USTA NC Notebook
38-year-old goes back to college to play tennis

Have you ever dreamed of playing college tennis? Good news, it might not be too late for you.

Lela Thompson, a 38-year-old graduate student at Lenoir-Rhyne University, grew up playing tennis and had her sights set on competing collegiately before she finished high school. But life doesn’t always work out exactly as you envision it when you’re 18 years old.


Marx wins International Tennis Hall of Fame award

Kirstie Marx started working with athletes with intellectual disabilities 15 years ago. After two and a half decades, she has helped build this community in North Carolina into a thriving population of tennis players, and plenty of others have taken notice.


Charlotte writer wins 2015 Tennis Media Award

John Isner is known for having one of the best serves in all of tennis. He’s currently sitting on 6,476 aces for his ATP career. If the top players in the world have trouble returning Isner’s serve, how would someone playing at the amateur level fare against the top-ranked American?

That’s exactly what Scott Fowler set out to answer at last year’s Winston-Salem Open. Fowler, a sports writer for the Charlotte Observer, wrote a column detailing his experience on the court with Isner and his attempt to return a serve from the 6-foot-10 pro.


Remembering Mary Lloyd Barbera: A Smile That Will Always Shine Bright

Mrs. Mary Lloyd Hodges Barbera passed away on April 22 at her home in High Point. She was 49 years old.


Grinding My Way From Juniors to College

Kaitlyn McCarthy: Grinding My Way From Juniors to College

Cary native Kaitlyn McCarthy kept a blog last summer while she competed in tournaments like the Roland Garros Junior French Championships and The Junior Championships at Wimbledon. Now she's writing again to provide a look at what life is like for a junior player. Click here for Kaitlyn's ITF profile.