, more "fun" and enjoyable for the whole family.

If you are interested in joining the DOCTA Board as a member, volunteering at special events (carnivals, clinics, leagues, tournaments, etc.), participating in events/programs or just want to see how you can be involved in local, state, southern and national tennis, please contact Anna Mercer-McLean, USTA/NC Area 4 Board Representative and DOCTA Board Secretary at Contact number is 919-619-9187.

DOCTA is currently conducting indoor clinics at Duke Sheffield Tennis Center on  Friday evenings at 9 pm.  Please contact John McLean at, if you wish to participate.  This is open to adults and youth.  This is great way to increase your skills and advance your tennis game!

Also, if you have comments, ideas or suggestions for growing tennis in your community that you would like to share or to receive feedback, please email Anna.


Turkey Tourney Time!

Our Turkey Tourney is just artound the corner. We have options for both kids and adults this year! Kids MUST have matchplay experience. Join us at the courts for a fun round robin and OTC's signature Turkey Shoot with some great prizes this year!

Saturday, November 19
10:00-11:30 Kids 10 and up Round Robin
11:30-1:30 Adult Round Robin


Fall 2016 DOCTA/Chapel Hill 10 and under Tennis Leagues

Please register for the Fall 2016, DOCTA/Chapel Hill-Orange Junior 10 and under tennis league beginning September 27 to October 30, 2016. Registeration is open now! The link to register is below. Please cut and paste to access. Please contact LeeAnn Rose, Community Tennis Coordinator at This league is done in partnership with the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association and the Chapel Hill Recreation and Parks Office.


International Hispanic Carnival

Don't miss this year's DOCTA/Carrboro Parks and Recreation International Tennis Carnival at Wilson Park on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 4 pm. Free to the public. Open to youth ages 6 to 18 and adults. Three tennis lessons are available three consecutively Sundays after the Carnival. Look forward to see you there! See flier here.


USTA/NC Area 4 Meeting

The next meeting for USTA/NC Area 4--Durham, Granville, Orange and Person Counties will be a lunch meeting on Thursday, December 8, 2016 at 12:30 pm at the Carolina Ale House on Durham/Chapel Hill Blvd., Durham.

Please join us and mark your calendar! Please RSVP to by November 30.

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Hope Valley Farms YMCA Tournament

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2016-17 DOCTA Clinics

Please join DOCTA for indoor tennis clinics at Duke's Sheffield Tennis Center beginning November 4 - March 31, 2017. Please click link for registration form. For additional information contact John McLean at 919-547-4354.


July 2016 News Release


The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) is partnering with Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation in Orange County to host its Annual DOCTA Open Junior Tennis Challenge Tournament in Chapel Hill on July 29-31, 2016. Previously held in Durham County for the past 15 years, this event registers over 150 junior players. Retired Athletic supervisor, Bernard Leach, has worked with DOCTA to promote 10 and under Tennis leagues at the local public tennis courts for many years. Now, the partnership to grow youth tennis is expanding with this United States Tennis Association (USTA) sanctioned North Carolina tournament for boys and girls 12-18 years of age.

The tournament will highlight the great junior tennis players from across North Carolina and other states as they converge on the town and its’ great attractions. It is an event you don't want to miss as a player or spectator. DOCTA is thrilled to showcase the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro as it brings greetings to the players and their families for a great tournament event.

DOCTA, established in 1998, is a nonprofit Community Tennis Association with the mission of promoting and encouraging diverse and inclusive tennis participation, programming and leadership involvement in Durham and Orange Counties. John McLean, board chair, said "we are excited to have an opportunity to come to Orange County. Many of our top players reside in the area." DOCTA will need volunteers for this event that will be played on at least five tennis sites, including East Chapel Hill and Chapel Hill High Schools; Cedar Falls and Ephesus Park Tennis Courts and Philip's Middle School. For volunteer opportunities with this event, email DOCTA at

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2016 NCCU Tennis Camp

Join the North Carolina Central University's (NCCU) Tennis Camp for Ages 5-8 and Ages 9-17 on June 20-23, 2016. Men's Tennis Director and Coach Curtis Lawson, Assistant Men's Coach John McLean IV and Women's Tennis Coach Tom Schrecengost will director the program.

Click here to see the detailed brochure.


Carrboro/DOCTA Tennis Play Day

Join us on March 12 at 9 am for a Tennis Play Day. See attached flier here.


USTA Scholarships Available

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DOCTA/Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Junior Team Tennis 2016

Registration begins: February 1, 2016

  • 8 & under beginner: 7039288267
  • 8 & under intermediate: 7039288271
  • 10 & under beginner: 7039288273

Practice and Match Play begins: Tuesday & Sunday starting March 22, 2016

Practice: Hargraves Tennis Courts - Tuesdays, 6:00 pm

Match play: Ephesus Tennis Courts - Sundays, 2:00 pm Looking for Volunteers to help Coach Junior Team Tennis

Please contact LeeAnn Rose, Community Tennis Coordinator at 919-358-1179 for more information or email



The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and the Carrboro Recreation and Parks hosted their Annual Hispanic Tennis Carnival on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at Wilson Park in Carrboro. It was an amazing event with approximately 70 participants from the Carrboro/Chapel Hill area. Special thanks to all who participated and to the great volunteers who gave their time to this special event.

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USTA Junior Team Tennis

USTA Junior Team Tennis begins September 29 to November 8, 2015. Register now. Volunteer coaches needed. Please click on DOCTA/CHPR link on right for more details. Email LeeAnn Rose at


Hispanic Tennis Carnival on October 11, 2015 at 4 pm. Everyone is invited to join us!



DOCTA/Carrboro Parks and Recreation Tennis Play Day, September 19, 2015 from 9-11 am, Wilson Park.

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Obesity Awareness Tennis Play Day

Please join the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) for this year's Obesity Awareness Tennis Play Day on Saturday, September 12 from 9am to 11am at Elmira Tennis Courts, Durham. Event is free to youth ages 6 to 10 and adults.

Please join us! Please share this event with others.


Hope Valley Farms YMCA of the Triangle Annual Campaign

Doubles NTRP Championships

Saturday October 17th – Sunday October 18th

Find a partner and play in this fun event that will benefit the YMCA Annual Campaign, there is no entry fee, but we are taking donations.


- Combo Mixed 5.5 - 6.5 - 7.5 - 8.5 - 9.5
- Men’s Combo 5.5 - 6.5 - 7.5 - 8.5 - 9.5
- Women’s Combo 5.5 - 6.5 - 7.5 - 8.5 - 9.5


- Matches will start Saturday 9am
- Best of three sets with no-ad scoring and a 10 point tie-break in lieu of a 3rd set
- There will be consolations rounds
- Prizes awarded for winners and second places

To participate fill-out the form attached. Thank you for participating and remember 100% of your donation will help fund the many programs that the YMCA offer to our community.


Community Tennis in the Park

You are invited to the USTA/NC Area 4 Community Tennis in the Park on Saturday, September 5, 2015 from 9:30 am to 2:30 am. Join us for food, fun and excitement. See attached flier.

Sponsors for the event are: USTA/NC Area 4; Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association, Durham Parks and Recreation and Magic Express Tennis Club.

RSVP to or call /text -919-619-9187 names of participants.


ATA National Tennis Champions in Durham

The nation's largest African American tennis organization, the American Tennis Association (ATA), hosted its annual national tennis championships in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida on August 2-8, 2015. Historic champions, Arthur Ashe, Althea Gibson and Durham's own Bonnie Logan were among those who set the stage for the competitors who sought to capture the great historic ATA tournament titles, both singles and doubles.

This year, the ATA Men's Open Singles National Champion is John McLean, IV from Durham, NC. John (pictured above in blue) is the Assistant Men's Tennis Coach at NC Central University and tennis professional at Seven Oaks Swim and Racquet Club in Raleigh. The championship against Daniel Davis was a walkover. Unfortunately, he had to return to New York before the final match up. This was the first time in history the championship match was not played. John in the bottom half of the draw won this year's championship after 4 great matches, including defeating the #2 and #4 seeds on the road to meet Daniel. However, John's road to the championship stood strong as he waited for his opponent who only won 2 matches at the top half of the draw, had a first round bye and a quarter-final default. Based on tournament play, John IV is the champion and well deserved.

To top off his singles championship, John McLean, IV played Men's Open Doubles with his father, John McLean III. The two finished as finalist in the championship round. John McLean III (pictured below in maroon) is the Board Chair, Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association and works with the City of Durham, Plumbing Inspections Department. The doubles match proved to be an epic match up. Father and son had not played a doubles tournament together in approximately 10 years; however, they still had it! Also, John III competed in the Men's 55 Singles and lost in the semis.

DOCTA is proud of the duo; and it looks like at least one of them will be back to compete in 2016. To learn more about the American Tennis Association, please go to their website at


L5 Tennis Tournament

We're excited to be hosting the first ever Hope Valley Farms Junior Classic USTA L5 Tennis Tournament on August 15 and 16. With divisions that include 10 under, 12 under, 14 under, 16 under, and 18 under, the tournament will be hosted on the clay courts of the Hope Valley Farms YMCA, with some matches played on hard courts at Southern Boundaries Park in Durham.

Link to Tournament Page


Loeb of UNC Women's Tennis Wins NCAA Singles

NCAA Tennis 2015 @NCAATennis2015 Loeb of @UNC_wtennis defeats Zhao of @StanfordWTennis 6-2, 4-6, 6-1, winning the singles championship. #NCAAMWT


NC State Games - June 19-21

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DOCTA/DPR Tennis Carnival
Saturday, June 6, 2015

Please join the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) for an exciting day of fun beginning from 10 am to 1 pm at Rock Quarry Tennis Courts, 500 Stadium Drive, Durham, NC. Youth and Adults are invited to participate in this fun filled tennis play day with games, prizes and doubles play. Food will be served.

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30 and Over Tennis Mixer

DOCTA sponsors 30 and over Mixer

May 22, 2015
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Hope Valley Farms YMCA

Join Us!

Message from Alec Moore - Local League Coordinator

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Durham/Orange mourns loss of Mary Lloyd Hodges

Barbera Mary Lloyd Barbera will truly be missed by all who knew her. She was an amazing friend of tennis whose bright smile and joy could melt your heart. As a member of the NCTA staff, her work on the job and off the job as a volunteer and tennis advocate was extraordinary!

Please see link here for obituary. We know that heaven is brighter with Mary Lloyd. Our prayers go out to the family.


Durham 10 and Under Workshop



DOCTA 2015-16 Clinic

Register now for upcoming tennis clinics. Please click here for a copy of our registration form. The instructor for the clinics is John McLean - 919-547-4354.

Please email him at for questions.


DOCTA/Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation League

It's league time! Please join the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department (CHPR) for the 2015 Junior Team Tennis League. Please click here for a flier with full details.

Please click on the icon to the right of the screen under "10 and under tennis" to get started. When you go to the USTA website, you will need to join a team. Below are the team names for your child for public courts play as follows:

1) DOCTA Aces - 8 and under beginner Team #7039259309

2) DOCTA Smash - 10 and under beginner Team #7039259311

If you have any questions, please email the DOCTA Community Tennis Coordinator, LeeAnn Rose at or

Please register today!



For Immediate Release: January 26, 2015

Durham, NC--The United State Tennis Association/North Carolina (USTA/NC) hosted its 2015 Annual Tennis Weekend in Pinehurst, North Carolina. On Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Awards Luncheon, John McLean III, Durham, NC was awarded the prestigious Mary Milam Lifetime Achievement Award in Tennis for 2014 by USTA/NC. Mary Milam was the former executive director of USTA/NC (North Carolina Tennis Association) and did an amazing job of growing tennis across the state. The role is now held by Kelly Gaines, Executive Director – USTA/NC in Greensboro, NC who continues this legacy of growth and participation in tennis.

Appreciative and surprised by this wonderful recognition for his work in the sport, John McLean is a self-taught tennis player.  After a high school football injury to his right arm, John could no longer play contact sports. He had to learn to write and play left handed.  During his senior year of high school, he took up tennis after losing his college football scholarship due to the injury. He started learning the sport on his local community tennis court in Maxton, NC. He practiced day in and day out to learn the game. When he entered college at NC Central University in Durham, he decided to try out for the tennis team. He served as team manager his freshmen year and by his Sophomore Year, he was one of the Top 6 players on the NCCU Men’s Tennis Team. He played with NCCU for three years before leaving the University.

He played on public courts in Durham with local community tennis players to learn his skills in tennis during his Freshmen Year at NCCU. While playing at Elmira Tennis Courts, he met a man named Cordoza McCollum, a great tennis advocate and teacher of youth tennis.  Mr. Cordoza, along with other tennis leaders, headed the Blue Ribbon Tennis Team and trained and practiced with African American players, like John to teach them tennis and assisted them in earning a scholarship. With John, Mr. Cordoza helped him to increase his skill set in tennis to move up the ranks on his college team. John, along with others, competed in and out of state in tournaments and on the satellite circuit for several years.

John continued his love of tennis by teaching other youth and adults within the community and has produced top high school players and has worked with several college and professional players to help them develop specific skill sets on the tennis court.   He joined Magic Express Tennis Club (METC) in Durham over 30 years ago and worked with youth and adults; and promoted individual and tournament play. He has also been a JTT coach for several years.

His greatest accomplishment is the love of tennis that he has shared and passed on to his family.  He taught his wife to play at 28 and she now plays USTA NTRP 3.5 league, serves as Area 4 USTA/NC Board representative, manages a child care center, Community School for People under Six (CSPU6) in Carrboro and encourages others to play; his son, John is Assistant Tennis Coach at NCCU and a tennis professional at Seven Oaks. His son was recruited for the Southern University Tennis Team in Baton Rouge, LA and later played for 3 years on the professional tennis circuit; Christina, his oldest daughter, played #1 for Elizabeth City State University's Tennis Team in Elizabeth City, NC and is now a teacher at CSPU6; and his youngest, Faith, is a Sophomore at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC where she is on the Girl's tennis team and is an Athletic Training Major.

John currently serves as Board Chair of the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association and continues to work with youth ages 6-18 and adults of all ages to help grow tennis in Durham and Orange Counties through clinics, carnival, play days and other special events. He remains a member of METC. John is employed at the City of Durham as a Plumbing Inspector and resides in Durham, NC.

Other North Carolina Award Honorees
Durham Parks and Recreation received the Facility of the Year Award for Southern Boundaries Tennis Courts. Brandy Kmiec, Chapel Hill won the Female Sportsmanship of the Year Award. A full list of award winners can be found at

Southern Tennis Award Winner
Cathy Baldwin, Junior and Adult League Coordinator for Durham Parks and Recreation accepted the honor for the Facility of the Year Award for DPR at NC Tennis Weekend; however, Cathy was honored by the Southern Tennis Association as Junior League Coordinator of the Year, the week before in Atlanta, GA. Cathy previously received a similar honor at the NC Community Development Workshop in Greensboro in October 2014 for Junior League Coordinator of the Year.

The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) are working in partnership to grow diverse and inclusive tennis participation through junior and adult leagues, clinics, carnival, play days and tournaments. We have to celebrate tennis together to grow the sport and create healthy communities through physical fitness paired with good nutrition. In addition, volunteers are needed to support the mission of DOCTA to promote and encourage diverse and inclusive tennis participation, programming and leadership involvement. Tennis is a sport for a lifetime, lets’ enjoy it!

DOCTA awarded NC and Southern Grants
Earlier on Friday, January 23, 2015 at NC Tennis Weekend, John accepted a Community Growth and Participation Grant award for DOCTA from USTA/NC for $1,255.90 and the Southern Tennis Association in Norcross, GA for $3,766.60. The $5,022 is slated for tennis programming in the upcoming months ahead to grow tennis.

To learn more about tennis in your area, please go to the DOCTA website at or contact LeeAnn Rose, DOCTA Community Tennis Coordinator at and/or Durham Parks and Recreation at or Cathy Baldwin at (919) 560-4355. Contact: Anna Mercer-McLean DOCTA Board Secretary Areas 4 USTA/NC Board Representative Email: Telephone: 919-619-9187


DOCTA/Chapel Hill League Registration for Juniors (Red and Orange Ball)

The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation (CHPR) are partnering together to offer junior league tennis in Orange County. We are seeking youth ages 6-8 and 9-10 who are interesting in playing tennis on a junior team in Chapel Hill.

Red and Orange Ball tennis uses courts and equipment scaled to size suited for kids ages 6-10. Team play and fun is encouraged. League runs for six weeks. Match play will be at Ephesus on Sundays. Practices will be played at Hargraves Tennis Courts on Tuesdays.

Registration begins: February 1, 2015

Registration ends: March 7, 2015

JTT League begins March 18-2015

JTT League Ends April 27, 2015

Details on how to register your junior at under Tennislink will be posted under the DOCTA website link to the right "DOCTA/CHPR 10 and under tennis" before the February 1, 2015 registration start. USTA Membership is free through December 31, 2014.

Parents or volunteers who would be interested in coaching a team, please contact LeeAnn Rose, DOCTA Community Tennis Coordinator at or call 919-358-1179. For additional questions, please call LeeAnn.

Eno League Registration for Adults
Opens January 1, 2015

Let's get ready to rumble! Spring tennis league sign up is here! Registration begins January 1, 2015. Team deadline is February 4. Please click here to see all scheduled dates of play.

If you are interested in starting a new team and you are a first time captain and need assistance, please let us know and we will assist you.

Contact: Cathy Baldwin, Durham Parks and Recreation - 919-560-4355

LeeAnn Rose - DOCTA CTC - 919-358-1179

Anna Mercer-McLean--Area 4 Rep. - USTA/NC - 919-619-9187

Eno League Registration for Juniors
Opens January 26, 2015

January 26, 2015 - JTT Registration begins

March 7, 2015 - Registration Carnival-Rock Quarry 10am-12pm

March 7, 2015 - JTT Registration ends

Match 21, 2015 - JTT Spring Season begins

Please email Cathy Baldwin at

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DOCTA Disaster & Relief Benefit Tournament
December 19 - 21, 2014

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November 1, 2014

The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) is pleased to name LeeAnn Rose of Hillsborough, NC as the new Community Tennis Coordinator for Durham and Orange Counties, effective November 1, 2014. LeeAnn was selected among a talented group of potential candidates for the independent contract; and DOCTA is excited to have her as a part of the team.

LeeAnn Rose
LeeAnn Rose

LeeAnn is the former owner/operator of a gift and home décor retail business in Durham/Raleigh, Cary and Chapel Hill Malls called A Southern Charm. LeeAnn is currently Head Coach for the Voyager Academy Tennis Team. As an avid tennis player, she has played on 41 teams ranging from levels 3.0 to 8.0. She has been a league captain since 2006. Also, LeeAnn has been an assistant coach for USTA Junior Team Tennis. She serves on the local USTA Adult League Committee and Hollow Rock Tennis Club Committee to promote membership and social functions. With her business and tennis experience, LeeAnn is an excellent choice to continue the wonderful tennis programming in partnership with DOCTA and other tennis organization in the Durham/Orange area.

The mission of the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association is to promote and encourage diverse tennis participation, programming and leadership development. DOCTA is excited about tennis and will continue its support under the “Play Tennis North Carolina” efforts in Durham and Orange Counties to grow tennis. To learn more about DOCTA, email To learn more about “Play Tennis North Carolina, please visit

Congratulations LeeAnn! DOCTA Board Chair, John McLean states we are thrilled to have LeeAnn and to kick off an exciting year by creating new opportunities for tennis play and participation with new partners, engaging more youth and adults in tennis leagues and creating leadership possibilities for those interested in using their tennis talents and skills.

For information contact: Anna Mercer-McLean Telephone: 919-619-9187 Email:


DOCTA Indoor Tennis Clinics

Register now for the upcoming indoor tennis clinics with DOCTA for November 7, 2014 - March 27, 2015. Please click here for the registration form. Please return to DOCTA, Post Office Box 61245, Durham, NC 27704. Space available on a first come first serve basis. Thank you. Questions, please call 919-547-4354


Durham/Orange - NC Tennis Award Winners

DOCTA congratulates all the NC Tennis Award winners for 2014 who are being honored at this weekend's USTA North Carolina Community Development Workshop on Saturday, October 4, 2014. We salute the Durham/Orange winners for amazing work in tennis in our counties. Thank you all for your dedication.



Educational Merit Award Given by Buster and Karen Brown

Angela Allen, Durham

USTA League Tennis Local League Coordinator of the Year

Bevie Walker. Saluda

USTA Jr. Team Tennis Local League Coordinator of the Year

Cathy Baldwin, Durham

USTA League Captain of the Year

Kane Haynes. Denver

League Volunteer Service Award Given by Omega Sports

Cookie Guarini. Summerfield

Member Organization of the Year

Chapel Hill Tennis Club

Outstanding Parks & Recreation Department Award Given by Metaltek

Durham Parks and Recreation Department

Community Tennis Association of the Year

Raleigh Tennis Association



The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) congratulates the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Men's Tennis Team, Coach Curtis Lawson and Assistant Coach John McLean, for winning the Historically Black Colleges and University's (HBCU) National Tennis Championships on September 20. This is a great accomplishment for the team; and well deserved. Please go to for details.


Tennis for a Cause

Hope Valley Farms YMCA October 2-5, 2014

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Thanks for your support.


DOCTA Latino Festival Tennis Play
Rock Quarry Tennis Courts
September 27, 2014

Join the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association for a Tennis Play Day at the Latino Festival hosted by Durham Parks and Recreation at Rock Quarry Tennis Courts, 701 Stadium Drive, Durham on September 27, 2014 from 12:30 - 3:30 pm. We will have tennis games and activities, fun and excitement. This event is free to the public.


DOCTA Community Coordinator Needed

Part-time independent contractor needed. Goal is to promote and encourage tennis in Durham and Orange Counties. Please click here.


DOCTA/Carrboro Recreation and Parks Hispanic Tennis Carnival will be held Sunday, September 14, 2014 from 4 pm to 6 pm at Wilson Park, NC.

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DOCTA TENNIS TIME – September 2014

Hope you have enjoyed the wonderful tennis competition at the US Open! As the US Open moves to the final rounds of great tennis, the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) has lots in store for you in Durham and Orange County, NC.

Junior and adult leagues are underway. Please go to our website at and register for the DOCTA/Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation (CHPR) league. Registration deadline is September 15. League begins on September 28 at Ephesus Tennis Courts in Chapel Hill at 1 pm for 8 and under and at 2 pm for 10 and under. League ends November 9. Practice will be Tuesdays at Hargraves Center in Chapel Hill at 6 pm for 8 and under and 6:45 pm for 10 and under. If you have questions regarding the DOCTA/CHPR leagues or wish to be a captain/coach of a team, please contact Anna Mercer-McLean at 919-619-9187. For Durham leagues, please contact Cathy Baldwin with Durham Parks and Recreation at 560-4355.

Still more great tennis fun coming....Saturday, September 13, 2014 is the DOCTA/ DPR Obesity Awareness Tennis Play Day at Elmira Park Tennis Courts from 9 am to 11 am. Please join us! Youth and adults are invited to attend for fun tennis games, lots of good information, prizes and snacks.

Lastly, September 19-21, 2014, the Durham Southeastern Doubles Classic will be played at Rock Quarry Tennis Courts. Register at under Tennislink. The tournament ID # is 703953814.

There is something for everyone. Tennis is a sport for a lifetime! Don’t you agree?



A BIG CONGRATULATIONS goes out to our very own 10 & Under Intermediate team as they have WON the Southern Section Junior Team Tennis Championships! This is first Southern Championship for CHCC's junior program....but we hope it's the first of MANY!

They finished 3-0 in their round robin on Friday and Saturday defeating Mississippi on Friday 39-6; Tennessee on Saturday 34-16 and South Carolina 37-14. Overall, the team finished with an overall record of 110-36 in total games won in their flight. The most games you could win in a match is 40, so our junior certainly played their best tennis of the season!

This morning at 8am they played against the team from Georgia for the championship and ended with a 34-22 overall win and Championship!

We cannot be more proud of this team with the way they competed in each match at the State Championships in Fayetteville and again this weekend in Lexington, SC.. Of course we would not have had this opportunity if we did not win the local league. Not every player on the team was able to play at States or Sectionals, but they ALL contributed to this team's success!

This team consisted of: (those in bold played at Sectionals) Thomson Falk, Helen Newcomb, Carter Myers, Jonathan Baddour, Maddie Moore, Oliver Narbut, Cody Benton and Caroline Sun. We had a substitute player from Hollow Rock, Samantha Slowick, join the team as well and certainly made a huge contribution to the team as well.

Thank you to ALL the parents and players for a wonderful end to the season!


Obesity Awareness Tennis Play Day

The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association and Durham Parks and Recreation will be hosting an Obesity Awareness Tennis Play Day on Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Elmira Tennis Courts, Durham. Youth, ages 10 and under, 11-18 years, and adults of all ages are welcomed to join us. We will have fun on and off the court with tennis games, community booths on health and nutrition and local community organizations, snacks and prizes will be available. Other local organizations will be supporting this wonderful event. Share this information and flier with friends, families, community organizations, etc. Thank you.

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DOCTA Open Junior Tennis Challenge - Highlights so Far

Friday Scores

Press Release


DOCTA Open Sponsor Benefit from Omega Sports

A 20% discount on all items is available to all DOCTA Open Jr. Tennis Challenge players during the tournament weekend, June 25-27, 2014.  Please click here for a copy of the flier.  Present a hardcopy of the flier or show electronically to Omega Sports Renaissance Southpoint only. 



Book Signing - Tennis in North Carolina with Tim (Troup) Noonan

Plan to join Tim (or Troupe) Noonan at Quail Ridge Books & Music on July 26 to read excerpts from our history book “Tennis in North Carolina.” He’ll be signing books and answering any audience questions as well. See details here. Lots of great history! Stop by and enjoy Tim!


DOCTA Tennis with Character Program 2014

Tennis with Character Program is available for youth ages 6-18 on July 19, August 2 and August 9. It is free to all participants. Registration by email or phone is required.

Download Flyer Here for more details.


Tennis Carnival

Saturday, July 19, 2014 10 am - 12 pm
Southern Boundaries Tennis Court Durham, NC
See flyer for details (click here)


Life Athletes Tennis Camp

June 23-26, 2014
Guy Phillips Middle School Chapel Hill, NC
Ages 10-14
See flier for details (click here)



Durham, NC, May 26, 2014. -- The historic Mahogany Tennis Classic graciously adorned the City of Durham’s public court facilities this Memorial Weekend. Over 120 predominantly African American Tennis players from six (6) long-time tennis clubs across the state of North Carolina raced to Durham’s Elmira, Southern Boundaries, and North Carolina Central University (NCCU) tennis courts to compete for individual and team championship titles.

Magic Express Tennis Club TEAM Champions

The Mahogany Tennis Classic is a collection of African American tennis teams in Eastern and Central North Carolina that started in 1986 in Goldsboro stated Rodney Bailey, president of the Goldsboro City Acers. The Mahogany organizations started with the Goldsboro City Acers (GCA), Greenville Tennis Association (GTA), Wilmington Seagulls, Fayetteville Wizards, Ebony Racquet Club (ERC) in Raleigh and the Rocky Mount Team that no longer participates. Durham’s Magic Express Tennis Club (METC) joined in 1988. The tournament rotates annually and is hosted by each club.

John McLean defeats Lucius Smith

One of the highlights at the Mahogany included 35 youth players from amongst the six teams, many who participated in USTA/NC Junior Team Tennis (JTT) in their local communities. Keisha Hargrove-Price who captains four (4) advanced teams (10, 12, 14 and 18 and under) in Raleigh stated they are training extremely hard and have advanced quickly. She says the ERC juniors have emerged in the United States Tennis Association JTT division this year. There are roughly 40 youth beginners, intermediate and advance players. The junior division winners are as follows:

  • Boy’s 12 and under Singles: Noel Smith defeated Naven McDonalds
  • Boy’s 13 and over Doubles: Brooks Campbell/Moses Wright defeated Terrell Johnson/Jared Ingram
  • Boy’s 13 and over Singles: Brooks Campbell defeated David Murphy
  • Girl’s 12 and over Singles: Jade Houston defeated Reagan Harris
  • Girl’s 13 and over Doubles: Brenna Bryant/Nija Price defeated Casie Bolem/Cassidy Coever

Girl’s 13 and over Singles: Brenna Bryant defeated Casie Bolem Jamie Rogers, NC state ranked tennis player and Magic Express Tennis Club (METC) member defeated Taylor Love (GTA) for the Ladies Open Singles. She continued her winning streak in the Ladies Open Doubles with her sister Ashley Rogers defeating teammates Crystal Thomas and Lynise Devance, both of METC. In the Ladies 7.5 Doubles, JoJo Smith and Amanda Reddick defeated Tara LeFaure and Evelyn Foster (ECR).

Jonathan Parker defeats Perry Princeton

Mahogany Tennis Classic News Release Page 2 John McLean, III, board chair of the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and member of METC was the last man standing on Saturday night as he competed for the 50’s singles title. He clinched the championship title on Sunday in the battle of the day, defeating Lucius Smith of Goldsboro 6-7, 6-3, 1-0 (10-8); and was still the last man standing at the close of the tournament with 7 points towards the team championship trophy. This included a Men’s Open doubles championship title with partner, Owen Scoggins defeating father/son – Bruce Parker and Jonathan Parker (METC). Owen clinched a mixed doubles championship with partner Crystal Thomas (METC) against Lucius Smith and Ashley Walker (GCA).

Owen Scoggins & John McLean defeated
Jonathan Parker & Bruce Parker

Lavern Harper and Melvin Tolbert of METC won the Men’s Legend’s Doubles (60 and over) championship, reclaiming their title for the 2nd straight year, defeating Goldsboro’s William Howard and Rodney Bailey (GCR) (6-4, 4-6, 1-0). Additional Adult division winners included:

  • Men’s Open Singles: Jonathan Parker (METC) defeated Perry Princeton
  • Men’s 40 Singles: Femi David-Yerumo (METC) defeated Anthony Jones (METC)
  • Men’s 40 Doubles: Anthony Jones and Hugh Harris (METC) defeated Barry Bullock and Reggie Cooper (Wizards)
  • Men’s Legend Singles (60 and over): Raymond Boone (Wizards) defeated Melvin Tolbert (METC)
  • Mixed 7.5 Doubles: Eric Emmanuel and Deno John (ECR) defeated father/daughter team, James Rogers and Ashley Rogers (METC).

The crowd cheered as the curtain closed with the final match and Magic Express Tennis Club was victorious winning the team championship with 39 points. They were followed by Ebony with 35 points, Wizards 19, Acers 16, GTA 9 and Seagulls 7. Crystal Thomas, president of the Mahogany Tennis Club for 2014 and METC shared that we are pleased to have hosted the Mahogany Tennis Classic and the only thing left to say is “Game, Set and MAGIC”! Another Mahogany Tennis Classic is in the history books. Click here for draw details and photos: For additional information contact: Anna Mercer-McLean Area 4 USTA/NC Board Representative DOCTA Board Secretary Email: Telephone: (919) 619-9187



DOCTA extends special congratulations to the UNC Women's Tennis Team on a great season and a fantastic run in the NCAA Tennis Tournament! UNC finished 2nd to the UCLA Bruins in a four-hour match losing 3-4 for the 2014 Women's Championship. We're proud of you! GO HEELS!!!


DOCTA Annual Tennis Carnival

Please join us for the Annual DOCTA Tennis Carnival on Saturday, May 24, 2014 at Rock Quarry Tennis Courts, 500 Stadium Drive, Durham, NC 27704 from 9 am to 12 noon. Lunch 12-1 pm. Interactive tennis games, tennis play, prizes, food and fun for youth of all ages and adults. Share the fun as a family and spend the morning with us.

See flyer here.


Durham Parks and Recreation Lessons for 2014



DOCTA Awards Local Funding to Junior and Adult League Captains!

If you are captain of a junior team in the Chapel Hill league, you will receive $10 per child on your team to support your work as coach (travel and time for practice and league play).

Under the Play Tennis North Carolina (PTNC) grant, the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) will be supporting the growth of the junior and adult leagues as follows:

You can earn one of three bonus options for youth or adult leagues below:

· $100 bonus if you are a new captain/coach (you’ve not coached a USTA league team before) in 2014


· $100 bonus if you have a team with 5 or more players who are new members of the USTA in 2014


· $100 bonus if you have a new team (if you coached a team in the past and you add a team—so that you are now coaching two or more teams, that qualifies as a new team) for 2014

Interested? Let me know and we can give you more information or if you think you are eligible, please contact Anna Mercer-McLean, DOCTA Board Secretary at by sending us via email your name, contact information, team name, what bonus option you are eligible to receive and why. DOCTA will be working with the DOCTA Community Tennis Coordinator and the junior and adult league coordinator at Durham Parks and Recreation to identify if you have met these criteria, prior to awarding funds. Bonus funding ends with the close of the Fall 2014 Tennis leagues.

Enjoy tennis! Its fun! Grow tennis and it only gets better and creates more fun!


NCCU vs Howard College Match Day Results

The match up between the NC Central University Men's Tennis Team and the Howard University Bison's proved to be a great match up. NCCU defeated Howard by a score of 5-2 for their first College Match Day. Prior to the start of the matches, youth fans from around the community participated in interactive games. Both teams joined in the fun and had great on-court interactions as they worked together to make our youth smile from ear to ear.

Check out this video of the event.

NCCU vs Howard
Group Photo (Click for Larger Version)

On behalf of the DOCTA, we want to thank Coach Curtis Lawson and Assistant Coach John McLean IV of NCCU and Coach Larry Strickland of Howard for their participation, USTA/North Carolina Staff - Caroline Downs and Andrew Waldrop, fans and volunteers for their participation in this special event. We had great fun!


College Match Day at Duke - March 23, 2014

Don't miss College Match Day for 2014 on the campus of Duke University in Durham on March 23 at Ambler Tennis Stadium. The Women Tennis Team will play at 11 am against FSU. The Men's Tennis Team will play Virginia at 3 pm. The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) is pleased to spotlight, promote and support this great event in the Durham area. See flier here.

Collegiate fans will have an amazing experience that begins at 10 am with giveaways, appearances and interactive games. Youth and adults of all ages are invited to come out and support great tennis.

The tennis matches will begin at 11 am and will prove to be action packed. Don't miss this great opportunity to see great tennis, meet the Duke tennis players and coaches. For additional information about community programming, please contact DOCTA at 919-547-4354.


DOCTA Tennis Clinics 2014-15

Register now for fun on the tennis court with instructor, John McLean. Please complete the registration form here, and mail back to DOCTA, Post Office Box 61245, Durham, NC 27715 Questions, please call 919-547-4354 or email John at


College Match Day Tennis Comes to Chapel Hill and Durham

Collegiate tennis fans will experience great team action as Duke, NCCU and UNC face competition on the tennis court for College Match Day. The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) is pleased to put the spotlight on Men’s and Women’s College Tennis during the College Match Day in the Durham/Orange County areas.

Established in 2013, College Match Day is a weekly series that highlights exciting team matches and features the best programs, players and coaches from across the country. Twenty-two matches on 18 different campuses will be showcased in 2014. ESPN3 will broadcast many of these matches*.

Below is the schedule for the Durham/Orange county area:








1:00 pm

NC State at UNC




11:00 am

Howard at NC Central University




11:00 am

FSU at Duke




3:00 pm

VA at Duke




3:00 pm

Northwestern at Duke



College Match Day - NCCU vs Howard

Don't miss the first Durham College Match Day for 2014 on the campus of NCCU in Durham on March 15. The NCCU Men's Tennis Team will face off against Howard University. The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) is pleased to spotlight, promote and support this great event in the Durham area. Click here to see flier.

Collegiate fans will have an amazing experience that begins at 9 am with giveaways, appearances and interactive games. Registration will begin at 8:30 am. Youth and adults of all ages are invited to come out and support great tennis. Help us top crowd support at over 200!

The tennis matches will begin at 11 am and will prove to be action packed. Don't miss this great opportunity to see great tennis, meet the NCCU tennis players and coaches, learn more about community tennis, joining clinics/leagues in the area and/or USTA, and enjoying refreshments while you meet and greet other tennis fans! We will see you there!


Junior and Adult Tennis League Registration

Don't miss the opportunity to register for the Spring USTA Junior Team Tennis or an Adult Tennis Leagues. The 2014 year is expected to be an exciting one as the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) gears up for its "Plan for Growth". We need your help to grow tennis in Durham and Orange Counties. How, you ask? Join a league team, become a league captain for a youth or adult team, recruit and/or invite former tennis players and current players to join a league team or volunteer with a youth program or community event. Let's keep tennis fun! Join the USTA! a sport for a lifetime! We want everyone to know it!

To learn more about JTT or Adult league tennis, click on the icon for DOCTA/CHPR 10 and under tennis or Durham Parks and Recreation for adult and youth leagues.



Lindsey Linker

Lindsey Linker, East Chapel Hill High School Tennis Coach, was named to the NC Hall of Fame at the January 2014 USTA/North Carolina Tennis Weekend. The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) extends congratulations to Lindsey for her amazing coaching and player career.

In the recent news release from USTA/NC, Linker started as an All-Conference player at Myers Park High School, eventually moving on to become a four-year letter winner at UNC-Chapel Hill. She began coaching the men's and women's tennis teams at Chapel Hill High School (CHHS) after graduating. Linker has now coached 25 years at both Chapel Hill High School and East Chapel Hill High School, compiling a record of 891-128 overall and winning 16 dual team 3A/4A state championships.

This is a well deserved honor. Please extend your congratulations to Lindsey.


DOCTA Board Elections Open

If you are interested in serving on the DOCTA Board of Director's or a Committee, please complete the nomination form (here).

Please send via scan to or mail to DOCTA, Post Office Box 61245, Durham, NC 27715 by February 20, 2014.





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