Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association


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Archive 2007

Orange/RDU Tennis Fall clinics

Here are some of the Fall Clinics offered with RDUTennis and myself. We will have classes on Mondays at Hardscrabble and Thursdays at Sedgefield located off of 86 near Chapel Hill. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me or Brian Rosenthal. To register, contact Brian or go to www.RDUtennis.net. Thanks!!

Sedgefield (6901 Turkey Lake Rd) Chapel Hill

Offered Thursdays (Begins Sept 11th)
Residents $100, Resident Guests $120

Grades K-2, Thurs 4:30-5:30
Grades 3-5, Thurs 5:30-6:30
Adults 3.0 & Below, Thurs6:30-7:30


Offered Mondays (Begins Monday, September 8th)
Resident $100, Non-Residents $120

Grades K-3, Monday 4:30-5:30
Grades 4-8, Monday 5:30-6:30
Adult 3.0 & Below, Monday 6:30-7:30

Register at www.rdutennis.net or brian@rdutennis.net

-- Jason Zoladz (919-357-3467)


Tennis Titans Program

Tennis lessons for just $5 for kids and adults
When? Sundays starting June 22nd trough September 7th
Where? Garret Road Park 6800 Garret Rd (In front of Jordan High School)

For more information call Liliana at 336.655.3553
Sponsored by Durham Orange County Tennis Association and NC Tennis Association

Space is limited!
Sign up now!


Orange High School Tennis Courts Complete and Ceremony Planned!

The Orange High School Tennis Courts and lighting are now complete. The Orange County Schools and Orange Recreation and Parks will host a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on June 20, 2008 at 4 pm at the tennis courts (off Holman Road). Please plan to attend this historic event that marks the end of a 3-year advocacy effort by the community to re-surface courts that were almost 20 years old. Local Orange County Commissioners Michael Nelson and Alice Gordon will be on hand to support the event along with the Superintendent, Patrick Rhodes for the ribbon cutting. Ramsey Smith, Former Duke All-American and professional tennis player and currently the Men's Assistant Tennis Coach at Duke University along with Britton Webb, former Orange High School Tennis Standout and currently attending Appalachian State University will participate in a exhibition match.

Orange High School Tennis Courts were the only public courts open to the community; and the new facility creates great opportunity for youth and adult play and expanding tennis programming in the community to maximize the use of the facility. The public is invited to attend this wonderful event to share how important tennis is to the Hillsborough community.

Also, please be sure to thank the Orange County School Board, Orange County Commissioners and the Orange County Recreation and Parks through emails and phone calls for the awesome tennis facility!


Registration Now Open for Summer Tennis Camps

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR)
Youth Tennis Camps Registration Registration Form
Adult Tennis Lessons Registration Registration Form
National Junior Tennis Lessons Registration Form
Special Populations Tennis Lessons Registration Form

RDU Tennis
Registration is now available at www.rdutennis.net to register for this affordable 1/2 day option in the Duke/Durham Bulls Area of Durham.

Also, we will host Summer Clinics at Five Oaks on Saturdays for both juniors & adults. This 5 week clinic session will begin on Saturday, July 12th in the morning hours to avoid the heat.

To register for all programming, please do so at the main page of www.rdutennis.net


DOCTA Tennis Clinics Available

If you are interested in learning to play tennis, then join DOCTA for upcoming tennis clinics at Rock Quarry Tennis Courts. Click here for the registration form. Ages 4 to adults may sign up for any of the tennis clinics under instructor, John McLean. Questions, please call


DOCTA Annual Tennis Carnival

Please mark your calendar. It's time for the Annual DOCTA Tennis Carnival at Rock Quarry Tennis Courts on Saturday, May 17, 2008 from 9am to 1pm. Lunch will be provided. Join us for tennis activities, fun and free
giveaways. This event is for all ages. Don't miss the joy and excitement of this event. Bring all your friends.



DOCTA Senior Tennis Party

You're invited to attend the DOCTA Senior Tennis Party for active 50+ tennis players at Chapel Hill Tennis Club in Carrboro, Sunday, April 20, 2008 - 4 pm - 7 pm. This event is sponsored by the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) and hosted by Chapel Hill Tennis Club. Please bring a tennis player who has not played in the last few years or a person who wants to get re-acquainted with tennis in the Durham/Orange area.

Wine, cheese and fruit reception, prizes and giveaways will be available! Join us for this fun event. See flier for details. Plan to attend. RSVP at 547-4354.

Also, USTA Member Appreciation Night will be held at Omega Sports at New Hope Commons and Southpoint Shopping Centers on April 20 from 6:30-7:30 pm. A 20% discount will be available on all items. Go to www.nctennis.com for more details.


USTA Member Appreciation Night is Coming!

Sunday, April 20, 2008 from 6:30pm-8:30pm all Omega Sports in North Carolina will salute our USTA members. As you know Omega Sports provides a 10% discount all year long and for this night they will give a 20% discount on everything in the store! For additional information, please go on the website at www.nctennis.com.

Locations in our area: New Hope Commons and Southpoint Shopping Centers


Rally for Cure Tennis Tournament
Hope Valley Country Club

Plan to particpate in this important event to support breast cancer. Help make a difference.

tourament flier


DPR Junior League Registration and Updates

I wanted to pass the word about our junior team tennis league. It’s a great league for ages 10-18. It will stay open through March 7 (at midnight). They can register a teams at http://tennislink.usta.com/teamtennis/ or juniors can go to this link and register themselves individually and we will find them a team.

There is a Recreational Coaches Workshop this spring...




USTA Recreational Coaches Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about games and drills to work with young children, teens, and adults in tennis? Would you like to run a more effective team practice with your tennis team or league? If you need a refresher on more current methods and effective tools, please plan to attend on March 18 from 9 am to 3:30 pm at Duke Unviersity Sheffield Indoor Tennis Courts for the USTA Recreational Coaches Workshop. In the Durham-Orange County Communities, we need more junior league coaches, middle and high school tennis coaches, instructors, and assistant instructors. Please sign up today. Click on the information below

RCW Flier PDF File

RCW Registration Form PDF File


USTA National Player Grants Available

If you are interested in supporting juniors in the sport of tennis, please click on the USTA National Grants available below. The deadline to apply is December 31. Review, complete and submit applications to apply.


DOCTA Tennis Clinics

The Fall season has arrived. Sign up now for the upcoming DOCTA Fall/Winter/Spring
Tennis Clinics for 2007-08. Deadline for the Fall clinic is October 29, 2007. Indoor play at Duke Sheffield Indoor Tennis Center begins November 4. Click here for the registration form.

Middle and High School tennis players interested in participating in the DOCTA Middle and High School Tennis Club, please contact Anna at 619-9187. If you are excited about playing on a tennis team at your school, and you don't have one; we want to start a Tennis Club to build your skills and offer you the opportunity to compete again other schools at the Club level. If you are already playing on a tennis team; and are interested in improving your game; then the Tennis Club can help to improve your skills and offer other competitive play.


New Group Tennis Clinics
July – September 2007

The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association will be conducting new group tennis clinics for juniors (ages 4-18) and adults of all ages beginning July 30, 2007. Registration is currently available as follows. Click here for a registration form.

Mondays and Wednesdays – July 30, 2007; August 6-September 5, 2007
For: Beginner and Intermediate Players – Juniors and Adults Ages 4-18 years of age
Cost: $85.00 per person (11 sessions)
Site: Rock Quarry Tennis Courts, 500 Stadium Drive, Durham, NC

Tuesdays and Thursdays – July 31, 2007; August 7-September 6, 2007
For: Intermediate and Advanced Players – Juniors and Adults Ages 10-18 years of age and Adults of all ages
Designed for middle and high school tennis players who wish to play competitive tennis in school. Adults who want to play competitive singles, doubles or league tennis.
Cost: $85.00 per person (11 sessions)
Site: Rock Quarry Tennis Courts, 500 Stadium Drive, Durham, NC

Contact 547-4354 for questions or send email to mclean99@mindspring.com. Please make checks payable to DOCTA, P. O. Box 61245, Durham, NC 27704 or bring registration form to site location.


Arthur Ashe Essay Contest (Adobe PDF)


Durham Futures Tournament - June 15-17


Support the Renovation of the Orange High School Tennis Courts

The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association is encouraging the Orange County Commissioners and the Orange County School Board to approve the requested funding in the amount of $150,000 for the renovation of the Orange High School Tennis Courts and the lighting system in the Interim Capital Investment Plan. Please read more details on this project represented in a petition at the link below:


Please sign the petition to support this project. All signatures are being presented to the Commissioners and the School Board. We encourage each of you to contact the Commissioners and the School Board for their support.

Orange High School is the only 8-court tennis facility available for public use in Hillsborough. It does not meet United States Tennis Standards, nor health and safety standards. Yet, Orange Parks and Recreation won the 2006 North Carolina Parks and Recreation Award for its great tennis programming; and Jason Zoladz, the instructor, won the North Carolina and Southern Section Educational Merit Award for 2006 for his leadership and training. Let's make a difference. Thank you.


Governors Club Jr. Futures - June 22 - 24


Tennis Carnival - May 19, 2007


Mini Doubles Tournament - May 19, 2007


Come join the finest at the USTA Sanctioned 2007
State Games of North Carolina!
 (Adobe PDF)


Register Now!
It's Time for Outdoor Fun!

Register now for private lessons and/or group tennis clinics with the Durham-Orange Community Tennis
Association. It is time for outdoor physical fitness and fun! We want to see you on the tennis courts. We want to eat healthy, play hard, and Stay Fit and Healthy with Tennis in 2007. Registration form (Adobe PDF). Join us

Don't miss the excitement at Chapel Hill Tennis Club at 403 Westbrook Drive, Carrboro, NC (off Hwy 54) when the 2007 Welcome Back Tennis for 50+ Players on Saturday, April 21, 2007 from 4-7 pm will be held. The event will focus on those have not played tennis latelyl Come on the court and sign on for a day of fun and enjoyment with the Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association. Free prizes, t-shirts, etc. and a wine and cheese reception will be held. Bring an old wooden racket for a special prize. Bring a friend who has not been on the tennis court; and say it's time to come back to tennis. We welcome you. Contact: Anna Mercer-McLean at 919-619-9187 or 547-4354 to RSVP by April 19.


NJTL Program

Local tennis is coming to East End Tennis Courts
on Alston Avenue in Durham--Mondays and Fridays.
Please pass the word to other parents and youth,
and encourage participation. Open to youth, ages 8-11
and ages 12-15. Sign up early! Bring a friend with you to
the court, $5 per person. Lessons begin in June.

Click here for a registration form. (Adobe PDF)


“Free” Tennis Balls

The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association is donating 10 cans of tennis balls to any USTA Adult or Senior League Team in Durham, NC who applies on a first-come, first serve basis to support league play. A total of 150 cans of tennis balls will be available for leagues. This season, DOCTA is offering a limited opportunity for15 teams who need assistance with tennis balls for league play. Interested team captains should complete this form (Adobe PDF) and fax to Anna at (919) 929-0091. Tennis balls will be available beginning March 16, 2007 for delivery or pick up.

Questions, please call Anna at (919) 547-4354 or (919) 619-9187. We wish you the best of luck with your team. Thank you.


USTA Recreational Coaches Workshop

Are you interested in learning more about games and drills to work with young children, teens, and adults in tennis? Would you like to run a more effective team practice with your tennis team or league? If you need a refresher on more current methods and effective tools, please plan to attend on March 10, 2007 from 9 am to 3:30 pm for the USTA Recreational Coaches Workshop. In the Durham-Orange County Communities, we need more junior league coaches, middle and high school tennis coaches, instructors, and assistant instructors. Please sign up today. Click on the information below.

USTA RCW Flier (Adobe PDF)

USTA RCW Registration Form (Adobe PDF)


USTA Press Release (Adobe PDF)


The Davis Cup Is Coming to
Winston-Salem, NC
April 6-8, 2007
at the Lawrence Joel Coliseum!!




1.Promoting tennis as a viable sport for physical fitness and good health.

2.Developing junior players to participate in middle school tennis; and increasing the number of high school players with skill and ability to play competitive tennis as a result of middle school play. Promote more home school and junior league participation.

3.Increasing the number of minority youth and adults playing tennis; and participating in a leadership role in the sport.

4.Increasing the number of 50+ participants in tennis in our community;

5. Providing funding for organizations and others to promote and develop tennis programming for youth and adults, specifically in areas were tennis programming is non-existent.

6.Increasing and developing positive relations among private and public tennis organizations to create collaboration in community programs.

7.Promoting the DOCTA within the community as a resource to tennis participants, parents, public and private organizations, and newcomers in the sport of tennis.

8.Supporting area community projects to promote and encourage tennis play, such as the Carrboro Parks Backboard Project; efforts toward indoor tennis courts; out-of-state high school student college tours, Stay Fit and Healthy Tennis Program, etc.

We had wonderful volunteer participation in 2006. To grow tennis in Durham and Orange County, we must grow by promoting tennis, developing and mentoring new tennis players, and encouraging all to play league, participate in tournaments, and most importantly volunteer with your local association, parks and recreation, private or public club. Volunteers are needed to help DOCTA and the tennis community to grow. Thank you.



The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) was awarded a $15,000 grant from the United States Tennis Association (USTA) to support Marketing and Promotion Projects. The focus of this year’s award will be to 1) market and promote DOCTA and tennis in the Durham and Orange County community ($5,500); 2) maintain the Community Tennis Coordinator contract ($7,500); 3) support middle school programming ($1,000); and 4) support the Carrboro Back board Project ($1,000).

The mission of DOCTA will be truly supported with this grant award, said Anna Mercer-McLean, Board Secretary and Area 4 USTA/North Carolina Board Representative. She states it is the collaborative efforts and partnership of organizations such as USTA and the North Carolina Tennis Association that make the difference in this community. They are valued supporters of the Durham-Orange Community.

Additionally, local Community Development and Membership Funding was awarded t0 DOCTA by the USTA/Southern and USTA/North Carolina in the amount of $7,940.





Board of Directors
1.John McLean, Chair (City of Durham Plumbing Inspector and Tennis Professional)
2.William Young, Treasurer (Retired teacher)
3.Anna Mercer-McLean, Secretary (Area 4 USTA/NC Board/Community School)
4.Glenda Artis, Representative (Department on Aging)
5.Jennifer Buxton, Representative (Durham Parks and Recreation)
6.Larry Greene, Representative (Consultant)



2006 Hurricane Recovery Benefit Tournament and Results

Our closing year’s event, the Hurricane Recovery Benefit Tournament, raised over $2,000 to support Hurricane Katrina and Rita victims residing locally in Durham and Orange County. What a thrill to see the following winners compete to support such as great cause. We truly appreciate all of our participants for their support. Next year’s tournament will be sanctioned by the USTA and NCTA. Please mark your calendar for November 16-18, 2007. Below are our 2006 Winners:

Boy’s 10 Singles – Winner: Alexander Jones
Runner Up: Nicolas Coleman
Consolation Winner: Camil Craciunescu

Boy’s 12 Singles – Winner: Alexander Coleman
Runner Up: Adrian Bollerslev
Consolation Winner: Alex Chemerinsky



2006 NC Tennis Awards

We are honored by the nominations from USTA/North Carolina – Member Organization of the Year and Junior Tournament of the Year. These awards represent the collaboration and support of the full community and the work of DOCTA. We truly appreciate the support of our board of directors, parks and recreation programs, public and private clubs, businesses, and volunteers. Thank you.

News Release and Photos coming soon...


Local Tennis Organization, Parks and Recreation Agency and Individuals Net Top Honors from North Carolina Tennis Association

January 31, 2007 Chapel Hill, NC- The United States Tennis Association/North Carolina office recently announced their awards recipients for 2006. Eight award recipients are from Durham and Orange County! The award recipients were recognized last weekend at The Annual Awards Luncheon during NC Tennis Association’s 2007 Tennis Weekend. The Luncheon was held in the Pinehurst Resort’s Carolina Hotel at 12 noon on Saturday, January 27, 2007.

The following individuals and organizations were recognized:



It is with great pleasure that we announce the selection of the Durham-Orange County nominees:

  • Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association for the 2006 Member Organization of the Year award
  • DOCTA Open Jr Tennis Challenge/Nike Tour for the 2006 Junior Tournament of the Year In Memory of John Allen Farfour award
  • Orange County R&P Dept for the 2006 Outstanding Parks & Recreation Department of the Year Given by Metaltek award.
  • David Senerchia for the 2006 Hal Southern Junior Male Tennis Sportsmanship Award ~ 12s award
  • Jason Zoladz for 2006 Educational Merit Award Given by Buster and Karen Brown
  • Gonzalo Arriagada for the 2006 Carlton Harris Tennis Professional of the Year Award

Please plan to attend the Awards Luncheon during the NC Tennis Association’s 2007 Tennis Weekend. The luncheon will be held in the Pinehurst Resort’s Carolina Hotel at 12 noon on Saturday, January 27, 2007. We hope that you will attend at a cost of only $20 per person. Please go online at www.nctennis.com for a registration form.


Tennis Program Serves Children with Special Needs
Seven to attend Special Olympics Fall Games

A new tennis program serving people with special needs has introduced approximately 50 children and adults to the sport. As a result of this cooperative effort between Athletics and Special Populations/Inclusion, seven athletes will compete in the Special Olympics Fall Games November 3-5 in High Point.
Click for full article in Adobe PDF Format



Indoor tennis has begun! The DOCTA Junior and Adult Development Clinic and the Stay Fit and Healthy Tennis Program began their first clinic/lessons on Friday, November 3, 2006 at Duke Sheffield Indoor Tennis Courts. The programs will be held each Friday through March 2007. Classes are held from 8:30 pm to 10 pm each Friday. If you are interested in participating, please complete the registration form here. Limited spaces are available. The cost is $175 per person for the year. For more details call (919) 547-4354.



The Durham-Orange Community Tennis Association (DOCTA) will host its’ Second Annual Hurricane Recovery Benefit Tennis Tournament on November 18-19, 2006 at the Duke Sheffield Indoor Tennis Courts. DOCTA established this event with the goal of supporting a family re-located in each county due to Hurricane Katrina and Rita to help rebuild their lives. Last year event, raised $1,500 that was distributed to the American Red Cross to support two families.

Participants interested in registering for the tournament, may pull a registration form from the DOCTA website at www.docta.org or may request a entry form through the mail; and send direct donation payable to DOCTA at P.O. Box 61245, Durham, NC 27715. Board Chair, John McLean, stated “we are excited about the Benefit this year, and hope to more than double the contribution this year”.

The event is $30 for singles and $40 for doubles. Ages 10 to 16 (boys/girls); and Open events through 3.5-4.5 NTRP levels; and mixed combo 6.5 and 7.5 will be open to men and women. Join us for the fun!