| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff

Junior tennis players from across USTA Eastern are getting a chance to improve their games and learn about careers in tennis this week, as they receive coaching from top tennis executives and two former professional tennis players, Rodney Harmon and Leslie Allen, at the Section’s 14th Annual Camp A.C.E. Camp A.C.E. (Achieving through Coaching and Education), being held July 22-27 at Ramapo College of New Jersey, is a National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) Regional Leadership camp, which provides world class tennis and fitness instruction, and sessions on playing tennis in college, career choices in tennis, team building, and leadership skills.

“We are very excited to have Rodney, Leslie, and these outstanding tennis executives here this year,” said Linda Mann, managing director of community tennis development for USTA Eastern. “The campers are not only improving their skills on court, but also learning what it takes to succeed off the court, in college and their future careers.”

The on-court training is being led by Harmon, a former U.S. Open quarterfinalist who coached the U.S. Men’s Tennis Team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The classroom sessions feature a wide range of speakers, including sessions about personal growth led by Dale Caldwell, a director-at-large on the USTA Board of Directors, and Leslie Allen, a former player on the WTA Tour, and a panel discussion about careers in tennis.

The panel discussion features D.A. Abrams, chief diversity and inclusion Officer, USTA; Michelle Blake Wilson, managing director of marketing and communications, USTA Eastern; Jill Fonte, executive director and chief operating officer, USTA Eastern; Brian Hainline, chief medical officer, USTA; Ed Neppl, chief financial officer, USTA; Renee Tirado, manager of diversity and inclusion, USTA; Jeff Williams, publisher, TENNIS Magazine; and Jocelyn Cruz, tennis service representative for USTA Eastern’s New Jersey Region.

In addition to the on-court and panel discussion, the camp includes a trip to Columbia University, a New York Sportimes match at Sportime Randall’s Island, and a Jr. Team Tennis tournament.

Credit all photos to Jessica Stiles